“Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
— John 1:29
The meaning of the term “pleading the blood” was a mystery to me, until I read Jack Hayford’s explanation. He said it is as if we are in a court of law and the judge asks us, “How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?” We are well aware that we have transgressed God’s laws, and without His provision for our sins we would have to hang our head and declare,” I am guilty,” but praise God our guilt was taken care of by the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God.
We just celebrated the season in the calendar of Biblical events when we are most focused on the event that made this possible. As Jesus, our Lord and Savior, hung on the cross every sin committed up to that time was put on Him as well as every sin yet to be committed in the ages following. What a horrible thought as we picture Jesus covered with every atrocity man could think of to commit as well as the ones we tend to overlook or excuse in ourselves as they are not so “big.”
I am so happy that I can plead the blood when my enemy, Satan, comes at me with guilt over confessed sins. I can joyfully and thankfully proclaim, ‘I plead the blood.” With that plea I am also free of the guilt if I have confessed as His word tells us in I John 1: 9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all sin.”
It is so freeing to have a Savior who loved us so much He would give His life for us and take all of our sins on Himself. That my friends is what I call a great gift and a supreme sacrifice. Let us rejoice and be glad that we can plead the blood.