The crimson power of the Lord
Several months ago, a dear friend’s husband was experiencing growing fatigue, along with bouts of breathing difficulties. After being put through various tests it was discovered that he was losing blood. Thanking the Lord, his situation was surgically corrected. This is a situation that, if not promptly addressed, could result in death. As one thinks about this medical condition, one must realize that life is in the blood, both physically and spiritually.
Physically our blood, the liquid of life, makes up approximately 7 percent of our human body weight, contains red and white blood cells, and platelets. The blood’s primary occupation is to supply oxygen and nutrients to tissues. When blood stops flowing, oxygen-rich blood is halted from reaching the brain and other organs. All tissues and organs begin to break down. Breathing ceases and physical death occurs, forever separating us from life as we now know it.
Jesus Christ also suffered death, an excruciating, physical death! (I Peter 3:18) Much blood was lost, and due to His body’s unbearable position on Calvary’s cross, He ceased to breathe (suffocated). Physical death. Death, however, could not hold Him. Jesus arose victorious! (Acts 2:23,24)
When physical death lays claim to you or me, we can’t defeat the grave because there is a permanent separation of the soul from the body. But there is another “death” that multi-millions of people who are physically alive experience daily. This is spiritual death which is being dead in sin; the separation of the soul from God. This death has horrifying consequences which will be experienced throughout all eternity, and once physical death occurs there is NO reversing it!
BUT we can reverse it now … NOW … this very day! At Calvary, some 2,000 years ago, God provided the remedy for defeating spiritual death. Because Jesus was both God and man, His shed blood, untainted, unblemished, and perfect, provided the only cure because there is “power in His blood” — The Power of Salvation! (Hebrew 9:12, 14).
With this power comes Redemption. Jesus paid our sin debt (John 3:15-17). His blood was the ransom paid for our salvation. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold … but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot; …” (I Peter 1:18-19/Ephesians 1:7) Once redeemed we become part of God’s family (Galatians 4:4-5).
Thus … comes Forgiveness. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin (Colossians 1:16). Our sin debt is forever banished “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
… comes Regeneration. Regeneration provides a new “birth’ to every born-again believer. “…you hath he quickened (made spiritually alive) who were dead in trespasses and sin;” (Ephesians 2:1,2/Titus 3:5) With this new nature, the new born-again believer will have an endless love for Jesus and a heart for the lost.
… comes Bold Access to God. No longer alienated from God, we can boldly go anytime into God’s presence with our worries, our prayers, our worship and we ‘ll be heard because we’ve been ‘washed” in the blood! “Having therefore…boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” (Hebrew 10:19/Ephesians 2:13)
Many fear death, for all the wrong reasons. The ONLY reason to fear death is one’s eternal destination, Heaven or Lake of Fire. If ‘washed’ in the blood of Jesus, we are guaranteed eternal residency with the Lord. If we are depending on any other method(s) (Acts 4:12) by which to obtain salvation, we will be forever stained with sin, unwashed by His blood, and eternally tormented. “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…” II Thessalonians 1:9. (Revelation 21:8)
One pint of human blood can save three peoples’ lives for many years. JESUS’S BLOOD CAN SAVE ANYONE WHO BELIEVES FOR ALL ETERNITY! Combined words from two hymns wonderfully say it all. “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus”. “There is power, power, wonder-working pow’r in the precious blood of the Lamb.” The mighty Power of His blood … Eternal Salvation!
Nancy Hamilton is a member of Souls Harbor Baptist Church.