Summary: There is freedom in the blood of Jesus
Title: The Bloodline of a Champion – 12
“The Blood Makes You Free”
Text: John 8:32, 36
A quote from the first President of the United States (George Washington). “Let the world, O Lord be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily frame me more and more in the likeness of thy Son.”
George Washington, the first President of the United States and the father of that country, understood the immense impact of the blood of Jesus. Without it, man’s redemption could not have taken place. Only the blood holds the power to wash away every guilty stain of sin and to make us pure and holy.
Andrew Murray said, “It will become clear that there is no single scriptural idea, from Genesis to Revelation, more constantly and more prominently kept in view than that expressed by the words, “The Blood.”
It is awesome to think of the power of the blood of Jesus. Not only does it have the power to wash away every guilty stain of sin and make us pure and holy, it also has the power to make us free and keep us free.
I read a story the other day about a man that was transporting chickens. To transport chickens, they placed them in cages and tied their feet together with strings. When they reached their destination after miles and miles of travel, they would then open the cages and cut the strings in order to let the chickens out. But even after they were set free, the chickens would just lay there. They thought they were still bound and refused to get up. This man had to slap the chickens around a little to get them up and moving. Once they realized they were free, the chickens really enjoyed their freedom. You can just imagine the sight of happy chickens running around everywhere!
I enjoyed reading this illustration so much because there are times as Pastor that I really want to go down in the congregation and slap some people and tell them, “Jesus has already made you free.” When they are all defeated and discouraged, I really want to slap them and tell them, “The price has already been paid.” People all over North America are lying there, waiting for something to happen in their life so that they can finally get free. The truth is, you are already free! Jesus has already purchased your freedom! Through faith in His blood right now, shake yourself, get up, get moving, and go forward in the victory that God has already given you. The blood has made you free!
I. THE GOOD NEWS
Romans 1:16-17, ¶ “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
What is the good news? The Good News is the gospel! The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The central theme of the book of the Acts and every sermon preached in that book is the Gospel. Paul’s epistles also record what happened in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, not only in what was seen, but in what was unseen. Paul not only records what man saw, but he also records what God saw. Everything Jesus did, He did it for us. It is set to the credit of our account as though we did it. In the mind of God and in the economy of God, everything Jesus did, He did it for us.
The Gospel is good news! It is a message that makes you glad. It is a celebration of the triumph of Christ.
I John 3:8, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus came to destroy! What does that mean? According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary the word destroy comes from the Greek word, “Luo.” And it literally means, “To loosen, undo, dissolve, or unravel – every strategy and scheme of the devil!” So, what did Jesus come to do? He came to undo everything that the devil did through Adam. Through the blood everything that the devil set up, everything that the devil did through Adam, Jesus came and undid! He dissolved it, He unraveled it! That includes every scheme that the devil is scheming up now, Jesus took care of it! Every strategy that the devil comes up with against your life or your family, Jesus has already taken care of it through the blood. I John 3:8 says, this was the purpose of the Son of God being made flesh. The purpose was to destroy everything that the devil comes up with and to set you free from the works and schemes of the devil.