In today’s generation the topic of “The Blood” has become controversial. It has been said that the blood is offensive and that Christianity is too bloody of a religion. Therefore we have had many ministers and Christian denominations taking the focus off of the blood. Well, if we remove the blood from the message of the Gospel we lose everything. Without the blood there is no remission, reconciliation, or redemption of sin. Without the precious blood of Christ there is no life. This is why I believe God has placed it on my heart to do a series of blogs about the blood of Jesus Christ and specifically on “The Blood Line”. In this first post I want to focus on the fact that we have been redeemed by Jesus and how this process works according to the word of God.
I have, throughout the years, heard a lot of sermons and teachings on the blood of Jesus. In almost of them, if not all, they have brought out the fact that we are redeemed by the blood of Christ. This is very true and needs to be a focus of Christianity. But what has lacked in the teaching is why it is so redemptive of sin. To fully understand what happened on the Cross we have to comprehend what took place at our Lord’s birth. We understand from the word of God that Jesus was and is the only begotten Son of God. This is pivotal to why we receive redemption through his precious blood; but the other side of the family is just as important to the fact that through Jesus we have been redeemed.
From the very beginning of time God had a plan. He started with Adam and from there began to reveal it through each generation, piece by piece. From Adam came Seth and through Seth came a Godly Lineage. I believe this lineage is so important to our salvation that God himself had men spend countless hours keeping track of it so that we could have it in what we now call the Bible. In Matthew chapter 1 we have the account of the earthly side of Christ’s lineage. This is pivotal for us to see and understand because through this earthly line God himself fulfilled every prophecy and law that had been declared.
In the Old Testament we see an order or specific way to do things for each situation that could possibly arise. God gave these ordinances to the Jews in order for them to be able to set up governing laws so that His people could become a nation of their own. One of the ordinances He put into place was the “Kinsman Redeemer”. We find this principle in several places in the Word but the most well-known is in the book of Ruth. Naomi’s sons had passed away and Ruth was left with no husband and no heir. Notice the importance of an heir to carry on the family name. The law called for the next closest of kin to marry her and give her an heir to inherit the land which was the family’s property. This ordinance was also established in the story of Tamar when her husband died and Judah, her father in law, was to give her to his youngest son to marry, when he became of age. Judah does not remember to do this and she is left to take matters into her own hands. Judah ends up being with her and they produce twins. Now I know that at this point it looks like this family is a mess, and yes it was, because they are human and we as humans make mistakes and have sin in our lives. But God moves in our lives and brings about a change in us. This story is proof of this. Tamar played the harlot and that was wrong, and Judah was wrong in two ways. First, he should have given Tamar to his younger son, Shelah. And he should not have gone looking for a harlot. Through this event everyone involved realized their wrong doing and repented. From this union came forth twins Pharez and Zerah. Five generations after Pharez, Salmon was born of Nahshon. Salmon was the father of a man named Boaz. Now we come back to the first story. We know that Boaz redeemed Ruth and they together had Obed. Obed was Jesse’s father and Jesse was the father of King David. Jesus we know is considered the Son of David. Through this we begin to see a picture of mercy and grace upon the family of Judah. So, what does all this mean to us and what does it mean that Jesus is our Kinsman redeemer?
The redeemer not only has to be able to afford to pay the price but he also has to be the next of kin. The reason that the blood line is so important is that Jesus was our next of kin. Our redeemer is legitimate. Not only from the heavenly side of things, being the son of God, but also from the earthly side of the family. He has every right to redeem the world because he is the next of kin that could afford to pay the price for redemption. He redeems the Jews because of his earthly blood line and we as gentiles are the picture of Ruth, the gentile bride, which has been engrafted into the family. How awesome is the plan of God that he did not miss any detail. The blood of Christ is so important for us to really grasp what Christ did for us. Jesus being completely God and completely human makes him the only kin that possibly could redeem us back to God. Therefore we all can become the children of God. Now we all have access unto the land and the promises that God has made, all because of Christ. There is power in the Blood of Christ!