THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS
as precious. Certainly, not as precious as the blood of Jesus
precious, never the less.
crieth unto me from the ground. God had regarded with favor the
of Abel because it was a blood sacrifice; he had rejected the
of Cain because it was not a blood sacrifice. And because Cain
Able, God said to Cain, "Now art thou cursed from the earth,
opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from they
his high regard for blood again when he commanded that men
are not to
eat blood which is the life of the flesh, and when he
the death sentence for any who shed another's blood
Gen. 9:4-6 "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the
thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives
require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the
man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for
image of God made he man."
estimation of blood and its preciousness is seen again in the land
He did not deliver Israel by the power of the plague of frogs.
delivered them by the blood of the Passover lamb. "And they shall
take of the
blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper
of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And the blood shall
be to you
for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the
will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to
you, when I smite the land of Egypt. For the LORD will pass
smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the
on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and
suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."
preciousness of blood in the sight of God is again set forth by
when he declares that God hates "hands that shed innocent blood"
preciousness of blood is seen again in the book of Revelation. "For
shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given
to drink; for they are worthy" (REV 16:6). "And I saw the
drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the
Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration"
17:6). "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of
of all that were slain upon the earth" (Rev. 18:24). "For
righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great
which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath
blood of his servants at her hand" (Rev. 19:2).
things could be cited to show the importance God attaches to
the blood of beasts. But, super abounding above the blood of
blood of man, the blood of the most godly saint, is the
the man Christ Jesus.
was human blood, it was infinitely precious blood. Now let us
reasons WHY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BLOOD.
not possibly enumerate all the reasons in one message. In fact,
convinced that we will learn much more about the preciousness of
of Christ as God unfolds the riches of his grace throughout
BLOOD IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE IT IS THE BLOOD OF THE GOD-MAN
truly God and also truly man. I like the way Spurgeon put it.
is God; but Jesus was born, Jesus lived, Jesus died, Jesus rose
Jesus is in heaven, as a man. He is God and man in one person,
is no confusion of natures; he is neither a deified man nor a
God. His Godhead is altogether Godhead, and his manhood
manhood. He is as truly man as if he were not God, and as
as if he had never assumed the nature of man" (Metropolitan
Pulpit, Vol. 22, P. 290). Because of the union of the Divine
the human nature in the one person, the God-man, his blood
precious. In fact, everything about Jesus Christ is precious to the
Peter stated it clearly and pointedly when he said, "Unto you
which believe he is precious" (I Pet. 2:7).
face from which they plucked his beard is precious. Can you
precious face of our Saviour after the soldiers so cruelly
spit in his face. They also pulled his beard out of his
humiliation and pain he suffered on our behalf. That face was
face, but it was and is a precious face. What a thrill and
will be to one day look upon and into that precious face!
hands and feet through which the nails were driven are very
When Thomas was doubting and unbelieving concerning the
of Christ, Jesus appeared in his presence and invited him
those scars. When he did, Thomas fell down before him and
"My Lord, and my God." One day, when he returns in all his glory,
remnant of the nation of Israel will look upon him and "one
unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall
Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends"
13:6). In that day, his wounded hands will become precious to
forefathers were behind their being wounded. To those who
his nail-scarred human hands and feet are now precious.
bones of Jesus must be precious to us also. When they lifted up
and dropped it into the socket on the rocky brow of Golgotha,
bones came out of joint. This was just another aspect of his
for us, and every pain he experienced was because of our sins.
He gave his
back to the smiters. They beat him and pulverized his back,
but it is
with his stripes that we are healed. His back is precious.
was a human back, it was the back of the God man, and it is
head that was crowned with thorns is precious. He wore a crown
that we might wear incorruptible crowns. Imagine the pain of
crowned with thorns! That should make his head precious to every
soul was made an offering for sin. During the three hours of
Jesus was not being further abused by man. He was in the hands
offended God, not because of his own offenses, but for ours. God,
world in darkness and the very soul of Christ was offered up
sins. That human soul is exceedingly precious.
it was human blood, the blood of Christ is extremely
because without its being shed there would be no true remission
of sins for
the elect. Oh, precious is that fountain that was opened for
uncleanness. The precious blood of the Lamb of God is what
from all iniquity.
of Deity and humanity in Christ elevated everything about his
nature and his manhood. He is the eternal glorious Word made flesh
tabernacling among us (Jn. 1:14). He is the express image of the
God (Heb. 1:3). He is the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Col.
2:9). He is
God manifest in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16). He is God blessed
coming to the earth in human flesh, bones and blood (Rom. 5:9).
