‘…The blood…makes atonement for the soul…’ Leviticus 17:11 NKJV
Jeffrey Ebert says: ‘When I was five years old, before factory-installed seat belts and automobile airbags, my family was driving home at night on a two-lane country road. I was sitting on my mother’s lap when another car driven by a drunk driver swerved into our lane and hit us head on. I don’t have any memory of the collision. I do recall the fear and confusion I felt as I saw myself literally covered with blood from head to toe. Then I learned that the blood wasn’t all mine, but my mother’s. In that split second when the two headlights glared into her eyes, she instinctively…curled her body around mine. It was her body that slammed against the dashboard, her head that shattered the windshield. She took the impact…so that I wouldn’t have to. It took extensive surgery for my mother to recover from her injuries.’ At the cross Jesus took the impact of our sin, and the moment we place our trust in Him, His shed blood reconciles us to God. Consider God’s problem. The Bible says God is ‘…of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness…’ (Habakkuk 1:13 NKJV) So God solves His problem by repositioning us ‘in Christ’, and seeing us ‘through the blood’. The songwriter wrote: ‘When God looks at me He doesn’t see the things I’ve done, He only sees the blood of His crucified Son.’ God’s Word says, ‘The blood…makes atonement for the soul.’ The word ‘atonement’ means ‘at-one-ment’. Wonderful, the blood of Jesus bridges the gap and makes us one with God!
SoulFood: Acts 12-13, Luke 7:36-50, Ps 123, Pr 16:1