Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

At the scene of an accident where life-threatening injury has occurred and immediate medical attention is needed, it would be entirely uncaring and unhelpful in that moment to question the injured about who is at fault. When a hurricane is raging and floodwaters are rising is not the time to begin researching decisions made by city-planners to argue what they could have done differently. In those moments, rather than asking questions about why disaster happened, we ask, “What can be done to save us from the problem we are facing right now?”

Sin exists. It is a reality for every person who has ever and will ever live. In the face of that reality, it would be foolish and largely unhelpful to spend our time debating the reasons why instead of seeking to understand how we might be saved from its effects. In Hebrews 9:22 the writer answers that question for us. The only way to be saved from the effects of sin is by the shedding of blood. This was true for those under the old covenant--purification came with the spilled blood of animals. Without blood, purification could not take place. Further, it was not until Jesus Christ, God’s perfect and holy Son, established the new covenant by shedding His blood on the cross that the fullness of purification was put into effect and forgiveness of sins was given once and for all. This, also, is reality we must choose to accept if we are to receive its benefits. Without the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross, there is no forgiveness or eternal life for any of us. With the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross, there is forgiveness and eternal life for all who receive it.

• How can you escape the effects of your sin?

• Some people might look at Hebrews 9:22 and say it is limiting. How is it actually freeing, instead?

• Thank God that only one thing is needed for forgiveness of sins and that Jesus Christ took care of it on the cross. Invite Him to help you walk in the purity of Jesus’ shed blood for you.