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"Without the shedding of blood is no remission." --Hebrews 9:22
This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were
sins, even typically, removed without blood- shedding. In no case, by no means
can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope
for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a
thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in Him? Is the blood of
His atonement truly applied to my soul? All men are on a level as to their need
of Him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will
not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less
potent than the blood of Him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. What a
blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?
Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice that
all our sins are forgiven us for Christ's sake. Their works, and prayers, and
ceremonies, give them very poor comfort; and well may they be uneasy, for they
are neglecting the one great salvation, and endeavouring to get remission
without blood. My soul, sit down, and behold the justice of God as bound to
punish sin; see that punishment all executed upon thy Lord Jesus, and fall down
in humble joy, and kiss the dear feet of Him whose blood has made atonement for
thee. It is in vain when conscience is aroused to fly to feelings and evidences
for comfort: this is a habit which we learned in the Egypt of our legal bondage.
The only restorative for a guilty conscience is a sight of Jesus suffering on
the cross. "The blood is the life thereof," says the Levitical law, and let us
rest assured that it is the life of faith and joy and every other holy grace.
"Oh! how sweet to view the flowing
Of my Saviour's precious blood;
With divine assurance knowing
He has made my peace with God."