The Blood (Part 2)

March 3, 2002 AM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of First Peter chapter one. First Peter chapter one. And when you reach First Peter chapter one, please signify by saying amen. Thank You, my Father. First Peter chapter one. Right after the book of James. Amen. Beginning with verse eighteen.

18. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You, Lord God, for Your Word today. Hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me. Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

A couple of months ago we preached on the Blood of Jesus. And this morning (glory to God) we’re going to preach about the Blood of Jesus once again. Hallelujah.

There are many things that can speak to us. There are many things that do speak to us. But I want you to know this morning that the Blood also speaks to us.

When we examine the Blood of Jesus, it is saying something to God. It is not only speaking to us. But the Blood of Jesus is speaking to God. Hallelujah. The Blood of Jesus cries out to God. And it causes our sins to be covered. And it causes the penalty of sin to be paid.

We look at our Bibles. There’s evidence that the Blood speaks to God. In the book of Genesis, here we find two brothers. We all know the story of Cain and Abel. Hallelujah. And Cain (hallelujah) didn’t give God what He wanted. He offered unto God something that was not (glory to God) pleasing in the sight of the Lord.

But Abel (hallelujah), being obedient to God, offered up a sacrifice that was a sweet smelling savor in the nostrils of God.

So as God began to speak, He told Cain that what you have offered is unacceptable. And Cain got upset about it. (Tongues.)

And Cain decided one day in the field, as he and his brother were there, he decided he was going to slew his brother. He was going to slay his brother. And so Cain slayed his brother. And what happened is, that blood that he shed, that innocent blood was all over the ground.

When we look at our Bibles in Genesis chapter four and verse ten, God asked Cain, he said, “What have you done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.”

Let me tell you something. Many times in the body of Christ we begin to shed our brothers’ and our sister’s blood. And when God sees it our blood is crying unto Him from the ground. And it’s crying, “Lord, avenge me of my adversaries.”

When we look at Cain, he was jealous of his brother. You see, jealousy will cause us to slay our brothers and our sisters. You see, we may not slay them in a physical sense. But we’ll slay them in a spiritual sense. We’ll begin to take our hands and put our hands to each other. Not only do we put our hands to each other, but we’ll beat each other (glory to God) through our conversations that we have.

His blood was crying unto God from the ground. You see, when you were done wrong, you thought that it was over. But see, your blood was crying unto God from the ground. You thought when they said what they said it was all over. You thought when they did what they did it was all over.

But let me tell you something. Your innocent blood is crying. And it’s saying, “Lord, avenge me, because vengeance belongs to You.”

God asked Cain, He said, “What have you done?” It’s clear from the Scripture that even after Abel was murdered that his blood still have a voice.

You see, many times when people are put to death in the body of Christ, their voice, their blood still has a voice. And the voice is ringing in the ears of God. And God has no choice but to avenge the innocent blood. The life of the flesh is in the blood.

Go with me to Hebrews chapter twelve. In Hebrews chapter twelve and verse twenty-four... Now here is something powerful. It said,

24. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaking better things than that of Abel.

25. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Not only was Abel’s blood speaking, but Jesus’ Blood speaks. Abel’s blood cried vengeance, but Jesus’ Blood cried mercy.

Let me tell you something today. When Jesus’ Blood was shed on Calvary, it was saying, “Lord God, have mercy on them, because they know not what they do.”

It speaks better things than what Abel’s blood spoke. It’s speaking of mercy. It’s speaking of grace.

Turn with me to Hebrews nine. In Hebrews chapter nine and verse twenty-seven, it said,

27. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

When we look at (glory to God) the Blood of Jesus, it sits on the Mercy Seat up in heaven. You see, in the Old Testament, the great high priest... No, the high priest. Do you hear what I’m saying? They would have to take the blood of the bulls and the goats. And they would take it and sprinkle it on the Mercy Seat, and make an atonement for our sins.

But guess what. Jesus’ Blood is being sprinkled on the Mercy Seat in heaven. And He’s made an atonement for us forever. Come on, give God a handclap of praise today.

As a result of the sprinkling, when we look (hallelujah) in the Old Testament, what happened was, after the priest would take it into the Holy of Holies... And let me tell you something, if he didn’t have no blood to sprinkle in the Holy of Holies, he wasn’t going to come out the Holy of Holies the way that he went in the Holy of Holies. He had to have a purpose.

When he went inside of there, he sprinkled that blood. Glory to God. And then all of the sudden the Shekinah Glory came. All of a sudden after the Shekinah Glory came, God began to speak.

Let me tell you something. It’s something about the Blood. When I begin to talk about the Blood, it’s going to cause the Glory to fill the place. Not only is the Glory going to fill the place, but I’m going to hear the voice of Almighty God.

