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Like it or not, the Bible is a bloody book. From beginning to end it revels in blood. Within just the first few chapters of Genesis, a blood sacrifice is implied as God used animals’ skins to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). In the deliverance of the Hebrew people from the grip of Egypt, God instructed them to make a blood sacrifice from a spotless lamb and then coat their doorposts with this blood (Exodus 12:13). Then shortly thereafter, God instituted a law requiring a yearly sacrifice of untainted goats and lambs. The blood from this act was of utmost importance. It needed to be sprinkled around the altar by a high priest in order that Israel could maintain relationship with God.The New Testament reveals that these bloody sacrifices were the prefigurement of Jesus Christ, who came to the earth as a spotless lamb and endured horrific mutilation on the cross as the final, once-for-all sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. The event was so bloody, in fact, that the Bible describes Jesus wasn’t even recognizable as a man (Isaiah 52:14). And just as blood was used in Israel’s deliverance from the bondage of Egypt, the Bible concludes by affirming Christ followers in their sustained victory over the clutches of Satan through the blood of the final lamb—Jesus (Revelation 12:11).