THE BLOOD SACRIFICE

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Blood:

            To begin with, blood is used to designate the unity of mankind. Acts 17:26 (NLT) FROM ONE MAN HE CREATED ALL THE NATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH. HE DECIDED BEFOREHAND WHICH SHOULD RISE AND FALL, AND HE DETERMINED THEIR BOUNDARIES.

            Now, it seems to me that the color "red" is the key to the human race being brothers and sisters NOT ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS! For it is the blood that runs through our reins that makes us human and it is the blood of JESUS that makes us brethren!


Lev 17:10-11 (NLT) "AND I WILL TURN AGAINST ANYONE, WHETHER AN ISRAELITE OR A FOREIGNER LIVING AMONG YOU, WHO EATS OR DRINKS BLOOD IN ANY FORM. I WILL CUT OFF SUCH A PERSON FROM THE COMMUNITY, 11 FOR THE LIFE OF ANY CREATURE IS IN ITS BLOOD. I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE BLOOD SO YOU CAN MAKE ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SINS. IT IS THE BLOOD, REPRESENTING LIFE, THAT BRINGS YOU ATONEMENT.


             The 'life' is in the blood of an individual. That is why it is prohibited to eat the blood of an animal. It was the blood of the animal used as a sacrifice that became the atonement (or exchange) for the soul of man. That is also why the weird people who drink blood believing they are somehow making a statement of commitment to their deity (which, by the way, is Satan), are, in truth, DOING JUST THAT!!! They’re committing an atrocious act that is very delightful to our enemy, Satan, and is damning to their very souls! It’s true - they’re in communion with the under-world; and it is also true that their eternity will also be spent in Hell with the devil they worship! But it’s NOT true that eternity will be dark nail polish, dark clothes, and lighted skeleton lamps with a little ‘side’ of someone’s blood as a snack! It will be implicit darkness, total separation and utter devastation of life! THAT’S a very good reason to be an example of the “Believer”. Who knows but what your example might be the very catalyst that brings someone into the Kingdom who would otherwise be cast into Hell because of their sin.


            In the New Testament we find a New Covenant: Mat 26:27-28 (NLT) AND HE TOOK A CUP OF WINE AND GAVE THANKS TO GOD FOR IT. HE GAVE IT TO THEM AND SAID, "EACH OF YOU DRINK FROM IT, 28 FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD, WHICH SEALS THE COVENANT BETWEEN GOD AND HIS PEOPLE. IT IS POURED OUT TO FORGIVE THE SINS OF MANY. That’s exactly what we did two weeks ago. We took communion as a representation of the Blood of Jesus being our “covering”!!

            Let me preface this concerning the blood sacrifice of Jesus by saying that the blood of


 



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bulls and goats merely covered over the sins, taking them out of “sight”. This practice went on for hundreds of years until Jesus Christ came to die on the cross. There He gave His own blood which forever TOOK THOSE SINS AWAY! You see, even then, the bulls and goats, etc., was a ‘type’ of the sacrifice of Jesus.

            Throughout all time, every event recorded - and all those Bible stories we hold dear to our

hearts were preordained to help us to see and receive the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And THAT’S the reason some fools will tout about our Jesus having survived the crucifixion! You see, the enemy of your soul, the Devil, does not want you to hear and learn the truth! He wants to keep people ignorant, dependent, and totally in the dark regarding the truth. Why do you think the Bible says in John 8:32, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!”

            You have to learn to “HEAR” God’s Voice. You have to be discerning. And just because some intellectual-type writes a book that gives dates, times, etc., it doesn’t mean it’s the truth. If the entire thesis does not absolutely line up with the Bible, rest assured the entire ‘work’ is phony! Satan usually throws in a little dab of ‘truth’ to confuse people into

believing a lie!

            Throughout all time - every event recorded - and all those Bible stories we hold dear to our hearts were preordained to HELP US TO SEE AND RECEIVE the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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The Blood of Christ: Necessary AND sufficient!

