Good Friday – The Blood
Good Friday – The Blood
Sermon Notes – Ps. Jim White
Friday, 19th April 2019
I know there are many who are in churches today, feeling very somber and sad… some will even be sitting in darkness, with no lights on, because that’s just how some churches choose to express their response in remembering the torture and death of Jesus.
I get that! That’s just how they do it. I actually pray that we’d all have a deeper revelation of the price Jesus paid for us at Calvary.
But I have to say – there’s something within me that is just about bursting out of my heart this morning.
Venese and I only just met this week with a couple who mentor and coach us in this amazing INC movement – and the conversation kept coming around to the joy and blessings of the foundations of our doctrine – the basics of what our Christian life and the life of the church actually stands on. And how crucial it is to keep coming back to those biblical, eternal truths.
And I got really excited, because I knew in my heart that I was going to share today on probably the most powerful truth and foundation of our Christian faith.
If you’re new to Christianity, or you are still growing in your understanding of what salvation in Jesus Christ means, then I pray that you’ll allow the Spirit of God to help you grasp the importance of what I’m going to say. Don’t be distracted by hearing things that may be a bit unfamiliar. Actually, I pray that for all of us!
Because today – probably more than any other day – it’s so important that I speak about the Blood of Jesus Christ.
If you’re listening, Margaret Cox, as part of the great crowd of witnesses in heaven, this is for you! Because you are the one who said to me – never stop preaching about the Blood.
I’m just not sure how somber you were expecting to be this morning – but my plan is to smash, shatter and destroy some of the devil’s strategies to rob us of the life giving power of the Blood of Jesus Christ. And most of those strategies are operating in our own heads.
Many have said throughout the centuries, that the bible and the gospel are drenched with blood. The theme of God’s redemption through blood spans the whole bible – from Genesis to Revelation. And we need to understand that. We need to understand that this is God’s provision, His answer, and the greatest expression of His love towards us.
Have you seen this simple equation? ✝️ = ❤️ it’s a powerful symbol of what the cross represents. God’s amazing love!
But my main message this morning is that life is in the blood. And not only does that speak of things naturally – but even more importantly – it speaks of things spiritually!
The cross isn’t ultimately about death. It’s about life!
Shed blood has always been God’s means of making a way for His people to be restored, redeemed and released from sin and the curse of death – and given fullness of life – and eternal life.
In fact, Revelation 13:8 speaks about the “…Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world!
Slain from the foundation of the world! So this plan of redemption has always been there. Try and get your head around that!
I want to mainly focus on Jesus this morning, but just quickly, let’s remember some of the places where blood has been spilt for the sake of mankind.
It all began in the Garden of Eden. In this beautiful, pure and perfect environment, Adam and Eve sinned… then everything change.
God sensed the separation straight away… and said to Adam, “where are you?”
Genesis 3:10-11, “So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
And so it all unfolded that God had to kill an animal to provide a covering for Adam and Eve. So the blood of an animal was shed because of man’s sin.
And then this pattern continued, that the only way sin could be covered was by the sacrifice of animals.
It became a covenant of blood.
Hebrews 9:19-22, “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, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
This is the way of the Old Testament. Everything was sprinkled with blood – books, ministry tools, the building… and the people… because life – spiritual life – is in the blood…
I’m so glad we’re no longer in the Old Testament. Can you imagine everything sprinkled with blood? iPads, projectors, carpet, the sound system… us?
At the time of the Passover, just before the Jews were released from slavery in Egypt, and after Pharaoh refused over and over again to let God’s people go, a plague was set to come over the whole land, and every firstborn child would die. They were all warned and yet Pharaoh chose to rebel against the God of Israel.
But God said to His people, put the blood of a lamb – a pure, spotless lamb without blemish – sacrifice it and put the blood upon the lentils and doorposts of your house. And when the angel of death comes, he will pass over that house and no harm will come to that family. They would be covered by the blood of the lamb.
There are a multitude of stories and examples of blood sacrifice… until we get to that moment at Calvary – when everything changed again.
As Peter later says in one of his letters, redemption is no longer about anything that is contained in the traditions of the fathers… there’s no precious thing with which your life can be purchased:
1 Peter 1:19-20, “but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you…”
To cover the sin of the world, it required much more than the blood of an animal.
It took the Blood of Jesus Christ… and do you notice again – He was foreordained as the pure Lamb from the foundation of the world.
That should break our heart… to know that the Father knew from eternity ago, that His own Son would be murdered for our sake… for the sake of God’s own rebellious, sinful, ungrateful children…
But it dealt with sin once and for all. Jesus died once – for all of mankind – for every sin that would ever be committed. That’s because the Blood of Jesus Christ is the most powerful thing that this world has ever seen.
And here’s another thing about the Blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 9:12 says, “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.
This makes a fantastic study if you ever want to go deeper with understanding the meaning and power of the Blood.
Jesus went into the Most Holy Place – the place where once the blood of animals was taken… but now He takes His own Blood to the mercy seat, which is associated with the place of God’s presence. The Mercy Seat has the beautiful cherubs on it – their wings outstretched towards one another… all of it made from pure gold… and the mercy seat contains the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod, and a good container with manna in it.
On the day of Atonement, the priests would go in and sprinkle the blood from the sacrifice over the mercy seat.
But now we have this incredible moment of history when Jesus, our great High Priest, enters into this Holiest of Holies, and sprinkles His own Blood on the mercy seat.
All of a sudden, there’s a New Covenant… a better Covenant… there’s a New Beginning and a new hope for mankind.
This is of far greater wonder and depth of meaning than you and I could hold on to – but there is a rich revelation to be had if you just give yourself to it.
