Summary: Thank God that although our lives are a mess, we're covered by the blood of Jesus
A BLOODY MESS
13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Beloved, allow me for just a moment today to remind each & every one of you that you are a Bloody Mess.
Here we have before us this morning two passages of scripture, one text which is derived from the old testament book of Exodus & the other from the new testament book of Ephesians.
In case you’re not familiar with the passage of scripture from Exodus allow me to give you a briefing of it. You see Moses was sent by God to deliver the people of God. He was to lead them out of bondage and into the promised land. in the book of Exodus Moses was sent by God to deliver a message to Pharaoh & that message was simply, “let my people go”. You can find that in the 9th chapter of the book of Exodus, In fact in says “let me people go so that they may worship me.”
Let me pump my brakes for a moment just to say that the reason why you’ve been saved, the reason why you’ve been redeemed, the reason why you’ve been set free is so that you can worship HIM. The bible says that we were created to worship Hm.
God did not save you so that you can sit there & look down your nose at other people.
God didn’t save you so you could become judgmental of everybody else
God didn't save your ole sanctified self so you could sit up in a church & hold a position & a front row seat for the next 30 years.
NO God saved you that you could Worship Him!
Just like when you were in the world & you worshipped that man,
you worshipped that woman,
you worshipped the fast money,
you worshipped the drugs & alcohol.
You worshipped that Benz or that Lex bubble
God said I’ve saved you from the penalty of death so that you can worship Me.
WATCH THIS, And then he said If I be lifted up/If i be worshipped I’ll draw all men unto me.
Let me get back on track,
Pharaoh of course did not here Moses appeal to set the people of Israel free from their slavery & this sets the stage for a showdown between the God of Israel & the gods of Egypt. ……. Now a lot happened in this time so I’m going to give you some homework & recommend that you read up on it, You’ll find out when you do that God sent many plagues into the land of Egypt but the final terrible plague that would descend upon the people of Egypt would be the death of the firstborn sons in the land.
In the verses prior to the one we’ve read God commanded his chosen people to sacrifice an unblemished lamb & smear it’s blood over the doorpost of their homes.
When the angel of the Lord would see the blood on the doorpost he would pass over those homes, thus sparing the firstborn sons from God’s wrath. The blood protected them from Gods judgement.
Somebody ought to tell God, “Thank you for the Blood”
And then from that scripture we’ve now jumped over to the NT book of Ephesians.
This book is the Apostle Paul's letter to the believers in Ephesus. The bible tells us that these people were faithful followers of Jesus Christ. An so Paul here is reminding the church of the spiritual blessings that they have received from God. He reminds them & us if you will, that not only does God love us but he choose us, God adopted us into His family & He sees us as holy & without fault. He purchased our freedom with the BLOOD OF HIS SON.
And so it is with that thought church that I want to remind you this morning that church that you are, A BLOODY MESS!
I’m not going to be before you very much long but I need your undivided attention church because I need you to get this.
A BLOODY MESS……..
I know somebody is wondering, Pastor D, what do you mean by A BLOODY MESS? I don’t quite understand where you're going with this, well beloved if you stick with me I promise it’ll all make sense after while.