Today’s Bible Reading:
- 1 Samuel 27-28
- Luke 23
- Proverbs 11
- Psalm 66
Luke 23 in today’s reading is a detailed account of the death of Messiah on the cross. Some of us have seen and been touched by a recent move called the Passion. In some ways the reading of the crucifixion passages are so well-known to us they have lost some of their power in our lives.
Most of us are familiar with the need for the shedding of blood to death for the removal of our sins. Although now a days we don’t hear a lot about the blood in the church, we definitely need to. We need to study it and understand it’s purpose in our salvation but also in our protection.
In the book of Exodus we read about first Passover when the blood kept the devourer from the door. It still does this today in our lives. Jesus is our Passover Lamb and we must apply His blood to our door posts. You should read the entire chapter of Exodus 12, but here is just a tidbit:
11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.
12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (KJV)
Psalm 105:37 also talks about a benefit of the Passover Lamb when they came out of Egypt (This is a type and shadow of us coming out of the world into His Kingdom)
37He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. (KJV)
Not one feeble among them! And there were millions, some estimates as much as 5 or 6 million left Egypt that day, and it was not just Israel, there was a mixed multitude of Gentiles that had kept the Passover commandment and came out with them.
So while the blood of Jesus is vital for our salvation, it is just as vital to our every day lives if we want to live in safety, security and health.
Pleading the blood is a legal term. It means that we can stand up to any attack and plead the blood of Jesus. Thus showing that we have covenant and protection. Removing the rights of any attack to bother us.
Isaiah 54:17a No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
In today’s crazy, mixed up world, this is important in our lives for everything from driving to the store, traveling in a plane, or standing in faith against storms that want to destroy us.
So the blood is important, but we also must realize something else happened on that cross when Jesus was crucified. His body was broken. Isaiah 53 tells us in detail that He not only bore our sins, but he also bore our sickness and disease. So both blood and body are vital to our lives as Christians if we are to be victorious.
Some translations of Isaiah 53 use the word griefs and sorrows, but the words literally translated are sickness and pains as shown here in Young’s Literal Translation. (You can see this yourself if you look up the words in a good concordance like Strong’s etc)
Isaiah 53: 3-5 He is despised, and left of men, A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, And as one hiding the face from us, He is despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains — he hath carried them, And we — we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace [is] on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us. (YLT)
So today and the next time you receive communion be sure to remember that the blood and body that were shed and broken for you are as important in your life today as they were the day you got born again.
Scripture quotations marked “KJV” are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version, Cambridge, 1769.
Scripture quotations marked “YLT” are taken from Young’s Literal Translation of the Holy Bible, 1898