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Summary: This sermon answers three questions: What gives Christ’s bllod the power? How may we experience this power in our lives? Are we willing to accept this power. Adapted from Hession’s book entitled, "The Calvary Road."

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“The Power of Christ’s Blood” – The Calvary Road

Romans 5:1-11

March 28, 2004

Purpose: This sermon answers three questions: What gives Christ’s blood the power? How may we experience this power in our lives? Are we willing to accept this power? Adapted from Hession’s book entitled, “The Calvary Road.”

INTRODUCTION

In our day and age, most of us are uncomfortable when we begin talking about blood.

In fact, when we did our first blood drive here at the church, Cozy Cupboard was still open in Marcellus. We were instructed by the Red Cross to give little table tent reminder cards to local restaurants to invite the community to the drive, and the owner of Cozy’s, Clara, had no problem helping us out…at least…at first.

When I walked into Cozy’s a week after dropping these little cards off to her, I found the cards stacked neatly by the register. Claire quickly apologized, “I’m sorry pastor, but I was getting complaints. People didn’t want to eat their food and think about blood at the same time.”

Paul Brand wrote in “Christianity Today” (March 4, 1983) that…

“In early history, blood assumed a mysterious, almost sacred, aura in human relations. An oath held more power than a person’s word, but blood made a contract nearly sacred.

We moderns inherit quaint symbolic tokens of the intrinsic mystery of blood: a wedding ring on the "leech finger," which was believed to contain a vein that led directly to the heart, or perhaps a child’s game of "blood brothers" in which two participants solemnly and unhygienically act out their undying loyalty. We echo misconceptions, too, when we use such terms as "pure blood," "mixed blood," "blood relations," harking back to the days when blood was assumed to be the substance of heredity.”

“He continued to say that…”

Although (today, as Christian) worshipers (,we) feel increasingly uncomfortable with the thought, Christianity too is inescapably blood based. Old Testament writers describe blood sacrifices in painstaking detail and their New Testament counterparts layer those symbols with theological meanings. The word "blood" occurs three times as often as the "cross" of Christ, five times as frequently as "death." And (in the service of communion), we commemorate Christ’s death with a ceremony based on his blood.”

All one has to do is look in the back of our hymnals (United Methodist) and see the 28 listings under the topic reference of the blood of Christ.

Those hymns come with some familiar lines for many…(let the congregation finish them)

“What can wash away my sin…nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

“Rock of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee; let the water and the blood from thy

wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.”

“Alas, and did my Savior bleed and did my Sovereign die? Would he devote that sacred head for

sinners such as I?”

or some from our heritage like,

“Are you washed in the blood?” or one of my favorites Andrea Crouch’s “The blood will never loose it’s power.”

There is no mistaking it. Christianity and the blood of Christ are unmistakingly inter-linked.


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