Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles, scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)
Read: 1 Peter 1
Consider: In the verses above Peter speaks of the Blood of Christ being sprinkled on us. The imagery being used is not just of the Old Testament sacrificial system, where the blood of animals was sprinkled on people and objects to make them ceremonially clean. When we read the words ‘… sprinkled with his blood …’, there are several meanings being hinted at. We don’t have time to think of all the possible meanings for the term ‘sprinkling’, but some of them are:
– preservation/protection – as at the passover (Exodus 12:7);
– confirmation of a covenant (Exodus 24:8);
– purification (Hebrews 9:13);
– sanctification (made holy) – used during the ordination of the priests ((Exodus 29:20);
– acceptance by and access to God – when the priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year (Exodus 30:20).
We must remember that the Old Testament law and its use of the blood of animals is only a shadow of what was to be achieved for us in the Blood of Christ. Hebrews 10:1 tells us: The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
The things that the blood of animals could only hint at, the Blood of Christ has achieved for us. This is confirmed in Hebrews 10:19-22 where we are told: Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Pray: Father, we thank you that through the Blood of Christ we have been sprinkled with his blood to make us clean and set us apart for you. We thank you that we have continual access to you through our great High Priest, Jesus Christ. Amen