The Passover Lamb had its blood removed for two reasons; 1) the blood would serve as a sign to God, that those living in the house where the door posts were covered by it, belonged to Him; and 2) the Jews were not permitted to eat an animal that did not have its blood removed. The animal had to be dead prior to preparing it for a meal, and because the life of the animal is in its blood, removing the blood insured all that it was dead (Gen. 9:4; Lev. 17:11; Deut. 12:16). As Christians, we do not literally drink Christ's blood, nor eat His body, but our symbolic act serves to proclaim His death until He returns (Jn. 6:53-56; 1 Cor. 11:26).
During the suffering of Christ, His blood was poured out for the same reason: to prove He died. Jesus began shedding His divine blood with a scourging, and a crown of thorns that was beaten down upon His head (Mt. 27:26-30; Mk. 15:15-19; Jn. 19:1-2). He again bled when He was nailed to the cross through His hands and feet (Mt. 27:35; Mk. 15:24; Lk. 23:33; Jn. 19:18; 20:25). Finally, the blood of Jesus was shed when one of the soldiers pierced His heart with his spear, and "water and blood" poured out (Jn. 19:34).
Here are just seven of the reasons why the shedding of His blood is important to us:
* It is not by our works, but by His blood that we are saved (Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 10:19).
* It is a covenant between God and His born again children (Mt. 26:28; Heb. 13:20).
* It purchased/redeemed God's children (Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
* It allows a just and righteous God to forgive sinners (Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:22).
* It is the means by which sinners are cleansed of their sin (1 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 1:5).
* It is the means by which God justifies us (Rom. 3:24-25; 5:9).
* It is the means by which God makes His children perfect (Heb. 13:20-21).
You know the value of something by what someone is willing to pay for it;
God was willing to pay for our salvation with the blood of His only begotten Son!
Thanks be to God!!!!!!!