The Precious Blood of Jesus
The Blood of Jesus
Notes by Kevin Matthews – ACTS Center – Sunday 25th March 2018
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Cor 11:23-26
At the Last Supper, Jesus took a cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
The First Covenant
The first covenant (a legal binding agreement, initiated by God, between God and Man) was provided for by the spilling of the innocent blood of animals. This covenant was a “temporary” arrangement, allowing men limited access to God’s Holy Presence.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10: 1-4
It was a “shadow”, a representation of a “better” covenant that would be ratified by the innocent blood of a sinless representative of humanity – someone who would die in our place. Someone, who would shoulder the shame and punishment that was legally due to us because of Adam’s sin. Jesus, wholly God and wholly man, took that responsibility and died in our place.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’”
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. Heb 10:5-18
A New Creation
These words should be tattooed on every Christians heart and mind forever “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” God CANNOT go back on His Word, you and I are free, forgiven, redeemed! Here the great difference between the Old and New Covenants is highlighted. Under the old guilt and the stain of sin were never removed. Under the New – they are gone, never to be remembered. That “old” like is GONE! It no longer exists. That is what is meant by being “washed by the Blood of Jesus” The stain is gone, the guilt is gone, you and I are accepted and loved as though we were Adam and Eve in the Garden before the fall. We can enjoy His Presence because He has restored our “innocence”.
We are literally a “New Creation” in Christ: 17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun!! 2 Cor 5:17
What does this mean? When God created Adam in the Garden, he was “like God” or “made in His image and likeness”. There was nothing to separate man and God, there was friendship, love, fulfillment. Adam had no past. He was a “new creation”. When God thought about Adam and Eve, there was nothing to consider about them because they had no past, they were all new, all complete, a part of God’s intimate family. That is what it means to be a “new creation” – don’t even think about looking back because it’s a waste of time, there is nothing to see – literally NOTHING! When God says that we – through the Blood of Jesus – have become a “new creation” what He is stating is that everything before is GONE! It does not exist. You do not have a past, you are a new creation. Think about that, meditate on that.
A New and Living Way
His blood is precious because it has permanently (for all Eternity) opened up a way for us to come directly into God’s Presence, and not only to enter in, but to stand in the Presence of the Most Holy God without fear, without the stain of sin, totally accepted, totally “clean”, righteous – Jesus having shared His own righteousness with us.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb 10:19-25
You and I can have confidence when approaching the Throne of God. If we feel the sting of fear or condemnation as we approach, we can be fully confident that it is the enemy of our souls that is trying to inflict this mindset on us. We should reject it, it is simply NOT TRUE!
Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, Romans 8:1
10 Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. 11 Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. 12 We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.
13 And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground. 14 Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate, 15 and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace. 16 Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one. 17 Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray always. Pray in the Spirit. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed. Eph 6:10-18