Before reading this, you may want to read Part 1, Why did Jesus have to Die on the Cross, or you can read on, it is up to you.
What an amazing thing that Jesus did, pouring out all his blood for us. In today’s society blood doesn’t have the same meaning as it did back in Jesus time. We don’t even see blood very much any more. I know we might smash a finger now and then or maybe see someone get paper cut or something of that nature. If we do see anything more tramatic than that, it is very rare. At the most maybe once every six months or so do we see any real amount of blood, unless you are in law enforcement or work in a hospital.
Back in the time of Jesus and even up to 100 years ago, blood was an everyday occurrence. If you wanted meat to eat, a chicken or a pig, you killed it yourself, usually with a knife or an ax or something up close and personal. The animal’s blood would spill out and with it the life of whatever you were killing.
Blood has a much deeper meaning or function in life besides just as something gross. It is life to us as creatures, but it is also a substance that covers sins, for reasons that we may never know this side of Heaven. By taking the life of an animal and offering it as a sacrifice, you could cover your sin, or pay for it you might say.
Now, when I say pay for the sin, I don’t actually mean totally pay it off. One way to think of sin is as a kind of debt that we owe. We owe it because Adam chose to sin and therefore we are born with a nature that wants to sin. Just like owing a bank a sum of money, you owe a debt of sin to the world. This debt is something that must be paid for. There is no way out of it. So before Jesus came, a sacrifice had to be made and the life fluid of that creature had to be spilled to make a payment for what you owe.
The big problem with this kind of a payment is that you are only paying interest and it just keeps the bank from repossessing your home and throwing you in prison until enough time is served to pay the debt. How much time do we owe for our sins? The answer is eternity. Never ending torcher and suffering is the only payment that we can give as humans to pay for this in full.
There was only one human that could pay for those debts, and that was Jesus, who wasn’t really human, but took on a human body for 33 years to pay that debt that we cannot pay for. One of the reasons that He could pay for it was that the blood of Jesus is unique. One of the things about Jesus’ blood that is unlike any other human is that He had no earthly father. Jesus had a mother, Mary, but He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, which is part of the Trinity (a future topic, too big to discuss here). The blood of Jesus had no y chromosome.
His blood was then pure. He could die and make the payment for our sins. One other thing besides paying for our sins with His blood was that death had to be conquered. Death had appeared on the earth when Adam and Eve basically handed the dominion of the earth over to Satan, the Devil. From the time of the fall of man until Jesus Christ came to the earth, the devil and death held sway here. Satan had some legal right to the earth and our spirits in a way.
When Jesus came to the earth, Satan did not perceive the reason. It never occurred to him that the Creator of the Universe would come to “his” little earth to suffer and die for the human race, especially after he (Satan) had tricked them into betraying that Creator. From the moment that Jesus came into his physical body as an infant, Satan saw his chance and tried continually to kill him. He wanted the thing that was most precious to the Father in Heaven and the one who he wanted the position of, Jesus.
I think he thought to himself, “Here is my chance. I’ve got Him in my realm now and in a vulnerable human form too yet.” Little did the devil know that was what God had counted on all along. Satan devised the most painful, awful way that could possibly be imagined to die, and put it to use on Jesus.
On the cross, Jesus then took on all our sins (debts that we could never pay) and covered and paid for them in full with His perfect blood. So horrible was the sin on Him when he died, that the Father in Heaven could not even bear to look upon His only Son. Then He died.
This is where Satan thought he had won! He had killed God’s Son and taken Him to Death, but he was mistaken! Jesus fought with him in an epic battle that we cannot imagine in our earthly minds. The power that was displayed was unimaginable. The awesome might of Jesus was displayed in the underworld and you can bet that the Devil was fighting with everything he had, because he then knew that if Jesus won and conquered Death, he was finished!
After three days that I cannot imagine the battle raged, and then Jesus took the scepter of Death, so to speak, from the hand of Satan, and walked out of the grave. Satan was then defeated. His reign over the earth and us had come to an end. All he has now is the panic and hatred of a defeated spirit, not knowing the time of his eternal punishment, but knowing that it is now imminent.
Jesus on the other hand had the key to unlock death itself for us. We could then, once again have true life, all we have to do is choose to take it.
That is what the power in the blood of Jesus has to do with us.