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Sun, Apr 15, 2018

There is Power in the Blood of Jesus

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French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ. What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused Christians in every generation to actually celebrate it?  Here is just a sampling of the hymns and songs that have been written throughout the ages about the blood of Christ: Nothing but the Blood; Are You Washed in the Blood? Oh, the Blood of Jesus; and Power in the Blood

French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ. What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused Christians in every generation to actually celebrate it?  

Here is just a sampling of the hymns and songs that have been written throughout the ages about the blood of Christ: Nothing but the Blood; Are You Washed in the Blood? Oh, the Blood of Jesus; and Power in the Blood. Here are five things from the Bible that help us to see why the blood of Jesus holds such a special place in the hearts of believers: His blood redeems us.

There was a price against us that we could not pay, but the blood of Jesus redeemed us. First Peter 1:18-19 says, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." His blood brings us into fellowship with God. According to Ephesians 2:13, "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ." Without the blood of Christ, man is a long way from God. If you are a Christian today, you can have boldness and confidence as you approach God with your prayers and your worship, because you are no longer far away from God, “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ(Ephesians 2:13).

It is because of the blood of Jesus Christ that we have the great privilege of pouring our hearts out to God (Psalm 62:8) casting our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and praying any time and any place in the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).  Does your prayer life reflect the kind of relationship you have with God through the blood of His Son? His blood makes peace with God. Man, by nature, is at war with God; and we can only come to God on His peace terms—the blood atonement.

The Bible says in Colossians 1:20, "And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself ..." His blood cleanses. Not only does it remove the punishment of sin, it removes the pollution. It is immaterial what sin you have committed; "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). This truth is expressed beautifully in the hymn, “Nothing But the Blood”

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! Precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;

No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus…

His blood gives power over the devil. It's the blood that Satan fears. Revelation 12:11 says, "And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb ..." The devil doesn't want you to learn about the blood. He hates it! Before this planet was ever swung into space, God had determined in His heart that He would send His Son to die upon the cross. How wonderful it is to trace the scarlet thread of the blood of Christ woven throughout the Bible! How much more wonderful to experience its redemption personally.

Praise God for the blood of His Lamb!

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