That we may set the higher value upon the blood of Christ, I shall show you seven rare supernatural virtues in it:
1. It is a reconciling blood. “You that were sometime alienated, and enemies, yet now hath He reconciled through death” (Colossians 1:21). Christ’s blood is the blood of atonement. Nay, it is not only a sacrifice but a propitiation (1 John 2:2), which denotes a bringing us into favor with God. It is one thing for a traitor to be pardoned, and another thing to be brought into favor. Sin rent us off from God; Christ’s blood cements us to God. If we had had as much grace as the angels, it could not have wrought our reconciliation. If we had offered up millions of holocausts and sacrifices, if we had wept rivers of tears, this could never have appeased an angry Deity. Only Christ’s blood ingratiates us into God’s favor and makes Him look upon us with a smiling aspect. When Christ died, the veil of the temple was rent. This was not without a mystery, to show that through Christ’s blood the veil of our sins is rent which interposed between God and us.
2. Christ’s blood is a quickening blood. “Whoso drinketh my blood, hath eternal life” (John 6:54). It both begets life and prevents death. “The life of a thing is in the blood.” (Leviticus 17:11). Sure enough, the life of our soul is in the blood of Christ. When we contract deadness of heart, and are like wine that has lost the spirits, Christ’s blood has an elevating power; it puts vivacity into us, making us quick and lively in our motion. “They shall mount up on wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).
3. Christ’s blood is a cleansing blood. “How much more shall the blood of Christ purge your conscience!” (Hebrews 9:14). As the merit of Christ’s blood pacifies God, so the virtue of it purifies us. It is the king of heaven’s bath. It is a laver to wash in. It washes crimson sinner milk white. “The blood of Jesus cleanseth us from all our sin” (1 John 1:7). The Word of God is a looking glass to show us our spots, and the blood of Christ is a fountain to wash them away (Zechariah 13:1).
But this blood will not wash if it is mingled with anything. If new go to mingle anything with Christ’s blood, either the merits of saints or the prayers of angels, it will not wash. Let Christ’s blood be pure and unmixed, and there is no spot that it will wash away. It purged out Noah’s drunkenness and Lot’s incest. Indeed, there is one spot so black that Christ’s blood does not wash away, and that is the sin against the Holy Ghost. Not but there is virtue enough in Christ’s blood to wash it away, but he who has sinned this sin will not be washed. He condemns Christ’s blood and tramples it under foot (Hebrews 10:29).
4. Christ’s blood is a softening blood. There is nothing so hard but may be softened by this blood. It will soften a stone. Water will soften the earth, but it will not soften a stone; but Christ’s blood mollifies a stone. It softens a heart of stone. It turns a flint into a spring. The heart, which before was like a piece hewn out of a rock, being steeped in Christ’s blood, becomes soft and the waters of repentance flow from it. How was the jailer’s heart dissolved and made tender when the blood of sprinkling was upon it! “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). His heart was now like melting wax. God might set what seal and impression He would upon it.”
-From Thomas Watson’s (1620 – 1686) ‘The Mystery of the Lord’s Supper’ based on Matthew 26: 26-28 Printed by Soli Deo Gloria Publications Morgan, PA 1997 Pages 148-150