~ Chapter 3 ~
Redemption Is The Disciple’s Fascination
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). Remission of what? SIN (Acts 10:43). Ever since sin entered the human race, it has always been an offense towards God. The only atonement for sin would have to come through the shedding of blood. Yes, it’s gruesome, yet equally, that’s how much sin costs. God did this with the children of Israel, informing them “when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” (Exodus 12:13). His wrath was dispensed and all who did not have the “blood” of slaughtered animals on their doorpost experienced death in their families. Also, through the sacrificial system in the Book of Leviticus, you find that not even the blood of bulls and goats can atone for sin (Hebrews 10:4). This leaves a gap, an uncompleted account for the sins of mankind.
It is for this purpose that Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth. All have sinned (Romans 3:23) and are in eternal need of a Savior. No one could die for another’s sin, because of having sin within. Someone would have to die for sin that had no sin, making the sacrifice for sin pure, holy, and spotless. This would satisfy the demand of our Holy God, and it would be that only Jesus would meet that demand, for He “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, for you and for me, Christ was tortured, butchered, cursed, ridiculed, mocked, spat upon, beaten, scourged, pierced, and ultimately crucified for the sins of the world (Isaiah 53: 4-8). The offering for sin has been satisfied!
Therefore, Jesus Christ literally substituted your place on the cross (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 4:10), taking the heat of the wrath of God for your sin. What amazing love. To be sure you never forget it, He commands communion.