The Blood of the Lamb
The wages of sin is death. It's that serious to God.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Romans 6:23 (KJV)
From Leviticus we learn that the life of the flesh is in the blood (which is medically correct).
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
- Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)
In other words, your blood is required for sinning.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission [of sin].
- Hebrews 9:22 (KJV)
God has also indicated that it is possible for someone else to shed their blood for our sins (die in our place that is).
For example, in the Old Covenant it was possible to transfer a person's sins onto an animal (say a sacrificial lamb), and then the sacrifice was slaughtered, and then the sins would be forgiven. However, God made it quite clear that the sacrifice had to be without spot (faultless in other words).
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.
- Exodus 12:5 (KJV)
Animals weren't enough to forgive all our sins, and because every person on Earth has their own sins (faults), they couldn't be a sacrifice for someone else. The fallen state of mankind was so severe that even angels couldn't be a sacrifice for the sins of man. So God decided to do it Himself.
Jesus (the Son of God, but also fully human) then became the sacrifical Lamb of God that would take away our sin.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
- John 1:29 (KJV)
Jesus never sinned and was truly without spot.
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
- 1 Peter 1:19 (KJV)
If we believe that Jesus did this for us, that His Love reaches that far, then we are forgiven!!
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
- Matthew 12:31 (KJV)
And our sins are forgotten.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
- Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)
No more wrath from God on us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
- Romans 5:9 (KJV)
We are truly redeemed.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
- Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
By the blood of the Lamb.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
- 1 John 1:7 (KJV)
However, if we do not believe that Jesus died for our sins (or if we don't think of ourselves as sinners to begin with), then the penalty of sin remains on us.
So it's either our blood, or the blood of Jesus that pays for the price of our sins. Your choice!
All you need to do is confess your sins, ask for forgiveness, and know that you are forgiven.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- 1 John 1:9 (KJV)