I heard this talk yesterday and the speaker ended off in prayer and in that prayer they mentioned being “covered by the blood of Jesus.”
Part of me cringes when I hear that.
Not because of I’m ungrateful for what Jesus did for me. No ways!
And I know that phrase is in scripture; a few times:
” I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7: 14
“Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” Hebrew 13: 12
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12: 11
TO READ (LEARN) MORE about the blood of Christ… go to the end of this post:
But I guess, I’m just….wait for it… another “christianese” phrase: seeker sensitive. (Haha!)
But seriously, the people who are new to the faith, or still checking out this whole God thing… how does that phrase sound to them?
Vampire-ish? Cult-ish? Just darn scary!
A lot of Christian folk assume a lot of things a lot of the time.
Maybe we can use our words in sermons (talks) and prayers wisely.
And I’m not even suggesting taking out some of those phrases, but rather being aware of the people with you…
And when we say a phrase like “blood of Jesus” or the “blood of the Lamb” we add a little explanation to it too…
That way we include everyone in that moment.
Because, truth is, the imagery is grace-filled:
By Jesus dying for us, (the blood shed of His death) we are forgiven.
Because for any wrongdoing (our sin) there needs to be a punishment.
The modern world understands this! Hence, the reason for the police, court cases, prosecutions, jails and capital punishment.
If some crime (wrongdoing) is done – there needs to be a suitable punishment given right?
Jesus, did that for us. His death set saved us.
He died in our place.
We were (are) all guilty in the eyes of God.
Human nature is sinful.
But Jesus died as an ultimate sacrifice.
He was punished in our place.
And so, when we celebrate communion.
The elements of bread and juice represent Jesus “body and blood”
We celebrate with gratitude His mercy.
His death that set us free…
Explanation of the “Blood of Christ” can be found in Hebrews 9
Here is the text below:
The Blood of Christ
“11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
This passage explains things quite well and why Jesus had to die.
In the old way (old covenant) to show that one was sorry for their sins, they would need to offer an animal sacrifice as an apology.
The idea behind it, was it costs them something to sacrifice some livestock. (livestock is equivalent to modern property)
Another idea, (perhaps ancient and sort of primitive) is that the aroma of the sacrifice (who does not enjoy the smell of a Lamb on a spit?) would be pleasing to God above.
And He would forgive the people.
And only a person deemed worthy (usually a priest) would be called to offer the animal sacrifice on the altar.
The new way (new covenant): enter Jesus.
God initiates the idea too.
The “old way” of sacrifices, became just a ritual.
No remorse or true repentance came with the animal offering…
A most costly sacrifice had to take place…
One that would COST EVERYTHING.
God sent His very own Son (John 3: 16)
For you and I.
That one death would set us free.
Bring us forgiveness.
Now that’s something to be incredibly thankful for!
Hope this helped a bit?