Almost everyone has heard the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. Eve was tempted by the serpent to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge (which God had forbidden), and gave it to Adam. Man then became alienated from God and physically began to die. These events are all recorded in the first few chapters of Genesis.
A very important series of events follows. God made “garments of skins for Adam and his wife,” Genesis 3:21. Because of their sin, Adam and Eve knew that they were naked, and they knew that they needed to be covered. To make clothing required the killing of animals, and the shedding of their blood. To cover sin, the shedding of blood is required as payment. A price had to be paid, and the price for sin is death.
In the next chapter of Genesis, Cain and Able brought offerings to God. God did not approve of Cain’s offerings because he offered the fruit from the ground that grew, but involved no shedding of blood. But he did approve of Able’s offering, because Able brought the firstlings of his flock. This was the offering of animals… having blood.
Eventually Moses was called to take God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. During their journey through the wilderness God did many miraculous things to reveal Himself to His people, but the people continued in unbelief. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments; His intention was for man to realize how far they had fallen short of His glory, but the people feared God, and they did not want to hear his voice. They only wanted Moses to tell them what God had said.
God’s solution was to set up the Priesthood. So that the High Priest of the people could come before Him and offer animal sacrifices for the sins of the people, year by year . Again it must be emphasized, that the animal sacrifices were made over and over again, because no animal blood had the power to take away sin forever.
Then at His appointed time in history, God Himself intervened in the hopeless situation of man, by sending His own Son. He was born of a virgin. He was not a common man. God was His father. He came in the form of man, fully human, but without the sin nature, because God was his Father. He lived a sinless life. No one else has done or ever could do that. He healed the sick, and displayed God’s nature for all to see. He was persecuted by the religious leaders of the day, and eventually these religious leaders were the ones that tortured and crucified Him, out of jealousy. They loved positions of esteem in their religion, yet they did not even recognize the prophesied Messiah. They crucified Him at the time of the Passover. It was, in fact, the exact time the high priest was to enter into the Holy of Holies to offer the yearly sacrifice for the sins of the people.
This time, because of the Blood of Christ was being shed, the thick veil that kept all but the high priest out of the Holy of Holies was torn from the top to the bottom, by God! Hebrews 9:12 says, “And not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Verse 14 says, “how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Now that Christ has died for our sins, there remains no more need for animal sacrifice. All that is required for the forgiveness of sins is confession to God of our sinful state, recognition that his Son, Jesus, shed His Blood for the forgiveness of our sins, and belief that He resurrected with the promise to us that death no longer has the power to hold us in the grave. Romans 6:5 says, “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.”
Heaven will be our eternal Home! We all should shout “Hallelujah for the BLOOD of the Lamb, Christ the Son”, and for the promise to be with Him eternally!