TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 07, 2020:
The fluid that circulates in the arteries and veins and sustains life.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is blood that makes atonement for the soul.
Leviticus 17: 11.
The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin.
I John 1:7b
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
There is the old hymn that we sang often in church years ago. The words of the song began with, “What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus?”
Just as the life we have in the flesh is in the blood we carry in our bodies, so the life of Christianity is in the atoning, life-giving blood of Jesus Christ. If the atoning blood of Jesus is rejected and the rejecter willfully rejects accepting eternal life through the blood of Jesus, there is no other way to make atonement for his or her sins. The penalty for sin, no matter how great or how small, is death. The result of rejecting Jesus as our Savior is to spend eternity in Hell.
The words of the old hymn we have mentioned above are the key to our salvation. Nothing but Jesus’s own blood can cleanse us of our sin. There is no other way but to confess our sin and ask Jesus to forgive us and come into our heart. The reason that we can have that privilege is because of the blood of Jesus.
God sent His Son to this earth to be born as a babe in a manger, to bring us salvation and by the shedding of His blood on the cross, and after three days rising again. He is now in heaven preparing a place for us. It was His death on the cross and the shedding of His blood that paid the penalty for our sins once and for all and when one accepts Jesus as Savior the result is an eternity in Heaven with Him.
Today, unfortunately, you do not hear many sermons in our churches about the shed blood of Jesus and why it is important for our salvation. Pastors seem to be fearful to preach this kind of sermon, but again as the old hymn stated: “Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins.”
In the Old Testament, one needed to make a sacrifice of an animal for forgiveness of their sin. This was God’s temporary provision since He had not yet sent His Son to die for our sins. The shedding of the blood of the lamb (animal) represented the giving of one life for another. When Jesus came and gave His life for ours there was no longer the need for the sacrificing of an animal.
As we stated above, when Christ came and died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins through the sacrifice of His blood. There is a crimson thread that begins in the Old Testament and runs through the New Testament. The New Testament focuses our attention on the “blood of Christ,” and does so in the context of Christ’s crucifixion at Calvary. The sacrifices of ancient time foreshadowed Christ’s once-for-all-time to come so that the Israelites would never forget that without the blood there is no forgiveness.
One of the most blessed moments in our lives was when our children, and now our grandchildren, made their personal decisions to ask Jesus into their hearts. This is the most significant life changing decision and experience that one can make in life and it only takes a moment and it lasts forever. Now is the time for you to make that decision, if you have not already. Remember: “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” There is no other way!
Let us know if you accepted Jesus as your Savior today so we can pray for God’s blessing on you as you walk your new life in the Lord. All you have to do is at the bottom of this devotional -- click on to our email address -- Ken and Dottie Phillips.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Luke 6:27-28.
But I tell you who hear Me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Thank You dear God for sending Your Son to this world to pay the penalty of my sins through His shed blood. May my life be an example to those that do not know You and may my words and deeds exemplify Your love for them.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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