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This Blood is for You

By Larry R. Lasiter

1996

ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE ONLY BLOOD CAN ATONE FOR SIN

GOD'S WORD SAYS THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS IS NOT SUFFICIENT

IN LOVE, OUR CREATOR GAVE HIS OWN LIFE FOR MANKIND

AND THIS BLOOD IS FOR YOU

Violently they grabbed His arms, as they tightly strapped each wrist

There, the hellish look of a strong-armed soldier, whip clenched in his fist

Laced with chips of bone, they beat Him hard, from His shoulders to His feet

It sliced right through His olive skin, just like razors through a sheet

Countless times the blood splattered, as each inhuman lash was given

Several times His knees gave way, as His flesh just hung like ribbons

Then surprisingly He turned His head, though the words He used were few

The soldier's face turned pale when He said, "This blood is for you"

 

Uncaringly they tossed a garment across His weakened form

And His blood pressure fell deathly low, as the crowds began to swarm

The forced Him to carry His cross uphill, His face they punched and smacked

The splinters from the crisscrossed beam dug deep into His back

Through lack of sleep and dehydration His tongue began to swell

Weakened by His loss of blood, this prophet, teacher fell

When He did some blood splattered on a man named Simon's shoe

And as He bent to wipe it off, the prophet said, "This blood is for you"

 

They pounded a spike through the bones in His wrist, bursting arteries and veins

As they dropped the cross in the hole they dug, His body convulsed with pain

Through an agony and torment that never a soul shall find

He tilts His face toward heaven, with full control of His mind

With more love than any human heard, before that time or since

He made a statement that to this day makes the strongest skeptic wince

He cried, "Father God forgive them for they know not what they do"

And as He gave His life for those lost in sin, He was saying,

"This blood is for you"
 

Some of you may recognize these moving verses. They are from Carmen's song "This Blood" It is one of the most spiritually powerful songs illustrating God's great love for us.

In John 15, Jesus instructed His disciples to "love one another." Not with a worldly kind of love, but in the same way that He loved them. He told them that there is no greater love than the love that would motivate one to willingly lay down his life for a friend. In verse 14, Jesus told His disciples that they would remain His friends if they obeyed His commandments.

Jesus did willingly lay down His life for us. But why was this necessary?

If you remember, when God created man he gave him a beautiful garden paradise to live in. God gave him permission to eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God warned man that if he ate the fruit of this tree he would surely die! Most everyone familiar at all with the Bible knows the rest of the story. Adam and Eve, the first humans, disobeyed their Creator and ate of the forbidden fruit. Because of this their fate was sealed, they were destined to eventually die!

Contrary to popular thought, man does not possess an immortal soul. Notice 1 Timothy 6:15-16 -"He (Jesus Christ) who is blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; who ALONE possesses immortality."

Here the Apostle Paul says that Jesus, the Son of God is the only man that has possessed immortality. Many erroneously assume that man is imbued with an immortal soul from birth. But the Hebrew word (nephesh) translated "soul" when referring to man is the same word rendered "creature" when making reference to the created animals. There is simply nothing about the word that connotes immortality. Actually the contrary is true, -the prophet Ezekiel writes twice in chapter 18, that the "soul that sins will die."

Because man was created mortal, he would ultimately perish at death. Man had little hope of ever living beyond this present age. Man was dead in his sins. Yet prior to the revealing of God's plan of redemption, a few through the ages put their faith in God and hoped in him. Men like Abraham and Job. Later God revealed His plan of redemption through the Messiah, by the Prophets. It would ultimately take the death of the Creator to redeem the works of His hands.

In Ancient Israel the High Priest made atonement for the people's sins once each year on the Day of Atonement. After offering a sacrifice (bull) for himself the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies with the blood of an unblemished goat.

The Holy of Holies could be entered only once each year on Atonement. And only one man, the High Priest, could enter without dying. And He only after making atonement for himself, lest he die. After entering the Holy Place, into the very presence of God, he would sprinkle the blood of the goat on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.

These sacrifices did not take away sin. They were simply reminders of man's sinful nature.

Notice what the Apostle Paul says in Hebrews 10:3-4 -"But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For IT IS IMPOSSIBLE for the BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS to TAKE AWAY SINS." They reminded the people that they were in need of forgiveness. That innocent blood was shed for their sinful nature.

Picture yourself having to kill a beautiful, perfectly healthy little goat or lamb barely a year old. And knowing that you were taking its life to remind you of the sinful decisions you've made in your life.

These sacrifices were to help man realize why the Messiah was needed. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was the Creator prior to coming as the Messiah. John 1 tells us that He was the Word and the Word was with God the Father, and the Word was God, which is, God the Son. And John reveals, that ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM. He was the Creator that made the universe and all things in it. He was the personage that walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. All life came from Him.

