“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
Hebrews 9:12; 10:19
It is through the blood of Christ, and only through His blood, that we are able to come to God. In God’s great plan, there could be no forgiveness of sin without the blood of a perfect sacrifice. The blood of goats and calves could not satisfy; they were only a type of the Lamb of God that would come. It was “by his own blood” that He “obtained eternal redemption for us.” The price was greater than we can comprehend. The sacrifice that He gave was sufficient to satisfy the holiness of God, to cleanse and justify every guilty sinner that ever lived, and to present us blameless before the Almighty Judge. When we come to Him as lost sinners, WE COME BY THE BLOOD. Salvation is in no part dependent upon our works or deeds. It is made possible by His blood, and full pardon is freely given to those who trust completely in His blood.
Confidence in any human effort or contribution is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. When a person repents of his sin and puts his faith completely in Christ’s death on the cross, he is born again by His grace and adopted into God’s forever family.
Not only do WE COME BY THE BLOOD to receive salvation and eternal life, but henceforth we come before Him the same way. Our prayer life and fellowship with God is through the blood of our Savior. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” When we come to God in prayer, we are able to come because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Our text tells us that we can come with “boldness,” or assurance and confidence because of the blood. We all have felt unworthy to pray. We have felt that our mistakes have made us unfit to converse with the Almighty. Why would God listen to us? How can I know He hears me? Have I earned or deserved His attention? Have I been good enough to merit His favor? Satan continually accuses us of our failures.
However, it is not our goodness that earns us a place at the throne of God. We do not come by our deeds or good name. When we come to God in prayer, we are told to come in the name of Jesus. WE COME BY THE BLOOD.