In some churches and denominations today; pastors, teachers and authors go to great length never to mention the blood of Jesus. IMHO that is somewhat ironic considering that this generation of entertainment consumers are reading and watching more violent and bloody books, television, movies and news than ever.
And quite frankly I am not sure how complete and truthful teachings on love, justification, redemption, sanctification, Jesus, the gospel, the new covenant, etc. can be offered apart from the blood.
So that’s the last of my commentary (except for use of the bold and ALL CAPS) on this post … Word of God speak by the Spirit of God!
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my BLOOD of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:27-28 (ESV)
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s BLOOD; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His BLOOD be on us and on our children!” Matthew 27:24-25 (ESV)
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his BLOOD, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my BLOOD has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my BLOOD is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my BLOOD abides IN me, and I IN him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:53-59 (ESV)
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own BLOOD. Acts 20:28 (ESV)
For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is IN Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his BLOOD, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. Romans 3:22-25 (ESV)
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his BLOOD, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:6-9 (ESV)
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the BLOOD of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16 (ESV)
And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my BLOOD. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and BLOOD of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:25-27 (ESV)
IN him we have redemption through his BLOOD, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:7-10 (ESV)
But now IN Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the BLOOD of Christ. Ephesians 2:13 (ESV)
For IN him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the BLOOD of his cross. Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own BLOOD, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the BLOOD of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:11-15 (ESV)
For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without BLOOD. Hebrews 9:16-18 (ESV)
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of BLOOD there is no forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 9:22 (ESV)
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the BLOOD of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 (ESV)
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own BLOOD. Hebrews 13:12 (ESV)
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the BLOOD of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV)
And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious BLOOD of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:17-19 (ESV)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the BLOOD of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (ESV)
John to the seven churches that are in Asia:Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his BLOOD and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:4-6 (ESV)
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your BLOOD you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:4-10 (ESV)
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the BLOOD of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:13-14 (ESV)
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the BLOOD of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:10-11 (NASB)
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in BLOOD, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. Revelation 19:11-13 (ESV)
(Note: I have been listening to the Matt Redman CD Sing Live Never Before: The Essential Collection during my commute this week … and while I can’t be sure, I believe two songs on that CD had a lot to do with this post … Nothing But the Blood and Once Again with its refrain of ‘Thank you for the cross’ … if you like Matt Redman, it’s a must have CD)
So thankful for the BLOOD of the Lamb … Christ Jesus!