We're going to talk this morning about what can wash away my sin. We know the song...
What can wash away my sin?
What can wash away my sin
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can cleanse away our sin? The blood of Jesus. When you think about blood in the Bible, it is important for washing away sin. From the garden of Eden.
The blood of animals was always required for sin.
- Hebrews 9:18
Blood is the central message of the gospel message. Why? Blood is the atonement for sin.
Atonement is reconciliation with God. Blood is the means by which reconciliation is made.
- Romans 5:11
We're reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. The atonement is made for our sins. There is atonement through the blood.
Why was Blood Necessary?
The first sin, Adam sinned, along with his wife Eve. The angels, probably thought that the future of mankind was lost.
- Jude 1:6
There seems that there is no means of redemption for the angels that had sinned. Thus, many have thought that man couldn't be spared. They knew that God could not be in the presence of sin. But, how could God overlook the sin of man?
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
God was making preparation from the beginning. He knew before He created anything that He would do. Before Christ came to the earth, God knew what would happen.
We see the necessity of blood because blood would be the atonement for sin. This plan was being revealed slowly, over time.
- Mark 4:26-29
Think of the progressive state in which the Kingdom of God was revealed. Like the seed that goes into the ground, it is revealed in stages. It was brought forth in Christ. It was revealed in Christ.
None of these things were afterthoughts or contingency plans.
- 1 Peter 1:18-20
He truly was foreordained, before the foundation of the world was laid, that He would die.
- Ephesians 1:3-7
Before He created man, he foreordained that Christ would come, die, in place of the sins of man. If He had not come, man would forever be separated from God. If God had not planned for the salvation of man, he would have been banished forever from the presence of God.
But, God, through intelligence, revealed His plan, His righteousness, and holy nature to forgive the man. He made preparation for the blood.
Before He came man had to be educated. They had to be prepared. God began preparing man from the beginning.
- Genesis 3:15
The head of the serpent would be destroyed, while just the heal of the woman would be bruised. Man's need for salvation implied that a redeemer would come, he would be brought forth in a miraculous way, he would be bruised, yet would be victorious over the serpent.
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this prophecy. The Old Testament tells of the coming Christ. The gospel account tells us that He came, and fulfilled the prophecies. The rest of the Bible tells us that He's coming again.
Adam and Even, once sinned, recognized their sin. They became aware of it. They needed their sin covered. They needed more than the animal skin to cover their nakedness. God provided the covering, but we see soon, that under the patriarchal law, animal sacrifice needed to be made.
The angels, and Satan too, learned of God's plan through its progressive revelation.
- 1 Peter 1:12
God had not revealed His plan to the angels. The prophets too did not understand and longed to look into this plan. They were interested in how God would save mankind. God had given them prophetic words, yet, they did not understand.
- 1 Peter 1:10-11
I wonder as Isaiah is received the revelation of Isaiah 53 if he pondered who is the servant, when will these things take place, when will we be healed by His striped and bruised.
The Tabernacle Revealed
In the tabernacle, and later in the temple, they had two figures, cherubim, looking with eyes covered as if they were wondering, looking. The day of atonement reveals the shadow of the mercy seat. When blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat. The mercy seat symbolized the message of God.
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- Leviticus 17:11
Life is closely connected to the blood. If it is gone, the body dies. Without the shedding of blood, no soul can be redeemed.
- Hebrews 9:22
God allowed the shedding of animal blood until the day of Christ. It is a shadow of the sacrifice of Christ. The feasts and ceremonies of the sacrificing of animals were a shadow of the death of Christ.
- Hebrews 10:4
- Galatians 4:4-5
Each year the blood of animals had to be sacrificed.
What Can Wash Away My Sin?
Only the blood of Jesus Christ. Animals could not do the job. So God sent His Son. He needed a body, prepared by God, and sent through a woman.
- Hebrews 10:4-5
The blood of the lamb of God, the sinlessly perfect man, God in the flesh, that body was prepared. It was prepared for the sacrifice, for the shedding of blood. Nothing less than the death of the Son of God, the perfect, sinless Lamb of God could atone for the sin of man. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice.
- Luke 23:4
He committed no sin.
- 1 Peter 1:18-19
All the blood that He shed, all the wounds that He suffered, His flesh was torn and mangled, His atoning flesh was adequate for the sin of man to meet the requirement for God's justice and mercy. He could be just and justify sinners.
- 1 John 1:7
Have your sins been washed away? What can wash away our sins, what can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
When we believe that He is, and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. When we believe, why would we want to continue in our sins? We need to repent of our sins. Confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. And, we need to be baptized in the water, coming in contact with the blood of Jesus to have our sins washed away. And, live a life obedient to Him.
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