Summary: We have heard about the blood all of our Christian lives. And sometimes Christians think they know all about the blood of Jesus, but throughout this series we are going to learn much more about the blood. Yes, the blood washes away our sin and prepares
Title: The Bloodline of a Champion – 1
“The Blood: God’s Liquid Love”
Text: I Peter 1:18-19
A few years ago I bought my first blackberry ever! Corey McAllister came up to me one day and told me all that his blackberry could do and that I had to have one being the Pastor and all. He told me that the applications on that blackberry were endless. Well, needless to say, he sparked my interest. Before the blackberry I had a phone that would make phone calls. But he said the blackberry could do WAY more than a regular phone. So, he talked so highly about it, I thought I just have to have one. My life will be SO much easier if I just had one of these phones. So I went out and bought one. He wasn’t lying. It really could do all kinds of stuff. With a touch of a finger, I can access every church member and family members contact information. With a touch of a finger I can access all my e-mail, I can get on the internet. I have a built in GPS system, I can read the newspaper on this little device. All of Webster’s Dictionary is right on my phone. I check the weather on my phone, it has a camera, it has 27 versions of the Bible on this phone alone! I know, hard to believe isn’t it? All I really needed was a phone, but now I can do everything on this phone that I can do on my home computer and more! All I need to do is explore the applications. I just have to learn how to use it to apply everything it has to offer.
We have heard about the blood all of our Christian lives. And sometimes Christians think they know all about the blood of Jesus, but throughout this series we are going to learn much more about the blood. Yes, the blood washes away our sin and prepares us for Heaven. However, God wants us to increase in knowledge and application of the powerful blood of Jesus. It is the by the blood that we will overcome in these last days.
I know the phone is just a simple illustration of how much you can do if you know the applications on it, but there is much more that we as Christians can access from the blood but we must know how to access it.
A little girl was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma cancer. After multiple treatments, the doctors concluded that without a bone marrow transplant she would not live. If a compatible donor could be found, the infused cells of the donor would travel to the bone marrow and initiate new and healthy blood cell production. An extensive search for the perfect match began in her family, friends, community and even across the United States, but it seemed as though this donor would never be found. After several months of searching, a possible match was located. What joy there was when tests confirmed they could proceed with the bone marrow transplant of the healthy donor to this little girl!
The process involved killing off the little girls own blood cells prior to introducing the bone marrow into her body. The infused blood cells of the donor would travel to the bone marrow and then initiate blood cell production.
Results of this transplant are quite amazing and can be compared to the new birth of someone who receives Jesus as their Saviour. The little girl’s body was drastically changed forever. Not only was the unseen bone marrow and blood type completely changed and her health restored, but her skin, hair and eye color were also forever altered to match that of the one who donated their blood. Now, if the little girl ever needed an organ transplant in the future, the match would not be found in her natural family, but in that of the donors.
This little girl was dying from an incurable condition in her bone marrow, which is the source of your blood. The bone marrow transplant brought new life to this little girl and changed her very nature and physical characteristics.
In the same way, because of Adam’s disobedience, the spiritual nature of all mankind was diseased with sin. Jesus Christ, the perfect match, the perfect sacrifice was found and offered. Now when the sinner receives Jesus into their heart, they receive the very life of God. This life is in the blood of Jesus and not only causes you to live eternally, but imparts the personality, nature, and ability of the family of God. You look different, talk different and act different. You are a new creation in Christ because of the blood.
Why would the God of the Universe, Creator of Heaven and earth, concern Himself with every individual on the earth? What lengths did He go to in order to embrace us as His family? The answer is found: