“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
1 John 1:7, NIV
I’ve been taught that the Old Testament is a collection of extremely bloody books. So many sacrifices were made that the Levitical priesthood had to sacrifice lambs 24 hours a day. People had this desperate need to cover their sins with an offering. This was instilled in them by the Law and their conscience.
Today, not so much. The Jewish people no longer sacrifice lambs, and the Gentiles have never caught on anyway. But sin has never gone out-of-style. Perhaps this is a result of the New Testament teaching that Jesus (the God/man) offered His blood as the payment of every sin committed. His death wiped our slates clean, forever.
Yet, we are still a people of ‘limited options.’ As our sins mount up (and they will) we have an innate need to cover them up. Sin is almost never hidden, and never exalted as a virtue. And yet we try to skate though our accumulation of many sins. We forget many, and try to excuse the more heinous.
The New Testament is obvious on this. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ had enough sufficiency to cover everyone, once, and for everything. It all seems astonishing, beyond belief and possibility. The blood it seems, has never lost its power. This may be why Christians can’t seem to ‘shut-up’ about their faith. They ‘see’ something!
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.”
Simply put, you now have ‘backstage passes,’ because of His death. The cross is far, far beyond a nice religious medallion. The cross of Christ, and more precisely His ‘leaking’ blood is regarded as complete righteousness for anyone (who by faith) receives it as his/her own. A brand-new confidence takes hold. “God loves me, and He forgives me.” The heart expands at this new-found knowledge.
Our sins and our weaknesses, whether they be from our fallenness, or genetic or environmental, are now slathered in the blood of Jesus. That blood makes us ‘white as snow.’ ‘Brokenbelievers’ everywhere are cheering. We know we aren’t quite right, and we understand our sin, but we have become fans of Jesus Christ. After all, His death has brought us eternal life.