The Scarlet Thread

The most significant doctrine in the Bible is redemption and is presented as an unbroken scarlet thread that flows from Genesis through Revelation. When man disobeyed God’s commandment in the Garden of Eden he sealed his own death warrant. Without the provision of redemption by a just and holy God, there would be no hope for mankind. God’s very nature demanded that a payment be made for that original sin of disobedience as well as for every sin committed since that time.

“For the wages of sin is death…”
Romans 6:23a

My favorite verse in the entire Bible is found in the Old Testament book of Leviticus.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you…to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11

Life is sustained by the flow of blood. And when sufficient blood is lost life ceases. Therefore, God required blood, or the sustenance of life, as payment for sin.

Consider the second half of Romans 6:23.

“…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23b

Notice in the above that eternal life for the sinner, i.e. every human being, is a free gift of God. This free gift is the blood of His Son Jesus Christ that was offered on the cross. We call the day of Jesus’ death ‘Good Friday.’ In the Bible Jesus’ death occurred on the Jewish Holiday called Passover.

“…On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb…your lamb shall be without blemish, a male…you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly…shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses…”
Exodus 12:3-7

“Now the blood shall be a sign for you…and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…So this day shall be to you a memorial… an everlasting ordinance”
Exodus 12:13-14

Now the customary time to kill the Passover lamb was 3:00 PM.

In the New Testament John the Baptist immediately recognized Jesus for who He was as soon as he saw him.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”
John 1:29

As Jesus’ earthly ministry was coming to a close, He spoke to His disciples as He journeyed to Jerusalem for His final Passover.

“You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Matthew 26:2

Jesus then shared His last Passover meal with His disciples.

“When the hour had come…He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you…’ likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’”
Luke 22:14-20

Then came Gethsemane, mock trials, suffering and death.

“Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour…And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”
Luke 23:44-46

The ninth hour was counting from 6:00 AM which meant that Jesus died at 3:00 PM, the exact time that the traditional Passover lamb was offered. Perfect prophecy, perfect fulfillment.

The Jewish Passover ordinance was a foreshadow of that which was fulfilled on the Cross. The Apostle Paul summarized it for the church.

“…For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”
I Corinthians 5:7

Of course, Christ didn’t remain in the grave. He arose from the grave on the third day just as He had announced to His disciples. The resurrection of Christ was proof that the offering of His blood was sufficient payment to satisfy a just and holy God for the sins of the world!

But the world has not seen the last of the Lamb of God. The Bible reveals that the day will come when He will complete the redemption process by breaking open the seals of the title deed to the earth as He reclaims all that He paid for on the cross.

“And I (the Apostle John) saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll…sealed with seven seals…I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open…the scroll…But one of the elders said… ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll…’ and I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne…stood a Lamb as though it had been slain…then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”
Revelation 5:1-7

That event will signal the beginning of the seven year tribulation period after which time Christ will return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus, the Lamb of God, paid the redemptive price to remove the curse pronounced in the Garden of Eden and Jesus, King of Kings, will rule over all that He has redeemed.

Thus it can be seen that the blood of Christ, the Passover Lamb, is the scarlet thread that binds all the pages of the Bible together.

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