Heb 9:11-28 (NLT) SO CHRIST HAS NOW BECOME THE HIGH PRIEST OVER ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE COME. HE HAS ENTERED THAT GREAT, PERFECT SANCTUARY IN HEAVEN, NOT MADE BY HUMAN HANDS AND NOT PART OF THIS CREATED WORLD. 12 ONCE FOR ALL TIME HE TOOK BLOOD INTO THAT MOST HOLY PLACE, BUT NOT THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND CALVES. HE TOOK HIS OWN BLOOD, AND WITH IT HE SECURED OUR SALVATION FOREVER. 13 UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM, THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND BULLS AND THE ASHES OF A YOUNG COW COULD CLEANSE PEOPLE'S BODIES FROM RITUAL DEFILEMENT. 14 JUST THINK HOW MUCH MORE THE BLOOD OF CHRIST WILL PURIFY OUR HEARTS FROM DEEDS THAT LEAD TO DEATH SO THAT WE CAN WORSHIP THE LIVING GOD. FOR BY THE POWER OF THE ETERNAL SPIRIT, CHRIST OFFERED HIMSELF TO GOD AS A PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS. 15 THAT IS WHY HE IS THE ONE WHO MEDIATES THE NEW COVENANT BETWEEN GOD AND PEOPLE, SO THAT ALL WHO ARE INVITED CAN RECEIVE THE ETERNAL INHERITANCE GOD HAS PROMISED THEM. FOR CHRIST DIED TO SET THEM FREE FROM THE PENALTY OF THE SINS THEY HAD COMMITTED UNDER THAT FIRST COVENANT. 16 NOW WHEN SOMEONE DIES AND LEAVES A WILL, NO ONE GETS ANYTHING UNTIL IT IS PROVED THAT THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE WILL IS DEAD. 17 THE WILL GOES INTO


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EFFECT ONLY AFTER THE DEATH OF THE PERSON WHO WROTE IT. WHILE THE PERSON IS STILL ALIVE, NO ONE CAN USE THE WILL TO GET ANY OF

THE THINGS PROMISED TO THEM. 18 THAT IS WHY BLOOD WAS REQUIRED UNDER THE FIRST COVENANT AS A PROOF OF DEATH. 19 FOR AFTER MOSES HAD GIVEN THE PEOPLE ALL OF GOD'S LAWS, HE TOOK THE BLOOD OF CALVES AND GOATS, ALONG WITH WATER, AND SPRINKLED BOTH THE BOOK OF GOD'S LAWS AND ALL THE PEOPLE, USING BRANCHES OF HYSSOP BUSHES AND SCARLET WOOL. 20 THEN HE SAID, "THIS BLOOD CONFIRMS THE COVENANT GOD HAS MADE WITH YOU." 21 AND IN THE SAME WAY, HE SPRINKLED BLOOD ON THE SACRED TENT AND ON EVERYTHING USED FOR WORSHIP. 22 IN FACT, WE CAN SAY THAT ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF MOSES, NEARLY EVERYTHING WAS PURIFIED BY SPRINKLING WITH BLOOD. WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD, THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS OF SINS. 23 THAT IS WHY THE EARTHLY TENT AND EVERYTHING IN IT--WHICH WERE COPIES OF THINGS IN HEAVEN--HAD TO BE PURIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS. BUT THE REAL THINGS IN HEAVEN HAD TO BE PURIFIED WITH FAR BETTER SACRIFICES THAN THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS. 24 FOR CHRIST HAS ENTERED INTO HEAVEN ITSELF TO APPEAR NOW BEFORE GOD AS OUR ADVOCATE. HE DID NOT GO INTO THE EARTHLY PLACE OF WORSHIP, FOR THAT WAS MERELY A COPY OF THE REAL TEMPLE IN HEAVEN. 25 NOR DID HE ENTER HEAVEN TO OFFER HIMSELF AGAIN AND AGAIN, LIKE THE EARTHLY HIGH PRIEST WHO ENTERS THE MOST HOLY PLACE YEAR AFTER YEAR TO OFFER THE BLOOD OF AN ANIMAL. 26 IF THAT HAD BEEN NECESSARY, HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO DIE AGAIN AND AGAIN, EVER SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN. BUT NO! HE CAME ONCE FOR ALL TIME, AT THE END OF THE AGE, TO REMOVE THE POWER OF SIN FOREVER BY HIS SACRIFICIAL DEATH FOR US. 27 AND JUST AS IT IS DESTINED THAT EACH PERSON DIES ONLY ONCE AND AFTER THAT COMES JUDGMENT, 28 SO ALSO CHRIST DIED ONLY ONCE AS A SACRIFICE TO TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF MANY PEOPLE. HE WILL COME AGAIN BUT NOT TO DEAL WITH OUR SINS AGAIN. THIS TIME HE WILL BRING SALVATION TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM.


