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Question: Could you please explain to me the blood of Jesus Christ? What is the significance of the shedding of his blood? Please explain in a way that I can explain to my child.

Answer: Your question is one that has taken some thought. We are prone to answer questions, and even rehearse them in our minds, as though we are in some sort of theological debate or conversing with scholars. The good news of the Gospel is that even the simplest can hear and understand. God's Word even declares specifically that we must become as a little child in faith to enter into eternal life.

In honor of your request to put this in a way where a child can understand; let's look at it in a very practical and simple way. I believe I would start by helping the child understand that:

1. Life is in the blood.

Most children learn soon enough through cuts and scrapes that we have a fluid inside our bodies called blood. If we were to lose all of our blood, we would not be able to live any longer. It can be compared to a car that runs out of gas. If a car runs out of gas, it will not be able to run. It is important that the child understand that life is in our blood. When they comprehend this, they can better understand what happened when:

2. Jesus gave His life for us.

Explain to your child that God wanted Adam and Eve to obey Him. God told Adam and Eve that if they were to disobey Him their punishment would be death. When we disobey God, we sin against Him. In other words, sin is disobedience to God. Because of our sin God condemned us to death, and we cannot go to Heaven.

God had a plan to save us from our punishment, which was death, and allow us to go to Heaven to be with Him forever. His plan was that only someone who has never disobeyed God can die in the place of the one who actually sinned. In the Old Testament God allowed mankind to use an innocent lamb to die in their place. In the New Testament God sent His own Son, who never sinned, to earth to die in the place of everyone who sinned. John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God (John 1:29). When Jesus died on the cross, they put nails through His hands and feet causing His blood to pour out. Remember what happens when all of our blood pours out? Yes, we die. So Jesus had His blood poured out until He died. Jesus died to pay for our sins.

3. Only Jesus could do this.

The reason why Jesus was the only one who could do this was because He is the only one who ever lived that did not sin against God (Hebrews 4:15). Remember, we said that only the innocent one could pay the price for the guilty one. Jesus was completely innocent of sin, so He could rightfully die in our place in order that we could go to Heaven. This is why we say that Jesus' blood washes away our sins. If we believe that He died in our place, then we can live forever in Heaven.

This is where you can ask your child if he/she would like to accept Jesus as his/her Savior as the one who died in his/her place. Jesus already paid the price. All you have to do is believe that He did it for you, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins (1 John 1:9).

It is amazing how childlike faith is so simple. It is so easy for a child to accept this fact, but difficult for the grown up, analytical mind. We know Jesus died, but we must accept by faith that He died in our place.

I certainly hope I have helped you. Please know that only God can really convince your child of sin. Ask for His Spirit to awaken his/her mind to comprehend the things of God. I know He will, for He longs for your child to go to Heaven.

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