The Blood

Posted on 03/25/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning, and welcome. Please make yourself at home as we enter into the presence of the Lord.

Lord, we welcome you into this place! Come, Holy Spirit, and move here among your people. Let Jesus be glorified, for he alone is worthy. Lord, we invite you to come take your rightful place as the center of our attention today, as we seek your presence and as we seek your face.

Everyone stand to your feet as we welcome the Spirit of God here into our midst, as as we take a moment to talk to him today.

Lord, you are worthy, and we declare that you alone are King of Kings, and you alone are Lord of Lords. You are exalted above every ruler, above every power, above every high thing that is exalted in our eyes, and we worship you this morning.

Come and touch your people, Lord. Touch Abbie's mother who has been having problems with her heart. You are the heart healer, and we ask you to bring life, healing, and renewal to Abbie's mother's heart now, in the name of Jesus! And bring a deep peace to Abbie's heart, as she knows that everything is in your strong and able hands.

We pray for Ann's son, that you work a miracle on his behalf. We believe you're not done with him, but you have a great work to do in and through his life. Heal him, Jesus, and let his testimony of your great love and power bring many souls to the cross.

We pray for Jaime's marriage, that you step in and turn things around. We ask you, Holy Spirit, to hover over Jaime's wife, work in her, churn her heart, bring her to the end of herself, and do what it takes to bring her into the kingdom. We know it's not your will that any should perish but that all should come to a knowledge of the truth. We claim Jaime's wife for the Kingdom, in Jesus' name! And we call her into the Kingdom, and speak life and restoration into that marriage, in the name of Jesus.

We pray for Tammy and Duane. You see their situation, you know their needs, and you promised that you will take care of us if we'll only trust in you. We ask that you use this time of testing to build character in them, and that you bring them peace even in the middle of their storm. And we ask, Jesus, that as they turn to you and cry out to you, that you speak into their storm, into their hearts, into their circumstances, "Peace, be still." In Jesus' name.

We pray for Papa, that you give him great success as he prepares for his GED. Thank you for his desire to complete and further his education, and we ask for a special blessing on him as you continue to guide and direct his every step on the path you have designed especially for him.

We pray for Fleur's dad, who just found out he has lung cancer. We ask first of all that he would be absolutely certain everything is right with you, that he is ready to meet you. We also ask for faith to grow in the hearts of his family, both to heal and also to let go. Only you know the days you have ordained for us to walk this earth, and we know you could have many more years left for Fleur's dad. Bring peace to him and to his family, and may they seek you through this time like never before.

We pray for Phil, that you continue to give him strength, direction, wisdom, patience, humility, grace, and that all the desires of his heart would be of you and that as he seeks you in all he does, that everything he touches would prosper.

Now Lord, I pray for each one here, and each one listening or reading later. Touch every life here. May no one leave here the same as they came. And may your Word go forth and take deep root in fertile soil, growing the peaceable fruit of righteousness as we wait upon you.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.


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ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.


THERE IS A FOUNTAIN

There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains,
lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
and there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.
Wash all my sins away,
wash all my sins away;
and there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
shall never lose its power
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more,
be saved, to sin no more;
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.

E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream
thy flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die,
and shall be till I die;
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.


Thank you Lord for your love, and for your blood you shed for us at calvary. Open our hearts and minds to receive your Word. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

You may be seated.


Today's message is entitled, "The Blood."

Unfortunately, this is a topic you don't hear much about in most churches. It's considered offensive and crude, something we just don't talk about, something we leave for another time and another place or another person.

In two weeks we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Almost every church around the world will be, in one way or another, talking about the resurrection. But the resurrection would have been neither complete nor possible without the blood.

So today we're going to spend a little time looking at Scripture to get just a glimpse into the significance of the blood of Christ, which alone cleanses us from all sin.

YOUR DELIVERANCE IS IN THE BLOOD

First let's read from the book of Exodus chapter twelve. The people of God were slaves in the land of Egypt where they had been taken away after turning away from God.

Through Moses, God had been performing signs and wonders in the form of severe plagues upon the Egyptians, because Pharoe, their ruler, refused to let God's people go.

Scripture tells us that Egypt represents sin. And just like the Egyptians took God's people captive when they strayed from God, and forced them to serve Egypt, so too when we stray from a close walk with Jesus, sin takes us captive, and we become bound in chains of addiction and sin from which we cannot, in our own strength, break free.

And yet the people of God were not fighting in their own strength. God was on their side, just like God is on your side today. And his plan for Israel was that they be set free from Egypt, just like his plan for you is that you be set free from sin.

God had brought many plagues upon Egypt.

First he turned the waters of the Nile to blood.

Then he sent multitudes of frogs.

The frogs were followed by swarms of gnats.

Then God sent a plague of flies, along with their lovely offspring.

Next God struck the livestock with a horrible disease.

After this, God sent painful boils upon both man and beast.

Next God sent hail so great that it destroyed their crops.

The hail was followed by swarms of locusts which devoured the little fragments of crops that the hail left behind.

After the hail, God sent a darkness so deep that it could be felt. A candle could not penetrate the darkness, and it remained for three days.

And finally, after the darkness, God sent the angel of death. And this is where we pick up the story in Exodus Twelve and verse One. Let's read this together.


Exodus 12

1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to  you.
3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man  shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the  sheep or from the goats.
6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly  of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.
7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of  the houses where they eat it.

11 And this is how you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet,  and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover.

12 'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the  firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will  execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the  blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike  the land of Egypt.

14 'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD  throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.
15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from  your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that  person shall be cut off from Israel.
16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be  a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone  must eat—that only may be prepared by you.
17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have  brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day  throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.
18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat  unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is  leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a  stranger or a native of the land.
20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'"

22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and  strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you  shall go out of the door of his house until morning.
23 For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the  lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the  destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.
25 It will come to pass when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, just as He  promised, that you shall keep this service.
26 And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?'
27 that you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses  of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our  households.'" So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

28 Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses  and Aaron, so they did.


I'd like to point out several very important things in this passage.

First, God says that this month, the month in which he sets them free from bondage to Egypt, is the first month of their year. You see, God was giving them a brand new start, a brand new beginning. It's almost as if, from the pages of Scripture yet to be written on scroll, the words from 2 Corinthians 5:17 were echoing off the distant mountains, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, and behold, all things have become new."

Also notice that their new beginning did not start in heaven after the Egyptians let them go, or after they had crossed the Red Sea leaving their enemies behind them dead. Rather, it began on the day that God spoke the word, and on the day that word was declared and accepted by his people.

Does God have a new beginning for you? Has he spoken his instructions to you? Has he told you what to do, what step to take next, what direction to turn?

He may have told you already. Or perhaps today is the day the word of the Lord comes to you. But whenever he speaks to you and you receive his word with an obedient, willing heart, that is the day that your new beginning, your freedom from Egypt, officially begins.

We tend to celebrate the day we see the manifestation of what God is doing in our lives, and it's good that we do. After the Israelites had passed through the Red Sea on dry land, with walls of water on either side, and after they were safely on the other side, and after they turned around and saw those same watery walls collapse and devour their enemies, Miriam played her tamborine, the people danced and shouted for joy, and they sang a song of joy and celebration, "I will sing unto the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and the rider thrown into the sea!"

And yet, the day we see God's glory, and the day we see his deliverance, is not the day that glory and that deliverance begins.

Rather, that day began three weeks before their captors let them go.

That's three weeks of seven days, which I believe is symbolic.

Seven is the number of completion. God has already begun a work in your life, a work of preparation for his deliverance from your Egypt.

And after these days are complete, there is still the night time, the hour of death, through which you must go.

Just as Jesus died three days before the resurrection power of God was manifested, so there is a time of death, a time of blood, and a time of passover for you, before you see the manifestation of the hand of God bringing you out of Egypt.


