In last week’s post, The Blood Of Jesus Christ (part 1), I made the point that the shedding of Jesus Christ’s blood causing His death, is what is meant when we Christians say we are washed by His blood. It is not the actual blood per se (in and of itself) of Christ that is the issue here, but His death that took away the sin of the world.
Over the course of time, the significance of the blood of Christ has been distorted by some churches because that distinction stated above was not made.
In this post, I want to further discuss why there is confusion about the blood of Jesus Christ and what it really is.
Let me ask three questions:
1) Where is Christ’s blood now? Is it in an IV (intravenous) bag somewhere in a Jerusalem hospital? Answer: No.
2) Where is it then? In heaven? Answer: I do not believe so.
3) Does the blood of Christ exist on this earth today? Answer: I do not believe so.
The blood of Jesus Christ is not around today! It was mostly spilled on the ground while Jesus was hanging on the cross. That blood on the ground has long since decayed and become non-existent.
I was raised a Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school for a number of years. I have many fond and upbeat memories being there. But, one ritual of this church I remember well is in the Mass service that Catholics observe. It is their belief that the wine they use in the Mass literally changes into the blood of Jesus Christ during the course of the service. And also the bread they use, according to the ritual, turns into Christ’s body. Now, that Church has every right to believe what it may, but it has caused error to be disseminated around the world. And, dare I say, it has bred needless mockery against Christianity. It is the result of misinterpreting the Scriptures and adding unbiblical traditions.
As I stated in previous posts, the Roman Catholic Church needs reforming in several of its doctrines. This one about the blood of Christ is an example. Who knows, perhaps a transformation toward Biblical soundness may eventually occur in this Church. I will leave it in God’s hands.
In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 it states:
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (NIV)
Does the passage above say, “whenever you drink the blood that is in the cup”? No, it is saying that whenever you drink the wine that is in the cup, you do it in remembrance of Christ.
Also, at the Last Supper, when Jesus drank from the cup, was He drinking His own blood? Was Jesus passing His own blood around to the disciples? Of course not. He was setting an example for us Christians to emulate this event until the end of this age.
In my NIV Study Bible,1 I looked up Romans 5:9-10, and that Study Bible’s notes made this interesting comparison about the effect his shed blood has caused:
verse 9 verse 10
by his blood through the death of his Son
shall we be saved shall we be saved
In other passages in the New Testament where the blood of Christ is mentioned, it is referring to the sacrifice of Jesus, His violent death on the cross.
OK, now let us suppose that the blood of Christ were to exist today. What would it look like? I mean, would it have red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma? Yes. Would it have x and Y chromosomes inside the nucleus of His blood cells? Yes. What would His genes made up of DNA molecules consists of?
By the way, if a sample of His blood DNA were given a paternity test, how would it point to Christ’s Father? (Possible future blog topic here).
Oh, and if a cloning of Jesus using genes of that blood sample were performed, would His grown up clone of Himself be able to heal and perform miracles? Nope.
Would a blood transfusion (or even a drop) of this clone’s blood given to an ill person instantly heal him of any or all diseases and give him ultra-special abilities from heaven? Nope.
There is nothing supernatural about Christ’s blood back when He was on earth. And there would be no special powers in it if it were to be replicated today.
I better stop here. Please do not misunderstand, I am not making light of Christ’s perfect and unblemished blood. And, please, I am not poking fun at the Roman Catholic Church. I offer my apologies if I offend. But I do want to point out how easily differences
over doctrines such as the blood of Jesus Christ can occur. These errors would never occur staying focused on the Bible rather than compromising its message for an unbiblical one and clinging to unsupportable outside sources.
The fact is, many of us Christians do indeed understand that it was the death of Jesus Christ, His sacrifice, that took away our sin. We believe that what happened to Adam and to all mankind after the fall in the Garden of Eden was removed when Christ shed His blood on the cross. We now have a second Adam, Jesus Christ, who is alive and who is still effectively employing the consequences of His shed blood for all of mankind.
I rejoice in Jesus Christ for what He has done. I praise the Father for offering Him, His Son, as a sacrifice for the cleansing of our sin which was done only once which was all that was necessary.
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1. NIV Study Bible, copyright © 1995 by Zondervan Corporation