SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.”–Ephesians 1: 7(NLT)
To speak of Jesus’ blood was an important first-century way of speaking of Christ’s death. His death points to two wonderful truths—redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave.
Through His death, Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin. Forgiveness was granted in Old Testament times on the basis of the shedding of animals’ blood. Now we are forgiven on the basis of the shedding of Jesus’ blood—He died as the perfect and final sacrifice.