So, we pray:

 Lord Jesus,

            You are the Testator who's blood covers our covenant. Thank you, Lord, for loving us enough to die even though we didn't even know You at the time. Actually, I'm sure we wouldn't have even been at the cross that day; because we would not have wanted to come that close to something that ugly and dangerous. For that, my King, I apologize. Please forgive me for the acts of the flesh that make You sad.

            But I thank You, Lord, that because of Your precious blood, I can boldly come to You with all my requests and wants and needs and know beyond doubt that You not only 'hear', but that You are touched by my voice. And You hear and answer my heart's cry.

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            You see, the Scripture shows us the Tabernacle represented and was a ‘type’ of Christ.

CANDLESTICK - His enlightening us.

SACRED BREAD - His sustaining us.

ALTAR OF INCENSE - His intercession for us.

VEIL - His flesh!

ARK (which was wood and gold) - His humanity and deity.

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            There used to be a television advertisement concerning fried chicken. Someone was giving an order and she was asking for specific ‘pieces’ she wanted. The guy behind the counter said, “Lady, parts is parts!” He was saying all parts of the chicken are the same - one is just as good as the other. Well, I don’t even buy that regarding chicken! And I KNOW it isn’t true concerning our bodies. You see, there are some ‘parts’ we can actually live without and even thrive. It may be uncomfortable - but it’s possible!

But!!! THERE IS NO LIFE APART FROM THE BLOOD FLOWING THROUGH YOUR VEINS! Why? Because the life is in the blood! That’s why Jesus had to shed His own precious, sinless blood. That’s why we don’t have to die in our sin. When God sees the blood-covering on you, He literally passes over you (as did the death angel in the Exodus). THAT BLOOD OF JESUS YOU WEAR NOT ONLY HAS THE POWER TO SAVE YOU, IT IS ALSO THE ONLY THING SATAN CANNOT PENETRATE!


            Even the horrible death on the cross would not have been sufficient for the removal of our sins forever had it not been for the shedding of His blood. YOU SEE, THE LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD!


            T.D. Jakes said something some time ago that will forever stay with me. It has made a huge difference in how I approach things; and how I counsel others.

ASSUME THE CROSS POSITION!

            Why does this work? Because dead men make no wrong moves! And when you’re dead to your ‘bad’ self, the Lord has the opportunity to “move” through you!


A NEW BEGINNING:

            As the Passover was to be the “type” of the sacrifice of Jesus, isn’t it interesting to note that Moses prepared Israel for the first Passover by rotating its calendar to a “first month”. This, then became their ‘New Beginning’ - their lives changed forever!

2 Corin. 5:17 says, “THEREFORE IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.” 



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            When Jesus becomes our Passover, we are born again into a NEW world. To Israel it was a physical change; to us it is a spiritual change. The “outside” conditions and surroundings may remain the same, but we do not!




MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD: LET US ASSUME THE ‘CROSS’ POSITION!