Good Friday

…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
…it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
…the wages of sin is death…
…it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”  (Jesus)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses…

To any who have been spared an up-close look at war, or reared far from farms or the harvesting of wildlife, it is a gory business, this gospel.  The stench and the sight of so much blood–either by the animal sacrifices that previewed it, or by the unrestrained mistreatment of Jesus by soldiers, dismays some and disgusts others.
But because it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that sins are purged, the songwriters  are right to call the maroon flow “precious”.  Glory, glory, glory to God for the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that His blood has atoned for our sins!