Summary: The precious blood of Jesus still speaks to hearts in these five ways!
"THE BLOOD SPEAKS"
Pastor Dave Campbell
This passage of Hebrews takes us all the way back to the story of Cain & Abel. As you know, Abel was murdered by his brother Cain and the Book of Genesis tells us that Abel’s blood cried out to the Lord from the ground. Thousands of years later, Jesus, God’s Son hung on a Roman cross for the sin of the world and His blood also cries out. While Abel’s blood cried out for justice, the blood that Jesus shed cries out "justice has been paid!"
It has been said that a "Scarlet Thread runs through the pages of the entire Bible. From cover to cover we see this consistent theme: a sacrifice of blood is necessary to deal with our sin and bring the lost soul back to God. This message of the blood is often offensive to many people, but it is the message that has been saving people since the fall.
If the blood of Jesus still speaks, what does His blood say to us in this century? Perhaps we may answer this question by considering the different areas of His body that were wounded for us:
1. HIS BACK.
It would be difficult for us to imagine the extent of the torture Jesus endured during the period of scourging at the hands of a trained Roman soldier. The last time I described it from the pulpit, I asked the parents to take their small children out of the sanctuary so they wouldn’t have nightmares that night. It is almost too much to listen to! The horror and cruel torture of flogging beggars description! The victim was often whipped into unconsciousness. Some men actually died, although the scourgers were trained to only whip them within a hairbreadth of their life so they can still be hung on a cross. Some men have been known to bite their tongues off with the pain. Why did Jesus have to go through this? God’s Word tells us that with His stripes, we are healed!
The blood that flowed from the back of our Lord speaks to our hurts& pains! Everywhere you look are hurting people. People carry pains of all kinds! Emotional pain, physical pain, mental anguish. His blood says to you: "I can touch you, mend you, heal you! I took that pain for you! Only believe!"
2. HIS HEAD.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that while Jesus prayed in the garden just prior to His arrest, that He was in such travail of soul that sweat drops like blood fell from His head. We also know that He was mocked by the Governor’s soldiers with a crown of thorns implying their disbelief that this Teacher was any kind of a king. The blood that flowed from His head speaks to the troubled mind! His blood still speaks to the twisted mind, the addicted mind, the mind wracked by fear or guilt! His blood speaks deliverance to the mind bent by pornography, peace to the mind filled with anxiety, healing to the minds of the abused! His blood says "I accept you" to the rejected and lonely. His precious blood speaks to the stresses and strains and mental afflictions and says "there is hope!" A few years ago, we had a young man from Teen Challenge give his testimony in our church and he shared how after he gave his life to Christ and he was being discipled in the Teen Challenge program, some of his old friends told him that he was only being brain-washed. This young man gave one of the best answers I’ve ever heard: "I sure am! And did I ever need my brain washed!"
If you’re burned out, stressed out or strung out, I’ve got good news for you: The blood of Jesus Christ has never lost it’s power!
What ever your need, I’m here to remind you that He was hung up for our hang-ups!
3 HIS HANDS.
Although some victims of crucifixion were simply tied to the cross, we are clearly told in Scripture that Jesus was nailed there. Five inch iron spikes were pounded through His hands into the cross to make sure He couldn’t fall off. Some believe that the nails actually went through His wrists where there is stronger support for His weight. Perhaps the blood that came from His hands speak to the things we do. Our jobs, our careers and vocations. The things that we put our hands to. Is God able to take hands that stole or shed blood or worked some other kind of evil and change the things they do? He can and He does! By a miracle of His grace, He can anoint our hands to bring help and healing to others! I remember the story of a farmer who was as crusty as they come in his pre-Christian days. While trying to milk the cows he would cuss and swear at the animals non-stop. As you might expect, the cows were usually rather un-co-operative and the old farmer would get even madder and more abusive. One great day, he heard the Gospel and gave his life over to the Lord and the change in his life was almost instantaneous! Even his cows noticed! The abusiveness was gone. So was the terrible vocabulary he was accustomed to using. His cattle never milked better! Imagine that!