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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev 17:11). The blood makes atonement for the soul. Without blood, the soul cannot be saved, because the life of the flesh is in the blood. More specifically, the life of our flesh – and eternal life for our souls – is only possible through the blood of Jesus Christ. The Son of Man did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. Levitical Law specifies that in order for reconciliation to occur, there must be blood. God knew that the only way to exercise total forgiveness while maintaining holiness was to give His Only Son as a gift on the Cross to die for us. Jesus Christ poured out His blood so that we would be saved!
“Father, thank You that Jesus Christ fulfilled the law for us! We could never hold up our end of the bargain, so You held it up on our behalf. Thank You!”