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The Blood Ransom

Updated on August 9, 2014

The Blood Purchase

Revelation 1:5 “And washed us from our sins in his own blood.”

His death was the ultimate act of love. He, Himself, stated clearly, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). And, here, in our text, John writes that he “washed us from our sins in His own blood.” Moderns have been repulsed from Christianity by its focus on the blood of a sinless sacrifice. They are made uneasy by a religion of blood. It seems not to matter to them that it was not blood taken, but rather, it was blood given. But, dear disciple, the truth is: the Justice of heaven demands blood payment for the sin debt. And, innocent blood is the only legal tender accepted at Justice’s tables of exchange (Gen 2:17; 3:19; Rom 6: 23:5:12; James 1:15). The many ablutions of the Old Testament were associated with the blood of innocent animals, that, in return, spoke of a better sacrifice—that would one day be presented, which would settle the sin question once and for all. To cancel the debt of sin, Justice demanded the life of the sinner. The blood of animals could not satisfy Justice’s demand. The exchange had to be in kind, i.e. human for human. Moreover, the economy of barter, established by the courts of Heaven, demanded sinless blood for the ransom of the sinful—innocence for guilt. No man was qualified to pay the ransom; for all men had sinned and fallen short of such value. Mankind’s position was dark indeed, in that no one of the species could stand for the fallen race. The prospect becomes darker still, when it is contemplated that even if one from the race of man was found who was holy, sinless, innocent, and who could pay the ransom–Would he?—since all the debtors were totally unlovable. This fact alone makes this love story so amazing. “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:7-8 NKJV). The ultimate act of love is so fully demonstrated, in that “He who knew no sin became sin;” not just sin – my sin – your sin, then died for that sin; washing it away with His own blood. Thus, in His vicarious death, the blood of a sinless man facilitated the ransom of all who believe on Him (Rom 5:9; Eph 2:13; 1 John 1:7; see 2 Cor 5:21).


Sin Debt Removed

The word “washed” as found in our text is the Greek lousanti from louō; it means, too loose. Therefore, the sinner is loosed from his or her sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. Thayer writes, “Jesus, by suffering the bloody death of a vicarious sacrifice cleansed us from the guilt of our sin.”

In order to perceive the limits to which the Almighty God extended Himself to provide a sinless ransom for our fallen race (that is all together unlovable), and in order to view His continued love-obsession for the ransomed, one must thoughtfully consider Acts 20:28,

“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (NKJV)

“He purchased with his own blood.” There being no other, He came Himself. He left the regal throne of heaven and was lain in bloody straw; he laid aside His robe of royalty and put on a peasant’s gown; He, who was accustomed to the hails of the angelic hosts, willingly subjected Himself to the mocking of a snarling mob; He who was the possessor of the scepter of Heaven gave Himself to the murderous nails of mankind; He came from glory to gory; He, Who was the Creator, became wedded to His creation, thereby becoming death’s conqueror transfixed on a spear. “He purchased with his own blood.”

Amen


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    • Bishop J L Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerry Lynn Hayes Sr 

      4 years ago from Texas City, Texas

      Moderns have been repulsed from Christianity by its focus on the blood of a sinless sacrifice. They are made uneasy by a religion of blood. It seems not to matter to them that it was not blood taken, but rather, it was blood given. But, dear disciple, the truth is: the Justice of heaven demands blood payment for the sin debt. And, innocent blood is the only legal tender accepted at Justice’s tables of exchange (Gen 2:17; 3:19; Rom 6: 23:5:12; James 1:15).

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      Alexander Gibb 

      4 years ago from UK

      Amen, thank you Jesus!

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