The Blood of the Lamb

Posted on 01/27/2013 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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THERE IS A RIVER

There is a river whose streams
make glad the city of our God
There is a river whose streams
make glad the city of our God

I will rejoice, I will rejoice
and be glad
I will rejoice, I will rejoice
and be glad

There is a fountain full of grace
and if flows from Emmanuel's veins
It came and it healed me, it came and refreshed me,
It came and it washed my sins away!



TAKE ME IN TO THE HOLY OF HOLIES

Take me into the Holy of Holies
take me in by the Blood of the Lamb
Take me into the Holy of Holies
take the coal, touch my lips, here I am

Take me past the outer courts
into the Holy Place
Past the brazen altar
Lord, I want to see your face
Pass me by the crowds of people
and the priests who sing your praise
I hunger and thirst for your righteousness
and it's only found one place



THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

Verse 1:
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 the best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

Verse 2:
O that old rugged cross
so despised by the world
Has a wonderous attraction for me

For the dear Lamb of God
left his glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary

Verse 3:
In that old rugged cross
stained with blood so divine
A wonderous beauty I see

For it was on that old cross
Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me

Verse 4:
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

Chorus:
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
'til my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
and exchange it some day for a crown



I STAND IN AWE OF YOU

You are beautiful beyond description
too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom
who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
majesty enthroned above

I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you!



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How many of you are thankful today for the blood of Jesus? If the blood of the Lamb has washed away your sins and covered your soul with the righteousness of Christ which makes you clean in the eyes of God, then you have a reason to rejoice!

You may have lost your job, but your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life!

You may be struggling with an illness, but your sins are forgiven and cast into the depths of the sea!

You may be concerned about what tomorrow may bring, but because of the blood shed for you at Calvary, you have a mansion being prepared for you in glory, and a permanent seat at the table of the marriage feast of the Lamb bears your name, and is reserved just for you!

You may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death, but because the blood of the Lamb is sprinkled on your doorposts, no evil that hell sends you can enter inside your walls!

Do you realize what the blood of Jesus means to you? It means eternal forgiveness for your sins; it means payment of a debt you could never pay; it means pardon from an eternal death sentence; it means glorious righteousness when even your own best effort is as filthy rags.

Do you understand what the blood of Jesus has done for you? It has bought your freedom from a lifetime of slavery to sin; it has broken the shakles of addiction and torment that bound you within; it has infused your spirit, dead in trespasses and sins, with everlasting life; and it has raised you up from an eternal grave and has given you a future and a hope that will never end!


I stole today's message from my sermon notes from March of 2009, because I strongly believe this is a subject that we need to keep fresh on our minds. And the title of today's message is "The Blood of the Lamb."


It's sometimes difficult to find a recent movie that isn't filled with violence, among other things, and sometimes bloodshed and gore. Perhaps you enjoy seeing those things, and of course if you do, you're welcome to come to the altar in a few minutes and ask for an inner renewal of your mind and your soul.

But blood isn't just a bodily fluid. It represents something far greater than those things used by the special effects department.

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."

If the life is in the blood, then blood represents life, and shedding of blood represents the pouring out of life.

And what does the pouring out of life, of blood, represent?

In Hebrews 9:22, we read this: "According to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission."

The greek word for remission, aphesis (ah' fe sees), means this:

Release from bondage or imprisonment.

Forgiveness or pardon of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty.

Remission, forgiveness, deliverance, liberty.


And what shed blood can bring us release from bondage or imprisonment? What shed blood can bring us forgiveness, pardon of sins as if they had never been committed, remission of the penalty of those sins? What shed blood can bring us remission, forgiveness, deliverance, and liberty?

In Acts 4:12, when speaking about Jesus, the Scripture tells us this: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

The blood of animals cannot save you. The blood of men cannot save you. Even the blood of righteous saints cannot save you.

It is only the blood of Jesus Christ that can release you from your bondage and imprisonment.

It is only the blood of Jesus that can bring you forgiveness and pardon from your sins as if you had never committed them.

It is only the blood of Jesus that can pardon you from the penalty of those sins.

And it is only the blood of Jesus that can bring you remission, forgiveness, deliverance, and liberty.

Are you covered with the blood of the Lamb?


If not, then you are a rightful recipient of what the bloodshed and gore in many of the modern movies represent: the eternal price for your sin.

Before sin entered the world, there was no death. Blood was not shed. As soon as the first man sinned, blood was shed, as God killed an animal and covered them with its skin, as a symbol that our sins remove the covering of the righteous glory of God, leaving us shameful and bare, and that we require the shedding of blood to cover us once again.

That's why the Bible tells us that our own righteousness is as filthy rags. Adam and Eve tried to cover their shame with fig leaves. But they were inadequate. A life had to be given to bring them a temporary covering.

But Jesus gave his life to bring us an everlasting covering.

Are you covered by the blood of the Lamb today?


Every sin you have ever committed, from lying, lusting, cheating, stealing, from every bad attitude, every single outburst, and every word you have ever spoken which is not in complete agreement with the Word and heart of God; every single one has marked your soul with a deep scarlet stain. And there is absolutely nothing you can do to wash that stain away.

