Covered by the blood.
1 Peter 2:24
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)
Scripture reminds us that the life of a creature is in the blood. So now on the cross of Calvary, we have flesh and blood, two distinct entities. Our sin was bored into His flesh, but His flesh was shredded so that our sin was covered by His blood.
We see this illustrated in the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament as well. Above the Ark, the Spirit of God rested inside the Holy of Holies in the Temple. Inside the box were items for the people to remember. God had instructed Moses to place a pot of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded with almonds, and the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. These were all symbols of God’s love, but also a symbol of the people’s rebellion against God.
God gave the people just enough manna for each day except for the sixth day when they also got enough for the Sabbath as well. Forty years went by without food except what God provided daily. God did this to teach them how to trust Him because they didn’t trust Him when He wanted to give them the Promised Land. Manna was a miracle, but also discipline because of their failure to trust.
Aaron’s staff budded almonds because the people did not like Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership, so they rebelled and tried to usurp authority. God gave them a leader and a priest to help them stay connected to Him and they rejected the ones God appointed. This was the sin of rebellion.
The Ten Commandments were the words of a Father wanting the best for His children, but they never stopped breaking the commandments.
There was a cover on the Ark where the High Priest would take the blood of the atonement lamb and sprinkle it all over the cover of the Ark so that the signs of the rebellion were covered by the blood. These signs of rebellion were placed inside the wooden box with gold on the inside and out representing Christ who came from the golden throne to a wooden cross and returned to the throne again.
Our faith in Christ keeps all of our sin covered by the blood and the life of Jesus Christ. Stop letting guilt and shame rule your mind. Know that your sins are hidden in His perfection covered by His blood. The enemy has nothing to prove you unworthy of God’s goodness.
Prayer: Remind me that you bore my sins and they are completed covered by the blood of Christ, hidden in Him so that I can release guilt and shame and live for You in the freedom of my salvation. Amen.
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