Summary: Something to think about: War is about blood so, to make peace there must be bloodshed. ***Life is in the blood. Death is in the blood… But Eternal life is in the blood of Christ ****
First Blood….Sermon 05/2014
I remember back in the early eighties there was a movie starring Sylvester Salome call First Blood.
It was story about a Vietnam War hero by the name of John Rambo.
He was in a Special Forces unit and given the Medal of Honor.
The movie begins, Rambo is searching for one of his friends who was also in that special unit but soon found out he was the only one left….his friend died with cancer.
An arrogant Sheriff of that small town where he searched for his friend thought he was a drifter and ran him out of town but, he returned and that’s when trouble began.
The Sheriff and his deputies began to abuse Rambo by beating him…they brought the First Blood as Rambo called it…so he defended himself by killing his enemy because it was a truce among those US Army Special Forces …the enemy must strike and bring the first blood and then attack…
It was the first blood that started it all
***That’s our subject..we are going to talk about blood….not a very popular subject***
Something to think about: War is about blood so, to make peace there must be bloodshed.
***Life is in the blood. Death is in the blood… But Eternal life is in the blood of Christ ****
What was the first blood that was shed in God’s creation and why?......let’s find out.
We will start in:
Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die………
If we were disobedient…God said we would die…Well, guess what happen? We were disobedient so, God started a time clock ticking in this flesh that we live in and we all will face death one day.
Our disobedience also started a war with God. That was the first strike against Him.
So, God defended His word because He said “Thy shall surly die”…..so we at His mercy because we are defenseless against Him.
****What did Adam and Eve do when they rebelled against God?...lets go to the Bible in…
Genesis 3:7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons
Here is what I believe is the first manmade religion…they tried to cover their own sins by making aprons.
This is still going on today….people will join the church….get involved in some activity …maybe even become a deacon or some other leader in the church…..But they still don’t know Christ…they have never repented of their sins and surrendered all.
*****They cover themselves with their own works…they sew themselves an apron …so to speak….and not covered with the blood of Jesus.
I will also go as far as to say there are many carnal pastors in our churches across America today….teaching only the goodness of humanity and try to make the world a better place….
But there is one thing wrong with that teaching….the Bible says there is none good….not one!
Its takes more than sewing a few fig leaves together to hide our sins from God and to mend that relationship with Him…it takes the blood of Jesus....these folks may fool the church but they can’t fool God!....these are the hardest people to witness to because they believe they are good enough
********Listen to what the Bible says **************
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
*When it comes to covering our sins….it takes the blood of Jesus to cover the so called good people and the bad peoples sin…its all the same to God…a mass murder can get the same forgiveness as a non-confessing church goer….it takes the same amount of blood.
It takes the blood of Jesus….what can wash my sins away…nothing but the blood of Jesus.
**Adam and Eve knew they needed more than just some Fig leaves?
Listen to what the Bible says….Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.