He is the
son of David who is also declared to be the Son of God (Rom.
is God the Son, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father,
him the form and likeness of man in order to taste death for
2:5-8). He is the man Christ Jesus who alone is able to serve
between God and man (I Tim. 2:5). He is the Son of God sent
made of a woman, made under the law (Gal. 4:4). He is the
conceived, virgin born son of Mary and the only begotten
Son of God
(Isa. 7:14; Jn. 3:16). He is God's Son sent in the likeness
flesh (Rom. 8:3). He is Jesus Christ come in the flesh (I Jn.
Jn. 7). And, let it be born in mind that he who denies the
complete humanity of Christ does so under the influence of the
Who is this
man called Jesus? He is Lord of the angels who is
made a little lower than the angels so that he could taste
every man of his elect company. Angels do not die because they
physical beings with flesh and blood. God, if he would taste
become a man with flesh and blood, in order to die. He is
Goel, our kinsman redeemer, partaking of our flesh and blood
so that he
might bring us to glory and deliver us from the fear of death
2:10-17). He is the man Christ Jesus whose very person is so
that when he died on the cross the most amazing thing to ever
man's death happened. The veil of the temple was rent in
top to bottom, the earth quaked and the rocks were shattered
graves were opened and the bodies of sleeping saints arose.
hardened soldiers who had plucked off his beard and smote his face
for his garments, exclaimed, "Truly this was the Son of
his blood is precious; he is eternal God but dying the death
of man, for
he is truly man.
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS MARVELOUS REDEEMING POWER
It has been
the one single means of redemption since the foundation of
If his blood had been like the blood of the sacrificial
Paul says, "then must he often have suffered since the
of the world" (Heb. 9:26). If, as some teach, salvation was
other means before the cross why the necessity of Christ
often since the foundation of the world? The clear implication
redemption and remission of sins have always been by the blood o
Christ. If he must repeatedly shed his blood, as animals were
sacrificed, then he must have come and died often. But, by
sacrifice he was able to end all sacrifices and put away sin
Such precious blood! It was powerful to redeem long before he
shed it on Calvary. He is the lamb slain from the foundation of
the precious blood of Christ is the blood of the Lamb of God
verily foreordained before the foundation of the world. And, his
redeeming those given to him by the Father was so certain
their names were written in the Lamb's book of life from the
of the world, or from eternity (Rev. 17:8). Before he had
on himself our likeness, our flesh and our blood, God looked
human blood as so precious and of such power that he would
the names of his people in a book from which no name has ever
erased, the Lamb's book of life written from the foundation of the
of Christ is precious to every believer and will be even more
when we sing of it in that vast multitude in heaven. For every
of God, ever single child of grace, every single human
of heaven, except Christ, shall sing the praises of Christ
redeemed us to God by his blood out of every kingdom, tribe, and
(Rev. 5:8). His blood is so precious that it will still occupy
in song in the eternal ages. Praise be to God who gave his
Son to made
in the likeness of sinful flesh that he might redeem us by
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS ATONING EFFICACY
It is the
blood that makes atonement for the soul, according to Lev.
Apart from blood there is no remission of sins (Heb. 9:22). I may
sacrifices, I may mortify my body and give it to be burned, I
baptized and join the church, I may receive the blessing of the
say a thousand "Hail Mary's" per day, I may constantly pray on
until they have calluses like the knees of a camel, I may speak
tongues of men and angels, I may read the Bible through and
many times, I might teach and work and prophesy in the name of
I can never come before God in peace, until I come on the
the blood, the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS PURGING POWER
purging power of the blood! "Though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be as
white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall
wool." That is the promise of God (Isa. 1:18). What possesses such
power? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. It can purge the
from dead works and equip us to serve the living God (Heb.
is able to cleanse us from all sin, be they ever so bad and
so deep. Even if your sin is "written with a pen of iron, and
point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of your heart"
17:1), the blood of Christ can remove every trace of it by it's
power to purge.
reader, a fountain has been opened that purges from all sin
uncleanness (Zech. 13:1). The believer may assuredly confess
that he has
washed us from our sins in his own blood and made us whiter
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS WONDERFUL PRESERVING
It is the
blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb. 13:1). To qualify for
wonderful designation, it must have the power to preserve those
washes. It is the blood by which Jesus Christ obtained eternal
for his people (Heb. 9:12). What kind of redemption, Paul?
apostle and saint said, "Eternal redemption." A lesser redemption
beneath the infinite dignity and worth of the blood of Jesus
Paul tells us more. He tells us that by his one offering
perfected forever them that are sanctified. PERFECTED
YES! PERFECTED FOREVER! Beloved people of God, that is long
be perfected. FOREVER! Is that not long enough. ETERNALLY
AND PERFECTED FOREVER by the one offering of the blood of our
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS PLEADING POWER
the term "pleading power" I do not want to imply that Christ or
must be constantly pleading with God to forgive sinners. He
with an everlasting love and sent Christ to shed his blood so
not have to beg the Father to forgive his own chosen ones.
