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The Blood of Christ

By Victor M. Eskew

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I. Introduction.

A. Jesus shed blood at Gethsemane, in the halls of Pilate, and at Calvary.
B. Christians remember his blood each Lord's Day.
C. Peter called it "precious" blood (1 Pet. 1:19).
1. The word precious means "dear, valuable, costly."
2. The blood of Jesus is invaluable.
II. The Precious Blood of the Lamb.
A. The blood was real.
1. While on earth, Jesus had a human body of flesh, blood, and bones (John 1:14; Phil. 2:5­8; Luke 24:39).
2. Jesus' blood, like ours, was composed of red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma. It was real blood.
B. The blood was royal.
1. He was of the house and lineage of David, whose dynasty continues to the end of time (Isa. 9:7; Luke 1:32­33).
2. His kingship was mocked during his crucifixion (Mark 15:16­20).
3. Jesus was raised from the dead to sit on his eternal throne (Dan. 7:13­14; Acts 2:32­36).
4. Jesus is "King of kings and Lord of lords" (1 Tim. 6:15).
C. The blood was innocent.
1. Jesus did nothing wrong (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:22).
a. Judas said, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood" (Matt. 27:4).
b. The wife of Pilate said, "Have nothing to do with this just man" (Matt. 27:19).
c. Pilate said, "I find no fault in this man" (Luke 23:4).
d. Pilate also said, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person" (Matt. 27:24).
2. The people who knew Jesus best could not convict him of sin (John 8:46).
3. If the enemies of Jesus could not convict him of sin, who can?
D. The blood was substitutionary.
1. Jesus gave himself for us (Titus 2:14).
2. Jesus "bare our sins in his own body" (1 Pet. 2:24).
3. Jesus "washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev. 1:5).
4. Jesus' stripes heal us (Isa. 53:5).
E. The blood is satisfying.
1. God is holy (holiness is a general term for moral excellence).
a. "The Lord our God is holy" (Psa. 99:9).
b. "Holy and reverend is his name" (Psa. 111:9).
c. His pure eyes cannot behold evil (Hab. 1:13).
d. Men fear God because he is holy (Rev. 15:4).
2. The holiness of God demands that sin be punished.
a. God is just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Rom. 3:26).
b. God cannot tolerate evil.
c. God must judge and condemn sin.
d. God can justify sin only by the merit of a substitutionary sacrifice.
e. God can only be just if he forgives by a blood sacrifice, because "the blood of it is for the life thereof" (Lev.17:14).
3. Jesus' blood satisfied the demands of divine justice.
a. Jesus was made a sin-sacrifice for us, though he knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21).
b. Jesus became an "offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour" (Eph. 5:2).
F. The blood of Jesus was effective.
1. It cleanses from sin (Matt. 26:28; 1 John 1:7).
2. It redeems from sin (Eph. 1:7).
3. It gives life to the dead (Eph. 2:4­5; 1 John 5:11).
4. It purchased the church (Acts. 20:28).
5. It was shed once, never to be shed again (Heb. 10:11­12).
III. Conclusion.
A. The blood of Jesus is precious.
B. His blood is real, royal, innocent, substitutionary, satisfying, and effective.
C. We remember his blood each Lord's Day.

Published March 1996