Christian doctrines often have a key book, chapter, and verse in the Bible. Leviticus is undoubtedly the key book on the blood sacrifice, having over eighty references to it, and Exodus 12, the great Passover section, is the key chapter. The key verse on the blood atonement is Leviticus 17:11, “It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
This emphasis on the blood has caused many to attack Leviticus and deride the blood sacrifice, using the term “Slaughterhouse religion.” But whether proud, sinful man likes it or not, the blood sacrifice is God’s way and the only way for sinful man to be reconciled to God. The multitude of Old Testament sacrifices are but signposts to the “one great sacrifice for sins” [Hebrews 10:12] offered by our great High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Look anywhere in the Bible and you are immediately confronted with the awful fact of the sinfulness of mankind. The dark thread of iniquity is everywhere to be seen, even in the lives of the holiest of men and women. “All have sinned” and “There is none righteous” are the dread pronouncements of God’s Word [Rom. 3].
Thankfully, running parallel to this dark thread of man’s sin is the crimson thread of God’s redemption. The Bible is crying out, ”There is a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.” That is the way of the cross.
The apostle John declares, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” [1 John1:7]. How many sins does His blood atone for? The answer is all sin.
Christian, do not let the devil rob you today of assurance of sins forgiven.