Hebrews 9: 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. 16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
“Not all the blood of beasts.” All those sacrifices made in under the Old Covenant were a reminder of especially one thing. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
When forgiveness is offered, someone always pays. If your neighbor has gossiped against you, and you forgive him the sin he committed, then you are the one who pays the price of that forgiveness. Your reputation has been sullied and will likely never be restored completely. There is really nothing, even making an announcement on Facebook, that will restore your reputation completely.
Who paid the ransom price for your forgiveness? God himself paid the price when Jesus shed his blood on the cross. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Your own blood could not pay the price for your sins, because you are not perfect. Only the perfect blood of Jesus can atone for your sins. God forgives your sins for the sake of the blood of Jesus. The one who forgives you paid for your forgiveness!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am washed, I am cleansed, I am forgiven in the blood that Jesus shed for me! I freely confess my sins to you, for I sin every day, and often. But your promised in your Word, “The blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, cleanses us from all sin!” Amen.