In fact, the animal had to be emptied. It follows in the Levitical code and the Kashruth, even Kosher laws today, where they kill an animal. If they kill it, they hang it to let the blood drip out. I’m sorry to be so graphic, but that’s part of what we believe. You cannot take the blood of Jesus out of the Gospel. This is part of the Good News that He laid down: He emptied Himself for me. Not just that He laid down His life. He emptied everything that was in Him. And then He rose again. Let’s go to Leviticus 17:11. We’re familiar with the first part, but when you read the last part of Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls.” What?

The blood. Not the animal, the blood, “for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” The animal didn’t have any power. The power to propitiate God, to please or appease God, was in the blood. There are a lot of people that would like to take the blood out of this, but it’s in there. And if you read through the Old Testament, it starts off right at the beginning. You’ve got the very first act of God killing an animal to cover Adam and Eve, and it goes right through the Bible, clear through to the Paschal, the Passover, the slaying, the killing of an animal, right into the law.