Don’t Forget the Blood

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1 Peter 1:17-21 (NIV)

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

 

Many churches today have erased all mention of the blood of Jesus Christ from their worship services.  But the shedding of blood is essential to our Christian faith.  Without a sacrifice, none of us could have a relationship with the heavenly Father.  For that reason, God wove the story of death, renewal, and reconciliation like a red thread through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

What do you have if you remove the blood from the body?  You are left with a lifeless corpse, right?  The same is true of the Bible.  Scripture would be no more than historical literature if we edited out all the “unpleasant” parts regarding animal sacrifices, Jesus dying on the cross, or the power of His blood.

God designed the redemption system in such a way that anyone could understand the connection between shed blood and freedom from sin.  The Lord gave detailed instructions for offering a perfect animal sacrifice so that His holiness would be satisfied.  God also wanted His followers to understand that sin brought terrible consequences and resulted in death.

 

The first fatality in Scripture was the animal whose skin was used to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness.

Genesis 3:21 (NIV)

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

 

Every time an Israelite brought a lamb or a pair of doves to the priest, he recognized that “the wages of sin is death.”

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

God chose a graphic solution to the world’s sin problem.  Therefore, believers cannot be squeamish about explaining what truly happened at Golgotha.  The words that we choose influence listeners.  “Jesus shed His blood for you” is a powerful statement, which is also the message God repeats throughout His Word.

The next time we find ourselves explaining the gospel message to someone, we need to be sure we don’t leave out any of the gory details.  If we do, we are not giving them the chance to see how amazing of a sacrifice Jesus really made for us.  We would not be giving them the full picture of what really happened and that would really be a shame.  We are called to be “spreaders” of the gospel, not “editors” of it.

 

 

 

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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