Summary: Is your life under the blood covering?
Text: “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God”. – Revelation 19:13
The word blood is mentioned so many times in the Bible. In Genesis 4:10, when Cain killed his brother Abel, the Bible tells us that Abel’s blood cried out to God from the ground. In Revelation 19:13, the Bible describes Jesus as One who is dressed in a robe dipped in blood.
If a man is lying on the street with his shirt soaked in blood probably from an accident, different kinds of emotions will be exhibited by different people who pass that road. Some may feel pity. Some others anger at the person or people who did this to the man soaked in blood. Some sadness. Some gratitude that they have passed this same road many times and nothing of this nature has happened to them. But when the Bible describes Jesus as one wearing a robe soaked in blood, He isn’t described as some helpless, weak individual one should pity. When Jesus is described as wearing a robe dipped in blood, the Bible speaks of Him in the context of one who has accomplished something AWESOME! Someone who has done something so significant that no one else was worthy or qualified to do. He is spoken of as one who deserves the utmost praise, glory and honour. This is why Revelation 4:8-10 and Revelation 5:9 talk about the highest kind of worship and honour being given to Christ for what He has accomplished through the shedding of His blood.
Today, I want to remind us of the benefits and blessings that are ours through the shed blood at Calvary.
What are these benefits?
1. Closeness to God
Ephesians 2:13 tells us that no matter how far we have strayed from God, the blood of Jesus has the power to reconcile or bring us back to God. Hebrews 10:19 talks of the access we have to the very presence of God; the Holiest of Holies through the blood of Jesus.
Nothing gives God pleasure as much as our walking closely with Him. That is why He has created an avenue through the blood of Jesus for us to reach Him and be with Him any day, anytime.
So many people are struggling to be close to one influential person or the other because of what they can derive or benefit from that relationship. But closeness to God gives us benefits that we can’t ever get from being close to the most powerful, influential, or richest person on this earth. Benefits like peace, joy, good health, divine strength, deliverance and the salvation of our souls.
May we avail ourselves of this wonderful opportunity the blood of Jesus has provided for us to be close and intimate with our Heavenly Father.
2. A Clean Record
Heaven has a record of what we do. Revelation 20:12 talks about books that are kept in heaven with records of people’s lives. David clearly understood this. No wonder when he sinned against God, he cried out to God saying, ‘blot out my transgressions’ (Psalm 51:1). In other words, forgive and remove from your record book the entry of my act of adultery and murder. David knew that once this record could be altered and his sin removed from God’s record book, he would be a blessed man. That’s why he said in Psalm 32:1-2, “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him…”.
We all need a clean record because sin can be a major hindrance to our prayers and breakthrough. Sin can make miracles bypass us. The only thing that can give us a clean record and make us worthy to receive anything good from God is the blood of Jesus. It has the power to wash us and make us white as snow. Though we may have said, thought, or done some terrible things, when we come to God in genuine repentance, the blood of Jesus can wash us and qualify us to receive great and wonderful blessings from God (Isaiah 1:18).
3. Speaking good things on our behalf
We understand from Hebrews 12:24 that the blood of Jesus has a voice. It’s not a voice of condemnation, but a voice that cries out mercy, favour, goodness, acceptance, promotion, prosperity, healing and wholeness.
For example, when you submit a job application and you soak the application in the blood of Jesus, it can carry the voice of acceptance not rejection with your application. Where doctors have given you a bad report and you cancel that evil report with the blood of Jesus, the blood of Jesus can speak healing and wholeness into your life not sickness and death. Where people are carrying terrible reports about you, the blood of Jesus can nullify every evil word uttered against you and speak good and positive things about you that can lead to your being highly favoured.