Thus HIS LIFE IS WORTH MORE THAN THE SUM-TOTAL OF ALL MEN THAT HAVE EVER LIVED! His blood is sufficient, and His sacrifice is worthy to atone for the sins of all.

Notice Hebrews 9:11-15 -"But when Christ appeared as a HIGH PRIEST of the good things to come, He entered (the Holy of Holies) through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through HIS OWN BLOOD, He entered the HOLY PLACE once for all, having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit OFFERED HIMSELF without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the REDEMPTION of the TRANSGRESSIONS that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the ETERNAL INHERITANCE."

The Godhead is composed of God the Father, and God the Son. The holy spirit is the very mind and power of both personages, and lives inside the christian. God the Father was well pleased to offer up His only Son to act as a living sacrifice for sinful man. To all that would receive it through belief and repentance.

God the Son was submissive to and in agreement with the will of the Father. God the Son left Heaven, emptied Himself and became a human. He was born in a manger, of humble circumstances to Joseph and Mary. His mission was to make a WAY for man to escape the penalty of death, and to establish His church.

Man had continually sinned since the days of Adam. The penalty for sin was death.

Only the giving of the Creator's life could redeem the creation. Notice John 3:16 -"For God so lived the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

OUR HEAVENLY CREATOR LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE WILLINGLY SUFFERED THROUGH HUMILIATION, AND THE MOST EXCRUCIATING DEATHimaginable. And worst, He had to experience actual SEPARATION from God the Father.

In doing this Jesus was feeling all the agony of the SECOND DEATH! Jesus' sacrifice does not take away the death of our flesh. It pardons the repentant of ETERNAL DEATH; of remaining dead in our sins.

The Father and Son did not want man to perish in his sins.(Romans 6:23) And because God felt compassion for the physical suffering of man, the Son allowed Himself to be brutally beaten in order that we may be healed in His name.(1 Peter 2:24)

We live in a much different world today. And we don't witness public scourgings such as the Romans practiced. But we do have historical accounts that paint a vivid picture of what our Savior willingly endured for us.

The Scriptures say, Jesus could have called thousands of mighty Angels at any time. But He didn't. No one took His life. He willingly laid it down for you and me. (John 10:18)

And before our Lord was impaled to a cross to die in our place, he suffered a scourging for our healing, which took Him to the very brink of death.

The Roman soldier trained in administering scourgings was called a lictor. His tool was a leather whip called aflagellum. Unlike an ordinary whip, the flagellum had several strips of leather attached to a wooden handle. Each leather strip had pieces of sharp bone and metal sewn into it.

Just less than 2000 years ago, our Lord allowed himself to be stripped naked and tied to a post.

The lictor began his masterful work of beating Jesus to within an inch of death. The lictor struck Him from His head to His feet. Blow after blow he struck Him, while carefully monitoring the damage he was inflicting as to not kill Jesus.

The crucifixion would accomplish that task. Repeatedly the leather strips wrapped around our Lord causing chips of metal and bone to dig into His flesh. Each they were snapped back the sharp pieces tore through His skin sending bits of flesh and muscle flying through the air!

He was beaten so badly, even His bones were exposed! The lictor saw that another blow from the flagellum could very well kill Jesus, so he gave orders for Him to be untied.

Disoriented, confused and in shock, our Lord slumped to the ground. His flesh, covered with blood, and now hanging like ribbons, spreading across the dusty earth.

Since Jesus was covered in blood and dirt, the order was given to douse Him with water and scrub Him clean. He cried out in agony as He regained His state of consciousness.

To complete the humiliation, a crown of thorns was made for Him, and jammed on His head as they mockingly coronated Him- "King of the Jews".

He was led to Golgotha, where nails were driven deep into His feet and hands to impale Him to a wooden stake.

The way He was hung on the cross made it extremely difficult to breathe. To take a breath, our Lord had to push His body up by His impaled feet! This of course caused excruciating pain.

Then at about mid-afternoon a Roman soldier drove a spear into His side spilling out the precious blood of our Lord. Blood that was spilled for atonement for you and me.

Notice Hebrews 2:2-3 -"For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE if we NEGLECT so great a SALVATION?"

The SACRIFICE and suffering of Jesus Christ gives us an open door for SALVATION. All who will REPENT of breaking God's Commandments, and submit to the will of God as given to us in the Bible, can receive SALVATION.

After repentance, you will need to be baptized by immersion in water, and have hands laid upon you to receive the gift of the holy spirit.

Many years ago, your Creator laid down His life for you. He is offering you salvation from certain death. How else can you escape if you neglect so great an offer of salvation?

My friend, THIS BLOOD IS FOR YOU.

 

 

 

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