Summary: Sermon focusing on eight accomplishments of the blood of Christ and what they mean to us.
“The Blood of Christ”
Text: Ephesians 1:3-10
We just concluded a study of The Gospel According to Matthew on Sunday evenings. Of course, some of the last lessons in this series were centered on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. While we often talk about our Savior’s death on the cross and what it means for us, I want us to spend a few minutes this morning focused on the blood of Christ. In our reading from Ephesians 1, we learned from verse 7 that in Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. I know a lot of folks look at these verses and want to get wrapped up in predestination but I just want to concentrate on the truth of verse 7. In that verse, we learn that the blood of Christ is the means through which we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. And, since our sins separate us from God, getting rid of our sins is necessary if we want to have a relationship with God. So I hope you’ll open your hearts and your Bibles as we study together for just a few minutes. Please be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 and search the scriptures daily this week to make sure I’ve preached the truth of God’s word.
You’ll remember that in the Old Testament, God’s people were required to make animal sacrifices. I don’t know exactly why God chose the method He did for making atonement under the old law but it involved sacrificing animals. A possible reason is found in Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. While God’s people lived under the old covenant with its system of priests and sacrifices, a new covenant was promised – Jeremiah 31:31-34 – “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” The writer of Hebrews 8:6 reveals that Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant – this new covenant God promised – which was established on better promises. He goes on in Hebrews 9:16-22 to explain that Christ had to die to ratify the new covenant implying it must be done with blood just as blood was necessary to dedicate the old covenant. No wonder Jesus chose similar words when He instituted the Lord’s Supper in Luke 22:20 – “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” I wish we had time to read more about what Christ did for us as our High Priest but let’s read Hebrews 9:27-10:4 – And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.