February 17 The Precious Blood

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:17–21

Key Verse: Romans 3:23

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

In Genesis we read about God performing the first animal sacrifice: “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21 nasb).

Adam Clarke writes it is not likely that “sacrifice could have ever occurred to the mind of man without an express revelation from God.” The slaying of the animals was His chosen way to atone for Adam and Eve’s transgression. A blood sacrifice was the only payment that would suffice.

Many years later, God gave the Israelites specific commands concerning sacrifice for sins, from how to prepare the animal to what the priests should wear to what to do with the leftover portions from the altar. But the bottom-line requirement was still the same—blood.

When Jesus died on the cross, He literally took our place by becoming the ultimate and final sacrifice for mankind’s sin. Once we accept Him as our Savior, our sins are covered by His precious, atoning blood.

Jesus submitted His life to the power of death for a time so that you can have life for all time. He satisfied once and for all God’s requirement for forgiveness: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23 nasb). The precious blood of Jesus is the only cleansing agent that works.

Lord, let the precious, cleansing blood of Your Son, Jesus, flow over my life today. O cleansing stream, cover me![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 50). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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