February 25

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, …, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.

Leviticus 17:11 ESV

It’s always been the blood. The first human’s sin was covered by blood when God prepared them clothing from an animal. Blood wasn’t just for atonement. It was for covenant. Animals were cut in two to seal a covenant between God and Abraham. We even see it in the marriage covenant; a woman sheds blood when the two become one and seals the covenant. And Jesus taught the disciples saying, “This is the blood of the covenant.” Yes, it was the blood of atonement too, making a way for the cleansing of our sins, but it also sealed a promise.

What promise do we live with by the shed blood of Jesus?

“The life is in the blood.” It’s His life given to us. We don’t just receive forgiveness. That only spares wrath. We receive the life of Christ in us. In Him we live, move, have our being, have freedom from sin, access to the Father, love, life. Our life is in His blood.