December 26, 2009

Oh the Blood!: John 19-21

John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out."

This verse jumped out at me as I read the all-familiar crucifixion story. The blood that washes us white as snow- the blood, that is applied to us as we are dipped in the name charged waters of baptism. O! The blood, that brings atonement- bridging the gap that our sins created.

This reminds me of a shadow of the cross that can be seen in the cleansing ritual in leviticus 14. Two birds are brought to the altar, one is killed over running water, in an earthen vessel, and the live one is dipped in the blood of the sacrificed one. The live bird is set free, now covered in the blood of the offered bird.

Astounding to see the same principle of blood, and running water, and the earthen vessel ( the body of Christ), and redemption because of the dipping in blood .

Worthy is the lamb that was "slain, before the foundation of the world!"(Rev. 13:8)

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