The Lamb’s Blood
The death of Jesus is the epicenter of God’s glorious revelation of triumph over the march of death in the course of human history. In one movement in His own body, Jesus halted the cosmos’ spiral into chaos and eternal oblivion. He turned it around. As His flesh was torn open and His blood was loosed, the power of its perfection entered the cosmos and brought the gears of sin and cursing grinding to a halt. The way to the Father was torn and now, blood-bathed, no man can shut it anymore!
Hearts transformed by the power of His blood join into the epic chain and emit an ever-increasing wave of His power. The blood breaks open the bars of sin’s prison and sets the captive free. With it explosive power is multiplied and loosed in testimony of what He has done. This perpetual motion—the release of the light and heat of Calvary—is living and unfolding in increasing glory down through every succeeding generation. It is the assurance that the whole earth shall be filled with His glory. The cross remains. It is not a onetime event of history that has ceased to surround us in its efficacy. It suffuses the very atmosphere of invisible and visible realms with the power of salvation and the treasure of resurrection from the dead! The cross is the epicenter of glory from before the foundations of this world and the creation of the human race until the Lamb appears. If a man should glory let him glory in the Cross. If a man should find himself and be able to say, “I am,” let him say, “I am crucified with Christ!”
Are you downcast? Look to the Cross! Are you rejoicing? Look to the Cross! Do you seek a compass? The Cross points the way. Are you weighed down? Let the Cross lift you up: A yoke that breaks every other yoke. A bond that looses every bondage. An ensign that rises above the highest mountain of opposition and is planted immovable in grace in the miry depth of the lowest chasm of suffering. Let us say with the hymnist, “In the Cross, in the Cross, be my glory ever.”[i]
Edith Stein, a modern saint who voluntarily revealed her Jewish identity in order to share the love of Christ in the midst of the horrors of the Holocaust concentration camps, Edith Stein writes in her meditation, The Love of the Cross,
“The sight of the world in which we live, the need and misery, and an abyss of human malice, again and again dampens jubilation over the victory of light. The world is still deluged by mire, and still but a small flock has escaped from it to the highest mountain peaks. The battle between Christ and the Antichrist is not yet over. The followers of Christ have their place in this battle, and their chief weapon is the Cross. The lovers of the Cross, whom He has awakened and will always continue to awaken anew in the changeable history of the struggling church, these are His allies at the end of time.”
The Finished Work of the Blood of the Lamb
God commanded the priests of Israel to sacrifice two offerings daily, one in the morning, at the 3rd hour which was 9:00am and one at the ninth hour of the day which was 3:00pm. Jesus was hung on the cross at the exact time the priests were sacrificing the morning burnt offering. At 3:00pm the Passover Lamb, the Lord Jesus was slain, as Jesus breathed his last! On Day of Atonement, the high priest would declare after the evening sacrifice, “It is finished!” Jesus our High Priest, roars forth with every ounce left in his physical being, “It is finished!” This statement literally meant, “Paid in full!” Jesus purchased us and brought us into his glorious inheritance! Through the shed blood of the Lamb, we now have these precious promises that are ‘Yes and Amen’ in Christ!
We have protection under the covering of the blood.
Exodus 12:13 (ESV), “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”
We have salvation, forgiveness and redemption in the blood.
Hebrews 9:22 (ESV), “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
Matthew 26:28 (ESV), “for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV), “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
There is life, healing, and provision in the blood.
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV), “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Psalm 105:37 (NKJV), “He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble(sick) among His tribes.”
There is cleansing in the blood.
1 John 1:7 (NKJV), “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
There is justification in the blood.
Romans 5:9 (NKJV), “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
There is sanctification in the blood.
Hebrews 13:12 (NKJV), “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”
There is peace under the covering of the blood.
Colossians 1:19-20 (NKJV), “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
There is washing in the blood.
Revelation 1:5 (NKJV), “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”
There is overcoming in the power of the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 12:11 (NKJV), “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
There is accessibility in the blood, allowing us into the presence of God.
Hebrews 10:19 (NKJV), “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,”
Therefore let’s declare by faith these glorious promises today:
- Today I testify personally to what the Blood of Jesus does for me.
- Through the Blood of Jesus I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil
- Through the Blood of Jesus all my sins are forgiven.
- Through the Blood of Jesus I am justified, made righteous, just as if I had never sinned.
- Through the Blood of Jesus I am sanctified, made holy, set apart to God. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed, justified and sanctified by the Blood of Jesus.
- Through the Blood of Jesus every curse for disobedience is broken.
- Through the Blood of Jesus every blessing of obedience is mine!
- Through the Blood of Jesus the way to perpetual communion with the Father has been opened and no man can shut it.
- Through the Blood of Jesus I am heir and possessor of all the riches of my Father’s eternal Kingdom.
- The Blood of Jesus speaks for me today from the mercy seat of God’s throne in Heaven.
- Therefore, the devil has no place in me, no power over me, no unsettled claims against me.
- The song of the Lamb surrounds me today with eternal victory and joy.
- I overcome the world, the flesh and the devil through the Blood of Jesus!
[i] Mahesh Chavda, The Blood of Jesus