I am afraid we often forget, or become common-place with the cost of our salvation. I have been saved for fifty-two years of my life. If I am not careful, the cross, the blood, Jesus’ suffering … can all become something that is just an event in history. Nothing could be further from the truth. This morning I was reading in the book of Leviticus. Most of the book seems to be a listing of laws and standards for the Jewish people. Today I read, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11).
I have read this verse many times before, but today there was one phrase that caught my heart “… for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” God inspired these words thousands of years before Jesus was ever born in Bethlehem. He was giving instructions to the Jewish people for the temporary forgiveness (atonement) for their sins, but also for the permanent forgiveness through His Son. Don’t skip past this without considering what it means for you individually. Without the shedding of Jesus’ precious blood on that cross, you and I would have absolutely no hope of ever touching Heaven.
As I struggle through this day with my sinful nature plaguing me, I have the hope of everlasting life and freedom from my sin because of what Jesus did. If Jesus had not given His sinless blood as the atonement for my sin, I would have absolutely no hope whatsoever! Without the acceptance of that blood as payment for my sin, I would have no hope! The thought of Jesus suffering the death I deserved brings me to tears. The thought of His blood dropping to the ground where mine should have angers me at my own sin. The thought that I have no hope of every touching Heaven except it be through the blood of Jesus Christ fills my heart with joy and thanksgiving. Do you realize that your soul is destined for Hell without the blood sacrifice of Jesus? When was the last time you paused in the busy schedule you have to simply revel in the fact that Jesus loved you enough to willingly pay that price for sin? We should never be so busy in our lives that we cannot take the time to thank God for His unspeakable gift to us. Just as Moses taught the Israelites the importance of bringing their best lamb or bull to be sacrificed for the atonement of their sin, God gave His absolute best for me. When I am feeling unimportant, I reflect on this great payment made on my behalf. I am so very thankful to God for my great salvation today! I want to tell someone else about this great salvation today!