The Gospel of Jesus Christ is inescapably bloody. Tying together all the biblical imagery of Jesus as the high priest (Heb 2:17; 4:14-15; 5:1-10; 7-9), the Lamb (John 1:29; Rev 5:12), and the One who cleanses sinners (Heb 1:3; 9:14; 1 John 1:7), is the historic reality that He poured-out His blood for His people (Matt 26:28; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor 11:25; 1 Pet 1:2; Eph 1:7). When we say that Christ died for our sins, we mean that He died a bloody death on our behalf (1 Cor 5:7).
It is not surprising that the world still finds this foolish (1 Cor 1:18), but it is a shock when professing Christians do. Many reject the Bible’s description of Jesus’ atoning work, this “bloody Gospel,” because they find it repulsive. I would suggest at least two reasons for their revulsion – one cultural, the other, spiritual.