Verse five says the lamb must be perfect, without blemish. A blemish here symbolizes sin, and we know that Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, was without sin.

Verse seven instructs the people to place the blood of the lamb on their door posts -- to the left, to the right, and over the top. This can represent our households, and it can also represent our lives. Is the blood of the Lamb applied to your doorposts today?

Then God makes very plain a practical reason for the people to place the blood on their doorposts starting in verse twelve where he says,

"For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."


How many know today that the judgement of God is coming upon our lands. For the world system, the mindset that is contrary to the life-giving ways of the Lord, God is mixing the wine of his wrath. Are you one with the carnal mind? Or are you pressing on toward the transformation of your mind, as you guard your heart with all diligence and seek to fill yourself with the words, thoughts, and principles of God's Word?

Verse 22 instructs the people that after striking their doorposts with the blood, none should leave their homes. When the hour of judgement comes, may we be found abiding within the shelter of the Most High, not poking outside in seemingly small sin and compromise. For only those inside the house marked with blood will be saved.

Verse 19 says that they are to eat unleavened bread, and that no leaven is to be found anywhere in their house. Leaven represents sin and compromise with the world. Last week we called a 30-day fast from secular entertainment. In doing so, we called a fast from leaven. If you did not accept the challenge last week or have not lived up to it, you can start fresh today. Don't just remove the leaven, but eat the unleavened bread of God's Word, prayer, and praise and worship. And you'll begin to encounter God in new and life-transforming ways.


Finally, verse 28 says, "Then the children of Israel went and did just as the Lord had commanded."

When Lot's family were being led out of Sodom and Gomorah before the fire fell and destroyed them because of their sexual sins, Lot's wife disobeyed the word of the Lord and looked back. She was turned into a pillar of salt.

When Annanias and Saphirah brought an offering into the church and lied about the amount so as to look holy, they were struck dead.

And yet we see that all the people of Israel obeyed the word of the Lord. And as a result, all the people of Israel were delivered from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.

What has God been telling you to do? What is he telling you to do right now? If you obey it and stand true, you will see your deliverance from Egypt. Otherwise, you just might be found outside your doors when the judgement on Egypt falls.

THE LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD

In Leviticus 17:11 we read, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."

The book of Romans tells us that the payment for sin is death, but the free gift of God is life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Death is separation from life and from the source of life. Because of our sins, and every one of us have sinned, we separate ourselves from life, and therefore are destined for eternal death and separation from God.

And yet Jesus poured out his life, his blood, for us. He who knew no sin became sin in our place, that we might become the righteousness of God through him. The life of the spotless Lamb of God is in his blood, and he poured out his blood for you and for me on the cross of calvary, so that we can have his life blood cleanse our souls from sin, making us clean and righteous before God.

Knowing this gives great significance to what's commonly known as "The Lord's Supper" which Jesus had with his disciples before he was crucified.

Let's read about this in Matthew chapter 26, beginning with the 26th verse.

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the  disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all  of you.
28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

Now to a Jew of that time educated in the Jewish law, this event had interesting implications, for in Leviticus 7:27 the law says this:

"Whoever eats any blood, that person shall be cut off from his people."

And in chapter 17 verse 11 we read the reason for this, that the life is in the blood. And yet Jesus, the Lamb of God sent to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world, was seemingly in contrast with that law.

Of course we know he was giving them wine to drink, not literal blood, and he tells them to do this in rememberance of him. However, the connection undoubtedly wasn't overlooked by the religious crowd in John chapter six, starting with verse 47 where Jesus says,

47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will  live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life  of the world."

52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His  flesh to eat?"

53 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the  Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at  the last day.
55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me  will live because of Me.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are  dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."


Scripture goes on to tell us that many people were offended by this statement, and many stopped following Jesus. And this stumbling block and this rock of offense trips us up still today.

