Sunday Seed Thoughts: Blood

Today, I’m thinking about the needless blood that has been shed in our country. Blood shed by criminals. Blood shed by rioters and looters. Blood shed accidently and inadvertently. And sadly blood shed by reckless, rouge and sometimes racist cops.

We often lament that an innocent person’s life was taken. I understand the context of that statement. We’re saying he didn’t deserve to die in that situation. However, there was only ONE person who actually died an innocent death. He was Jesus of Nazareth.

The Bible affirms that Jesus was sinless. Holy. Harmless. Without spot or blemish.

So why was His blood shed?

“The blood was shed to unite us to God,” affirmed Andrew Murray in The Power of the Blood of Christ.

Think about what the blood of Christ does:

Jesus’ blood justifies us with God. (Rom. 5:9)

Jesus’ blood forgives our sins (Eph. 1:7)

Jesus’ blood cleanses us of sin’s stain. (I Jn 1:7)

Jesus’ blood empowers us to overcome the enemy. (Rev. 12:11)

Jesus’ blood affords fellowship with God. (Eph. 2:13)

Jesus’ blood frees us from a guilty conscience. (Heb 10:22)

Jesus’ blood provides peace with God. (Isa 53:5: Eph. 2:13-14)

Who enjoys these privileges and prerogatives?

Everyone who’s washed by the blood of Jesus (Rev. 1:5) in compliance with the Gospel’s call. Everyone. Jew. Gentile. Black. White. Asian. Indian. And Hispanic.

Now, think about this. When it comes to human blood, you can’t distinguish between race or ethnicity. The Bible affirms, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth” (Ax. 17:26). If you get a blood transfusion, you don’t know whose blood you received. It’s all human blood.

Today, when we come to communion and remember “the blood of the cross,” brethren of all races, with the same blood, commune with Christ at the Supper. Our skin color makes no difference. Not to Him. And it shouldn’t to us.

Oh, we come with different backgrounds, customs, educational levels, experiences, political beliefs, and socio-economic positions. But we’re together. One in Him. And enjoy a commonality in Christ of spiritual blessings.

Today. Let’s remember what really matters. And focus on what makes us more alike, rather than those outward manifestations that define our differences.

We are united by blood. Ours. And His.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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  1. The legally justified father of Luke’s Gospel judged the Woman who loved much to be a sinner. The man she anointed, confirmed the father’s judgement and then forgave her. What sin did she commit? No one is quite sure (John 7:35-50).

    Some have said she was a prostitute like Rahab. Many insist the man she anointed was righteous and perfectly obedient to the Law of Moses which insisted adulterous people were to be stoned to death.

    As the story in John’s Gospel recounts, Jesus the anointed one, was able to find a technicality in the Law to free the Woman “trapped” in adultery from condemnation and death as commanded by the Law of Moses and release her to Go and Sin no more (John 8:11).

    The following verse, then shows how Jesus returns to speak again to [the temple police, the pharisees and the mob whom the temple police accuse of being in the dark as to who Jesus is because they do not know the Law (John 7:49)] ] saying “I am the Light of the World” (John 8:12).

    So why can’t Christians see the Woman who spent an unlawful night with Nicodemus, the renowned Teacher of all Israel as Jesus the Woman and a Teacher in her own right?

    Is Patriarchal language or the Trinity getting in the way? Is it her Blood, or her skin colour or the curse of the Cross and how disciples interpret the Cross and events leading up to the Cross? What is keeping Christians from seeing how this Woman filled with the Holy Spirit challenged the man she anointed and the Pharisee Luke calls Simon and Mark calls the Cyrene (Luke 7: 36-49; Mark 15:21) to LET Love live… to go into the world to unite Everyone. Jew. Gentile. Black. White. Asian. Indian. And Hispanic.

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