In many churches today, the cross, and the blood are offensive. They are depicted as too gory and not something to talk about.
Yet, I wonder, what is there to talk about apart from the cross and the blood of Jesus.
Here in Nepal, the sacrifice of bulls and goats is a common thing. Back in the fall my kids and I watched as our neighbor slit the throat of a goat, pouring out its blood. At festival time, hundreds of bulls are sacrificed up to the gods.
And I can’t help but be reminded of the verse which says, “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4)
The blood that is shed here as a sacrifice can not cleanse them of their sins. No amount of good deeds they do can appease the gods.
As I daily walk past, and see these people living in darkness, going through their own religious motions, my heart breaks.For I know that apart from the blood of Jesus, they can not be forgiven. Apart from the blood of Jesus, they will die and be eternally separated from the One True God.
“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:11-14)”
Jesus has come and been sacrificed once for all. His blood is enough!
So as we celebrate the cross, as we celebrate the blood that has cleansed us and set us free. As we celebrate our risen Savior.
Let us not forget that as His children, it is our responsibility, no our duty, to go and share this good news with those all around us.
IT IS FINISHED!
WHAT A JOY, WHAT A SAVIOR!