Why is the message of the attoning blood, of applying that blood to our doorposts, and staying inside that protective boundary, removing the leaven of the world from our homes; why is this message so unpopular in so many circles? Why is it not preached in so many churches? Why do we water it down, clean it up, and present the version WE think is good and acceptable to our itching ears?

It's because the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God goes against our sin, for it cleanses us from all unrighteousness. The blood of Jesus calls us to a separation from those sins that he took upon himself on the cross. That precious blood draws a line between us and Egypt, promising judgement upon all unrighteousness and complete protection upon all who stay within.

Are you eating the Bread of Life, the Word of God daily, or is your spirit going hungry, poisoned by the leavened bread of the world?

Are you drinking the wine of the spirit, staying within the protection of the blood of Jesus, and is this blood even applied to your doorposts at all?

If you're hanging out in Egypt waiting for a better time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if your doorposts are not yet protected by the blood of the Lamb or if you're wandering out in the streets, now is the time to make things right with God.

The time is short. The night time is falling. And both the judgement and the deliverance of God are at the door.


THE BLOOD IS UPON US

In Matthew chapter 27 we read the account of Jesus' trial, with Pilate presiding. The religious leaders stirred up the people to demand that a murderous rebel be released, and that Jesus be crucified. Let's read about this starting with verse 22.

22 Pilate said to them, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"
They all said to him, "Let Him be crucified!"
23 Then the governor said, "Why, what evil has He done?"
But they cried out all the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified!"

24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he  took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of  this just Person. You see to it."
25 And all the people answered and said, "His blood be on us and on our children."

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be  crucified.


Many of us would side with Pilate, "This is an innocent man, and I would have nothing to do with crucifying him." However, if the blood of God's sacrifice isn't upon us, we have no forgiveness for sins, and we cannot be made right with God.

The fact is that it is our sins that crucified Jesus. And when the people answered and said, "His blood be on us and on our children," they were proclaiming a truth that we now know as our salvation.

Galatians 3:29 says, "And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise." So those of us who are in Christ can claim what those who crucified Jesus said two thousand years ago, the blood of Jesus is indeed upon us. We take full responsibility that it was our sins that nailed him to the tree. And we accept that blood as the payment and cleansing of our sins. We choose to apply that blood to our doorposts, removing the leaven from our lives, and we choose to remain in Jesus, living our lives within the guidelines of God's Word, so we will be untouched by God's judgement and set eternally free by his deliverance.

Jesus did not wait for us to get things right in our lives before he died for us, and he did not even wait until we were strong enough to so much as confess his name, for Romans five, verses six through nine tell us,

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would  even dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ  died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath  through Him.

What an awesome love God must have for you! If you had never sinned, if you were okay, if you were like Pilate and denied the role you played in his crucifixion, then his blood would not be on your doorposts and you would be without hope. But since you acknowledge your sin, since you admit that it was your own choices and actions that crucified the Son of God, his blood is available to cover the doorposts of your heart, and the King of the Universe is waiting to come inside and set up his glorious Kingdom in you.


THE BLOOD FLOWS TO ALL

Do you feel as though you have been a stranger to God, or that he has been a stranger to you? Do you feel as though you are on the outside peeking in, but don't really belong?

Then you are the very one for whom Jesus shed his blood.

In Ephesians two, starting with verse eleven, we read,

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by  what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel  and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of  Christ.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall  of separation.

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the  saints and members of the household of God,
20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself  being the chief cornerstone,
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

God has a place for you in his family, a plan for you in his Kingdom, a vital function for you in his living temple, to be knit and woven into the fabric of his glorious Church, a Bride destined to be without spot or wrinkle.

And we are brought near to God by the blood of Jesus, as our sins are washed away, our debt is paid in full, and our dead spirits are brought to life by his Spirit, his Word, and his blood that he poured out freely for you and for me.


THE BLOOD IS ENOUGH

Some would tell you that our sins are washed away by confession and pennence. Or our sins are washed away by rituals. Or our sins are washed away by fasting. Or our sins are washed away by doing good deeds.

