What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. That timeless hymn rings ever true in our hearts. It’s the basis for all salvation. The embodiment of the depths of God’s love for us. Yet if someone were to ask you, “why the blood of Jesus?” Could you supply and answer?
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” – 1 Peter 3:15
Why Is Jesus The Only Way?
Often times people like to try to complicate the gospel to make it seem that they hold some special truth that others don’t. This is done to deceive the simple into following them and building their kingdom, rather then following God and building His. God does not wish that any should parish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), so He made it simple. There is nothing complicated about salvation, it is a free gift to all that wish to receive. But it must be done God’s way. Because pride caused the falls of both angels and men, only by humility can we be restored through repentance of that pride. When people say things like, “there are many ways to God”, or “my God wouldn’t judge me”, or they try to gain enlightenment, get to God, or cover their sin in any other way then the one God has offered, they are clinging to their pride and attempting to elevate their own intellect and self above God. You can’t do it, you have to humble yourself and realize this before you can be restored. There is only one way, God’s way.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” – John 3:36
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” – John 10:9-11
Because of the sin of Adam we are all born into iniquity, having a knowledge of (and desire for) both good and evil. Adam walked regularly with God prior to this fall but when the serpent told them that by eating the fruit, the eyes of their understanding would be opened and they would be as God, pride came in and they desired the intellectual elevation. In pride they wanted to think it possible to be as Gods. With this, Satan had caused a second fall with the same prideful lie as the first. Adam and Eves eyes were indeed opened, their actions opened them to their own shamefulness, to the depravity of their hearts desire to sin against God. They were no longer clothed in righteousness, and they knew it. They were naked. Before this disobedience to God’s commandment they knew only good, but now that they found themselves to be guilty of disobeying God, for the first time they knew both good, and evil. The serpents twisted words were true, but not in the way they had perceived. They had been tricked and where now slaves to sin and the master of it.
Adam and Eve knew they were naked and it shamed them. They wanted to hide the fact that they were now walking in the flesh so they tried to figure out a way on their own. They made for themselves skirts of leaves but this covering was utterly useless, it was fragile, weak, very temporary, and didn’t hide anything (much like our own attempts to hide or overcome our sins). Once they realized they could not be as God they humbled themselves and confessed their sins to God, recognizing Him as God and their only hope of redemption. So with that, God came and provided a way to cover their shame. He killed animals and made them coats of skins, the first sacrifice. Their sin had now officially brought death into the world, and through the shedding of innocent blood, their sin and shame was covered. Covered, but not removed.
“But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” – Hebrews 10:3-4
Adam and Eves shame may have been covered by this animal sacrifice, but it did not remove their sin. They were still bound by it. If anything it served to make them more shameful of it, being reminded of it and the remorse of both their sin and the death it was causing. They had chosen to become the servants of sin and God in His righteousness could not steal them back, as stealing is a sin and God cannot sin. They had to be bought, purchased with a price.
“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” – John 8:34
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” – Acts 20:28
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” – Romans 6:16-18
The blood of animals in the Old Testament served to cover our sin, but it did not remove it. Therefor man was still servant to sin, an unholy vessel, unfit to either house the Holy Spirit of God, or enter the Kingdom of God in eternal glory. This is why the Holy Spirit only came temporarily as a covering prior to Christ, but was able to come as an indwelling after. Because only the Blood of Jesus was sufficient to remove sin by His purchasing us back from being the servants of it. So now that we can be made clean and Holy, have all sin removed by the purchasing, cleansing, and redemptive blood of Jesus (the final sacrifice), we can be made fit vessels for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in, and we can once again “walk with God”. Jesus, prophesied of from the Garden of Eden (the very place of our fall), came and reconciled us to our father through His blood (the source of our redemption). There is no other way… their never was.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 1:5-6
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
Jesus is the only way to redemption, only through the purchasing power of His blood can we be reconciled to God. Without it we are damned already, belonging to our master, the ever prideful satan. Jesus paid the price to set us free, it’s up to us to humble ourselves and receive it.
How To Be Redeemed:
All you must do to be saved is believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the only way to the Father, that He came and died to purchase you back and set you free from sin. You must humble yourself and acknowledge that you have sinned and need Him to save you. Repent of (meaning to choose to turn away from) your sins and ask Him to wash you in His cleansing Blood, making you pure before Him. Then ask Him to come into your heart and be with you forever.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20