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Preach The Blood!
More than ever before, we as Christians need to preach about the Blood of Jesus! A revival of emphasis on the Blood is desperately needed in the Christian circles. Sinner and saint alike need to know the significance of Christ's Blood and all that it accomplished on the Cross. Consider this message as a thrust to do so. Let's prepare the groundwork for the Greatest Revival to hit our homes, churches, and land - through the Most Precious Blood of the Lamb of God.
1. Preach Christ's Innocence
Matthew 27:4 says - "Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that."
"The innocent blood" - in the above verse - can also be read as the "the innocent man" or "the innocent life." It is crucial that we understand that Jesus did not commit any crime or sin in any way, shape, or form - to merit God's wrath and judgment on His life. He was the Innocent Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. The innocent was put to death for the guilty.
2. Preach the Inestimable Value Of The Blood
1 Peter 1:19 says - "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
This "blood" was costly - accomplishing what silver and gold could never do. It was the "blood" of "a lamb without blemish and without spot" - being perfectly pure in soul...righteous in His life...and uninfected by any impression of sin from the world.
Acts 20:28 says - "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood."
Through the agency of His own blood, God acquired or gained something. He made it His own - keeping or saving it for Himself. He purchased a people - a flock - for His own service.
4. Preach The Redeeming Blood
Ephesians 1:7 says - "In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
Colossians 1:14 says - "In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins."
1 Peter 1:18-19 says - "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
Revelation 5:9 says - "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."
The moment we believe in the finished work of Calvary - we are freed from the guilt and power of sin. What Jesus did and suffered for us delivers us from its captivity and slavery. The price paid is His blood. It is the ransom money - the cost of redemption. Because of it - the power, guilt, and evil consequences of sin are taken away. Forgiveness and deliverance from all iniquity and transgressions are issued to us.
5. Preach The Cleansing Blood
1 John 1:7 says - "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
The Blood of Jesus not only forgives sin but removes its principle in all its forms and manifestations. It takes away its guilt and power. It daily cleanses the conscience and life from the sinful weaknesses of the flesh. There is no stain of sin so deep that the blood cannot remove it entirely from the soul. And not only that - it preserves holiness in the soul by keeping clean what it has made clean.
6. Preach The Justifying Blood
Romans 5:9 says - "Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."
By His death on the Cross and His bloodshedding, Jesus saved us from the effects of the wrath of God. Sin is pardoned and the sinner is saved from the displeasure of God...accepted as righteous...pardoned...rendered as sacred in His eyes...and accepted as His friend.
7. Preach The Peacemaking Blood
Colossians 1:20 says - "And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven."
Our reconciliation with God was made possible by the blood of Calvary's Cross. It took away the sin barrier that separated us from God. Peace was made between those who were alienated from each other - Jew and Gentile...man and man...and especially God and man.
8. Preach The Sanctifying Blood
Hebrews 13:12 says - "Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate."
The Blood cleanses from sin and consecrates or sets apart as holy for God's use.
9. Preach The Blood Of The Everlasting Covenant
Hebrews 13:20 says - "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant."
The Blood is the seal of the everlasting covenant. It is the means by which the people are made inwardly and outwardly holy. Through it - all blessings like redemption, peace, pardon, and the entrance into heaven are procured.
10. Preach The Washing Blood
Revelation 1:5 says - "And from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood."
The word "washed" can also be read as - loosed or set free from sin by the blood.
How powerful will be our witness for the Lord Jesus Christ be when we emphasize His Blood that was shed on Calvary's Cross.
The Blood that Jesus shed for me...way back on Calvary...it will NEVER lose its power!
Revelation 12:11 gives us the last reference in the Bible to His shed blood - "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb..."
Lastly, we find that - along with all of the other ten characteristics of the blood - we should definitely preach - in our day and time - "the overcoming blood." Oh! How people need to hear about it! So many today are facing troubles and bondages of which they cannot break loose. The answer will not be found in a two-step...three-step...ten-step...or even twelve-step program. The answer will only be found where it has always been - and that is in exercising faith in the Blood of Jesus.
Whenever we talk about our faith with others, let's be sure to always emphasize the Blood.
we do, we can be assured that - in turn - we will encounter the Power of God as His witness to our testimony.
May God Bless His Word.