TL-13 - How to Contact the Blood of Jesus
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In Matthew 26:28, as Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper among His
followers, when He took the fruit of the vine He said, “This is my blood of
the new covenant that was shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Every person who reads the words of Jesus and looks into the life of
Jesus realizes the significance of the blood of Christ in the New Testament.
Today we ask you a very important question: How does a person
contact the saving blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
We hope you'll get your Bible as we consider this question of
paramount importance together.
When we think of the blood of Jesus, what is it that we think of? Often
blood carries with it the idea that which comes out of our veins naturally,
our arteries. We think of that red fluid substance that each of us needs to
survive, and naturally when the Bible speaks about blood at times it no
doubt is talking about that red substance- but there's more to it than just
that in the Scripture.
Blood represents the life of an individual. Since our body is made up
of blood and we can't survive without it, blood often became associated
with life in the Bible.
As we think about the blood of Jesus, today we're really going to be
asking three basic questions. What does the Bible mean when it says blood
in Scripture? What is the significance of the blood of Christ- what makes it
so important? How does a person come in contact with the soul saving
blood of Jesus Christ?
Let's consider that first question. What does the Bible mean when it
uses the word blood in relation to the sacrifice of Jesus? As we said, in the
Scripture blood came to represent life. It came to represent sacrifice and
that which made a covering or atonement for sin. Notice this passage
Leviticus chapter 17. I want you to notice what the Scripture says in verse
number 11. The Old Testament recorded “For the life of the flesh is in the
blood, and I've given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your
souls for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Here we learn
that that blood represented life and the losing of one's blood in the sacrifice
represented atonement or a covering for sin. Instead of thinking maybe
about the last time that you cut yourself or maybe had a nosebleed, of that
red fluid substance- when we talk about blood as it related to covering man
sins- we're talking about the life the sacrifice and the atonement of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
If life equals blood or blood equals life, then the absence of one's
blood the losing of one's blood represents sacrifice or their death. Listen to
Jesus’ words again Matthew 26:28. Jesus said, “This is my blood of the
new covenant that was shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” When
Jesus began His suffering on Calvary, or in the Praetorium when He was
beaten, when He was mocked, when He was spit upon, when they proper
placed that crown of thorns on His head, when stripes were laid on His
back, and His blood literally flowed from His body. That blood, or the
absence of it, represented the ultimate sacrifice and covering for sin that
was paid by the Lord for each and every one of us.
Now as we think about the meaning of blood, let's also realize that
that blood is necessary for salvation. It was necessary in the Old
Testament, and it's necessary for Christians today. Remember we’re
talking about blood- we're talking about sacrifice and atonement. Listen to
Hebrews chapter 9 or notice Hebrews 9:22. The Bible says ‘Without the
shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.’ How essential is blood in
sacrifice and atonement? Without the shedding of blood the Bible says
there is ‘no forgiveness of sins.’
If we don't contact the blood of Jesus, then friend I can't be forgiven
of sin nor can anyone else. Now under the Old Testament we know that
animal sacrifices were made. What about those animal sacrifices? Did they
completely remedy the sin problem? Not according to the Scripture. The
Bible says in Hebrews 10:3-4 that ‘the blood of bulls and goats could never
take away sin.’ What makes Christ sacrifice different then? Jesus sacrifice
transcends and is greater than all those because He willingly and freely
gave Himself as a perfect offering. His pure blood was spilled on the
ground, was shed on the ground at Calvary, for the salvation of mankind.
He committed no sin, 1 Peter 2:22. He was tempted all points as we are yet
without sin, Hebrews 4:15. He is that Lamb of God, John 1:29, who lived a
perfect sinless, spotless life and as a result it is His sacrifice that for all time
takes care of sin. Do you remember Hebrews 10:12 in contrasting the
blood of bulls and goats? Then the Hebrew writer exalts the sacrifice of
Jesus. ‘This man Jesus, after He'd offered one sacrifice for sins, forever sat
down at the right hand of God.’ One for all time-that's the importance of the
blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now let's direct our attention to a second part in our study on the
blood of Jesus, and it's not just that we want to realize that blood is more
than just the red fluid substance. It is the totality of the sacrifice of Jesus-
but what is the significance? Why is the blood of Jesus so essential to
salvation? As we study our Bible and as we look to the Scripture, we find
that blood is related to these items that are indeed essential and significant.
