The heart of every man requires blood. This is not only a comment about the physiological need for blood pumping but also a comment about the spiritual need for blood punishment. God has built us to identify wrongs, to feel guilty when we do wrong and to feel angry when someone does us wrong. He also built us to seek blood to cover it.
It is tragic to watch men and women deal with guilt in ways that increase their guilt. When they sense injustice and try to make it right with their own hands they end up staining their hearts. Even our fiction is filled with redemption seeking stories. Orestes killed his mother who had killed his father and it didn’t kill his pain. Hollywood producers kill characters on screen to cover aching in their own chests. But it doesn’t work on stage or off.
It makes sense but doesn’t save. It makes sense because the wages of sin is death for everyone. That is God’s call and He’s hard wired it into our consciences. But in order to find forgiveness, in order to be righteous, we cannot do anything on our own. This is why the good news is so good.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23–26, ESV)
On the cross, judgment and mercy meet. In Jesus, blood is shed that actually atones. His sacrifice proves that blood is required and His blood paid the price. His is precious blood as that of a spotless lamb. Only in Christ can lasting redemption be found. Only in Christ can God be satisfied and by application we as well.
Eating and drinking at the Lord’s Table is eating and drinking someone’s Son given for us. His blood is our only hope.