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.

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