Heavenly Father, thank you that in Christ you have made us fit for heaven; that because Your Son shed His Blood for us on the Cross the judgement for our sin has now PASSED OVER us and You have totally redeemed us from the Second Death. Enable us to walk in the light of this revelation, to give no room for fear and to minister in the power of The Blood of the Lamb.Amen.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
BLOOD! What is it with Christianity and its fixation on The Blood, the Blood of the Lamb, Christ’s Blood? Hasn’t anyone bothered to tell God that we are too civilised for that sort of talk, that we are too science and tech savvy to connect with such medieval language? This is the 21st Century – what relevance has “The Blood” to our daily lives? Why can’t Christians just be normal and talk about more relational things like love and peace and save the whales?
Well actually I am very glad that there has been a movement within the last twenty years to conserve our natural environment; I believe Christians should be as concerned as anyone about the world that God has given us stewardship over. However you get the point. We Christians seem to talk in a strange language to the rest of the world when we get excited about the Blood! But there is good reason – because without the Blood of Christ we would have no redemption, no adoption, no peace, nothing to base our faith on, no assurance and absolutely no hope! As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15v9, If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. In other words if the message of the Gospel is only a feel good self improvement course without any eternal promise then we might as well go and join the local Round Table!
In many of our Churches we still sing that great revivalist song, There is power, power, wonder working power in the Blood of the Lamb. But in reality it is so easy for us to miss the power of the BLOOD! But the BLOOD of Christ is central to the Gospel, it is everything, and we need to talk about it more not less.
In fact it does seem at times that the Biblical subject of the Blood is becoming one of decreasing interest even amongst believers. One of the reasons for this may be the fact that we have allowed ourselves to be removed from its Biblical origins! When John the Baptist saw Jesus passing by in John 1v29 he declared, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! His hearers knew exactly to what event John was referring to – the Passover. However we have swapped the Biblical symbolism of the lamb for the pagan symbols of eggs and bunnies, and we have swapped the beautiful name of PASSOVER for a pagan name – Easter, which is none other than the Anglo-Saxon name for the goddess of spring.
Passover, the historical account of God’s deliverance of his people from bondage in Egypt described in Exodus 12, is the origin of the BLOOD of Christ. The term simply means the night the Angel of Death PASSED – OVER every household that had obeyed God’s direct instruction, given through Moses, to paint the blood of a young sacrificed lamb on the lintels and doorposts of every dwelling. It is such a beautiful word because in Christ the judgement that rightly should be on our heads because of sin has been PASSED-OVER. The blood of the first Passover lamb shed in Egypt allowed the Angel of Death to pass-over all who acted in faith by placing their hopes for salvation on that lamb. The BLOOD of the Lamb of God shed at the Cross allows God to pass-over judgement on us when we respond with the same faith and place all our hope for eternal salvation solely on Jesus Christ, the LAMB of GOD, Who as our substitute paid the penalty for sin not just for one chosen nation but for the entire world, past, present and future.
What is a substitute? A person or thing that takes our place! The first act of substitution in the Bible is found in Genesis 22 when Abraham was about to offer his only son Isaac on Mount Moriah. Seeing the strength of Abraham’s faith God spoke to him and told him to stop and turned his attention to a ram caught in a thicket behind him. Abraham had passed the test that resulted in the incredible blessings that In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” v18. That ram though became the substitute for Isaac, the ram’s blood was shed instead and a contract between God and Abraham was established forever.
That is what the Passover lambs did for God’s people; they became the substitutes of the judgement of death that had been decreed through Moses upon the first born male of all who lived in Pharaoh’s Egypt. And that is what Jesus Christ has done for us, He is our Substitute; He took the judgement of death on our behalf so that we would not experience the death of spiritual separation from God the Father. We will all experience a natural death but spiritual death means eternal separation from God. Our natural bodies cannot enter heaven because flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God 1 Corinthians 15v50. But this is not because our bodies are material, but because they are corrupted material; that is why our bodies must one day perish as they are not fit for heaven. One day the Scriptures promise that we will receive a new resurrection body which will possess both material and spiritual qualities, enabling us to live in heaven but eat material food just as Jesus Christ ate a meal of fresh fish with His disciples on the shore of Galilee after His resurrection! This is why natural death is not a fearful matter for believers in Christ; it is a simple matter of changing location, from earth to heaven. God’s first objective then is to make us fit for heaven again and for that we must be made spiritually alive and have the curse of eternal death removed from us, a death that seven times in the book of Revelation the Bible calls the Second Death.
So is the subject of the BLOOD important, is it still relevant? Absolutely! Without it we would still be subject to suffer the Second Death of eternal separation from God the Father. But now through the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, the judgement of that death has PASSED-OVER us and we have the promise of ETERNAL LIFE instead. One day we will put off this earthly tent we are wearing, but in its place we will receive a new resurrection body that is incorruptible and immortal. Through THE BLOOD we have been made fit for heaven, fear has no place in our lives; our future no matter our age is secure. So let us not be ashamed to talk and share about the BLOOD of the LAMB; some may think it is not “PC” or call it a fixation, but we know that it is the very core of the Gospel message and all true believers will be excited by its message.
OUR PRAYER FOR TODAY
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
1 Corinthians 15
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5