Are You Washed In The Blood?

Are You Washed In The Blood?

Since before the days of Moses, animal sacrifices and the shedding of blood played an

important role in God’s plan for forgiving man of his sins, (cf. Gen. 4:4; Heb. 11:4). There is

something special about blood, and it is indicative of life. “But flesh with the life thereof, which

is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat,” (Gen. 9:4).

When God arranged to free his people from the physical bondage of Egyptian slavery,

representative of the salvation of man from the spiritual bondage of sin, blood played an

important role. The Passover was instituted, in which man was instructed to shed the blood of a

lamb, and apply it to the side-posts and lintel of the houses where they dwelt. And God said,

“When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you

when I smite the land of Egypt,” (Ex. 12:13).

The “blood of the covenant” was an important part of daily tabernacle worship under the

Mosaic law, (cf. Ex. 24:6-8; 29, 30). And it was central to the annual atonement throughout the

history of Israel, (Ex. 30:10). The offering a blood was strictly regulated by God, and it was to

be kept pure in its use, (Ex. 34:25). The shedding of blood was so central to the plan of salvation,

that the Hebrew writer said, “And according to the law, I may almost say, all things are cleansed

with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission,” (Heb. 9:22).

It is, perhaps, understandable that the ancients came to believe that blood itself has some type

of mysterious, healing quality. But when we come to the New Testament, we learn that the

healing power was not actually in the blood itself. “For it is impossible that the blood of bulls

and goats should take away sins,” (Heb. 10:4). Forgiveness actually occurs in the mind of God,

and is therefore a spiritual process, as opposed to a physical cleansing by animal blood. When

God’s people throughout past generations obeyed his commands and practiced the specific,

blood-related actions he had directed, he forgave their sins. He did so on the condition that a

perfect sacrifice was coming.

The shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross of Calvary perfectly and completely ended the

need for any further animal sacrifices, or the shedding of the blood of bulls and goats. Christ’s

sacrifice was “once for all,” (Heb. 10:10). “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them

that are sanctified,” (Heb. 10:14). The remission that is in the blood of Christ forever eliminates

the need for further blood sacrifices, because “where remission of these is, there is no more

offering for sin,” (Heb. 10:18).

It therefore becomes imperative that I certify that I am washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. I

must ensure (make certain) that I appropriate its benefits, that I avail myself of this healing, once

and for all. Of all of the benefits and protections otherwise available to me in this life, none can

compare to this in its absolute essentiality. Thus, the supreme question for each of us becomes,

“Am I washed in the blood of the Lamb?”

This question is of paramount importance, because if I am so cleansed, I can approach death

with confidence and peace. I can know that my sins are forgiven, and that my hope is in heaven.

If I am washed in the blood of the Lamb, I can have the assurance of a good and righteous

standing before God, thanks to the selfless, gracious sacrifice of Jesus.

Christians are the peculiar beneficiaries of Christ’s blood. In instituting the Lord supper, the

Lord said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of

sins,” (Mt. 26:28). Each of us should certainly strive to ensure that we are among the “many” to

whom Jesus referred. We should make sure that we are “in Christ,” for there is where the benefits

of his blood are found: “In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of

our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” (Eph. 1:7).

As E. A. Hoffman (1878) so eloquently put it: “Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing

power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are you fully trusting in his grace this hour?

Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?” Seeing that sin is the one thing that can separate us

from God for all eternity, (Is. 59:1-2), there could be no more important question for each of us

to honestly ask and answer.

– by Robert C. Veil, Jr.