“And not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12 (NASB)
The love of Christ is greater than all difficulties, so powerful that it overcomes all opposition, so patient that it refuses to be hindered.
Christ willingly suffered all the agony and misery that was heaped upon Him, body, soul, and spirit. He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world, and the wrath of God was poured out upon Him in judgment against sin. He was smitten of God, He paid the sin-price in full, and secured eternal redemption for us.
Christ gave Himself–and His sacrifice, His blood, honored God far more than our sins and iniquities dishonored Him. “Through His own blood” He entered into the very presence of God. It is necessary that we see the cross–the death, the shed blood of Jesus; but it is also necessary that we recognize the importance of the blood permitting Jesus to enter into the presence of God.
Without “faith in His blood” (Rom. 3:25) and without faith in His resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4) the sinner cannot be saved. It is His shed blood and His resurrection that make our eternal redemption a reality.
There are many truly born again believers who have never enjoyed their spiritual birthright because they have never allowed the Holy Spirit to reveal to them the truth that Christ is the Author of eternal life, and our eternal life is through the redemption He obtained by His own blood. I am saved today–not through any works of righteousness which I have done, can do, or will do. I am a child of God through the blood of the Lamb, the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no other way to be saved for without the shedding of blood there is no remission.
“The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”
Matthew 17:22-23 (HCSB)