NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD
by Michelle Shelfer
Washed In Blood?
How can you wash something in blood? That just doesn’t make sense! Every woman knows that. Females become particularly skilled at washing blood away because of monthly necessity, and even as mothers binding the wounds of their children. If I spill spaghetti sauce on my blouse, you don’t hear me say, “No worries – I’ve got my Super Stainmaster Formula Goat Blood.”
When old Jacob is prophecying over his son Judah, we learn that Judah’s lineage is to be the one of the twelve sons and tribes that will bring forth the Messiah. Oddly though, Judah is said to wash his garments in wine, his clothes in the blood of grapes – again, not an option I would try on my Fendi Bouclé Skirt.
John tells us in Revelation that the ones coming out of the great tribulation “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” The Lamb’s blood made the robes white?
What makes the blood of Jesus a cleansing blood and not a staining blood?
Holy Laundry Detergent
Sin is filthy and shows up as a nasty stain on our spiritual garments. When we are “born from above” the stain is powered out, all without harsh chemicals or fumes. The holy laundry detergent that accomplishes this is the blood of Jesus.
We know that “it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Lev 17:11) The temple sacrifices were surely a mucky affair from all the animal blood that needed to be processed. Yet, as messy as they were, a purging resulted. (Heb 9:22)
In the book of Revelation John was overcome with the image of Jesus on his white horse in heaven, “clothed in a vesture dipped in blood.” (Rev 19:13) In his final victory over sin, this vesture identifies Jesus with his shed blood.
The current musical selection speaks of a soldier in God’s army, wishing nothing more than to serve that victorious figure on the white horse, under his blood-stained banner, a standard marked with the very substance God used to scrub us clean, as a mother uses her own spittle to lovingly wipe the dirt off the face of her child.
“What can wash away my sin? ‘Shout it out!’ with the blood of Jesus!”Last Update: 2013-08-12 16:41