BLOOD OF CHRIST
Reading: 1 JOHN 1
[a] Ancient man has long looked at BLOOD as life.
[b] I suppose they had a point! After all, if you had an accident and
were losing blood, it would be a first priority to stem that flow, as
if you lost too much, you would surely die!
[c] If we're feeling unwell, and go to the doctor, one of the first
things he will do, to diagnose our illness, is to take a blood sample
and send it off to the lab, and they can any number of things about
you, just from that couple of drops of blood.
[d] We've all heard of genetic fingerprinting, where, from your blood,
they can sample your DNA, and no-one else in the world has a DNA which
exactly matches yours!! IT IS THE FINGERPRINT OF YOUR LIFE!!
[e] We all know how important it has become today in solving rape and
murder cases, not to mention proving the fatherhood of babies.
[f] I remember learning in first aid, that if someone had an accident,
and was losing a lot of blood, say from their leg, then you would put
on a tourniquet, and tighten it until the blood stopped!
[g] But I also learned, that I had to keep a careful eye on the time,
for if I didn't loosen it again within twenty minutes or so, I ran the
risk of actually 'killing' the limb, because of the lack of blood.
[h] One of the things that makes Aids such a horrendous disease, is
that because it is a blood disease, it permeates every part of the
[a] If, due to an illness, your blood supply has diminished to a
dangerous level, then, you will be given a blood transfusion!
[b] That is of course, unless you are a Jehovah's Witness, in which
case you would rather die, and let your loved ones die!
This is due to a misconception of Scriptural teaching, when it says we
are to have nothing to do with blood. (Acts 15:20 & 29)
[c] Now it obviously wasn't speaking about blood transfusions, as it
was not a technology available for centuries to come.
[d] In the days in which it was written, it was common practice for the
blood of heathen sacrifices to be drunk.
I remember seeing a missionary film, in which an animal was killed, by
slitting it's throat, and the blood collected and drunk whilst it was
still warm - this was a part of the ceremony!
[e] In the early Church, many of the converts were from that kind of
background, and were feeling their way in their new-found faith - so
they needed guidance in what practices were right and wrong for the
Christian in this respect.
[f] Blood of course, is in itself, a living thing - you've got the
white corpuscles and the red corpuscles and all the antibodies and
[g] If the blood supply to the brain is restricted, even for quite a
short time, irreversible damage will be caused to the brain cells.
[h] As the blood circulates, it keeps the body healthy, removing toxins
and viruses, and sending it's version of the emergency services, racing
to an injury or infection.
[i] So, when we speak of our 'life's blood', we are not kidding.
[a] Is it any wonder then, that Christians put so much emphasis of the
Blood of Christ? For IT IS IN THAT BLOOD ALONE, THAT SPIRITUAL AND
ETERNAL LIFE IS FOUND!
[b] As a young officer, I was told, "DON'T TALK ABOUT BEING WASHED IN
THE BLOOD OF CHRIST - NO-ONE WILL KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN!"
[*] After preaching about the Blood of Christ in a London meeting
whilst at Bible college, a man shouted at me, that as long as I
preached like that, I would never be a successful officer!
Well, a quarter of a century later, I'm still preaching about the Blood
of Christ, cleansing, from all sin - why? BECAUSE IT IS THE MESSAGE OF
[c] If someone says to me "I DON'T WANT YOUR BUTCHER'S RELIGION!!"
That's fine by me, but I have a duty to tell them, that "WITHOUT
SHEDDING OF BLOOD, IS NO REMISSION!" (Hebrews 9:22)
I have a duty to tell them that "WE ARE NOT REDEEMED WITH CORRUPTIBLE
THINGS SUCH AS SILVER AND GOLD, BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST!"
(1 Peter 1:18)
I have a duty to tell them, that "THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, GOD'S SON
CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN!" (1 John 1:7)
I have a duty to tell them the words of Jesus as He instituted the Last
Supper, "THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT WHICH IS SHED FOR MANY!"
[*] When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him, he said, "Behold the
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)
He was proclaiming the Sacrificial Lamb, Whose blood would be shed for
[d] I have no authority or wish to change that message, for it is
proclaiming the only way of Salvation! It is the message that has been
entrusted into my care, when God called me to preach His Word, and it
is the message through which I have seen many lives changed and
transformed by God's power.
[a] If, tonight, you are a sinner, who has not yet sought forgiveness,
then, I make no bones about it, you are on your way to a Christless
[b] If you continue to reject Christ, there is no hope for you!
[c] He shed His Blood for your Salvation! "He bare our sins in His Own
body on the tree." (1 Peter 2:24) "He was wounded for our
transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities." (Isaiah 53:5)
[d] The wonderful thing is, that it doesn't matter what sins we've
committed, for if we come to Him in repentance, forgiveness will be
An American evangelist was involved in a car accident, and taken to a
Roman Catholic hospital.
He lay there for several months, and on a nearby bed was a young man,
who was very ill, and greatly troubled in view of his possible death.
The evangelist felt he should say something, but found the young man
very difficult to approach.
From time to time an old priest came to hear his confession and give
One day, as the old priest was about to leave, he said, "Father, it is
very strange, I have done everything I know to do, and yet I have no
peace. How can I be sure that God has put away my sins? The older
priest looked at him compassionately and then exclaimed, "Surely the
Blood of Christ ought to count for something!"
As though a flash of divine light had entered his soul, the young man's
countenance changed. He looked up eagerly and exclaimed, "Ah yes, it
counts for everything. I can trust that." The evangelist noticed a
change, and a new peace come into the young man's life from that
Many years ago, a lonely traveller was attacked by a highwayman, who
ordered, "YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE!"
As the robber was about to leave, the traveller leaned over and said,
"I've got something very precious to give you! You may not think so
now, but the time will come, when you will bitterly regret this kind of
living. When that day comes, remember this, "THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST,
GOD'S SON' CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN." With a snarl, the highwayman
fled into the darkness.
The traveller, who was a preacher, went to a certain town, many years
later, and preached on the same text.
At the close of the meeting, a man came to him, with tears in his eyes,
and said, "Your text was the very one you whispered in my ear many
years ago! Yes I was the highwayman who robbed you, and that word you
gave me, just kept after me like a hound, dogging me everywhere I went,
until at last it led me to Christ in confession and faith." By that
time, he was one of the leading townsmen, and he said to the preacher,
who incidentally was John Wesley, "All that I am now, I owe to the
Blessed Lord, and to you sir."
(Both quotes from 1200 MORE NOTES QUOTES AND ANECDOTES by A Naismith)
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