JEHOVAH - TSIDKENU   the Lord our Righteousness

     Since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden, God has required a blood sacrifice to cover or atone for the cost of sin.   With the institution of Passover, we see the requirements of a lamb, spotless, clean and innocent.   Sin is messy.   The blood price required to cover it is messier.

     Year after year, hundreds of thousands of innocent animals were slaughtered to pay the price of man’s sin.  Yet the cost was never paid in full.   More sin required more sacrifice.   Until we learn in Hebrews 10:4 that, “It is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” 

     The law and these sacrifices were a shadow of the good things to come.  (Hebrews 10:1)  
In spite of all the amazing miracles Israel experienced first hand, their hearts were cold, and stubborn and they rejected God as their King.   The endless sacrifices could not heal their hearts and restore the broken relationship with God.

     In Jeremiah, all looked hopeless.   They had drifted so far away from the Lord and from the covenant established under David.   It didn’t seem possible to be right with God, ever.   But then the Lord introduced this new facet of His character when He promises, “that I will raise to David a Branch of Righteousness; a King … and this is His name by which He will be called: The Lord our Righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

     This promised King would be the perfect, spotless Lamb, who’s sacrifice for sin would be complete and only required once for all time.   The spotless Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ,  “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

     “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God … For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”   (Hebrews 10:10-14)

     What does this mean to us?  From the moment we are conceived we are separated from God because of sin.   We feel that separation and loss but no matter how hard we try, no matter how many good things we do, we can never bridge that gap.   We can never cover, atone, or make up for our sin.

     But Jesus Christ made the way.   He came in the form of man, lived a perfect, sinless life, and offered Himself in our place.   He willingly became the Lamb on the altar and He paid the price for our sin.

     His blood was shed for you and me and was enough to bridge the gap and make us right with God.This blood can save the soul, heal the sick, mend the heart. 
This blood can give you access to the very throne of God.
And it still can go the distance through the pain to where you are.  
This Blood is for you.
The Blood of the Lamb