How often have we sung this hymn on Sundays? Despite the bloody background of God’s Son becoming the ultimate sacrifice to appease the Deity’s wrath, we’re instructed to sing this hymn in triumph. The Son died yet he rose again! And for as many, as will receive him, his blood covers their multitude of sin. But what’s with this “power in the blood” of Jesus allusion? We’ll get there soon, but first, a countrified rendition from one of America’s gospel quartets.
“Power in the Blood”
Symbolism and Significance
In the Bible, “blood” was strictly forbidden as food. It was on the account of what God said about the blood is the life source of both animals and mankind. On other occasions where the use of blood was mentioned, it was for purging and cleansing.
Customary, the Hebrews butcher animals as sacrificial offerings either for Thanksgiving or as atonement for one’s sins. They were, however, bound to observe the pouring of animal’s blood on the ground prior to burning. The ritual was meant to be a foreshadowing of the coming Savior whose precious blood would be spilled. Referred to as God’s Spotless Lamb, he became the final and ultimate sacrifice for the world’s redemption. Thus, ending the necessity for animal sacrifices.
Why Call it “Power in the Blood?”
There’s an array of theological answers for that, but it still is best to answer it through this short story.
In a kid’s Sunday school, a teacher was asked by a girl on how a single man’s death for several hours or days could suffice to save the whole world. Though a bit taken-aback, the teacher appreciates such insightful question. He pondered and soon thought of an answer. With a shaky voice, he said,
“Because that one man was God’s only Son. And he’s worth more than the heavens and the universe.”
Taking it from this Sunday School teacher’s response, we can safely say that it was no ordinary blood that was shed on Jesus’ Cross. It’s God’s blood, and that precious flow wiped all the curses of mankind’s sins from our ancestors to date. And since blood equates to life, only He can be our source for a fulfilled life.
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
– 1 Peter 1:18-19(NLT)
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