Thank You Jesus for the Blood

Thank You Jesus for the Blood

For those of us who have been in the church for a long time, phrases like “the blood of Jesus,” “washed by the blood,” or “His blood covers my sin” and the like are accepted without a second thought. And for centuries in our Western cultures even those who were outside of the faith generally had enough of a frame of biblical reference that they understood the thrust of the meaning of such phraseology. But in this post-Christian culture there is so little biblical literacy that these phrases sound odd, a bit creepy or even disgusting. Add to that the fact that our culture has also been so sanitized through buying our meat in pristine grocery stores that we have largely become removed from the sight of blood associated with the slaughter of animals. There can be such a disconnect from what generations have taken for granted in their lexicons of understanding that the culture around us no longer relates to our talk of the preciousness of Jesus’ blood.

However, for a believer in Christ there is nothing more cherished than the fact that Jesus shed His blood for us. He didn’t merely die for us, He died a gory, bloody death, because Scripture tells us, “without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” (Heb. 9:22). From the very first sin in the Garden of Eden, when God had to kill an animal to provide the physical covering of skins over Adam and Eve’s nakedness, God has required the shedding of blood to cover sin. Centuries and millennia of sheep, goats, bulls, and doves have been sacrificed as an acknowledgement that we have sinned. That bloody, horrid mess was meant to drive home what an atrocity our sin is in God’s sight. It takes all of that death and gore to provide atonement for our sins, so heinous are they to God. And all of this was leading up to what was to come—the ultimate and only true sacrifice that would suffice to cover sin—the shedding of the blood of Jesus, the One perfect sacrifice, the Man-God, the Lamb of God. His blood alone can save us, and it is His blood for which we should give thanks every day, growing in our gratitude as we grow in our knowledge of and love for Him.

The anthem speaks of how the blood spilled for us transforms us, and there are many ways this is true. We were once enemies of God, and now, because of the blood of Jesus, we are His beloved children. We were once far from God, now we are able to draw ever nearer. We were once “without hope and without God,” but now our “hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” We have hope in a world that so desperately needs some—not only for this life, but for the life to come. Yet another reason to thank Jesus for the gift of His blood.

The blood of Jesus meant death for Him, but life for us. We are transformed because we were once dead in our sins, but now we are alive in Christ. This life He gives us is eternal (we will live forever with Him, in His glorious, loving presence) and abundant (not just in the great beyond, but even here on earth), but the life He gives is only accessed through the blood of His sacrifice making atonement for our sin. This life is another reason to continually give thanks for the blood of Jesus shed for us—thank You, Jesus, for Your blood!

Another contrast given through the blood is that we move from light to darkness. Scripture has a lot to say about this. In Isaiah 9:2 it says that the Messiah would come so, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Another prophecy about Jesus, just prior to His birth was, “To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Lk. 1:79). And just after His birth, Simeon called Him, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel” (Lk. 2:32).

One of the most exciting Scriptures on the light of Christ may be Colossians 1:12-14 where it says, “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” We are qualified “not by works of righteousness that we have done,” but by the blood of Jesus shed for us—thanks be to Him! And we are qualified to receive not only salvation, but an inheritance! We are “rescued” from the “dominion of darkness” and brought into the kingdom of the Son that the Father SO loves. In Him we become the beloved of the Father, as well! This is all because of the blood Jesus gave for us. Thank You, Jesus, for Your blood!

To the world blood is probably creepy and gross. They can’t fathom the meaning of “being washed by the blood to become clean.” Such things are spiritually discerned, so if we understand, we have been given a precious gift, we have been given the Holy Spirit to make these things known to us, and that is another benefit which comes directly from having the blood of Jesus applied to our lives. It is yet another reason to be grateful for Christ’s blood. Those in the dominion of darkness don’t see because the dead cannot see. Those of us who have been brought to life by the blood have been given the light of the knowledge of Christ.

Many of us may need to renew our gratitude, because when we’ve had something a long time we can begin to take it for granted. This is just human nature, but we’ve got more than human nature at work in us, and we’ve been given a gift worth rejoicing in, worth not only being grateful for, but being increasingly grateful for the more we understand what has been done for us. We often fail to be grateful just because we haven’t really absorbed the enormity of what Jesus has done for us, but we don’t have to stay there. Let’s take some time to think more about the impact the blood of Jesus has had on us and then thank Jesus for His blood.