Blood isn’t a topic that normally gets us excited in our daily conversations. Some people get weak kneed at the sight of blood. Others simply see it as the life flow of our body. But the Bible speaks frequently of blood shed for the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God. There are many incredible songs about the Power of the Blood in Christian circles. But do we truly appreciate the significance of the blood of Jesus Christ shed in our behalf?
I was searching Youtube recently and came across a medley of songs on the blood and it stimulated my thoughts to begin working on a sermon. I haven’t heard many preached lately about the Blood of Jesus. So here are some early thoughts.
The Powerful Blood of Jesus.
There are probably a lot of texts that I could choose to speak to this, but none grab my heart any more than I John 1:7, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from ALL sin.” Sin is a problem. It separates us from God, eternally. Sin is greater than the problem of sins. But the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross is powerful enough to completely solve our sin problem and open a way for us to be reconciled to God. It cleanses us from ALL sin.
The Precious Blood of Jesus.
I Peter 1:18-19 tells us that we were not ransomed by something perishable such as silver and gold, two of the most valuable resources in our world. The “precious blood” of Jesus ransomed us. Here the word “precious” is used to mean something that is absolutely beyond value. It is so valuable we cannot assign it anything we know as a standard of measure. It also carries the idea of imperishable. It is incorruptible. Nothing can ever reduce its value.
3. The Persevering Blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 9:12 speaks of the blood purchasing us “eternal redemption”. One of the debates of Christianity has been about the eternal security of the believer. While it has never been of question to me, some have suggested the possibility of one losing their salvation. I question whether some have ever been saved, but I believe once someone is, God keeps them. Anything less would diminish the value of the shed blood.
The Prevailing Blood of Jesus.
I use the word prevail here in two senses. In Rev. 12:11 we are told that we can overcome the enemy (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. The shed blood is one of our most powerful weapons. It enables us to conquer. Actually, it conquers.
The other use of the word is in prayer. Now this has been greatly abused by the “word of faith” crowd who seek to turn it into a magic formula to manipulate God. I use it, however, in the sense of Romans 8:32, and the totality of the book of Hebrews. In Romans Paul reminds us God has already given us the greatest gift, His Son. Anything else we ask for is less costly. Additionally, it is the shed blood of Jesus that purchased every answer to prayer that we receive. Jesus’ very presence at the right hand of the Father is one of continual intercession, and it is the testimony of His blood that brings answer. (Sometimes those answers are “No”)
Charles Spurgeon once suggested that there are many keys that open the padlock of heaven, but the blood of Jesus is the master key. He said, “The blood of Jesus Christ is that which unlocks the treasury of heaven.”