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1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT) - For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

Resurrection Sunday reminds us of the open and empty tomb that our Lord and Savior Jesus won the victory over death, hell and the grave. – Today I want to talk about the cross. Specifically, what the cross brought forth – that is the precious blood of Jesus.

Most people don’t like the sight of blood. Most don’t like to see their own blood or the blood of others.  For the Christian we understand that the Bible tells us that the life is in the blood.

Without the blood there is no life in the natural and without the Precious Blood of Jesus being applied to our lives there is no life in the spiritual.

While we remember the Resurrected Jesus today it is also important to remember the Crucified, spotless Lamb of God. Slain from the foundation of the world so that all men and women can be saved.  I want to remind us that the blood is a great many things to all of us it is – THE BLOOD OF….

First of all, it is the Blood of Forgiveness

Hebrews 9:22 - In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

1 John 1:9 (AMP) - If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].

Without the blood there is no forgiveness of sin. – It is the blood of Jesus that makes forgiveness available to us.

Resurrection Sunday has a way of allowing us to look back.

Many people look back over their lives and all that they see is regret. When we look back as Christians we are filled with Thankfulness.

Because of the blood we are no longer what we were. – We are no longer sinners we are now saints of God and Children of God.

His blood is the blood of cleansing.  The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. – All of this because of the blood.

We who are deserving of death have been forgiven of all of our sin and now have the promise of eternal life.  Because of the blood of Jesus our relationship with God the Father has been restored. We once were distanced from God but now we are brought near by the blood of Christ.  Sin brought separation… forgiveness restored relationship

It is the blood of peace Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT) - For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

The blood of Jesus was shed because without it we would still be enemies of God.  Don’t miss this God made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means Christ’s blood.  One of the names of God is God our peace. Jehovah shalom. The peace that comes through Jesus is known as a peace that passes understanding.

Before Jesus everything in all of creation was under the curse. It is the blood of Jesus that redeems and restores everything that had been tainted and destroyed by sin. The peace that Jesus brings encompasses everything.

Shalom- peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility - “make it good”, “shall surely pay”, “make full restitution” or to “restore”. The ancient Hebrew meaning of shalom was “to make something whole”. Not just regarding practical restoration of things that were lost or stolen. But with an overall sense of fulness and completeness in mind, body and estate. Wholeness and Well-being. The Blood of Jesus first of all brings us peace with God but with it comes all kinds of benefits that bless us completely.

It is the blood of our victory.

Revelation 12:11a - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,

It through the blood that we become overcomers and conquerors in Christ Jesus.  1 Corinthians 15:57 - “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Colossians 2:15 - “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” It is the blood of Jesus that overcame death, hell and the grave.

It is the blood that continues to give us victory in these areas every day. Remember that we are being led in Triumph and from Glory to Glory. We go from one victory to the other.  Resurrection Sunday reminds us that we are not victims. Even while Jesus was being beaten, wounded, ridiculed mocked and killed He was not a victim. – He could have called legions of angels to rescue Him. – Willingly Jesus laid down His life.  He looked past the trial, torture, pain and death knowing that He was greater than it all.

His blood in our life is the blood of victory.

It is the Blood of Jesus

Hebrews 13:12 - And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.

Luke 22:20 - In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

This was personal to Jesus. This is personal to us.

Jesus shed His blood for you and me.

Years ago, when the movie the Passion of the Christ came out. The actors and then the audience were moved to tears when they performed and witnessed the brutality and reality of what Christ endured. FOR US. FOR ME.

The blood came with a name attached – Jesus. The blood of the Messiah, the Savior of the world. It is not nameless blood. It is the precious blood of Jesus.

Mary, the Apostle John, Peter and many others saw what He did.  It was personal, excruciating, painful, unbearable, humiliating, angering and overwhelmingly humbling for them.

This Resurrection Sunday my prayer is that for us this would become not just a thing that happened to somebody. But that was the blood of our Savior, Brother, Friend that was shed for us.  – That alone changes everything.

Let’s make sure that this Resurrection season is as personal to us as it is to Jesus. To all my brothers and Sisters, remember that because HE lives, WE live also.

You are Loved
Pastor Marvin & Dawn

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