Jesus sacrifice was not a blood sacrifice, in the way of commonly accepted blood sacrifices. [23-11-2015] It says he was put forward AS a blood sacrifice, it means it was PRESENTED as such, meaning that it WAS NOT such a sacrifice. [or similar]
Sacrifices like this are an appeasement to an offended deity, and YOU CANNOT TREAT GOD AS AN OFFENDED DEITY.
God is love, he is not OFFENDED or OFFENDABLE. He is pure benevolence. Even if some biblical expressions may suggest this, it is because it is accepted that men are IGNORANT of the true nature of “their” God that things are written this way.
Through his son, God attracted attention to his true nature. He was “presented” in the simplest form possible, that of the previous Judaistic sacrifices. It was taught that “the life is in the blood”. This is primitiveness and simplistic. Of course “the life is in the blood”, because when you remove the blood, the subject dies. There can be no life without blood. You might as well say there can be no life without a heart. Both are true.
Christ’s blood did nothing, his love did everything. Jesus suffered the penalty for sin, which was death. He also suffered the RESULT of sin, which was also suffering, the suffering that leads to death. But the spiritual death itself, while a person is alive, is what and why the suffering exists. So people suffer the internal death that they wear simply by being human.
This is why God’s mercy and forgiveness, even his “forbearing” makes sense. Though mankind can be blamed for the sin they cause, they also cannot be blamed for having been created human. Even though scripture is quick to defend itself, via Paul’s words. God is sovereign, and can do what he likes. But this does little to help understand the nature of God.
The appearance of Christ was the revelation of God. The reason the Christ came, was to “destroy the works of the devil”**. But his motivation was LOVE. And the way we come to accept who he is, is also through LOVE. “We know him through the forgiveness of our sin”. But our sin is only forgiven on the basis of Christ’s “sacrifice” for us. But though he willingly went to the cross, not without stress and duress though, it was through the actions of those who were carrying out those very works he had come to destroy.
So his death was the end result of the processes of sin at work in the world, which processes murdered him. No part of this “sacrifice”, be it blood or death, played any part in “removing” our sin, as such. This sacrifice happened thousands of years ago, yet men continue to sin, and their sins remain with them until death, unless they do something about it. Men “leave their life of sin” when they recognise the love of God involved in the actions of his son, and when they submit to that love, or at least are initially obedient to that which draws them to his love, via his Son on the cross.
Jesus himself had long since left the cross and ascended into heaven. Whatever took place on the cross in regard to men’s sin, is long past, and seemingly disassociated from today’s world. It is FAITH that removes sin from men’s hearts. True, it might be seen as FAITH IN THE BLOOD, or FAITH IN HIS DEATH, but it is still faith in his love, not blood itself that affects the sin. [blood does judicially represent the justification of humanity. Spirit brings love]
Now, since a principal factor here is that death is the penalty (result or consequence) of sin, we might say that his death was instrumental along the way of affecting our sin removal, and we would be right. Of course, none of it works if there is no ultimate result of this sin bearing. IE he has to be RISEN for it to make sense, for it to make some sort of reason. After all, to simply die because he loved us is meaningless by itself, very few people would be drawn to place their lives in the servitude of God or men, simply because a “good” man died “with them in mind”.
When we add the resurrection, it all makes sense. Death is destroyed, and life results. Even with Jesus, he was dead but rose again. But we are hard put to make any sense of this unless we see that he himself was instrumental in destroying this death within himself, in order that his resurrection might follow as a result. That resurrection, LIFE, was the reward or RESULT of having overcome death itself*. Theologically, we see the connection between his “sacrifice” and our RELEASE from the “obligation” to “DEATH” to be released from the “power of the “devil”, without knowing HOW. But to understand that he actually brought about his own release from death, even though he was given this power by his Father, enables us to understand how this took place.
Argument ensues from discussion about the nature of his flesh, his body. But suffice to say he was doomed as we, he was a dead man as we are, his body would die just as ours does. The fact that he died before the spear was thrust into his side, does not alter the fact that this would have killed him if he was not already dead, by having given up his spirit already.
But he overcame death BEFORE HE WAS DEAD. (1) It was while he was alive that he fought his battle with the death processes within him, whose power came from the corruption of the death introduced to the world through Adam. His body would have seen corruption otherwise. But the sin represented by, and integrally entwined with, those physical processes of death within his body, came against him to deny him his right to exercise his righteousness against them. These sinful processes denied him his sovereign right over his own body, himself as God’s creation after Adam, and DEFIED him as author of creation.
The question posed was huge. Did God have the right to create, knowing that the creation would “fail”? Did God have the right to restore an apparently “lost” creation. Did he have the right to introduce “sinful” “corrupt” and unrighteous elements into the universe? Did his righteousness and sovereignty entitle him to allow corruptive processes to exercise control and then to repair the damage? This was the question that bedevilled man and left him in the ignorance of his folly over the centuries.
The nitty gritty of all of this was laid on the only begotten son of the Father to solve.
And solve it he did. At great cost. His body, now liberated from corruption, was perfected and ready for immortality. If he had not died, he would have lived forever as a “perfect”mortal. This is why the tree of life had to be withheld from “corrupt” Adam. But he (Jesus) was immortalised and resurrected.
The fact that he was now the first born of creation meant he was in a position to communicate to us the keys to restoring life to fallen humanity. This was the meaning of Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit, who was the Lord, was given in accordance with the promise. He himself is the free gift to all men who believe. By this Spirit, he is able to give life eternal to all who will accept him.
But the blood indicates a death, the death we have to participate in, in order to enter into the life he gives. We have to give up the former life we led, and we have to take of the life he gives us. “Daily”. The life of the flesh has to be put to death so that the life of the Spirit might give life to our spirit. We don’t have to do what he did, in fact we cannot; but we must take the benefit of his victory and apply it to our lives so the effect is the same. Death is overcome by faith that it has been overcome. He reigns, we serve. And reign with him.
PS The creation could be seen as being in “the eternal womb”, and cocooned and self contained within God himself. In this way, the disruptive and corruptive elements that may exist internally, prior to “birth”. (birth pangs) are absorbed and controlled, mediated by God himself, perhaps through the “placenta” of Jesus, and all of the problems are ultimately under his control.
*death is overcome through faith that his death is also judicially our death, (is dealt with and done with) and the Spirit can then bring life.
(1) the fact that he had to “give up his spirit” shows that death had been overpowered by him. [Also, the receiving of his spirit of life confirms to us that we are participant in his death, we are part of his body, and therefore at one with both his death and his life through his Spirit.] (“all things are yours…”)
** it was the “works of the devil” that the law sought to legislate against, but these works could only be destroyed by something greater than law.