Monday, July 10, 2017

The Precious Blood of Christ

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

It’s horrifying to look at, but please don’t turn your eyes away. You’re at the cross of Calvary and crimson rivulets of blood are streaming down. It isn’t merely blood, it’s “precious” blood. Peter called it “the precious blood of Christ.” 

Precious because it redeems. Precious because it atones. Precious because it reconciles. Precious because it cleanses; “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” [Isaiah 1.18]. Redemption through His blood means there isn’t a spot or stain of sin remaining in the life of a Christ follower. That alone should motivate us to holiness. 

The precious blood of Jesus is unstoppable. It’s how we overcome the accuser; “and they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb” [Revelation 12.10-11]. Wow, the one who fights with the precious blood of Christ does so with a weapon that doesn’t know defeat.

Oh, the precious blood of Jesus! Sin stops at its presence. Death bows to its power. Heaven's gates will one day open to those whose sins are covered with it. 

Oh, the precious blood of Jesus! It has not lost one bit of power since the day it was shed for you and me. The songwriter said it well: “The blood that Jesus shed for me… will never lose it’s power!” 
(© 1966, The Blood will Never Lose Its Power, Andre Crouch)

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1.18-19

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