- To Christ, an expression of love (John 15:13)
- To God, an appeasement of His wrath (Rom. 5:9).
- To the Devil, the scribes, and Pharisees, a sign of their supposed victory (Heb. 2:14; John 19:6ff).
- To the mob, apparent weakness (Mat. 27:42).
- To the disciples, seeming defeat (John 21:3).
- To those who lived rebelliously, nothing (1 Cor. 1:17).
- To those who died in disobedience, an essential but missing element (cf. John 6:53).
- To those who lived obediently, atonement (Eph. 1:7).
- To those who died having walked in the light, everything (1 Jn. 1:7).
Untold millions are unaware of the value of the blood of Jesus. You and I must decide what the blood of Jesus means to us. Interestingly, in four different ways, the Bible tells us that what the blood does for us we obtain the benefit of through baptism.
—The blood of Christ sanctifies (Heb. 13:12). We are sanctified by baptism (Eph. 5:25-27).
—The blood of Christ washes away sins (Rev. 1:5-6). Sins are washed away at baptism (Acts 22:16).
—The blood of Christ remits sins (Mat. 26:28). Sins are remitted through baptism (Acts 2:38).
—Jesus shed His blood in His death (John 19:34). We contact the dead of Jesus at baptism (Romans 6:3-4).
The Bible makes clear not just what the blood of Christ means to our souls, but also how we get the benefit of that blood. May we do what God says do to receive the benefits of Jesus’ blood and continue to walk in the light of Christ in order to have that blood continually cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:7).