First the blood of Christ is that which brings forgiveness of sin. Each
of us realize the importance of forgiveness. It's sin that separates a man
from God, Isaiah 59:1-2. It is a personal problem that everybody of the age
of accountability has to deal with. Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fallen
short of the glory of God.” We realize the importance of forgiveness, but we
don't sometimes notice that blood is also significant in our forgiveness.
Listen to Matthew 26:28 again. Jesus took that fruit of the vine, “This is my
blood of the new covenant that was shed for many for the forgiveness of
sins.” Why did Jesus have to die? Why did His blood, why was it shed on
Calvary? Why did He offer Himself as a sacrifice? For the atonement blood
and sacrifice and forgiveness are all uniquely related in the plan of God.
Remember without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins-
and so blood is necessary for forgiveness. It's Christ's blood that forgives
sins; therefore we realize the importance and the essentiality of the blood
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What else makes the blood of Christ essential and significant? The
Bible teaches that redemption is possible by the blood of Christ. The word
redemption, in the original language, means to buyback. It carries with it
the idea that which was sold- maybe sold into slavery- and is now being
brought back to the original owner or master. We realize that each of us at
one time have been slaves of sin. Romans 6:17, ‘God be thanked though
you were the slaves of sin at one time.’ We had sold ourselves into slavery
to sin, and it is the blood of Christ that redeems us or buys us back to God.
Listen to the words of Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption
through His blood the forgiveness of sins.”
What price was paid to buy us back from the slavery of sin? The
ultimate price! “God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus laid down the ultimate price, and He gave His life as a sacrifice so
that men and women could be reunited and bought back to God and is in a
relationship with Him as their children.
We've got forgiveness that is made by the blood of Jesus, we got
redemption that occurs by the wonderful blood of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, but friend the Bible also teaches that justification comes by
the blood of Jesus Christ.
Now the word justified is a very unique word sometimes this word is
used to maybe to carry the idea forgiveness as well, but it's more than just
that. It carries the idea of once again being pure. Sometimes we define it as
saying justified means it's ‘just as if I'd never sinned’ and that really is up a
pretty good and easy way to understand it. I want you to listen to what the
Scripture says in Romans 5:9 about the justification that's possible by the
blood of Jesus. The Bible says, “Much more then having now been justified
by His blood we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Where does that
justification that ‘once again being clean and pure and holy in God's sight’
come from? Men and women must contact the blood of Jesus, ‘having now
been justified by His blood.’ It is the agent- that sacrifice, that atonement,
that cover for sin- that Jesus freely gave. That's what makes man pure and
clean and whole in God sight-because the Lord was pleased with the
sacrifice of Jesus. His blood is absolutely essential to salvation.
Another thing that we want to realize about the blood of Christ is that
that blood is what made peace with God. You see there had long time been
enmity for a long time been enmity between man and God because of sin.
Sin separated and severed from the Garden of Eden forward. Sins severed
the wonderful relationship that God wanted man to have with Him. How is
that peace between God and man going to be made?
We again learn that it occurs by the blood of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. I want you to notice what Colossians 1:20 will say about the
blood of Jesus. Listen to these words. Colossians 1:20 says of the Lord
and His great sacrifice, “And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself by
Him whether things on earth or things in heaven having made peace
through the blood of His cross.” When the cross was stained with the blood
of Jesus, when that sacrifice that a plea appeased the wrath of God was
made, and friend peace occurred between man and God.
Each one of us wants peace in our lives. We don't want conflict. We
don't want problems. We don't want fights. We want resolution, and we
want peace. We can have the peace of God which surpasses all
understanding, Philippians 4:6-9, by contacting the blood of Christ that
If we don't contact His blood that Jesus blood, if we don't obey the
gospel, if we don't realize that it's the only way to have peace- then we're
going to be severed from God, and as Paul would describe without hope in
this world. The peace of God only comes by the blood of Jesus Christ and
His great sacrifice.
Now friend there is another great thing that the blood of Jesus does,
and it's such a powerful attribute to His sacrifice. The blood of Jesus is
actually that which destroyed the devil and his power. Remember we're
talking about blood representing death and sacrifice and atonement.
