Why The Ransom By Flesh And Blood Was Needed?

The flesh feeds on the Body and Blood of Christ that the soul may be fattened on God. 

– Tertullian.

Captives sometimes do not recognize that they are in bondage until someone points it out. The same can be said for this generation. They will never know their bondage in their sins unless it will be pointed out to them. Furthermore, let them know that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). His flesh and blood a ransom for our transgression.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Letter to the Hebrews 2:14-15. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of John 6:34-35: Are You Hungry And Thirst For Your Daily Bread?

Flesh And Blood Freed Us From Death

In the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were offered by Israelites to cover their sins against God (Leviticus 1:1-17). It is in the same context that the author of Hebrews was pointing to. However, the difference is that the final Flesh and Blood was to wash away not only the Israelites’ sins but that of the whole world.

Jesus, as God, cannot die. But in order to save the human race, He had to die to destroy Satan. Further, the incarnation of Jesus was for this purpose. That Jesus Christ, the God-Man, came to earth in human flesh and blood to be the perfect offering for our sins. His resurrection was the final blow to Satan. Furthermore, the hope of His resurrection extended to those who believe and follow Him.

What To Do With Our Flesh And Blood?

If you are a follower of Christ, keep in mind verse 15. We should no longer fear death. For our Lord, Jesus Christ promised that we are no longer in the bondage of Satan. Moreover, He freed all through His death. However, for us to partake in this grace we should not cling to our flesh and blood. Rather, walk-in following the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, let us walk with the Holy Spirit, strengthening our faith in Jesus and not fear death for we have been ransomed by His Flesh and Blood on the cross.

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. How do you understand salvation?
  2. Are you doing good works to be saved?
  3. Have you been freed by the ransom of Jesus’ Flesh and Blood? Accept Jesus Now.
  4. What are you doing with that freedom?
  5. How are you sharing Jesus’ gift of salvation to others?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Saviour and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.

(from Campus Crusade for Christ International)

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