New Beginning

Jesus had faith first, not us. Jesus had love first, not us.

When the Isrealites came out of Egypt, the Bible indicates that there were some Egyptians among them, perhaps some that got the message in the first 9 plagues.

Exodus 12:13 NLT

But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Exodus 12:38 NLT

A rabble of non-Israelites went with them, along with great flocks and herds of livestock.

Colossians 1:20 NLT

and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Galatians 4:3-7 NLT

And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.  And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”  Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

The blood provides a new beginning.

Exodus 12:1-3 NLT

While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the L ord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Titus 3:7 NLT

Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

Philippians 1:6 NLT

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Repentance is a daily process, not a one-time event. When you read God’s word each day and are being transformed by it, there is a change. You are willing to go in a different direction.

Give God the best part of your day. When are you the freshest? That is when you want to read His word.

The blood provides a witness! 1 Corinthians 11 tells of the witness that communion has. You can put stickers on your car and hang pictures of Jesus in your house, but what does the atmosphere of your home bear witness to? When people are around you, what do they experience in your presence?

There is no more need to prove yourself. Christ has completed what is required.

Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

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Genesis 3:15 NLT

And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.

This scripture, from the beginning of God’s word, speaks of Jeus’ sacrifice on the cross. It tells of satan striking Jesus’ feet as He was on the cross. We were redeemed when Jesus died on the cross.

This scripture also prophesies Jesus’ virgin birth, as it speaks of only a woman’s offspring, not a man’s.

Genesis 3:21 NLT

And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

Another living being was sacrificed to cover our unrighteousness. These promises were made without anyone asking God for them. As soon as sin entered the world, God made provision for it.

Genesis 6:9 NLT

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.

Noah wasn’t perfect – rather, he had maintained his relationship with God by fulfilling God’s requirements for sin sacrifices. God would use Noah to bring this into the new world. But notice how sin was still in the world – Noah still made sacrifices after they left the ark.

Genesis 22:1-2 NLT

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

Human sacrifices were pagan practices, not something for God’s people. Can you imagine Abraham’s questions? But he trusted that God would reveal to him His purposes.

For Abraham, Noah, Adam – God provided.

Life is in the Blood

Revelation 1:4-6 NLT

This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

Sin cannot stop grace from coming. Grace is greater than sin. Grace and truth comes through Jesus.

Ephesians 6:12 NLT

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

When a Jewish family acquired their sacrificial lamb, they had it for a few days. When you get to know your sacrifice, making the sacrifice costs you something.

When the Jewish people were to apply the lamb’s blood to their doorposts to be saved when the angel of death passed over, all they had to do was be obedient to do what God said – apply the blood. Nothing else was required for them to be saved.

John 1:29 NLT

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Moses and Israel won, not by force, but by sacrifice.

In the blood of Christ, there is healing, redemption, life, power.

Hebrews 10:3-4, 8-10 NLT

But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

Hebrews 8:12 NLT

And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

The church has a saying, “plead the blood of Christ,” but nowhere in scripture does it say we have to beg for the blood of Jesus. Begging is for false gods, as we can see in 1 Kings 18.

1 Kings 18:28 NLT

So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.

Only one Person’s blood is required, and that is Jesus’! He provides protection from death, a witness to God’s glory and reality, freedom from spiritual bondage and burden.