GET TOGETHER- THIS BLOOD IS FOR YOU!
Mt 26:28 “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Yesterday as I was listening to James Dobson on the radio there was a Messianic Jewish Rabbi doing the best teaching that I have ever heard concerning Jesus as the Messiah and connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament. His name was Rabbi Jason Sobel. I have ordered his book Mysteries of the Messiah. He did an outstanding job on the when Christ was on the cross and what the shedding of His blood represented in a redemptive way in our lives and how that it tied into the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Lord. I am really looking forward to studying more about this. But today I want to share some of my thoughts on the Blood of Jesus and how what He suffered on the cross can be redemptive in some ways in our lives and I believe that the Scriptures would fully support that.
Before I go any further, I want to say first of all that it is only through our faith in the Blood of Jesus that we can be justified and put in a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. Paul tells us in Ro 5:9 “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (NKJV) I am sure that I have shared this before, but I will share it again. I believe that the Bible tells us that salvation is being saved from hell, delivered from the power that hell has had over our lives, and healed from the damage that hell has wrought upon our lives.
So here are just a few of my thoughts. When I think about Jesus taking the nails in His feet, I think about the redemption that He paid the price for those of us who once walked in darkness. The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that there would be One that would deliver us from walking in darkness: Isa 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.” There things and places that we used our feet for and went to that were places and things where we were being controlled by our old sinful nature. He paid the price to give us a new set of spiritual feet. The kind of feet that Paul wrote about in Ro 10:15 “And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”(NKJV) Not all Christians are called to Pastor, or some other office. But all of us are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
When I think about the nails in His hands and the Blood that flowed from those hands, I think about how that our hands were once dirty. Our hands had been used to do things that were contrary to the will of God. When we used our hands to do wicked things we were headed for eternal punishment: Isa 3:11 “Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him.” But when Jesus took the nails in His hands His blood cleansed us from the wicked deeds that we once committed with our hands and we can have fellowship and relationship with Him. Ps 24:3,4 “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.” (NKJV) As His hands bleeding reached out to a lost and hurting world our hands are now clean to be used by Him to reach out to a lost and hurting world.
Another thought that I had that I would like to share with you. As His head was bleeding from the crown of thorns around His head. I thought about how the blood that He shed positions us to experience the transforming power of God as our minds are renewed as the Apostle Paul wrote about in Ro 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” He shed His blood that our minds could be renewed and we would no longer act and think as we did when we were in our lost estate.
When He took the spear in His side from that Roman soldier serving a pagan empire His blood flowed from there and He was died a real death on the cross it looked like all hope was gone. When I think about that I think about how many times that the devil may think that he has defeated us. However, we know that on the third day our Lord came out of the tomb and that we are never defeated by the evil powers of darkness.
There are many things that I could write about concerning what the Blood of Jesus does for us such as healing of disease and sickness and many other things. But I felt like the Lord wanted me to share these thoughts with you. As we head into Resurrection Sunday, I pray that all of these will lead you to an even greater appreciation of what the Lord suffered and did for us.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that you took the nails in your hands. You took the nails in your feet, the crown of thorns around your head, and the spear in Your side for us. May we forever be thankful for the sacrifice that you made for us. And may we always share this Good News with others as we walk in the victory that You have provided for us both now and forever!
In Jesus Name
Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday!