<inaudible> Good morning. Can we get everything together here in a moment? Take your Bibles if you will, and open them to Luke chapter 22 Luke chapter 22<inaudible> Blood of Christ topic often discussed, often preached on, often studied<inaudible> Maybe perhaps not ever capable of fully being appreciated.<inaudible> Well, this morning and this afternoon, I want us to examine this one idea by his blood<inaudible> In Luke chapter 22 beginning in verse 63 going down through verse 65 we read about Jesus being mopped.
Verse 63 says, now the men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him and having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him saying, prophesied, who is the one who struck you and many other things. They blasphemously spoke against him. As Jesus is going through the trials leading up to his crucifixion, he will be beaten. He will be mocked.
Mark 15 verse 15 says he would be scourged by the order of pilot. We’re told that that scourging was an examination<inaudible> And during these events, his blood would begin to be shed. Mark chapter 15 verse 16 down through verse 20 we read the crown of Thorns that was placed upon his head. Verse 16 begins with these words. Then the soldiers led him away into the hall called Praetorium and they called together the whole Garrison.
They clothed him with purple. They twisted a crown of thorns and put it on his head and began to salute him. Hail King of the Jews. Then they struck him on the head with a Reed and spat on him and bowing the knee. They worshiped Him, And when they had mocked him, they took the purple off him, pull it on his own clothes on him and led him out To crucify him.
In John chapter 19 verses five and six the people and the chief priests and the leaders and those gathered before pilot would cry out, crucify him, crucify him when given the option, A Barabis, a robber and a murderer Or Jesus Christ being released to them. And in John chapter 19 beginning in verse 14 down through verse 19 we find where pilots We’ll give in to the cries,
He will give in to the calls for the crucifixion of Christ. We read in verse 14 now, it was the preparation day of the Passover and about the sixth hour and he said to the Jews, behold your King. But they cried out away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilot said to them, shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered,
we have no King but Caesar. Then he delivered him to them to be crucified, so they took Jesus and led him away and he bearing his cross went out to a place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha where they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side and Jesus in the center. Now pilot wrote a title and put it on the cross and the writing was Jesus of Nazareth,
the King Of the Jews. Just a few verses down from that. We read in verses 23 and 24 where the soul Parted his garments. They cast lots for them As was prophesied would take place in the old Testament. And in John chapter verse 26 we’re told that all of this Was witnessed by his mother Following that in verses 30 through 37 we have recorded Jesus’ statement.
It is finished. They will come by sometime later. And because the Time is approaching for the day of preparation, they will begin to break the knees of those on the cross so they will die faster And they come to Jesus. And again in fulfillment of prophecy, if you go back to Exodus chapter 12 and other passages as Christ is the Passover lamb and no bone of the Passover,
lamb was to be broken, they will come to Jesus and they will find he is all ready dead. But one of the soldiers will take his spear and we’ll Pierce his side And out will flow blood and water. Verse 34 And so it is that on the cross The blood of Christ was shed. But the question I want to examine this morning is Why?
What did the shedding of the blood of Christ accomplish? We’re going to notice a number of different things and one we’re going to save for this afternoon simply because its scope is too large to fit into the lesson this morning. Let’s begin. Matthew chapter 26 verse 28 we find the first reason, Matthew chapter 26 and in verse 28 before going to the cross,
notice we find here Jesus saying this as he is instituting the Lord’s supper, he says, verse 28 for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Jesus says that one of the reasons why his blood would be shed, one of the reasons he would go to the cross and allow himself to go through all of this is because his blood would be shed for the remission of sins.
Romans chapter three verse 23 says that all have fallen short of the glory of God. All right have sinned. First John tells us that sin is the transgression of the law, and Romans chapter six verse 23 says, the wages of sin, the that which someone is worthy of having committed sin is death. So this morning, if you are in the situation of still having your sins,
your still your sins still remaining on you. If you go to God, if you stand before him in judgment, then you will stand before him and the witness that will witness to him concerning your life will be your sins. But the blood of Christ was shed for the remission, the washing away, the taking back Of sin. We look forward to first Peter chapter two.
First Peter chapter two is Peter is beginning his letter to the first century church. He says to the elect, according to the foreknowledge of God, the father in sanctification of the spirit for obedience. And here’s an interesting phrase, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, grace to you and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to his abundant mercy has been gotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled. And that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Now, Peter says that there’s a sprinkling that occurs and why sprinkling,
what’s the connection and why? The reference to sprinkling with the blood. I would tell you this morning that it is not because of any ordinance for salvation that comes together with the sprinkling physically speaking of an individual. It’s not why. Turn over to Hebrews chapter 10 and Hebrews chapter 10 the connection is made and we will discuss this more this afternoon, But in Hebrews chapter 10 we read beginning in verse 19 therefore having boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way which he consecrated for us through the veil that is his flesh and having a high priest over the house of God.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts. Here’s what sprinkled. By the way. Here’s the part of us that is sprinkled with the blood of Christ, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. It is in baptism. That is in the context here, the pure water,
it is in baptism that we come into contact with the sprinkling of the blood. The sprinkling of the blood is a picture. It is a picture of something that the Jews were intimately familiar with And that is the atoning sacrifice of the lamb, the atoning sacrifice of a lamb that was taken on the day of the Toman and the priest would take the his hands and he would dip his hands into the blood of that sacrifice and it would be sprinkled upon the people Indicating their atonement from their sins.
Revelation chapter one, revelation chapter one beginning in verse four as John begins this concluding letter to the new Testament, we read John to the seven churches which are in Asia, grace to you and peace from God, or excuse me, from him who he is and who was and who is to come and from the seven spirits who are before his throne and from Jesus Christ,
the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler over the Kings of the earth to him who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Behold, he is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him even so, amen.
I am the alpha. This is Christ speaking. Now I am the alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Who says the Lord who is and who was and who is to come the almighty<inaudible> By his blood. We have the remission of sins. We have the cleansing of sins. First John chapter one first John chapter one verse seven says,
but if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ, his son cleanses us from all sin. The action there in the original language in the Greek is an action that keeps on happening. He cleanses us continually by his blood. The remission of sins is the first reason we see for Christ blood being shed.
But now let’s connect that to another idea. Colossians chapter one Colossians chapter one and in verse 14<inaudible> Paul says, in whom? In Christ, the son of his love, verse 13 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. Oh, so now you see the forgiveness, the remission of sins, the taking away of sins connected to another thing that happens through his blood And that is redemption.
We are redeemed to God, redeemed to God by his blood. The word redeemed has the idea carries with it. The idea of bought back<inaudible>. You step back into the book of Hosea and the book of Hosea. The old Testament prophet was told by God to marry a wife of whoredom and she will be one who will commit adultery against him. She will leave him,
she will go away into that sin and iniquity and adultery. And it’s a picture of Israel departing from God. And then God tells Hosea, you go buy her back To show Israel what I’ve done in redeeming them.<inaudible> In Christ blood we have redemption, We are redeemed again. We are bought back, brought back to God. Turn to Ephesians chapter one Fiji’s chapter one and in verse seven we read in him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins according to the riches Of his grace. Yeah, By his blood we have redemption. But you go to chapter two and in verse 13 of the book of Ephesians, you read this, but now in Christ Jesus who want you, who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. That redemption makes it possible in being bought back in,
being redeemed to the father, to again, have a close relationship with him, not to be cast out, not to be far from his presence, not to be judged and separated, but to be brought NY To again, have a relationship with him by the blood of Jesus Christ. But we again returned to first Peter chapter one in first Peter chapter one beginning in verse 17 we noticed this and if you call on the father who without partiality judges according to each one’s work,
conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear, knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold. You weren’t bought back with money. You weren’t bought back from sin and from corruption and from a Nick Woody and from judgment with gold or silver or any such thing From your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers. But with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
We are forgiven. We have our sins remitted by the blood. We are redeemed. We have been bought with a price. And the price was his blood turned to the book of revelation. Revelation chapter five we have a picture here painted of the lamb. Revelation chapter five and in beginning in verse eight we read now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the lamb,
each having a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints and they sing a new song saying, you are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals for you were slain and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation and have made us Kings and priests to our God and we shall reign on the earth.
Here this proclamation is made. This song is song in heaven because Christ is the one who is worthy to open this scroll, to open the prophecies of what is to come in the book of revelation<inaudible> He is worthy because he has redeemed mankind to God by his blood and that blood wasn’t shed for one person. Blood wasn’t shed the buy back one nation,
the nation of Israel, that blood wasn’t shed the buyback one people. It was shed to buy back all of humanity That redemption might be offered Even for those who do not deserve it. Turn to revelation chapter seven Revelation chapter seven beginning in verse 14 we read and I said to him, sir, you know, so he said to me, these are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.
How is it that you can watch something in blood and have it turned out white? I know just a little bit about washing clothes Just a little bit compared to a lot of people in here, but this, I know if you put something that’s red and that stains on clothes and expect them to come out of the readiness turned white, You’re in for a surprise unless we’re talking about the blood of Christ.
Turn to Isaiah chapter one<inaudible> God tells Israel and Isaiah chapter one in verse 16 Wash yourselves. Okay? Make yourselves clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes sees to do evil, learn to do good. Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now. Let us reason together. Says the Lord though your sins are like Scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like Crimson. They shall be as wool. Yeah. How is it that you go into the blood and you are stained by the blood and you come out white because the blood covers the sins. Romans chapter five Romans chapter five And in verse nine Paul writes much more than Having now been justified by his blood.
We shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his son much more having been reconciled. We shall be saved by his life. If we are redeemed, we are reconciled to God by his death and through his blood. But that brings us to a third point And that is that not only were we,
he Bought individually With the blood of Christ, but something else was purchased as well. Turn to acts chapter 20 Paul is, he is meeting with the elders from the church in emphasis there on the Island of my elitist will. Tell them this in acts chapter 20 in verse 28 he says, therefore, take heed to yourselves and to all the flock. What?
What’s the flock? It’s the church. It’s the assembly there in emphasis, but the description here is not exclusive to emphasis. It is the body of Christ. It is the church. He says, take heed to yourselves and to all the flock among which the Holy spirit has made you overseers to shepherd the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood.
He not only purchased an individual, he purchased an assembly and assembly of individuals who are redeemed from the world redeemed to stand before God reconciled to him. The church is bought with the blood of Christ. Turn with me again to the book of revelation. Revelation chapter 12 Revelation chapter 12 and in verse nine we read it this. So the great dragon was cast out.
The serpent of old called the devil and Satan who deceives the whole world. He was cast to the earth and the angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ have come for the accuser of our brethren who accused them before our God day and night has been cast down and they who,
Okay, Who’s the they here They the kingdom of God. Those who were accused the brethren, he says, and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not lie, excuse me, love their lives unto death. These individuals who had literally suffered death for the name of Christ Had overcome Satan. Revelation chapter 19 revelation chapter 19 and in verse 11 now I saw heaven open and behold a white horse and he who on him was called faithful and true.
This is a picture of Christ and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire in on his head were many crowns. He had a name written on or written that no one except no one knew except himself. He was clothed with a robe and notice he was clothed with a robe dipped in blood and his name is called the word of God.
According to Roman, or excuse me, John chapter one verse one and John chapter one verse 14 who is the word of God And the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed him on white horses. Now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword that with it he should strike the nations and he himself will rule them with a rod of iron.
He himself treads the wine press of the fierceness of the fierceness and wrath of the almighty God. And he has on his robe and on his thigh, a name written King of Kings and Lord of Lords Wearing a robe dipped in blood, A robe of sacrifice To purchase an assembly, A church body, Okay To redeem us from our sins, to bring remission of sins.
But fourth and finally To satisfy justice By his blood Justice. The justice of God For sins of man Was satisfied. If you look over to Romans chapter three Romans chapter three and in verse 22 we read this Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe, for there is no difference for all have sin and fall short of the glory of God being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as a propitiation. That word means a sadness factory replacement, A propitiation By his blood. Yep. Through faith to demonstrate his righteousness because in forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed by his blood. The justice that God has inherent within his very nature was satisfied. Turn to Isaiah 53<inaudible>. Isaiah 53 Verse one says,
who has believed our report and to home? Has the arm of the Lord been revealed for he shall grow up before him as a tender plan, as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness and when we see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,
and we hid as it were our faces from him. He was despised and we did not esteem him. Okay. Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgression. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed.
You see here in this prophecy, the picture of the beading and the scourging And the crown of thorns and the stripes on his back.<inaudible> All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter in his sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened on his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment and who will declare his generation for he was cut off from the land of the living. For the transgressions of my people, he was stricken and they made his grave with the wicked, but with the rich,
it is death because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him. He has put him to grief. When you make his soul and offering for sin, notice this phrase, he shall see his seed. He shall prolong his day and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his sand.
He shall see the labor of his soul And be satisfied By his knowledge. My righteous servant shall justify many For he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great and he shall divide the spoil with a strong because he poured out his soul unto death and he was numbered with the transgressors and he bore the sin Of many and made intercession for the transgressors by his blood.
We have remission of sins by his blood. We are redeemed to God by his blood. He purchased the church, the assembly of God by his blood. The justice of all the sins of all of mankind who have ever lived and will ever live Was satisfied in the eyes of God. For the only lamb who could ever be worthy was the one of whom it is said he is the first and the last,
the alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. So then What will you do with the blood? It’s offered for you. It’s remembered each and every first day of the week. We’re reminded of the blood that was shed for the remission of sins. So will we be like Israel in Isaiah chapter one who hears the call to clean our cells,
to wash our selves, to be made white? Will we hear the call And refuse as they did Or will we be washed in the blood of the lamb? If you’re outside the body of Christ this morning, you become washed in the blood of the lamb. You receive the sprinkling an evil conscience When your body is washed in pure water. That is when you have heard the word of God and believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
When you repent of your sins and confess the name of Christ and are immersed in water for the remission of your sins, how do I know? Because Jesus said he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. End of discussion. You’ve not done that. Why not today? If you’re a member of the body of Christ and you’re living like Israel, wash yourself.
Make yourself clean. The redemption is available to you even today, and then Christ can continually cleanse you from your sins. First, John one verse seven But not have any. You’re not willing to repent. If you have need of the invitation, it is available now. Why not come forward as we stand in, as we say,<inaudible> You’ve been listening to good news brought to you by the Collierville church of Christ.
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