Summary: A sermon examining the mot precious substance in history... The sinless blood of our Savior!
The Precious Blood Of Jesus
Men and women spend their lives seeking those things that are considered "precious". I know a man who spends most of his spare time panning for gold. Right now there are people drilling into the ground with the hopes of striking oil. Some of you have spent hard earned money to buy someone special jewelry that is made up of "precious stones such as Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. At the end of the week most of you receive a paycheck and that money is "precious" to you. But it seems that those who attain these substances always want more!
John D. Rockefeller was at one point the world’s richest man and first ever American billionaire. One day a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” He responded, “Just a little bit more.”
No matter how much money and material goods we attain, it seems that we are never satisfied. I want to talk to you about a substance that will satisfy your greatest need. I am referring to the "Precious Blood Of Jesus".
Precious is defined as "an object, substance, or resource of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly." Why is Jesus' blood so precious? Because it can do what nothing else could. The precious blood from the sinless Savior is the only means of salvation for lost man.
If there is one subject more than any another that Satan would oppose, it is the Blood! He would like nothing more than to turn our minds away from this truth. Satan does not mind you thinking that you can be saved by reformation, good deeds, moral character, baptism or Church membership. He will tell you that you can be saved by doing your best. But the Bible makes it clear that the only way to God is through the blood. The good news is you do not have to seek to attain this precious possession. It is a free gift that is available to you.
Let's review what the Bible says about the Blood:
Judas called it "innocent blood" in Matthew 27:4. --- Peter called it "precious blood" in I Peter 1:19. --- John called it "cleansing blood" in I John 1:7. He referred to it as "washing blood" in Revelation 1:5 and "overcoming blood" in Revelation 12:11. --- Paul calls the blood of Jesus "Purchasing blood" in Acts 20:28. "Redeeming blood" - in Colossians 1:14, "Justifying blood" in Romans 5:9 and "Peacemaking blood in Colossians 1:20. --- It is called "sanctifying blood" in Hebrews 13:12. --- Jesus said that His blood is the "blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins"
Someone has said that "The blood of Christ is forever innocent, infinitely precious, perfectly justifying, always cleansing and fully sanctifying".
The blood is our only hope of salvation! If someone loses all of the blood form their body...THEY DIE! If you take the blood out of the gospel there is no life!! Therefore the blood is essential for salvation. Hebrews 9:22 tells us that ...."without shedding of blood is no remission". - But our selected text makes it clear that not just any blood will do. Only the precious blood of Jesus is sufficient! I would like to walk through these verses and examine why Jesus' blood is so precious! Notice in verse 12:
I. THE BLOO OF JESU REEEMSLOST SOULS - v12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
The sacrifices in the Old Testament did not have the power to save men from their sins. The blood came from "goats and calves" and other animals. This was not sufficient to redeem lost man. But before the foundation of the world God had a plan to redeem mankind. God knew that we would need a perfect sacrifice. So He provided a Lamb in the person of His only Begotten Son. When the time came and Jesus ascended Calvary's Hill He shed His blood for us. His blood was innocent, pure, sinless blood.
There were certain demands that must be met concerning the sacrifice to God for the sins of the world. Jesus met those demands - Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Even more special is the fact that everything Jesus did, He did willingly! - John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Jesus was and is 100% God. He took on a robe of flesh, voluntarily left the glories of heaven, bore our shame, carried our cross endured our suffering and died for us. Romans 5:8 (says that) God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.