DEVOTION: The Blood of Jesus

I woke up at five this morning and had thoughts of the blood of Jesus. It seemed unusual to me to be thinking specifically about the blood of Jesus so early in the morning. My next thought was, that I should read Spurgeon’s book on the power of the blood today.

I got my phone and opened the Bible app, typed in blood, and selected New Testament references. As I read the verses, Matthew 27:35 caught my attention. It is in this portion of Scripture that Jesus is on trial, and the religious leaders are calling for the crucifixion of Jesus. In the midst of all that is going on, we read these startling words, “And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on our children and on us.”

Think about that for a moment. Could you imagine wanting the blood of the Son of God to be, not just on your hands but on the hands of your children?

Jesus gave Himself for us; He spilled His blood so that we would be redeemed from sin and united with the Father.

Jesus said those that don’t eat His flesh and drink His blood will have no part in Him. When the crowd left Him, He turned to His disciples and asked if they would go as well? Peter responded, you alone have the words of eternal life.

The blood of Jesus, the body of Jesus, every time we take communion at church, we are remembering that sacrifice, we are thinking about eternity.

The last verses I looked at were Hebrews 10:28-31 TLV “Anyone who rejected the Torah of Moses dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severe do you think the punishment will be for the one who has trampled Ben-Elohim underfoot, and has regarded as unholy the blood of the covenant by which he was made holy, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know the One who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” and again, “Adonai will judge His people.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

The thought of trampling the Son of God underfoot is unbearable to me. As I have drifted in and out of sleep since five, thoughts of Jesus’s sacrifice have not left my mind. All too often, I only think about His death when I partake of communion or during Easter. The truth is, I should think about it every day. His sacrifice is why I, an unworthy sinner, will not spend eternity in Hell. As I read through the verses on my phone, words from different hymns kept coming to my mind as well; all that to say, may we never take His sacrifice for granted, and may I never again think it strange to wake up thinking about the blood that was shed for my sins.

The blood that Jesus shed for me

Way back on Calvary

The blood that gives me strength

From day to day

It will never lose its power

It reaches to the highest mountain

It flows to the lowest valley

The blood that gives me strength

From day to day

It will never lose its power

The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power by Andrae Crouch

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