There is a gospel song written by Charles P. Jones that says something like this, “Come unto to Jesus, while you have time, come to Jesus make up your mind…” And that needs to be something that we never forget: your time and my time is limited. We have only a certain amount of time to make up our minds and connect with the Lord before our time runs out. Then, once our time is up it is the judgment of God that we must face. And, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want face the righteous judgment of God without being spiritually covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 5:10, the Apostle Paul said it this way,
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”(King James Version)
If we are found spiritually covered and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, only then are we safe from the judgment of eternal damnation in Hell. If we are found to be covered by the church only, however, than we are in trouble. Furthermore, if we are found to be covered by our own form of righteousness only, than we are in big trouble. There is another song written by Robert Lowry that asks a simple yet profound question and then answers it:
“What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus…”
We must all come to Jesus because it was the blood that He shed on a old rugged cross that is still spiritually alive and viable. It has become like a river that never will dry up.
Why Is the Blood Of Jesus So Powerful?
The blood of Jesus represents the only sacrifice that God has ever really accepted for our sins. Yes, before Christ came and shed His innocent blood on the cross, there were other sacrifices, as explained in the Old Testament of the Bible, that were accepted by God. However, these were only temporary- types of Christ. In other words, they were only good for a limited amount of time and they truthfully only served to point us to the ultimate sacrifice that would be done once for all time.
In order to gain some scriptural context, let us look in the book of Hebrews chapter 10 and verse 12 where it says,
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”(KJV)
Then, Apostle Peter reiterated the permanent status of Christ’s sacrifice in I Peter 3:18 when he said,
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”(KJV)
Therefore, the sacrifice that Christ Jesus made 2000 years ago became the permanent solution to get rid of all of our sins before God. This is why we must continue to look back to the cross, not so much at the wooden beam itself, but what it represents for us in our day and time. It represents our bridge to gain entry into a holy fellowship with the Almighty Father God. We can now “…come boldly before the throne of grace…and find help in the time of need.(Hebrews 4:16, KJV)
One might even say that the blood of Jesus acts as a spiritual cleaning agent for sin. Nothing else can eliminate the stain of sin from our souls except the blood of Jesus. It was Jesus the Christ (‘Christ’ meaning the Messiah or the Anointed One) who not only made this possible 2000 years ago outside of a city called Jerusalem, but makes this possible in our day and time.
How Should We Respond To Jesus’ Sacrifice For Us?
We respond to the sacrifice of Christ when we come to Jesus believing in Him and receiving His sacrifice for our sins by faith. Then, we must:
- make what is called a ‘faith confession’, with our mouths, openly accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and denouncing the Devil and any sins that we have committed.
- Next, we must ask Jesus to cleanse and deliver us from all of our unrighteousness, and to come to live inside our hearts.
He will do it, by His Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost), He will instantly make residence in our hearts and lives. He will immediately deliver us from the grip of sin. We will then sense the peace of God that passes all understanding and become eligible to both grow in grace and to ask God the Father, anything, in Jesus’ precious name. A-men