Power In The Blood

 

A few thoughts from my Sunday Message…. Audio will be available soon HERE.

Jesus teaches us to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel. What about the worlds around you? In all of our communities there are worlds that we are often not willing to enter. But we need to enter into the worlds around us. The Good news of the gospel is most appreciated by those who know they need it. The Gospel is good news for the dirty, the captive, the lost, and the endangered people. The power of the Gospel is not in us, but in the blood of Jesus that was shed for us. Is it hard for you to make a connection between the blood of Christ shed on the cross 2,000 years ago and your life today? Hebrews 9-10 helps us make that connection. 

His Blood Cleanses The Dirty Conscience. “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:14).  I may not understand all of the blood, sacrifices, priesthood, Jewish laws … but I do understand what a dirty concience is. And I understand that there are things that we are driven to do in order to try to cleanse our conscience on our own. We need to be cleansed of acts that lead to death … and to become aware that all sin leads to death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Cleansing is found in putting our faith in Christ … and obeying Him in every way. “…baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt  from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him” (1 Peter 3:21). The cleansed conscience is not only to provide relief to the believer, but also to give purpose and duty … we are cleansed so that we may serve the living God. When the blood of Jesus cleanses the dirty concience, we are set free to live a life of service in the presence of our King.

 His Blood releases Captive People.  “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant” (Hebrews 9:15). Without Christ, we remain captive to sin … to ourselves … to our world. Through His blood we have a new covenant, a new promise … a new freedom. 

His Blood Saves the Lost. “… But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Sin is what causes us to be lost. Christ came to do away with sin. Offering himself once for all, He has the power to save all. Jesus’ sacrifice does not have to be made over and over, for every time we fall short of His will … but it was powerful enough to be effective with only one perfect sacrifice. There is blood all over the OT but no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:19-22), but since Jesus loves the lost we can see that He knows how to save them. 
  
His Blood Rescues The Endangered. “…So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28). Jesus will appear a second time, but He will not bear sin again. He did that once for all. This time He will bring salvaiton to those who wait. Without the blood of Christ, His return would be a terrifying reality. For Christians it is a comforting reality.

Jesus is good news for the dirty who desire to be clean, the captive who desire to be set free, the lost who desire to be found, and the endangered who desire to be rescued.

The Power of the Cross 

Oh, to see the dawn, Of the darkest day:

Christ on the road to Calvary.

Tried by sinful men, Torn and beaten, then

Nailed to a cross of wood.

Oh, to see the pain, Written on Your face,

Bearing the awesome weight of sin.

Ev’ry bitter thought, Ev’ry evil deed

Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

This, the pow’r of the cross:

Christ became sin for us;

Took the blame, bore the wrath—

We stand forgiven at the cross.

Now the daylight flees; Now the ground beneath

Quakes as its Maker bows His head.

Curtain torn in two, Dead are raised to life;

“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

This, the pow’r of the cross:

Christ became sin for us;

Took the blame, bore the wrath—

We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see my name Written in the wounds,

For through Your suffering I am free.

Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live,

Won through Your selfless love.

This, the pow’r of the cross:

Son of God—slain for us.

What a love! What a cost!

We stand forgiven at the cross.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Audio on Podcast by Zoe Worship.

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