The Precious Blood Of Christ (Matthew 27:26-56)Dan Yoder, April 20, 2014
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The text was from Matthew 27:26-56. What did the people see as they watched Jesus on the cross?
A crown of thorns was placed on His head and big nails were driven through His hands. From that, much blood was shed for us! Without the natural blood flowing through our bodies, there is no life. In the same way in the spiritual life, there is no life without Christ's blood. Here are four aspects of the precious blood of Christ.
The blood of Christ is:
1. Perfect – Hebrews 9:8-13. No human being could give a perfect sacrifice. Christ's atonement was spotless.
2. Permanent – Hebrews10:11. The blood of Christ is a sufficient sacrifice for us. There never has to be another one again.
3. Precious – 1Peter 1:19. We were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ without spot, and without blemish. The blood of Christ brings release from guilt. It brings freedom from bondage. When we take the Son as our Savior, we become joint heirs of Christ. It's so sad when we don't want to give up our “right” or our sin for the sake of Christ.
4. Protective – Exodus 12. Before Christ died, the Israelites applied blood on the doorposts as a protection from sin. The blood of Christ protects us from the judgment of God. How awful it would be to be lost forever in eternity!
We have our trials and tribulations in our lives, but God has given us everything we need through the blood of Christ. We can experience life and joy because of what God has done for us. What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Thanks, Dan, for that good reminder and for giving us that aspect to reflect on as we commemorated the death and resurrection of Christ.
26Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36And sitting down they watched him there; 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. (KJV)