Written by cycleguy on March 2nd, 2020

It is common to talk about the blood of Jesus as we come to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. As it should be. I mean, the whole Good Friday thing is about the death of Jesus and the shedding of blood. The whole resurrection three days later is about victory over death.

John Piper wrote:

When the Bible speaks of the blood of Jesus, it refers to His death. No salvation would be accomplished by the mere bleeding of Jesus. His bleeding to death is what makes his blood-shedding crucial. (p.26)

A couple of pages later he writes:

What the shedding of blood shows is that we deserved divine punishment, not divine sacrifice. (p.29)

Two actions were in the works- death and resurrection.  His death paid for our salvation; His resurrection confirmed it. His death took the punishment which was ours; the resurrection said, “Victory!”  It’s like a two-fer. You can’t have one without the other.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I can’t disagree…
    We can’t have the salvation without the sacrifice.

    Without the resurrection, a portion of the debt would still remain unpaid.

    The resurrection confirmed that the debt was paid in full… for the past, for the present, for the future.

  2. Absolutely agree with Ryan – we can’t have salvation without the sacrifice.
    Blessings, Bill!