Bought And Bonded By Blood is a Christian non-fiction about the Blood that Jesus Christ shed on Calvary for the redemption of man from sin. Going as far back as Genesis, the author traces the Blood line through the Bible and ends by mentioning some of the eternal benefits that can be obtained through faith in the Blood shed by Jesus, the Lamb of God who washes away the sins of the world.
In Colossians 2:17, the Bible declares the events that took place in Old Testament times to be “shadows of things to come”, the reality being in Christ. The author, therefore, points to a number of Old Testament types that prefigured the Blood that Christ was going to shed on Calvary. The author, of course, does not claim to have given an exhaustive list of all the types of the Crucifixion. But he has mentioned just a few to show that the Crucifixion of Jesus was not haphazard: it was a Plan expertly devised by a real Mastermind — God Almighty!
Genesis relates the Fall of Man — an event that occurred as a result of Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God. To try to cover their newly discovered nudity, the pair wrapped leaves around them and hid in the bushes of the Garden of Eden. But, when God came looking for them and found them clad in their miserable garments of leaves, He had compassion for them. What did He do? He clothed them with animal skins. But where did He get the skins from? Obviously, He had had to kill (possibly) a couple of animals. That is the first reference made, in the Bible, to blood being shed. The reference is perhaps implicit, but it is nonetheless a potent one! The circumstances surrounding that shedding of blood are very important: it involved the killing of innocent animals to clothe naked human beings. Similarly, much later, Jesus was going to die innocently in order to give His Blood to cover our spiritual depravity!
The author points to a second type of the Blood in the sacrifice of Isaac by his father, Abraham. Young Isaac was tied to a pyre and was about to be sacrificed by his father in obedience to God’s demand. But, just as the cruel knife was about to accomplish its abominable task, God sent an angel to arrest Abraham’s hand. Then God turned Abraham’s attention to a ram whose horns had been miraculously caught in the briers. What happened next? Well, Isaac was set free and the innocent ram was caught and sacrificed in Isaac’s stead! The innocent ram typifies the innocent Christ who was going to offer Himself in sacrifice to set guilty humanity free from sin!
The liberating power of Christ’s Blood is also to be found in the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage. In Exodus
, God commissions Moses and Aaron, his brother, to go to the Land of Egypt and order the Pharaoh to let His (God’s) people go. But the haughty king refuses to obey and hardens his heart. Quite strangely, God, too, hardens the Pharaoh’s heart! God, as it were, was raising Pharaoh’s pride and rebelliousness to their maximum before dealing His fatal blow! But how did He achieve such a feat? He ordered Moses to have the Hebrews kill a lamb and smear their doorposts with its blood. During the night, God sent an angel to exterminate all the firstborn of the Egyptians who — unlike the Hebrews — did not have blood on their doorposts! The extermination was of such magnitude that the Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron in the middle of the night itself and begged them to take their people out of Egypt! And the former captives did not leave Egypt empty-handed: God had ordered them through Moses to strip the Egyptians of their wealth! After all, was it not the Hebrews who had built the wealth of Egypt through the hard labour to which the Egyptians had submitted them?
The author then examines the miracle of the Incarnation — the coming of Jesus in the garb of human flesh, the act by which God became Man. One of the main reasons behind the Incarnation is to be found in Hebrews 9:22: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin”. God is Spirit (John 4:24). How could a Spirit shed Blood? He had to become flesh — an act that was tantamount to an abasement. Thus Jesus voluntarily abased Himself to show His love for mankind. He was born in a manger among animals, grew up as a carpenter, was insulted when during His public ministry and was eventually nailed to a Cross while a crown of thorns adorned His head! The aim behind it all was to make sure He shed every single drop of Blood He had in His veins! But why did it have to be His Blood and no other? His was sinless and immaculate Blood!
Before breathing His last on the Cross, Jesus exclaimed: “It is finished!” That was His cry of victory: sin had been conquered and men could henceforth be reconciled to God through repentance and faith in Jesus’ finished task. His vicarious Death provides redemption, justification, propitiation and eventually glorification!