When Jesus died on the cross the history of mankind was split in two. The entire existence of humanity was changed forever. No longer would mankind depend on His own observance of religious practices… from that moment forward a new pathway to God was provided for us… ‘the precious blood of Jesus’.
Not only did Jesus create an entirely new pathway to God, he declared that the old pathway was obsolete. Heb. 8:13 says “By calling this covenant new, He has made the first one obsolete…”
The thing that changed for me and every human being is that 2000 years ago a new decree was sounded throughout the courts of heaven “from now on no man may come to Me on the basis of his own merits, they must now come to me based on the merit of the blood of my Son Jesus”. That blood has broken down the dividing wall between us and God. Eph. 2:14-15 “He has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with it’s commandments and regulations”.
Have you ever given someone a gift, only to have them re-gift it to someone else. Perhaps a birthday present that turns up re-wrapped and presented to someone else at Christmas. The gift didn’t hold great value to the initial receiver so the best thing to do was pass it on to someone who might make better use of it.
In some respects this is what happens a lot between us and God. The most precious and costly gift in the universe was presented to us at the cross – the precious blood of Jesus – but we don’t quite know what to do with it, we know it has value, but we can’t find a way to make it useful in our lives, and so we re-wrap it in the hope that someone else will like it.
We were not mean to re-gift the blood of Jesus. We were meant to discover the wonder of it for ourselves and then to present ourselves as ‘living sacrifices’ – people who have discovered that His blood shed for us changes everything.
Perhaps the greatest abuse to be perpetrated against the blood of Jesus is not by atheists or Muslims but by Christians who have been presented with the gift of life – the very blood of Jesus – and then live out their lives disbelieving that his blood changes everything… that we now have direct, complete and free access to the throne of God, an unbreakable union with Him.