6-THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
Before understanding the Bible, I used to wonder what kind of a God would require innocent animals to be slaughtered. I used to think it was some sort of a middle eastern thing, since the Muslims seem to do it as well.
I also remember that in the Cecil B. DeMille movie The Ten Commandments, blood was painted in the door posts of all the Israelites, and much later, after I knew Jesus, I read the passage in Exodus that “.. the BLOOD shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD, I WILL PASS OVER YOU, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt Exodus 12:13…
Wow, God’s wrath passed over them because He saw blood and that was the blood of some dumb goat (ok, lamb).
Imagine how much more powerful the sight of the blood of His own son be to a God who sent him to die in our place? Actually,we do not need to imagine. It is all there in the scriptures and it is powerful!
The shedding of Jesus Christ’s blood on the cross was a factor in order for us to receive forgiveness for our sins and acceptance into the presence of God.
……..”without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb 9:22).
A. LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD
“For the life of a creature is in the blood and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves … it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Lev 17:11)
When we sin, we earn death. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). Jesus paid this penalty for us by shedding His blood (dying for us by shedding His blood (dying for us – in our place).
Atonement means to be made AT ONE with God. Jesus gave His life (shed His blood) on the Cross for our AT ONE MENT (atonement). This made it possible for us to be AT-ONE with God. Jesus’ blood means we are no longer His enemy but His friend, his sons and daughters. By faith we accept what He did for us.
B. WHAT SIN DOES TO OUR LIFE
- Separates Us From God
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isa 59.2).
- Makes Us Feel Guilty
“My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear” (Ps 38:4)
- Allows Satan To Accuse Us
“…the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…” (Rev.12:10)
- Demands The Death Penalty
“… The soul who sins is the one who will die” (Eze 18:4).
The blood of Christ meets all of our needs.
C. THE BLOOD IS FOR GOD
The blood of Christ wholly satisfies God’s law – which requires a penalty for breaking the law. I John 3:4 says “sin is breaking the law”
The blood protects us from the penalty of breaking the law (death). In Exodus 12, God commands the people of Israel to put the blood of a lamb on their door-posts to protect them from the destroyer – who would kill all the first-born. This lamb was a picture of the Lamb – Jesus – Who would come later. God said, …”when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” (vs.13).
- Fellowship Is Restored
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him” (Rom 5:8,9).
- We Are Redeemed
(Purchased Back From Slavery)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Eph 1:7).
D. THE BLOOD IS FOR MAN
The blood has satisfied God; now it is to satisfy us in the cleansing of our conscience from guilt.
- The Blood Cleanses From Guilt
” How much more, then, will the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit suffered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Heb 9:14).
- The Blood Sanctifies Us
“And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood” (Heb 13:12).
- The Blood Brings Us Close To God
“…and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.”
“But now he has reconciled you…” (Col 1:20-22).
- The Blood Gives Boldness To Enter God’s Presence
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, the body..
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb 10:19-22).
- The Blood Perfects Us In The Sight Of God
“…because by one sacrifice he has made perfect for ever those who are being made holy” (Heb 10:14).
E. THE BLOOD IS FOR THE DEVIL
Satan’s most strategic activity in this age is as the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10) and it is as this that the Lord confronts him in His special ministry as High Priest through His own blood (Heb 9:11-14).
- The Blood Puts God On Man’s Side Against The Devil
“…If God is for us, who can be against us?…Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? Shall God who justifies? Who is he that condemns? Will Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – and is at the right hand of God and is also interceding [praying] for us?” (Rom 8:31,33,34).
The devil has no ground for accusation against those who have received the work of Christ’s shed blood for them.
- The Blood Dissolves All Satan’s Legal Rights Of Ownership
“… in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:14).
‘Redemption’ means ‘to buy back’. We are under new ownership, and the price that was paid for us was the shed blood of Jesus.
“… the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). See also 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 1 Timothy 2:6).
F. WHAT THE BLOOD OF CHRIST HAS BROUGHT US
- Purity Of Heart
“But if we walk in the light , as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 Jn 1:7).
- Eternal Life
“Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day’” (John 6:53,54).
- Approach To God
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13).
I now understand what the shed blood of Jesus means to God, to Satan and to me. I make my commitment to share with others the truth concerning the blood of Christ. I will remind myself often of the covenant God has with me, to forgive my sin and cleanse me from sin and protect me from Satan’s harm.