'The god who exacts the last drop of blood from his Son so that his just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased, is not the God revealed by and in Jesus Christ. And if he is not the God of Jesus, he does not exist.'' Brennan Manning

‘And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding blood is no remission.’’ Hebrews 9:22
The fundamental principle in which the Law deals with sins is expressed in these words apart from the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.’’ Blood is sometimes substituted for death being that blood is essential to life. For when blood is shed, forgiveness flows. That was the basis of atonement under the Old Covenant. However, the problem with this Old Testament system of atonement was that it was continually been carried out year in year out. As a result, those once purified were not still perfect as they still carried the consciousness of their sins. God sending Jesus in the likeness of sinful flesh as an offering for sin was to fulfill the righteous requirement of the Law for sin once and for all, thereafter cleansing our evil conscience of sins. He freed us from the bondage of sin through the Law and declared us righteous. 

The Law being a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshipers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.  Wherefore when he (Jesus) cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and burnt offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepares me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sins thou art no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hast pleasure therein; which are offered by the Law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do your will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.’’ Hebrews 10:1-10

Jesus became our atonement by shedding his own blood. He secured our pardons from death row and the dominion of darkness through sin. All this he did according to the riches of God's grace:
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7
Therefore, contrary to what is generally believed, the cross is not a display of God’s wrath upon man in Christ: a display of his desire for blood by which forgiveness must be attain. God is not blood thirsty neither is he cruel. What the cross is, is a display of God’s love for humanity; a display of the worth of humanity to God and the showcase of the price it took to redeem man from the bondage of sin through the Law. It shows us God doesn’t want us moving around with the consciousness of sin and having our image of Him darkened but he wants us to be free from such consciousness and be filled with the consciousness of righteousness which we are in Christ Jesus.

Friend, if the cross was a display of God’s wrath or holy indignation on humanity in Christ in other to redeem humanity, then, it places a question mark on the unconditional nature of His love. For God so love that he gave...’’ is the message not for God was so vexed that he needed to be appeased so he gave’’. Forgiveness didn’t come because God’s holy wrath was satisfied or because He sapped out every drop of blood from Jesus Christ. It came because of His unconditional love for humanity.

Grace to you.

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