And the exciting thing is that the Blood is still sprinkled for our mercy and forgiveness today… it still covers, it still brings freedom, it still breaks through every strategy and lie of the devil.
And that’s what I want to focus on most of all. This may represent a dreadful and terrible day for what happened to Jesus – the pure sacrifice… But there’s a wonderful reason why today is called Good Friday. It’s an extremely Good Friday for you and I.
And here’s why:
You know these things, but we all need to hear it again and again. I just get the privilege of reminding you!
1. (Ephesians 1:7), “In Him we have redemption through His Blood…”
To be redeemed means that we have been bought with a price. Our lives have been paid for…
And the price has always been the same – life giving blood. Except the redemption we now have through Jesus comes from His own Blood – once and for all.
You have been washed and cleansed and you stand before God the Father clothed in pure white – as white as snow.
We’ve not only been redeemed from death because of our sin… we’ve also been redeemed from the curse of the law…
Galatians 3:13, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…”
Mankind became cursed right back at the Fall. They brought it upon themselves. Right back when Adam and Eve ate from one tree that God said, don’t eat from this one.
The curse wasn’t just about sin and death. It affected every area of life as well.
There’s the curse of sickness, poverty, lack, emotional and mental instability… it brought with it shame, rejection, fear, exposure, abandonment… all kinds of things… even the earth itself was cursed, and thrown out of balance…
But when you gave yourself to Jesus, and you realised that you were redeemed and purchased by the Blood of the Lamb, the curse over your life, was broken.
So now, by faith, we are learning how to live out of the blessing and not out of the curse. Man has lived for too long as though he were still cursed. But we need to break that lie and that mindset and start walking in the blessing.
2. (Hebrews 10:19), “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”
The greatest pain that Jesus experienced on the cross, was not physical – it was the separation and abandonment that He went through so that we would never have to experience it.
Being able to boldly enter into God’s presence means we can come close – we can have the most intimate fellowship and relationship with our Father.
Back in the Garden, Adam and Eve had an amazing relationship with God. He walked with them in the cool of the evening. Imagine if every evening, God Himself would come and walk with you and talk with you, encourage you, strengthen you, give you words of wisdom…
Well He can – and He wants to – and for many of you, He does… because there’s now no separation between us. You can walk and talk with Him any time you want.
And don’t come timidly – come boldly. Nothing is between you and Him. It’s all good! It’s good because of the Blood!
3. Isaiah 53:5, “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.”
We are seeing some breakthroughs with healing. I could tell you of about five people just recently who have either received good doctors reports when in the natural, it was expected to go another way, or who have been healed of long term pain.
But it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s power in the Blood of Jesus to heal our sickness and disease. Disease not only physically – but dis-ease in our soul, in our spirit…
4. Let’s come back to the Passover: (Exodus 12:13), “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…”
The Blood of Jesus Christ is our protection. We should be praying for the Blood covering over our lives to keep us and protect us from every ungodly thing that would want to rob us or take us out.
I know this is trivial in comparison to some sickness and disease that people are facing right now – but I remember not that long ago, when a vomiting thing was going around. And I woke up this night feeling nauseous. I was clammy. And I hate vomiting.
Of course the grandchildren always get the blame as the germ carriers. Only because preschool and school are great little incubators of germs.
And I was convinced that without God’s help, I knew what was about to happen.
And so I sat on the side of the bed and prayed. And it just came to me to say, Father, let this sickness pass over me… I declare the Blood of Jesus as your covering over my life. Let these symptoms pass over…
And I must have had enough faith to believe it would happen, because all the symptoms then disappeared. But maybe not quite as much faith as I should have had, because I was surprised that my prayer actually worked.
It’s a minor example – but the principle is still the same.
The Blood avails for us today. It covers us. It protects us. We need to apply the Blood to the doorposts of our lives – by faith.
5. (Revelation 12:11), “And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
This is talking about overcoming the evil one, the accuser of the brethren… and he was overcome by the testimony of the saints, and also by the Blood.
This speaks of authority. It’s knowing the power of the Blood – and speaking out that authority over the devil’s plans and strategies…
Authority comes from the Word of God, the name of Jesus, the Anointing of the Holy Spirit.. and it comes powerfully from declaring the Blood of Jesus Christ.
In all these things, there’s no limit. It’s an endless supply.
The shed Blood of Jesus still cries out every day – it’s redemptive power, the forgiveness of sin, the boldness to come to the Father, the healing that comes from the bloody stripes on His back, the protection it brings as a covering on the doorposts of our life, and the tremendous authority that we are yet to fully walk in and declare.
There are many testimonies from around the world, in various times, that prayer is a crucial catalyst for revival. But I know there are plenty examples also of where a fresh revelation of the Blood of Jesus Christ is also a precursor to revival, including a renewed focus on preaching about the Blood.
And I love it that we receive communion here every Sunday – because then we always have a least some mention of the Blood in our gatherings.
I mentioned earlier that one of the great benefits of the Blood, is that it allows us to come boldly into God’s presence – it has brought down everything that once separated us… every wall of division… we are now able to have the closest fellowship with our Creator and Father that we could ever desire to have.
Another word for fellowship is communion.
And I thought it would be very appropriate for us today – on Good Friday – to fellowship together around the communion table.
Let’s lift our vision and our understanding of what the Blood means for us.
There’s life is the Blood.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”
I want to invite you this morning to come boldly to this moment, and this place, of communion.
As you receive the bread and the grape juice, let redemption wash over you, be cleansed, be covered, be healed, be protected, receive your authority, draw close to God…
Whatever you need right now – you’ll find it in the Blood.