Sunday, March 7, 2019
“Christs Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”
The life of a flesh is found in the blood.
Leviticus 7:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Two of the greatest and most notable of the Jewish Festivals and celebrations were the Passover of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement.
The Passover in 2019 will be observed from the Evening of Friday, April 19th until the evening of Saturday April 27th.
In scripture it was commanded to be observed during the month of Nisan or AVIV this was the 7th month of the Jewish Civil Calendar.
In our Gregorian calendars this is March – April.
Its origins are from the Exodus from Egypt .
Moses was instructed to prepare God’s people for their journey to the Promised Land.
The 10th and climatic plague upon Pharaoh and Egypt would be worse than any other. The firstborn male of each Egyptian household and the beasts of the field would die. Jehovah commanded that if his people desired to escape this then there were specific things they needed to do.
The act that would save their firstborn sons was for an animal to be sacrificed and then using a hyssop branch apply and sweep its blood over the homes entrance jambs and headers or sides and tops.
This was to be done because God was going to send a Death Angel throughout Egypt and he would bring death unless he saw the blood applied to the home.
God said when his angel would see the blood, he would “Passover” that home and family.
Life was found in the blood. There was power in the blood. It was the only thing that God recognized as sufficient to save his people.
Those whom obeyed embarked upon a long journey to the Promised Land.
They were waylaid tho by disobedience and a 10 day journey evolved into 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.
In that time period the Law was given to Moses and the people.
Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement and its celebration and observance endured from this.
Yom Kippur is celebrated in the Jewish month of Tishred that is our Sept-Oct.
Yom Kipper is celebrated ten days after Rosh Hoshanah the Jewish New Year.
Judaism observes two calendars the Religious and Civil.
The Day of Atonement was a once a year event that was done for the forgiveness of God’s people by the Lord.
The High Priest acted as the mediator between the people and Jehovah.
There were a series of actions he had to perform in doing this.
He prepared by first shedding his elaborate priestly gar, bathing and then doing simple white.
He would select here animals for the sacrifice, a bull and two goats or rams. He would slaughter the bull and then enter into the Holy Place. He would take hot coals from what was the Altar of Incense go behind the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. He would place the coals in an incense, which then created a smoky haze over the Mercy Seat. This would save his eyes because he could not see the true presence of God, also God finds pleasure in the aroma of incense.
The priest would be struck dead if he did anything wrong or if he messed up in any manner.
He had a rope tied to his ankle, this way if he died they could drag out his corpse, because only the High Priest was allowed in that Holy Place.
The Priest would exit and then re-enter with a censor of blood from the bull.
He would first stop before the Altar of Incense or Golden Altar and sprinkle oil upon it. On its top there were four horns in each corner which the in which the Priest would rub the blood upon them. He would then sprinkle the blood seven times toward the veil. This initial offering remember was to atone for the sins of he, his family and other Priests. He had to be purified before he could mediate for the people.
Now he would exit again and retrieve the blood of the sacrificial goat.
Everything had now been prepared for this moment.
He would enter into the cloudy Inner Room, the most Holy Place or the most Holy. The Priest would sprinkle this blood directly upon the mercy seat.
This is the only thing that God would recognize as the atonement for the sins of his people.
The Greek word for “Mercy Seat” is Hilasterion which means propitiation. (It means to regain favor)
Finally the Priest would exit for the final time while carrying the blood of the bull and the goat.
Waiting for him was the second goat. He would put the blood upon this animal, it would be taken to the outskirts and sent away. This symbolically carried away the sins of the people and it could not return. Thus the term “Scape Goat.”
The Power of Atonement was not found in anything but the blood applied to the Altar and the Mercy Seat. This was done every year. There was Power in the Blood.
Something had to die, so that others could be forgiven and live.
From our text in verse four we read this. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”
That begs the question then why did God demand these things done
He offered a temporary means for his people to find forgiveness until the right time that the one and only eternal sacrifice would appear.
Year after year, the Day of Atonement had to take place Year after year blood had to be spilled, year after year the sins of the people had to be brought before the Lord and yet the inability of man to stop sinning he couldn’t stop.
The people were sanctified by the blood of the animal. Yet the animal could not consent to its death or its blood used in the act of propitiation.
Jesus was sent to become to final and ultimate sacrifice. John called him the Lamb of God because he believed it so.
The Lord gave himself and offered himself so that we might live. His blood was spilled for us freely and consented upon.
His shed blood is what the Father recognized and recognizes as a propitiation and substitute for our sins.
No more yearly sacrifice , Christ died only once for us all. Romans 6:10 “For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
The Power of the Blood of Christ, is our lifeline.
It was, is and will forever be the most powerful thing that has even been. There is still Power in the Blood.
When Christ died and made his supernatural 1st Ascension. I have come to believe that he did so to apply his blood to heavens Mercy Seat. That was and is what the Father accepted as the covering of our sins.
After his 2nd Ascension he sits at the honored seat at the right hand of God the Father.
Christ took the role of our High Priest, he is now the mediator between we the people and God the Father.
The veil separating us from the presence of God was torn in two when Christ cried out “It is Finished” on the cross.
This was done so that now, even we can go boldly before the Lord with Jesus acting as our Counsel. Now we can have a personal relationship with God, Praise God.
What are some things that the Blood of Christ does fr us? We are forgiven and redeemed.
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
We are spared from God’s wrath:
Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
We are cleansed:
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
We become justified:
Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”
We are drawn close to God:
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Our redemption is eternal:
1Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
(Thus John the Baptists understanding who Christ was “Behold the Lam of God that taketh away the sins of the world)
We’re permitted to participate in the remembering his sacrifice.
Luke 22:20 “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
Would you agree that life (spiritual life) is found in the shed blood of Jesus?
Knowing this to be true, I proclaim that the Blood of Jesus Christ will never lose its power.