But as Isaiah 1:18 says, "Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

What can wash my sins away? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Are you covered by the blood of the Lamb?


You know, it's more than enough that the blood of Jesus bought our forgiveness, our pardon, our ransom; it's enough that the blood of the Lamb has saved us from eternal judgment in hell and has given us everlasting life in heaven; it's enough that the blood of Yeshua has covered our shame and protects us from all that hell can bring against us.

But there's more. There's so much more. Isaiah 53:5 tells us this: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."

Not only was Jesus wounded for our transgressions, and not only was he bruised for our iniquities; not only was the judgment necessary for our peace with God taken out upon Jesus; but that same blood also brings us healing, healing of body, healing of mind, and healing of soul.

Are you sick of heart today? Do you have deep wounds and scars which are always with you? Jesus' blood has purchased your healing. Is your soul covered with his blood?

Perhaps you have a sickness of the mind. Maybe you're tormented by thoughts, worries, doubts, fears. Maybe you have thoughts of suicide. Well, Jesus' blood has purchased your healing. Is your mind covered with his blood?

Perhaps you have a sickness in your body. Maybe you're like the woman who had been ill for many years, and who touched the hem of Jesus' garment saying, "If only I can touch the hem of his garment, I will be made whole." Well, Jesus' blood has purchased your healing. Are you covered with his blood?

Religion will tell you that the blood has purchased only spiritual healing and nothing else. The enemy will tell you that healing comes from many places, and Jesus is not necessary to find it.

But it was not in vain that Jesus took the stripes on his back, those stripes which tore open his flesh and poured forth his blood, his life. The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes, we are healed.

God may not heal you in the way you think. He may not heal you in the time you would prefer. But the blood of the Lamb has purchased your healing. By his stripes, you are healed!

What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


In 1 Corinthians 6, verses 19 and 20, we read this: "

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

You are not your own. You have been bought with a price. It was not a price that can be measured in silver or gold. It's not a price that can be paid for with the riches of man. It's a price more costly than all the most precious things in the entire universe. And it's a price that is worthy of our praise, deserving of our worship, and owing of our lives and all we have, all we are, or all we could ever hope to be.

This price was the blood of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ who willingly laid down his life, and willingly poured out his blood, to purchase your forgiveness, to purchase your pardon, to purchase your peace with God, to purchase your healing, and to purchase your life from the pit.

Thanks be to God for his amazing love for us!


In Hebrews chapter 10, we read about the exchange in heaven between the Father and the Son, as they discuss the payment for our sins. Let's read this together, Hebrews chapter 10, beginning with verse one.

1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.


Hear that? The shedding of blood is a reminder of our sins. But the blood of bulls and of goats cannot take away our sins. And we read what Jesus says in response to our sad condition, starting in verse 5.


5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come -- in the volume of the book it is written of Me -- to do Your will, O God.'"


You see, Jesus came to do the will of the Father. Endless blood sacrifices could not satisfy our debt of sin against God. But God's will from the very beginning has been to have fellowship restored with you. His will is not that you should perish in your sin, but that you should come to a knowledge of the truth, that you have your sins washed away, and that you should have everlasting life filled with only good things.

And Jesus came to do the will of the Father. He came in the body God had prepared for him, so that he could willingly suffer and die, pouring out his blood upon the mercy seat, so that your impossible debt could be paid, and the burdomson stone that seals you in your tomb of eternal death could be rolled away, as he calls you to walk and to dance in his marvelous light!

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Let's continue reading in verse eight.


8 Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law),
9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.


Anyone here on the ministry team can come stand at the front now.


The blood of the Lamb was shed once, his body was broken once, and through that offering of love, we have been sanctified, we have been purchased, we have been redeemed, we have been pardoned, we have been forgiven, we have been washed whiter than snow, we have been delivered, and we have been healed.

And I'd like to open up this altar today for anyone who wishes to approach God today.

Let's get out of our seats and come gather at the front. Let's give thanks to God for his amazing love, and for the precious blood of Jesus Christ!

And if you are not covered with the blood of Jesus today, if you don't know him as your personal Lord and Savior, then I ask you today to come to the fountain. If you are thirsty and dry, then come and drink freely of the river of life.

Just call out to him now. The Bible tells us that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Just call upon his name right now. Call upon the name of Jesus, the only name by which we may be saved. And he will wash away your every sin, and give you a brand new start.

Maybe you have not been living in a way that is consistent with the price Jesus paid for you; you have been living life as though you belong to yourself, instead of as one who is bought with a price and is a holy man or woman of God.

Just call out to him now. Jesus said that whoever comes to him, he will in no way reject or turn away. Ask him to create a clean heart in you, and to start a fire within you that turns into a holy blaze, a burning desire to do the will of God and to please him in everything you do and in every meditation of your heart.

Maybe you are in need today, in need of deliverance, in need of healing, in need of some sort of freedom from something that has you bound.

Just call out to him now. His blood has purchased your deliverance, it has purchased your healing, it has purchased your freedom, and it has purchased your peace.

If you need to go, you're free to do so, and everyone's invited to gather in the room to your left after this time at the altar.

Let's worship at the feet of the one who loves us and who has spilled his blood and finished the work so we can have life in overflowing abundance. Come.