1 Peter 1:17-21 (NIV)
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
Many churches today have erased all mention of the blood of Jesus Christ from their worship services. But the shedding of blood is essential to our Christian faith. Without a sacrifice, none of us could have a relationship with the heavenly Father. For that reason, God wove the story of death, renewal, and reconciliation like a red thread through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
What do you have if you remove the blood from the body? You are left with a lifeless corpse, right? The same is true of the Bible. Scripture would be no more than historical literature if we edited out all the “unpleasant” parts regarding animal sacrifices, Jesus dying on the cross, or the power of His blood.
God designed the redemption system in such a way that anyone could understand the connection between shed blood and freedom from sin. The Lord gave detailed instructions for offering a perfect animal sacrifice so that His holiness would be satisfied. God also wanted His followers to understand that sin brought terrible consequences and resulted in death.
The first fatality in Scripture was the animal whose skin was used to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness.
Genesis 3:21 (NIV)
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
Every time an Israelite brought a lamb or a pair of doves to the priest, he recognized that “the wages of sin is death.”
Romans 6:23 (NIV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God chose a graphic solution to the world’s sin problem. Therefore, believers cannot be squeamish about explaining what truly happened at Golgotha. The words that we choose influence listeners. “Jesus shed His blood for you” is a powerful statement, which is also the message God repeats throughout His Word.
The next time we find ourselves explaining the gospel message to someone, we need to be sure we don’t leave out any of the gory details. If we do, we are not giving them the chance to see how amazing of a sacrifice Jesus really made for us. We would not be giving them the full picture of what really happened and that would really be a shame. We are called to be “spreaders” of the gospel, not “editors” of it.