COULDN'T GOD SOLVE THE SIN PROBLEM WITHOUT BLOODSHED? WASN'T THERE AN ALTERNATIVE?
The Scripture declares about sin and the penalty or wages of sin. It says:
The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
The wages has to be paid. If God had to just forgive sinners and not bother to pay the wages through the death of His Son, it would only prove that the Word of God cannot be trusted, and the laws He placed to be in force would be a mockery. Then sin would take deep roots in the universe and be immortalized.
There was no other way to save a sinner. If there was another way-without the shedding of the blood of Jesus on Calvary-God would have gone for it! It was either of the two: man pays the penalty himself in the lake of fire for his sins, or a substitute pays it. But:
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
In a sense, He loved mankind more than His own Son, in that He preferred His Son going through the agony of the second death, than seeing man perish forever!
Moses has written, three thousand five hundred years back, what science found just a few centuries ago about the importance of blood. He wrote:
For the life of the flesh is in the blood. (Leviticus 17:11)
Blood is the current of life in the body. Therefore the blood had to be drained out of Jesus when He paid the penalty for man's redemption! Of course, first He had to meet all the conditions. He had to come like us (Hebrews 2:14-16); face temptations as we face it (Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:15); overcome all sins and temptations, and have a spotless record (1 Peter 2:22); and finally die on our behalf (Isaiah 53:4-6). Thank God, He met the conditions and triumphed gloriously. And because of the shed blood of Jesus we have forgiveness now. It is written:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)
All the saved would have been washed in the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. The Bible says of the saints who will finally be saved:
Have washed their robes, and made them white in the in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14)
It was hard for the Son of God to bleed for us, but His love was stronger than death. That holy blood was spilt for our redemption.
He said earlier:
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28)