Listen to Hebrews 2:14 the Bible says of Jesus, “He through death
overcame him who had the power of death,” that is the devil, “and released
those who all their lifetime were subject to bondage.” How did Jesus defeat
the devil? How did He destroy his power? How did He release men and
women from the grip and the stranglehold that Satan and sin had on them?
Through His death. Jesus overcame the devil and his ultimate power that
he had through sin. Death is defeated. The devil is defeated. Sin, a remedy
to sin, is given all of that occurred in the great sacrifice of Jesus. When we
stand back and we think about the blood of Christ, friend it is that which
heaven gave for mankind to be saved. How we desperately need that blood
to each one of our souls, so that we can be right in the sight of God!
There's another powerful lesson that we learn about the blood of
Jesus, and this is going to tie in directly with why and how we contact His
blood and why that's so significant- friend the Bible teaches that it is the
blood of Christ that cleanses man from sin. How does man's spirit man's
soul get clean and pure in the sight of God? The Bible specifically says it is
the blood of Christ. Notice 1 John 1:7. John says, “If,” here's the condition,
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with
another and the blood of His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.”
The cleansing a you know when we think about cleansing something
them a cleaning, you think about maybe getting a stain off of something,
maybe a cleaning agent to make something look really clean and sharp.
You wash your car. You know you get soap and you cleanse dishes-
whatever it may be. There some type of agent that makes that cleansing
happen. It is the powerful blood of Jesus. I'm not talking about physically-
but spiritually speaking- in the heart and mind of God that cleanses man's
soul from sin. Remember ‘without the shedding of blood there is no
forgiveness of sins now.’ Ultimately and in just a few moments that's going
to lead us to the great question, how do we contact that cleansing blood of
Jesus? If the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin- I want to know how that
happens. We're going to notice exactly how it happens from Scripture in
just a few moments. Also realize this, because it is such a significant
principle as it relates to the blood of Jesus, let's realize that the Bible says it
is the blood of Christ that washes man from his sin.
I want to direct your attention to a passage in the opening words of
the book of Revelation. Revelation 1 I want you to notice what the Bible
says in verse number 5. The Scripture says “And from Jesus Christ the
faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead the ruler over the kings of the
earth,” now watch this, “to Him who loved us and washed us from our sins
in His own blood.” Again, the idea here is that of cleansing occurring a
washing imagine. You've got a dirty piece of clothing or dirty rag, and you
take that rag you mix it with water and soap and you wash it real good. The
end product is that which is clean and that without the defect of the dirt and
the mud and the grime that might've been on it.
Spiritually speaking, sin is that stain. Isaiah 64:6 God said all our
righteousness is like filthy rags. Even when I've done everything that I've
been asked to do, the best design that I can say of myself is ‘I'm an
unprofitable. I've only done that which is my duty,’ Luke 17:10. But man
does have the option God has made it available for him to be remedied to
be cleansed of sin and to be made white and pure and holy in the sight of
God. In fact in Revelation 7:14 John sees a great scene of all the
redeemed of the ages, and they're standing on Mount Zion and the
question is asked ‘who are these?’ “These are those who come out of the
great tribulation, who had their robes washed in the blood of the lamb.”
There again is that idea.
Now in the remainder of our time let's ask the question then, if the
blood of Christ is so significant- how does a person contact the blood of
Jesus Christ? Well if it is the blood of Christ that forgives sin- and we've
noticed that it is- then friend at whatever point the Bible says we receive
forgiveness, can't we know as well that's when we've contacted the blood
Notice Acts 2:38. Peter stood up with the 11. They proclaimed Jesus
as the Lord and Savior the Messiah. They asked the great question, “Men
and brethren what shall we do?” The answer was, “Repent and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.”
Now friend you've got to think about it for just a moment. If the blood
of Christ forgives us of sin- then friend at whatever point in time in God's
plan of salvation the Bible says man is forgiven of sin- is the point in time
when we contact the blood of Jesus. The Bible says when we obey God's
plan of salvation and are baptized, it is for the forgiveness of sins. That's
when I contact the blood of Jesus.
What else do we know about when a person contacts the blood? Well
think about this- if the blood of Christ is that which cleanses us and washes
us of sin, then friend whenever the Bible says we are cleansed of sin that's
the moment we can know we've contacted the blood of Jesus. Now
remember Revelation 1:5; Jesus washes us in His own blood. 1 John 1:7,
‘if we walk the light as He is in the light we've got fellowship one with
another.’ The blood of Jesus cleanses us of sin.
