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The Shedding Of Blood

Hebrews 9:22 (NIV) says:

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

When Moses and the people built the tabernacle in the wilderness, everything had to be purified with the blood of an animal.  Yearly sacrifices were made on behalf of the people to cleanse them from their sins.  Every year the high priest would make a sacrifice for the sins of the nation.  That was under the old covenant.
According to Hebrews 9:15, Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant.  By shedding His blood, the sins of the world may be forgiven.  Jesus shed His blood as the perfect, unblemished sacrifice that atoned for our sin.  Look at Romans 5:18-19 (NIV):

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

The sin of Adam caused all to fall and led to death for everyone.  Jesus’ act of righteousness brought redemption and leads to life for all who believe.
Romans 3:25-26 (NIV) says:

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

It is true – without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3a, NIV)!  For Jesus shed His blood on a Roman cross to rescue, redeem and ransom us from sin.
PRAYER: Thank You, O Father, for the gift of Jesus, Your Son. Thank You for forgiving my many sins. Help me to not take Your grace or forgiveness for granted today. Help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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