When I watched the movie The Passion I was impacted by the amount of blood that poured out of Jesus’ body. When Jesus was beaten Mary was seen on the floor actually mopping up the blood with towels. Then as Jesus was carrying the cross the blood flowed out of His wounds and ran down onto the ground. Then as He hung upon the tree more blood poured out of His body and ran down the cross and onto the earth.
Why the emphasis on the shed blood of Jesus? Couldn’t He have just died without the pouring forth of blood? The Bible answer is NO. The shedding of the blood was necessary and the reason is in the word COVENANT. It’s a term westerners aren’t familiar with. Perhaps you recall watching cowboys and Indians on television. In those movies the North American Indians would be speak of being a “blood brother”. This is covenant talk and other people groups such as in Africa and the Middle East also understand this type of relationship.
The choosing of the person to be in covenant with is very serious as once the relationship is established it is unto death. (This is where God’s idea of marriage had its origin). The selection process was based on need. One tribe of people for example may be good at farming but not very skilled when it comes to fighting, so they would choose people who were good warriors to be in covenant with.
The ceremony is symbolic of the commitment that is promised and the exchange that takes place as one person commits to live and die for the other. When man became separated from God in the garden of Eden, God had a need to have His family restored to Him so He re-established relationship with man through Abraham by “cutting covenant”. There was the shedding of blood as . “When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasAbraham was instructed by the Lord to cut the cow, goat, ram and pigeon in half and lay them on the groundses. That's when God made a covenant with Abraham.” Genesis 15v 17&18 MSG.
God works in patterns and so the covenant in the Old Testament was perfected in the New Testament. In the Message Translation of Hebrews 12v20 we read:
May God, who puts all things together, makes all things whole,
Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus,
the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant.”
The shed blood of Jesus Christ God’s only son is crucial to the plan of
redemption. There is power in the blood of Jesus!