Summary: When evangelist John Wesley was returning home from a service one night. He was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, “Stop! I have ........
When evangelist John Wesley was returning home from a service one night. He was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, “Stop! I have something more to give you” pointing a tract to him. The surprised robber paused. “My friend,” said Wesley, “You may live to regret this sort of life later. If you ever do, here’s something and remember: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!’” The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed that his words and the tract might bear fruit.
Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service. A stranger approached him. He was surprised to learn that this man was the thief. The one who robbed him. Now who has become a believer in Christ and a successful businessman. “I owe it all to you,” said the transformed man. “Oh no, my friend,” Wesley exclaimed, “Not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!”
The Bible is the living Word of God and all through the Bible, it speaks of the blood of Jesus.
Someone said, “Cut the Bible anywhere and it will bleed.”
The blood is spoken of 427 times in our Bible. The OT spoke of the blood of the animal which pointed to Jesus’ blood and also the NT directly speaks about the blood of Jesus Christ.
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold ………..but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
…… and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
The early church understood the blood. All through the Acts of the Apostles, as they also preached the same message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They understood that His death and the provision of “covering by the blood” was the essential ingredient of the Gospel. Jesus shed his blood for us so that we can be covered by the blood of Jesus.
Have you looked through sunglasses? The world outside looks different than the naked eye, isn’t it? This is how God looks at us. God’s gaze passes through red color glasses every time he looks at us. He basically looks at us through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. All those of us who have asked God to forgive our sins have been covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The blood is internal. There should be hurt to see blood. That is why for some it is hard to see blood. Jesus certainly went through that hurt and has covered us with his blood. Today, we are going to study about the blood of Jesus Christ.
1. The Blood of Jesus Christ is Perfect
If you analyze the blood of Jesus, it is perfect.
Judas cried out after he betrayed Jesus:
“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Now, see what Pilate had to say when he was trying Jesus Christ:
“What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this, he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.
Jesus Himself said:
Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?
Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
The Bible says the blood of Jesus Christ is perfect. But if Jesus Christ had a natural father, he would have imparted the sinful nature of Adam to him and his death would have provided no redemption. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was born of a virgin. The virgin birth is absolutely essential to the salvation of our souls. Basically that means Jesus did not have original sin. Nor was he conceived in sin. The virgin birth of Christ established His righteousness, his sinless blood. After being born without sin, Jesus did not sin in thought, word, or deed. He kept himself without sin.