Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Crimson Stain Removal
The beloved hymn, Jesus Paid It All, states in the refrain, “Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” Scripture states in Revelation 7:14, “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”. Doesn’t it seem odd that washing crimson (red) stain in red blood turns the article white? You wouldn’t try to remove a red stain on a white wall with red paint. Only God can do this miracle.
Since the days of Noah, God has established rules regarding blood. He commanded Moses, “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.” (Genesis 9:4-5).
When Moses brought the Law, God institutionalized rules regarding blood. “Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats blood—I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from his people. For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life, Therefore, I say to the Israelites, “’None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood’ “ (Leviticus 17:11).
Old Testament Scripture is clear – no blood may be consumed; it was reserved for atonement until Messiah comes. As a result, for centuries Jewish people have implemented strict procedures to purify and remove the blood from meat, making it kosher. In essence, the process tries to remove the crimson stain in the meat, with the animal’s blood left to make atonement on the altar.
Kosher slaughtering requires a single cut across the neck of the animal, severing all veins and arteries. The animal is then bled to death. The meat is processed by a technique known as melihah, where the meat is soaked in water, covered completely by kosher salt, and then removing the salt by shaking and rewashing. The process is overseen by a rabbi. Roasting the meat removes remaining blood.
The problem with atonement by animal blood was its temporary effect and required ongoing sacrifice. During the Temple periods, Levitical priests made daily sacrifices, sprinkling the blood of bulls and goats on the altar to wash away the people’s sins. Once a year, the high priest was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place to make atonement for the nation of Israel, but each year he had to repeat the process. In contrast, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross atoned for all sin for all time for peoples of all nations. He made a permanent atonement for our sins; additional shedding of blood is unnecessary. He is now and forever our High Priest because He is worthy.
“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and salves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having eternal redemption. …How much more, then, will the blood of Christ , who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the Living God.” (Hebrews 9:12, 14). “In fact, the Law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22). Revelation 5:6-14 echoes these facts.
Blood is obviously crucial to God’s plan, but how does it cleanse? As implied in Hebrews, the Spirit is involved, so we may never know exactly. In my mind, however, it seems God gave us analogies or clues to help our finite minds understand how red blood cleanses crimson stains, or at least insight on how we err by judging by Earthly standards or by sight. Whether these ideas are true or misleading, we need to remember God is omnipotent and does not think or act as we humans do. His plan works regardless of whether He reveals the details. We just need to have faith.
We often forget how blood is composed of two types of cells – red blood cells “stained” by iron-rich hemoglobin, and white blood cells, which are not. White blood cells are part of the immune system and function to protect the body against infectious diseases and foreign invasion – a cleansing function. Sin is a disease of the soul, a fatal disease unless it is purged and cleansed. It is through Christ’s blood we are purged, cleansed, and set free from our sin. We should thank “Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.” (Revelation 1:5).
Further, white blood cells contain nuclei, unlike the red cells. Nuclei act as the cell’s “brain”, which gives white blood cells more power than red blood cells. White blood cells may not cleanse us spiritually, but God is the ultimate power and brain, our omniscient LORD, who knows how He makes atonement with blood.
We must remember – knowledge and obeisance of the Law did not cleanse; it only served as a mirror of our sin. It is the Holy Spirit, white and pure, who cleanses us by keeping our thoughts, words, and deeds pure. The Spirit is our Counselor, our Advisor, and our spiritual brain to help us live Godly lives.
My analogy is no doubt errant and falls short of the power and majesty God possesses. Nevertheless, Scripture states He uses to wash our robes white as snow. It serves only as a reminder that we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) – if God said it, blood cleanses no matter how it happens. Though His ways cannot be explained in human terms, they are His perfect ways. We are dead in our sin, but alive through the blood of Christ. God told us the blood cleanses crimson stains; if it were not true He would have told us.
How God removes our sinful, crimson stains may always remain a mystery. It is normal, however, to believe in Him and His promise that the blood of Christ washes our robes so we can be seen as perfect when we stand before Him. From the days of Noah, God revealed how crucial blood is to His plan of salvation. Jesus’ incarnation, perfect life, and shedding of blood on the Cross completed that plan. We don’t have to know how God works the miracle of our salvation. We only need to rest assured that the blood of the Lamb will do the job. Any other way is an insult to Him.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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