Now when does the Bible say those two things happen? I want you to
notice Acts 22:16. Ananias comes to Saul, and says ‘Saul, Saul why are
you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on the
name of the Lord.’
Did you hear those words? The Bible said it is the blood that cleanses
and it is the blood of Christ that washes us of sin. Right? Whenever the
Bible says that happens, we can know we contacted the blood of Jesus.
Ananias came and said, ‘Saul you need to get up and be baptized and
wash away your sins.’ Baptism is the point at which the Bible says sins are
washed away. The Bible says sins are washed away by the blood of Christ;
therefore, I contact the blood of Christ at the point of baptism- the
culminating act in which we obey God's plan of salvation and do what God
says to become a Christian. It is indeed essential for salvation and
ultimately pleases God.
Now we also ask the question, how does a person? When we think
about contact the blood of Jesus, we think about this question as well the
Bible teaches no doubt that it is the blood of Christ that saves. Romans 5:9,
we have justification by His blood. If the Bible says the blood of Christ
saves, then friend at whatever point the Bible says we are saved- we also
know we've contacted the blood. Right? Romans 5:10 clearly teaches we're
justified. Romans 5:9-10, ‘we're justified by the blood of Jesus.’
Well let's ask the question then, when does the Bible say a man is saved?
1 Peter 3:21 the Bible says this “Baptism does now also save us.”
Friend if the Bible says baptism saves, then I can know that's the
point in time we've contacted- I've contacted- the blood of Christ. Listen to
Jesus’ words in Mark 16:16. The Lord said, “He that believes and is
baptized will be saved. He that does not believe shall be condemned.” If
we've heard the word of God, we believe in Jesus, a man is willing to
repent of his sins, confess Christ as Lord, and be baptized- Jesus said ‘that
person who believes and is baptized will be saved.’ In the culminating act
of God's plan of salvation, baptism is the point in time in which we contact
the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There is another hallmark and blockbuster passage that teaches us
about contacting the blood of Christ and that's found in Romans 6. I want to
direct your attention to Romans 6:1. We learn specifically and explicitly
when we contact the death of Christ. The Bible records beginning in verse
2, “Certainly not how shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Now
watch this, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into
Christ Jesus we're baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with
Him through baptism into death that just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
If it is the death and the sacrifice and the blood of Jesus that saves, then
friend the Bible specifically tells me right here when we contact the blood of
Jesus. We were buried with Him in baptism into His death. Friend there's
no denying and no getting around the fact that baptism is the point at which
we contact the death, the sacrifice, and the blood of our Lord and Savior
Now I know there are a lot of people who teach baptism is not
essential. There a lot of people teach it's a good thing to do after you're
saved. If the blood saves- and it does- and if it is baptism is the point in
time in God's plan of salvation when I contact the blood and death of
Jesus, then friend salvation does not occur before baptism. Salvation
occurs when we obey the gospel. Are we saying there's something mystical
or magical in that? That's not what we're saying friend. It's just simply what
God has told us to do. There's no denying that. But denying that it's not
essential is denying the plain teaching of Scripture. Jesus said in John 3:5
“Unless a man is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom
And so friend we ask you today, if it is the blood, the sacrifice, and
the death of Jesus that saves- and you contact that blood at the point of
baptism- friend have you obeyed God's plan of salvation? Have you
contacted the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
If not, we encourage you today to obey the gospel, become a
Christian, and May God help each of us as we strive to live our lives in
such a way that it brings honor and glory to the great sacrifice of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
Study Questions for: “Topical Lesson 13: Blood of Christ”
1. According to Matthew 26:28, why was the blood shed?
2. According to Leviticus 17:11, what does the blood represent? What does
the losing of blood represent?
3. According to Hebrews 9:22, without what there’s no forgiveness of sins?
4. What separates us from God according to Isaiah 59:1-2?
5. Who has sinned according to Romans 3:23?
6. How do we have redemption according to Ephesians 1:7?
7. According to Romans 5:9, how are we justified?
8. How has peace been made according to Colossians 1:20?
9. According to Hebrews 2:14, how did Jesus defeat the Devil?
10. According to 1 John 1:7, what cleanses us from sin? If what?