of slain Able cried out to God from the ground. It called for
and justice. But, the blood of Christ cries out from the
Golgotha's brow for the salvation of every one of the sheep
10:11-18). It stands as witness of redemption accomplished. It
stands as a
seal of atonement made. It is evidence of reconciliation
loves to grant the plea of his Son's blood and give salvation
to all for
whom he laid down his life and shed his blood. And the Father
because he shed that blood and laid down his life for his
10:17). His blood does not cry for vengeance, as did the
Abel. His blood speaks of much, much better
expiation, reconciliation, sanctification,
and glorification. God heard the voice of the blood of Able;
yes, he hears the sweet voice of the blood of his Son.
not only speaks to God, it speaks to sinners. I recall those
my conversion when God was preparing my heart to answer his
salvation. Some of the sermons I remember most vividly were
the blood, the precious, cleansing, preserving blood of Jesus
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS PROPITIATING POWER
looked upon the sufferings of his Son on the cross as he poured
soul and his blood for sinners, he was satisfied, propitiated
53:10-11). The propitiating benefits of the precious blood of
applied to the sinner when he trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ
precious blood for his salvation. God has set forth Jesus Christ
a propitiation through faith in his blood" (Rom. 3:25).
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS MELTING INFLUENCE ON
will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of
the spirit of grace and of supplication: and they shall look
whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one
that is in
bitterness for his firstborn" (Zech. 12:10). The following
reveal that this mourning spreads to the remnant of the tribes of
of Israel. It is prophetic of a future time when God shall
remnant of the nation of Israel.
triggered this mourning? Of course, our first answer to this
must deal with the matter from the Divine side. They mourned as
a result of
God pouring upon them the spirit of grace and of
In any true repentance, God first moves and then the
answer is that the mourning was triggered when they looked
whom they pierced. This piercing resulted in the shedding of
That is why their hearts were melted. Two reasons: the spirit
and supplication was poured upon them and they looked upon the
Allow me a
personal note. Among the sermons that I remember in the days
preceding my own conversion, are sermons on the blood of Christ.
well-meaning friend, upon learning that I had surrendered to preach,
some advice. He said, "First, don't preach over 20 minutes.
don't preach hell fire and brimstone. Third, don't preach a
shop' religion." By the last he meant that I should not preach
blood of Christ. Needless to say I have not taken any one of the
points of advice. God blessed the preaching of his Son's precious
the means for cleansing from sin. The shed blood of Christ has
effect on sinners upon whom God has poured his spirit of grace
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS JUSTIFYING POWER
God is one
who justifies the guilty. What a marvelous blessing that God
justify sinful, guilty, condemned sinners. The question arises,
is the grounds for this justification?"
remind all that God is absolutely just and will not prostitute
nor sully his holiness in order to justify the ungodly.
be a payment of the sin debt if he is to justify and deal
men as though they had not sinned. The ground of our
is the shed blood of Jesus Christ and all that is implied
shedding. "Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved
through him" (Rom. 5:9).
BLOOD OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS OVERCOMING POWER
defeated at the cross. Oh, he thought that he had won a
when he bruised the heel of Jesus Christ. He thought he would
succeed in his ages long struggle against the plan and purpose
of God. Had
he known the mystery of God he would not have crucified the
glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a
even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world
glory. But, that which he meant for evil, God meant for good.
people overcome Satan, and they do it and will continue to do it,
blood of Jesus Christ. "And they overcame him by the blood of the
by the word of their testimony" (Rev. 12:11). The precious
Christ has overcoming power.
OF CHRIST IS PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF ITS POWER TO SLAY ENMITY
At one time
all the Gentiles were cut off from the covenants of promise,
aliens and strangers to these blessings (Eph. 2:11-12). In our
hearts we are still enemies to these blessings and to the God
these blessings flow (Rom. 8:7- 8). The precious blood of
slain the enmity, it has torn down the wall of alienation,
and we are
made nigh by that blood (Eph. 2:13-16). Through Christ, his
work, his precious blood we now have access to God and his
2:17-18). We can, therefore, come boldly to the throne of
we come on the grounds of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
hardly scratched the surface of our subject. We can joyfully
sing of the
precious flow which makes us white as snow, the precious
our Lord Jesus Christ. We, the children, were partakers of
blood, therefore, our great God and Saviour, in infinite
came down and was clothed in flesh and blood that he
death in our behalf. God, made flesh, and tabernacling among
men! Such a
marvel of grace. And, such precious blood that he shed for
precious to you? Is his blood precious to you. Have you trusted
him as your
Saviour and Lord? Can you trust him? Will you trust him? By
plunge into this flood that washes white as snow.
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