2019-02-21 - Precious Blood
1 Corinthians 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
The road Jesus took to the cross was covered in blood. Jesus took all 39 lashes with a whip designed to do serious damage. Most people never survived the scourging. He was blindfolded and beaten so badly he was barely recognizable. And more.
The enemy of our souls tried to do anything to stop the Lord from getting to the cross and becoming the payment for our sins. At the declaration, "It is finished!", Jesus collapsed in physical death. One of the Roman guards drove his spear into Jesus side. Blood mixed with water spilled from His side. The enemy had been dealt a powerful defeat. Jesus' victory over sin and death would be sealed by his physical resurrection three days later.
Our Savior took the place of the annual sacrifice of untold numbers of lambs who were sacrificed and their blood poured out over the alter. That sacrifice had to be repeated every year. Jesus's sacrifice was once for all time, for anyone who would willingly answer His call. Sacrificial blood has always been the requirement to cleanse sin.
Many hymns refer to "the blood". Power in the Blood, The Old Rugged Cross, Nothing but the Blood, The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me, Blessed Assurance, and more. These songs speak of the offering that was paid to redeem mankind. Nobody is excluded who will come humbly, accepting Jesus gift - a new life in exchange for their old life. A new start and a new hope.
1 Peter 1:17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’rsquo;s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
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Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.