Summary: Christ blood brings us near to God because through it receive His life!
“Brought Near By The Blood” Ephesians 2:11-22
John Wesley rode across Hounslow Heath late one night, singing a favorite hymn, he was startled by a fierce voice shouting, “Halt,” while a firm hand seized the horse’s bridle. Then the man demanded, “Your money or your life.” Wesley obediently emptied his pockets of the few coins they contained and invited the robber to examine his saddlebags which were filled with books. Disappointed at the result, the robber was turning away when evangelist cried, “Stop! I have something more to give you.”
The robber, wondering at this strange call, turned back. Then Wesley, bending down toward him, said in solemn tones, “My friend, you may live to regret this sort of a life in which you are engaged. If you ever do, I beseech you to remember this, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin.’” The robber hurried silently away, and the man of God rode along, praying in his heart that the word spoken might be fixed in the robber’s conscience.
Years later, at the close of a Sunday evening service with the people streaming from the large building, many lingered around the doors to see the aged preacher, John Wesley. A stranger stepped forward and earnestly begged to speak with Mr. Wesley. What a surprise to find that this was the robber of Hounslow Heath, now a well-to-do tradesman in the city, but better still, a child of God! The words spoken that night long ago had been used of God in his conversion. Raising the hand of John Wesley to his lips, he affectionately kissed it and said in tones of deep emotion, “To you, dear sir, I owe it all.”
Wesley replied softly, “Nay, nay, my friend, not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ which cleanseth us from all sin.”
What can take away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus can take away our sin. What can make us whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus can make us whole again. But what is the power of Jesus Blood? What does the Apostle mean when he says that we have been brought near by the blood of Christ? Is he referring to the liquid which fell from his body on the Cross?
Is he referring to the celebration of communion in a worship service? This morning, as I enter my text, I will seek primarily to answer those two questions as well as give some historical background to enliven our understanding as to the meaning of today’s text.
This is an ambitious undertaking for just one sermon, so it will not be exhaustive, but I trust that after having considered its meaning, that you will be further compelled to move beyond understanding’s foundation of the blood of Christ to understanding’s ultimate fruit; experience of the blood of Christ!
At the outset I want to answer the two questions which I have raised already directly and plainly. I fear that there is a great deal of confusion in the minds of many believers with regard to the manner and nature of the meaning of the saving power of the blood of Christ. In this area of doctrine there are two major errors of biblical interpretation and application of this teaching.