“It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed … but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
What a strange statement! True, though gold is very resilient it is not imperishable—it will tarnish eventually. Blood, on the other hand, is certainly perishable, it goes off quickly. Yet Peter insists that gold has less value than Jesus’ blood.
Gold (or wealth) is what the world values above everything. But this world’s wealth carries no spiritual value at all; whereas the blood of Jesus produces something of lasting value. When heaven and earth vanish, the redeeming power of Christ’s blood will continue forever.
Men speak of “precious metals” but God’s word speaks of “the precious blood of Christ.” It does what money cannot do – it cleanses sinners. No one can claim to be without sin. In fact, it is self-deception to say we have no sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Everyone has a sin problem. No amount of gold or silver could ever make restitution for even one sin against God. That’s why Christ’s blood is so precious. It is the only substance with enough power to erase our debt of sin. The apostle John said, “The blood of Jesus Christ [God’s] son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). The book of Revelation depicts millions singing to Christ as Lord, “You were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God … You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10).
Long ago the blood of Christ’s life seeped from His heart. It stained Calvary’s hill, spelling out in crimson letters the story of the love that surpasses all love. Christ’s death was His greatest achievement – and God’s greatest act. The power of love conquered sin and death.
All the world’s great religions show that people expect to pay for their sins. Some do penance, while others expect to suffer cleansing agonies in the flames of Purgatory.
The Christian gospel has a different message! It says: “Jesus has paid for it all.” That is the matchless glory of the gospel – the gospel Paul and Peter preached. They took that message into a world laden with guilt. “My brothers,” Paul said, “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” (Acts 13:38). If Jesus has already suffered and paid the price for our sin there is no need for us to suffer or pay for that debt again?
When soldiers hammered nails through Christ’s living flesh, His blood covered their hands. Yet Jesus kept on praying, “Father, forgive them, for they do know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). If they received His forgiveness, then the same blood that stained their hands also washed their hearts. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
Many people make the mistake of hiding their sin from God – there is no need, for God has provided a cleansing for our sin. When John the Baptist realized who Jesus was he cried out: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
If you put your faith in the risen Lord Jesus today, then his blood will totally remove your sin forever, and you will receive the free gift of eternal life.
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