Jesus shed his blood on the Cross 2000 years ago. What is the relevance of his blood and this sacrifice in today’s day and age?
Someone said, ‘History is the history of bloodshed’ and this started in the Garden of Eden. Someone died in the first family, where a brother killed his younger one. The history is coloured with blood from martyrs to war and so on.
One thing we must remember is that Blood can talk. Blood can communicate (speaking ability)
Hebrews 12:24 says, ‘ to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’
Jesus is the middleman or the mediator between the new covenant between God the Father and us mortal humans. Abel’s blood is crying out for vengeance, but Jesus’ blood exudes forgiveness of man’s sins. There have been many deaths throughout the Bible but Jesus’ blood only cried out for forgiveness, the very purpose of his sacrifice. His blood was a payout for our forgiveness and it is only his blood that has the ability to forgive.
Blood passes through our whole body within 23 seconds. While this happens there is a purification process that happens. Blood is the only element in our body that moves around throughout our entire body. In the same way, the universal church of Christ is unified by the blood of Jesus. The Body of Christ is brought together through that blood that Jesus shed on the Cross of Calvary 2000 years ago.
Revelation 5:6 says, ‘Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.’
John sees this vision in Patmos many years after the resurrection of Jesus.
Revelation 13:8 says, ‘All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.’
God is Eternal and we are mortal spaced out for a limited time. Our Eternal God’s plans are also eternal. Our God sees the end in the beginning. The aforementioned talks about the Lamb of God and it refers to Jesus, the slain lamb. Jesus dying on the cross was merely the fulfilment of the prophecy. God because he is all knowing, knew the death of Jesus at the very beginning of the world itself.
John 19:34 says, ’Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.’
A lot of the aspects in the Bible are symbolic. For instance, Moses was asked to hit the rock for water. Here the rock is symbolic and refers to Jesus Christ. In the same way, when the soldiers pierced Jesus’, there was a sudden flow of blood and water which is referred to as the twin river. Through the bible, there are mentions of this flow of water and blood, but on the Cross of Calvary, those symbolic references were finally fulfilled. Hence when we believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes upon us, there will be a flow of living waters from within us.
Another aspect of water is that it is supposed to be an integral aspect of sustenance and survival. We often see civilizations in the ancient eras clustered around water bodies. Jesus shed this water and blood for the sustenance of his people who make up the body of Christ.
It is spiritual blood that is flowing now which purifies, saves, redeems, protects and heals. It sustains the body of Christ and protects its people.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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