When I was a boy, I used to wonder why so many Christians made such a fuss over the blood of Jesus. Why did we have to sing that hymn, Are You Washed In the Blood of the Lamb?
Now I am coming up on 72 years of age, and I wonder why so many Christians do NOT make a fuss over the blood of Jesus, and why so many churches do NOT sing that hymn.
There are four verses in the Bible which explain the fundamental significance of blood: Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11 and 17:14; and Deuteronomy 12:23. Without it, there is no life.
It is the blood which carries nutrients throughout the body to every living cell–especially to the brain. It is the blood which carried waste materials from all living cells to be eliminated from the body. It is the blood which carries medicines and vaccines throughout the body to both heal and prevent diseases. And it is the blood which carries that most vital of all nutrients throughout the body–oxygen.
Some years ago, a preacher asked me if I knew how much of His blood Jesus shed just in order to save me. I did not know, so he told me. All of it! That motivated me to write the following journal entry.
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The exhaustion of Jesus’ lifeblood probed my totally depressed, repressed and suppressed dying condition even when I felt no connection to Him, and before I could agree with the thief on the cross: “God, what has been happening to me has been my own doing; none of this is Your fault.”
The exhaustion of Jesus’ lifeblood provided a seal–a tender hedging in of all the good that God had in mind for my life to express before I was even a mark on His sketch pad–a militant hedging out of the powers of satan and hell which would depress, repress and suppress God’s will from me.
The exhaustion of Jesus’ lifeblood brings intimacy rather than alienation out of my former rebellion against God, and peace rather than animosity out of my conflict with other people.
The exhaustion of Jesus’ lifeblood and His resurrected survival of the experience rule out all fear of my own future as having any rhyme, reason or relevance–fear no longer makes sense even in the face of death.
The exhaustion of Jesus’ lifeblood is what the patriarchs of the faith looked forward to, what Jesus willingly choose to do and the core of everything spiritual that I fall back on and rest in. It forms the warehouse of all blessings from God and the fortress of my protection from God’s avowed enemy, the devil.
The exhaustion of Jesus’ lifeblood is the foundation stone of the complete mercy and grace of God.