The Blood of Jesus

There is a scarlet thread that we find woven throughout the Bible. The scarlet thread throughout the Bible is principle of the blood atonement for the remission of sin. Scripture teaches us that in order for sin to be atoned, innocent blood must be shed. Hebrews 9:22 teaches that without the shedding of blood then there is no remission. In order to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve the Lord had to kill an animal. Something had to die to cover the shame of disobedience. The reason Cain’s offering was rejected was because it lacked a blood sacrifice. The only thing that can satisfy God’s wrath against our sin is the blood of Jesus. The old hymn rings true: “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

One of my favorite passages of scripture is Exodus 12. The narrative of the passover. Exodus 12:12-14  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.  13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.  14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. The narrative of Moses and the passover lamb teaches us of the need for the blood of Jesus. Without the blood, Israel would remain in bondage. Without the blood, Israel would suffer the agony of death. Without the blood, Israel would experience the judgment of God. The key phase in this text is found in verse 13. It says: “when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” The application of the blood made all the difference. While I encourage you to read the entire chapter, I want to point out some key principles of what we see when we see the blood.

  1. We see the Judgment of God. There is no doubt that the blood acts as the protective agent against the wrath and judgment of God. We must never underestimate or devalue the power of God’s judgment. Is God loving? Yes! Does God care? Yes HE DOES! The fact that God is so loving does not deflect the fact that his wrath is kindled toward sin and disobedience. The blood is required when it comes to being protected from the wrath of God. Because when God sees the blood he passes over without passing judgment.
  2. We see the Sacrifice of an Innocent Lamb. In order to live something had to die. Do you and I fully understand this? I am afraid we do not! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Because our sin has such a high price so does the atonement. In order to go free then Jesus had to die. Freedom is not free. It cost the life of an innocent Jesus. Jesus is our sacrificial lamb that died so that judgment and wrath would not visit our lives.
  3. We see a Significant Victory. It is through the blood that Israel experienced victory over the bondage of Egypt. Likewise, it the blood of Jesus will be what gives victory over the bondage of Satan. If a person desires victory then it will come through the blood of Jesus.

There is a reason the blood of Jesus seems so offensive. It is because it exposes us to our depravity. Salvation requires the shedding of blood. It is a gory scene. It is also a beautiful scene. God gave his Son, the Son gave his blood, and the beggar (like me!) gets to go free. It was the blood, it still is the blood and it will always be the blood that sets sinners free. Without it we will remain in sin’s bondage and under Satan’s control. Thank God for the Blood!!!

The Name of Jesus

Have you ever considered the Biblical power within the name, Jesus? I get the fact that many misuse it. I also get the fact that many do not understand the power within such a name. I really do not think people realize the degree of victory that comes with operating in the name of Jesus.

Philippians 2:5-11  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and the earth;  11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The first thing that we need to see is the Purpose of the Name. Jesus was a name given to him by God. He was not conceived by man nor was he named by man. He was named by God. The name Jesus literally means “Jehovah is Savior”. His name was given to him because his purpose was to bring salvation to humanity. His name reveals his purpose as the savior.

The second thing we notice is the Position of the Name. God gave him a name that is positioned above every name. I find it amazing at the process by which he earned such a lofty position. Jesus was selfless, a servant, and then became a sacrifice. This is normally not the credentials that one would use in order to build a name for themselves. In this we are taught a valuable lesson that promotion only comes from God. If you want to be exalted by God then we all had better get real humble. That is why he says “let this mind be in you.” We are to operate with the same kind of mindset.

The last thing we want to focus on is the Power of the Name. There is tremendous power in the name, Jesus. First comes the power to submit. Under the authority of the name, Jesus, powers in heaven, earth, and under the earth will bow and confess him as Lord. His name has the power to bring forces of evil under His subjection. It is at his name that Satan and his demons tremble. Secondly, comes the power to save. Romans 10:13 says teaches us that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. There is nothing more powerful and miraculous than a persons salvation. It is at that name that souls are saved. It is at that name that life transformation occurs.

There’s not a name like name Jesus.