And yet the blood of Jesus, and nothing else, is enough to cover every sin, from the sins of Hitler who murdered millions of Jews, to the sins of the cannibals who have murdered missionaries sent to bring them life, to the sins of you and of me, for even one solitary sin, big or little, was enough to send Jesus to the cross to die.

His blood covers all time and space, it never loses its value, it never loses its power. When he said, "It is finished," he meant it.

And the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to open the way for us to enter into the Holy of Holies, the very throne room of Almighty God.

In the Old Testament, only certain priests who had gone through meticulous purification, had performed special sacrifices, and had kept themselves from sin, could enter into the Holy of Holies, the place where the very presence of God dwelled. And if they were found to be with sin, they were pulled out dead, for sin cannot stand in the presence of our Holy and Just God.

The rituals and purifications and blood sacrifices of animals could allow only the most holy to enter God's manifest presence, and even then it was a very dangerous place to be.

But the blood of Jesus has the power to make us so completely clean, and it has the power to so completely loose us from the bonds of sin, that we can come boldly into the manifest presence of Almighty God, and thereby be changed from glory to glory into his very image.

Here's what Hebrews chapter nine has to say about this, starting with verse six.

6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part  of the tabernacle, performing the services.
7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which  he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance;
8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made  manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which  cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience—
10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed  until the time of reformation.
  
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more  perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy  Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean,  sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself  without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the  redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may  receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
  
16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the  testator.
17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the  testator lives.

18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took  the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the  book itself and all the people,
20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you."
21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the  ministry.
22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding  of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
  
23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be  purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true,  but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place  every year with blood of another—
26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once  at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He  will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.


THE BLOOD IS PAYMENT IN FULL

And we close with this, that the blood of Jesus Christ is payment in full for your sins. This is why Scripture tells us there is no other name besides the name of Jesus by which we must be saved, for there is no other payment that is sufficient to cancel our debt of sin other than either our sinful blood which must be accompanied by eternity in torment away from God, or the blood of the Son of God which completely removes our debt of sin and sets us free to live righteous, holy lives full of peace, joy, and true adventure.

And we see this in our final Scripture passage today, which is found in First Peter chapter one, verses seventeen through twenty-one, which says,

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's  work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from  your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these  last times for you
21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that  your faith and hope are in God.


THE INVITATION

The price has already been paid for your sins. All you have to do is accept that price and invite the Living Messiah into your heart to walk with you and to guide you. And by putting your old, worldly nature on the cross with Christ, accepting his life for you instead of your own ways and plans, the blood is applied to the doorposts of your life. You become a new creation, without fault, without any spot of sin, and you are given a new lease on life, a new beginning, a new start.

There's nothing you've done or not done that could make his blood lose its power. Accept this incredible gift of God today, and allow the blood of Jesus to wash you whiter than snow.

I'm going to ask the ministry team to come stand across the front now. And today's invitation is to you, and it is clear. And God's invitation to you is this:

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you will hear my voice, and open the door to me, I will come in, and feast with you, and together we will have great joy." (Revelation 3:20)

Whether you have walked with the Lord for all your life, or you don't yet know Jesus and have not accepted him as your Lord and Savior, I want each of you to pray this prayer with me from your hearts. You don't need to type this, just pray it where you are right now, and pray it to Jesus.

Pray this with me now:

"Jesus, thank you for the blood you shed for me on the cross. Thank you for taking my place and dying so that I could choose life. I choose life. I accept your gift of Salvation. Come into my heart, Jesus. Be the Lord of my life. Teach me to follow you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. And I give the rest of my life to you. Thank you Lord! Amen."

This altar is open for prayer and ministry.

If you just prayed that prayer and meant it for the first time, please come talk with someone so we can welcome you into the family of God and pray with you.

If you have any other prayer needs, or if you just want to spend some time in the presence of the Lord, you are invited to come to the front as well.

Everyone please stick around for our time of fellowship in the room to your left, and make your way over there when you feel a release to do so.


"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21)