Q. In a recent article you wrote, “Of course the real issue is whether the Bible is the inspired word of God or not. If it is, then Jesus, the thief, and Lazarus all went to Paradise when thy died, just like the Bible says, until Jesus went to Heaven to sprinkle His blood on the altar there and opened its gates to the spirits of all dead believers who would follow.” Since the blood of Jesus has been completely spilled out from his body according to John 19:34, how did he do the sprinkling?
A. First of all, John 19:33 tells us when the soldiers went to break the Lord’s legs to hasten His death, they discovered He was already dead. One of them pierced His heart to make sure. It would be impossible for a dead man when pierced that high on his upright body to completely bleed out. Without a pumping heart to expel it, gravity would have kept all the blood below the wound inside his body.
But more importantly, Hebrews 9:11-12 says Jesus entered the tabernacle in Heaven by means of His own blood. In the Yom Kippur ceremony, when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies he carried the blood of a sacrificial animal with him and sprinkled it on the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people. In effect, the writer of Hebrews said that Jesus, acting as our High Priest, did not enter by means of the blood of sacrificial animals but by His own blood. I take that to mean He sprinkled His own blood there.