This week we are taking a break from our study in Acts, to focus on the Cross. What it cost Jesus. The depth of His commitment, and its power in your life. Take some time to read the devotionals carefully and thoughtfully. Let the memory and the ministry of the Cross reignite a deeper devotion to the Lord Jesus. Please share them with others by reposting them in their entirety or by quoting the sections that spoke to you.
Power of the Blood
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed . . .” I Peter 1:18
His blood redeems us, “but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” There was a price against us that we could not pay, but the blood of Jesus redeemed us.
His blood brings us into fellowship with God. According to Ephesians 1:13, “But now join Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Without the blood of Christ, man is a long way from God.
His blood makes peace with God. Man, by nature is at war with God, and we can only come to God on His peace terms – the blood atonement. The Bible says in Colossians 1:20 “and having made peace through the blood of His Cross by Him to reconcile all things to Himself . . .”
His blood cleanses. Not only does it remove the punishment of sin, it removes pollution. I don’t care what sin you’ve committed, “the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”(John 1:7)
His blood gives power over the devil. It is the blood that Satan fears. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb.” The devil doesn’t want you to learn about the blood. He hates it!
The blood of Christ purchased our salvation and pleads for us before the throne of God, yet it is little understood or appreciated. In these days we need to think of the passion of Christ; we do not know how God is going to test us. Devotion to the precious blood is a fundamental, sane approach to God. It is hard and painful; it will help us seal our own hearts against weakness.
How does valuing the blood of Jesus Christ impact your identity in Christ?