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Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

By Watchman | March 29, 2013

What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the Blood of Jesus;/ What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the Blood of Jesus….

Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the Blood of Jesus;/ Naught of good that I have done, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.     (Robert Lowry–1876)

     I thought perhaps since this is Holy Week it might be a good time to talk about who killed Jesus, and why.  Most of us have at some time or another heard someone say they don’t like the Jews because the Jews killed Jesus.  Well, yes, indeed the leaders of the Pharisees in charge of the synagogue had Jesus arrested and brought before Pilate.  Most of us know that it was a garrison of Roman soldiers that arrested Jesus, scourged Him, diced for His clothing, wove a crown of thorns and placed it on His head; drove nails through His hands and feet, attaching Him to a cross, watched Him suffer for hours and finally, thrust a spear into His side.  So yes, the Jews and the Romans were both complicit in the death of Jesus.  But it is important that we understand who actually killed our Lord:

I did.

Does that surprise you?  Whether it does or not, it is true.  Jesus loved me and took my sins upon Himself on a cross at Calvary so that I wouldn’t have to pay for the sins I have committed against the God who created me; the God of my salvation.

You did also.  So has every person who has or will ever live.  It is our sin and God’s decision to send His Son to be the perfect sacrificial lamb so that we might have eternal life with Him that put Jesus up on that cross.

     God tells us very early on in Scripture that only a blood atonement can wash away our sins.  Blood is life, and so eternal life was to be had only by the shedding of blood.  Because He loved His people, God allowed the ancient people of God to make vicarious atonement entailing the sacrifice of animals.  Unfortunately, that didn’t keep people from continuing to sin after God had forgiven them, and so there was a need for continual sacrifice.  So God sent His Son–perfect, righteous, sinless–to be the perfect offering for the sins of the whole world.  He was fully God–begotten by the Father before the beginning of the world, and fully human, feeling love, joy, pain and sorrow.  He laughed, sang and danced with His friends, He ate and slept, and taught everyone with whom He came into contact that they could have eternal life through Him in heaven.    He loved those of wealth and power who came to hear Him, whether they paid attention to His words or not; He loved and preached to the poor, the desperate, and the sinful, whether they left their sins behind them or not.  He called for all people–man or woman, rich or poor, free or slave–to repent of their sins and follow Him.  He calls for all people now–man or woman, rich or poor, free or slave–to repent of their sins and follow Him.  His message is always the same:

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.’ “  (John 11:25-26)

     Jesus died for the sins of the world.  He died for me, and He died for you, too, because He loves us.  His resurrection proved His entire life and message, and promises the same resurrection for us.  He overcame the darkness of death and hell to which we would be condemned if left to our own devices.  He came to forgive our sins, show us the Father, and be a Light unto our paths!:

“And he who sees me sees Him who sent Me.  I have come as a light to the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”  (John 12:45-46)

     I once read that when Jesus cried out from His cross, “It is finished!”, He used the same words that prison officials used to put on the doors of prisoners whose sentences had been fulfilled.  He had paid our debt, bought us out of hell at the price of His own humiliation, blood, sorrow, pain and death.  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

          When I think of my sins, the sins that He has cast as far from me as the east is from the west, I am so ashamed and so humbled that it brings me to tears.  When I think of His forgiveness and His faithfulness to me, I can feel only gratitude and a great love for Him.   My sins were (and are) no “better” sins than those committed by any one else.  Sin is sin, rebellion against God and His word, and worthy of death.  Yet my God has had mercy on me and washed me white as snow in His precious Blood!   Now, when I sin–as I sometimes still do–I know that I can go to my heavenly Father with a repentant heart and He will forgive me, because of the Blood of Christ.  I know that when I pray to God, He looks at me and sees not the sinner that I am but the image of Christ within me.  I know, beyond question, that I can approach God in the Holy of Holies and that He will hear me whether or not I can hear Him all the time, because Jesus died to make me a child of the most high God, and a princess in His kingdom.

     Yes, I was one of many who is to blame for the death of my Lord, and in return, He has given me new life and put a new spirit within me!  What or who else could have washed away my sins, made me whole or paid my debt?  No one, and nothing but the Blood of Jesus!  Blessed be the Lord!

Maranatha!

Have a blessed Resurrection Day!

Topics: A Special Word for Today, According to Scripture, Just A Thought, Salvation, Special Seasons of Worship | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”

  1. Shirley Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Amen! NOTHING but the blood of Jesus; not many paths, just His blood, not works – His blood. He is THE perfect sacrifice; just as you said. Thank you for saying it. Thank you for this sweet, yet somber, reminder.

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