Saturday, April 7, 2007

His Blood for His People

(This is a re-post from several years ago, updated and edited)

As our thoughts turn toward that glorious day that Jesus was raised from the dead, I wanted to look a little closer at what the Bible teaches us that His shed blood actually did, for all those that would believe. What He had to go through before that day is something none of us will ever have to face, no matter how hard our lives might seem. No one will ever suffer as much as He did.

It's impossible for any human being to really understand just how He suffered mentally, physically and spiritually. To bear the torture, humiliation, pain and death at the hands of wicked men, and to do it all while being perfectly sinless & blameless. Further, to have the weight of every sin of every person given to Him of the Father is something I cannot even begin to imagine. I'm fairly certain that the frail hearts and minds of fallen human beings couldn't even bear the momentary burden of one extra person's sins, let alone all of the elect. Our own sinful hearts are hard enough to deal with, but to take one someone else's sin as well, would probably destroy us completely in every sense of the word.

It has been said that it wasn't nails that held our Lord to that cross, but love. If it doesn't bring tears to your eyes considering the depth of love it was and is, that He has for His people, to willingly say "not my will Father, but yours be done" then you haven't spent enough time thinking about what it was He did for you.

So what did He do for us, by shedding His blood? What did that actually accomplish in the eyes of the Father, and for the benefit of His elect people?

Remission of our sins (Hebrews 9:22)
Brought us close to God (Ephesians 2:13)
Gave us the confidence and assurance that we will enter heaven (Hebrews 10:19)
Enabled us to overcome the accusations of Satan (Revelation 12:11)
Put away sin (Hebrews 9:26)
Sanctified (to consecrate or purify) (Hebrews 10:10)
Perfected forever those that were sanctified (Hebrews 10:14)
Preserved (Jude 1:1)
Reconciled (Ephesians 2:16)
Redeemed & Forgiven ( Ephesians 1:7)
Justified (Romans 3:26)
Gave righteousness in Him (2Cor. 5:21)
Delivered from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13)
Presents us holy, unblameable and unreprovable ( Col. 1:22)
Made heirs of the promise (James 2:5)

He had to suffer through all that He did, for any of that to happen.

As our thoughts are directed this weekend toward His death, burial and resurrection, it's impossible to ignore such passages like this one:

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. (Acts 2:22-24)
He was delivered for us, suffered for us, atoned for us, died for us - but it was impossible for death to keep Him in the grave. I am not a Greek scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but it is striking that the KJV uses the words "not possible" and "should be holden" in this last verse, referring to Jesus remaining in death. In the Greek that reads that death literally had no power or mastery over Him, in that He had to raise up again, by His very nature of being in absolute power, majesty and excellency over the bonds of death.

It is an incredible thing to consider what it was He went through for His people. More incredible yet for me to personally consider what it was He went through for me.

I hope this blessed you all in some way today.