Friday, July 16, 2010

July is the Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus


O if we only would know and claim the marvelous Gift that our Lord has given us in His Precious Blood.  His Blood shed for us on the Cross washed away our sins and freed us from the bondage of iniquity.  We receive His Precious Blood every time we go to Holy Communion.  The Scriptures record the words of Jesus regarding His Blood:  


"This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you" (Luke 22:20).


As if that were not enough, the Lord Jesus gives us a further gift in His Blood.  The biblical image is that of "sprinkling".  David Wilkerson writes,





The first biblical reference to the sprinkling of blood is in Exodus 12:22. The Israelites were commanded to take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood of a slain lamb, and sprinkle it onto the lintel and two side-posts of their front door. That night, when the death angel came and saw the blood on the door posts, he would pass over the house.


Please understand -- as long as the blood was left in the basin, it was of no effect; it was merely blood that had been shed. The blood had power to save only when it was lifted out of the basin and sprinkled!


Why couldn't the Israelites have simply laid the basin of blood at the threshold and said, "It doesn't matter what we do with it. After all, blood is blood"? Suppose they had put the basin on a linen-covered table, or on a pedestal just inside the door?


I'll tell you what would have happened: The death angel would have struck that home! The blood had to be lifted out of the basin and sprinkled on the door to fulfill its purpose of protection.

Likewise, the Blood that Jesus shed on Calvary and the Precious Blood He continues to give us in Holy Communion not only saves but also PROTECTS US!

But we have to "sprinkle" ourselves with this protective blood.  If we are to experience the power and protection of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity we have received, We cannot just casually receive it at Church and then leave it in the basin of our hearts.  It needs to be "sprinkled"!

How do we "sprinkle" this Precious Blood?  First we must faithfully and consciously receive Him.  We receive Him faithfully by knowing and accepting that it is His Body and Blood that we receive and no mere symbolic representation.  We receive Him consciously when we not only eat and drink the Eucharist, but do so while praying for Him and His truth to come into our hearts.  We must ask that the Precious Blood not only saves us, but protects us from the snares of the Devil.  We ask for the angle of death and the culture of death to pass over us.  Our hearts and minds sprinkled with the Precious Blood will prevent any evil from entering in.




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