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The Blood of His Cross

God proposed through Him to reconcile the world to Himself, making peace through His blood, which was shed upon the cross. 

Colossians 1:20

One of the most wonderful statements in all the Bible concerning the unique character of our Lord Jesus Christ, is found in the first chapter of Colossians, in verses fourteen to twenty, and if you examine them, you will see that they begin and close with a reference to the redeeming Blood of His cross, as if this was the basis of His glorious pre-eminence.

Sin and death were linked together as cause and effect at the very beginning. “In the day thou eatest thereof, thou shall surely die.” When Adam sinned, death at once appeared in his seeking to bury himself out of God’s sight. The sin of Cain also drove him “out from the presence of the Lord.” Those who have not been reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, are represented as dead while they live.

The Blood of His Cross must be distinguished from the blood of every cross. The blood of those who were crucified with Christ availeth nothing. Although the blood of all humanity could be spilt upon a cross, it would not atone for one sin in the sought of God. The emphasis should not be put on the cross so much as on the fact that it was His Cross, and that all that He was in His humanity, in His Divine dignity, glory, and honor, was sacrificed there. “There is life in the Blood,” and what a life this was! All the preciousness and immeasurable worth of the life of God is here represented in the Blood of Christ. The pouring out of that Blood on the Cross was the pouring out of His soul, with all its infinite wealth of purity, love, and power. He gave Himself for us. This is easily said. But how can finite minds grasp all that Himself means to the eye and heart of God. Only the Eternal Father can understand and fully appreciate the value of the soul of the Eternal Son. The Blood of Christ then, shed for our sins, is that which stands for all that Christ Himself is before God on our behalf.

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