Blood

Preaching and Worship Resources about Blood

Blood is liquid life, and the Bible drips with it — from the blood of Abel "crying out" from the stained earthly soil of Genesis 4:10 to the heavenly rider wearing a "robe dipped in blood" while leading the celestial army in Revelation 19:13. As blood is intimately connected with life itself (Deut. 12:23) and God is the author of life (Acts 3:15), he is the owner of blood. That insight grounds the Bible's prohibition against murder (Gen. 9:6), as well as against the eating of "flesh with its life, that is, its blood" (Gen. 9:4; cf. Acts 21:25). Those same connections between life and blood and the shedding of blood with death explain the atoning function of the sacrificial system. As "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23), blood becomes redemption's natural currency: "[W]ithout the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Heb. 9:22). Hence blood has the sacred weight to seal covenants (Ex. 24:8, Matt. 26:28) and must be sacrificially splattered, smeared, sprinkled, and poured throughout the book of Leviticus. In the New Testament, the sacramental, covenantal, and sacrificial meanings of blood converge in the life of God flowing through the veins of the Messiah. For "through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross" (Col. 1:20; c.f. Eph. 2:13, Rom. 3:23 - 25, Rom. 5:9).


Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.