May 28, 2013

The Blood of Jesus

1 Peter 1:13-25

You were redeemed … with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
—1 Peter 1:18-19


My father used to enjoy singing, “There is power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb.” That song enabled him to speak of a wonderful truth that we learn in God’s Word. It’s about “the Lamb who was slain,” who is worthy “to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12).

Blood is a mysterious substance connected to life. In ancient times, Scripture put it this way: “The life of a creature is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). Blood is not life, but it carries life. Life is spiritual, but in creatures it has a physical carrier, and that is blood.

Our life became contaminated because of our disobedience to God. Brokenness entered our world, introducing death and destruction. We needed a way to be restored to a right relationship with God. And the only way to do that was to have the pure, uncontaminated life of Jesus Christ given in our place. Jesus shed his own pure blood for us, giving up his sinless life for our sake. As the apostle John affirms, “The blood of Jesus … purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

With God the Father and Jesus the Son, believers overcome Satan, sin, and death “by the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). We are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ,” our Savior!

Jesus, Lamb of God, we celebrate you and your precious blood. We come to you to be washed clean. Please help us to bring your self-giving love to our world. Amen.

About the author — John Kuperus

Since he was young, John Kuperus has had a passion that everyone would know Jesus. Spreading the good news that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) is very important to him. To be better equipped for missions, John attended Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He applied these skills with marketplace evangelism in a business he started in Sussex, New Jersey. This calling continued to follow him, so John attended seminary and became a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, serving a church in Ontario for eight years. Currently he serves as a missionary for Youth with a Mission (YWAM). He witnesses Jesus changing lives as people walk out of the darkness into the light. John is married to Helen, and they have seven children.

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