Too many times we take the Blood so lightly. But there’s power in the Blood.

There were cherubims that overshadowed the Mercy Seat. Oh, hallelujah, somebody. It’s so interesting, isn’t it, that the blood was used? And just how the high priest had to apply the blood, we have to apply the Blood. They applied it in a natural sense, but we apply it in a spiritual sense. And every time I turn around, I need to plead the Blood.

The Blood in praise. The Blood in prayer. The Blood in worship. The Blood in devotion. Whatever it is, I need to plead the Blood of Jesus.

The high priest could not just have faith in the blood, that it was going to be appropriate for an atonement for the people. He had to use the blood.

You see, we’ve been walking around sick. Oh, you don’t hear me. We’ve been walking around in poverty. You don’t want to hear this today. But if I would learn how to apply the Blood over my situation, over my circumstance, every devil in hell has got to get out of my way. That’s why no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Why? Because I know the secret of the Blood.

The Blood of Jesus is a speaking Blood. It’s talking to God for you. Just like Abel’s blood talked to God, the Blood of Jesus is talking to God for you. He sees His son’s precious Blood covering you. And it’s talking to the Lord. It’s speaking to the Lord. Oh, do you hear what I’m saying today? I don’t know what you’re going through, but plead the Blood.

It’s speaking. It speaks mercy from the Mercy Seat, where Jesus is seated on the right hand of the Father. See, you and I, we come into a place of revelation. We begin to get an understanding about certain things.

But we’ll only use it for a season, won’t we? Do you hear what I’m saying. We will apply that word for a season because it’ll be fresh on the inside of us. But let me tell you something about the Blood. It’s not an old cliche. It’s not something (glory to God) that’s just something to be read about. It’s something to be applied in our every day lives.

The Blood of Jesus. When Jesus died He didn’t say, the Bible said, a mumbling word, if I can paraphrase. He didn’t say anything. And what makes it so powerful, in another Scripture Jesus said, no man can take my life from Me. He said, “I laid down My life Myself.”

So when Jesus (listen at what I say) was on that cross, even though they did all of that piercing, that’s not what killed Him. Do you hear what I’m saying? He was up on that cross being crucified. But He had to take His life by Himself. He had to allow His Blood to be shed by Himself.

The Blood of Jesus is so precious. The life of the flesh is in the blood. Your blood is so important. You remember when Pilate said he could find nothing wrong with this just Man? And the people cried unto him, “And give us Jesus. Give us this Jesus.” And they said, “Let His Blood be upon us, and not only us, but our children.” They didn’t understand what they were saying.

The Blood of Jesus is what we need to start pleading, and not as a vain repetition. But I need to start pleading the Blood of Jesus in faith, knowing this, that the power that is in the Blood is going to pull down every principality and power and ruler of the darkness of this world, and all spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.

The Blood of Jesus mixed with the Name of Jesus is an awesome combination. And I don’t care what’s going on in your life, it’s got to move. It’s got to stop. If I get that real revelation, every devil in hell, every devil in the earth has got to bow it’s knee.

First John five and eighteen tells us that the wicked one touches Him not. For us to have protection, we must keep ourselves consciously under the Blood. It’s an atonement for the soul. And the word “atonement” means that it is a covering.

And not only is the Blood of Jesus a covering, according to Leviticus seventeen and twelve, about the atonement. But not only is it a covering. It’s an impenetrable covering. It cannot be penetrated. Do you hear what I’m saying to you today? It protects. Not only does it protect. It washes. It’s whatever you need the Blood to be.

I want this word fresh in our minds. Because there may be something. There may be obstacles. There may be situations that you don’t understand how to get out of. Now you understand to apply the Blood.

You remember in the book of Exodus when God told them to take the blood and put it on the doorpost. Didn’t He? Glory to God. Why? Because it was a covering. It was a natural covering. And just like the blood was a natural covering for the devil to pass over, it’s a spiritual covering, so that the devil got to pass right on by you.

When they sprinkled that blood on the doorposts, it was a part of their deliverance. See, if you need deliverance today, you need the Blood of Jesus. Jesus’ Blood was an exodus for us to get out of sin. Just like that blood was an exodus for them to get away from Pharaoh’s house.

The Blood of Jesus is what we need. This is part two to that message about the Blood. Don’t let this one be one that’s a good word today, but in a couple of months we don’t know what to do.

The Bible even tells us in Colossians, for our mind, our conscience to be sprinkled with the Blood. Why? Because the Blood is going to keep you in a healthy state of mind. Do you hear what I’m saying? I need to have my conscience... You know how our conscience is. It can be pretty filthy, can’t it? But if I apply the Blood there, it’s going to cleanse every guilty stain.

The Blood of Jesus, that’s what we need.

Give God a handclap of praise today.

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