Saturday, April 19, 2014

Christ's Blood

The Bible contains blood. Blood circulates through every book – from Genesis to Revelation. It pumps through every chapter – large and small. And it runs through every verse – familiar and obscure. When we open the Bible, we behold a stream of blood flowing throughout. Why? The Bible’s principal theme is this: Christ makes peace by the blood of His cross (Col. 1:20).

We must grasp the significance of Christ’s blood. “On the matter of Christ’s atoning death, as the way of peace, truth is only one. If we are wrong here, we are ruined forever” (J. C. Ryle). We must make sure we understand what happens upon the cross when Christ dies. There’s no room for error.

We must also feel the significance of Christ’s blood. “Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the red drops of blood by which you have been cleansed. And if you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross, you have never seen it” (C. H. Spurgeon). We must take to heart why Christ’s blood is shed. There’s no room for indifference.

(1) Consider the Need for Christ’s Blood

We’ve placed ourselves where God alone deserves to be – on the throne. The Bible calls this condition sin. Sin is rebellion: against God’s sovereignty. Sin is arrogance: against God’s power. Sin is unrighteousness: against God’s justice. Sin is ignorance: against God’s wisdom. Sin is stubbornness: against God’s will. Sin is evil: against God’s goodness. Sin is transgression: against God’s law. Sin is hatred: against God’s love. Sin is murder: against God’s being. Sin is our chief problem – not poor health, not broken relationships, not financial woes, and not unfulfilled dreams. Sin make us God’s enemy, and brings us under the sentence of death.

(2) Consider the Intent of Christ’s Blood

Christ’s blood speaks of His substitutionary death. “God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all” (Rom. 8:22). God didn’t spare His Son from what? His wrath – righteously due to us. We placed ourselves where God alone deserves to be (on the throne), and God placed Himself where we alone deserve to be (on the cross). He exchanged a crown of stars for a crown of thorns, the worship of angels for the ridicule of men, the glory of a heavenly temple for the indignity of a wooden cross.

Upon the cross, Christ doesn’t cry out with a loud voice because of what men do to Him. They reject, abuse, ridicule, betray, and desert Him. But those things never cause Him to cry with a loud voice. Christ cries out with a loud voice, because of what His Father does to Him. He bears the judgment we deserve.

(3) Consider the Effect of Christ’s Blood

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb. 9:22). Christ is punished, so that we might be pardoned. Christ is crushed, so that we might be healed. Christ is forsaken, so that we might be accepted. Christ is deserted, so that we might be welcomed. Christ is condemned, so that we might be forgiven.

Because of Christ’s blood, where there’s brokenness for sin, God promises healing . . . where there’s conviction for sin, God promises mercy . . . where there’s weariness for sin, God promises rest . . . and where there’s repentance from sin, God promises forgiveness.

     Guilty, vile, and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He;
     “Full atonement!” can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!

     Lifted up was He to die; “It is finished!” was His cry;
     Now in Heav’n exalted high. Hallelujah! What a Savior!

1 comment:

Mel said...

..."and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains" Now I'm singing. Thanks for sharing these beautiful contrasts, I always enjoy the way you write.
That was a new thought for me about Christ only crying out loudly to the Father (since like a lamb he was silent before his accusers)...
warm Easter greetings to your family!
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