The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us:
When Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you
prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is
written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”
He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the
sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 9:5-7,9-10)
The Bible is sufficiently clear that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22).
On this most sacred of days, as we pause and reflect on the sacrificial death of Christ, may we never become casual or indifferent toward the cross. May we with humility and gratitude gaze again upon our suffering Savior, knowing,
he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
My friends at Valley, may you rest secure in the grace of our Lord Jesus, because, In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7).
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin
Stuart K. Hine - How Great Thou Art
And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood
Died He for me who caused His pain, for me, who Him to death pursued
Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou, my God, should die for me
Charles Wesley - And Can It Be
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10