The link between God and humanity, once severed in Eden, has been restored through the power of blood. The blood of sacrifice now carries our prayers. Blood was demanded at the mercy seat in the Old Testament, but this final blood is what sealed the requirements of the mercy seat. Our line of communication has now been reestablished.

He desired to reconcile all things to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20

Nothing among mortals had the power to overcome sin. Victory over the devil was also impossible until Christ shed His blood. Through the shed blood, Jesus disarmed principalities and satanic powers. Hell made the mistake of trying to conquer Christ by taking Him to the cross and crucifying Him. Instead of conquering Christ, this act contributed to the salvation of humanity. When the blood fell, the power of hell was broken. If Satan had known, he would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

And He called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to heal diseases. Luke 9:1

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossians 1:13

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He also partook of the same, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14

The one who sins is of the devil because the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose: to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11

The precious blood of Jesus is a life-changing force. It purifies us in spirit, soul, and body. It breaks the power and grip of sin.

Jesus described His blood as that of an “alliance.”

As they were eating, Jesus took bread; and after blessing it, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-28

Through the covenant, He seals our connection with God, making it more than casual. We have an arrangement, an agreement, a contract, an engagement, or a covenant with God. This covenant is infinitely higher and stronger than all worldly agreements made with pen and paper. We have a blood connection with Christ, renewed regularly at the communion table. This is why He recommended us to do it in remembrance of Him.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also, He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

The blood is precious because it is the blood of our redemption. The word “redemption” is the act of going to a market to buy back. Jesus went to the market of sin’s slaves and redeemed us from the power and grip of darkness.

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19

The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, nor shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Ezekiel 18:20

It’s the blood of victory. When a third of the angels kicked against God’s government, led by diabolos, Abaddon, Satan himself, no army was strong enough to stop them except for the precious blood of the Lamb and the powerful confession they made.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11

Perhaps the most significant benefit of Jesus’ precious blood is that it brought forgiveness.

For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28

No power could erase the sins of mankind. But now, in Jesus Christ, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

When Jesus’ blood was shed, sin was entirely forgiven. All the more, now that we are justified by His blood, we will be saved from the wrath. Romans 5:9

The concept of justification means looking at a wrongdoer as if they had never done anything wrong. When God looks to see man’s fault, He sees the precious blood of Jesus.

The blood serves as a common thread connecting the sixty-six books of the Bible. The blood, as a means of atonement, was first shed in the Garden of Eden. Since then, the concept of blood sacrifice has been understood by virtually all of humanity. Hence, in nearly all cultures and civilizations, there has been a time of atonement by blood.

For the Jews, Passover later became the central point of all sacrifices. When Jesus appeared on the scene, John the Baptist described Him in John 1:29 as “…the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Those around Him understood the concept of the lamb for sacrifice. Blood atonement is not a relic of an old practice from ancient times. It was initiated by God and is precious to Him as a means of solving the problem of human sin, need, failure, and bondage, culminating in the blood shed by His beloved Son.

This text is an extract from the book “Victory through the blood of Jesus” written by Matthew Ashimolowo.

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