The Power of Jesus' Blood John 19:17-30
17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS 20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. 21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
“It is finished” = Tetelestai (te te less sty) [te as is telescope]
This word was used in the marketplace. When you purchased something and paid for it, the merchant would write you a a receipt and put the word “Tetelestai” on there, which meant, “paid in full”.
When Jesus said “Tetelestai” on the cross, Jesus declared that His death was the full payment for your sins.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
In a court case, the judge will ask the defendant, “how do you please?”
The defendant will either say “I plead guilty” or “I plead not guilty”.
But we don’t plead guilt or not guilty, we plead the blood of Jesus!
When we do that, we are legally acquitted of all wrong doing (that’s what “justify” means)
The devil can’t bring a charge against us or condemn us.
But not only that… the blood of Jesus also gives us...
We are not only legally acquitted, we are also cleansed of the stain of sin...
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
5 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,
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Because thsoe sacrifices could not truly take away sin, they had to live with “conciousness of sins”. But...
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
We shouldn’t be walking around with “sin-conciousness”. Instead, we should be living with “righteousness-conciousness”:
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
So blood justifies us, and cleanses us. It also gives us...
When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, God told them to kill a lamb and put the blood on the lintel and doorposts of their home, because He was going to pass through and kill the firstborn...
23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.
This is why it is called Passover.
But notice something… “the destroyer”.
God Himself didn’t kill the firstborn of the Egyptians.
In the Bible, when it says God does something, it can mean He does it directly, or that He allows it to happen. Here is meant that He would allow this being called “the destroyer” to kill them and would prevent him from touching the Israelites when He saw the blood!
This being is mentioned again in 1 Corinthians 10:10
10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Jesus is our Passover Lamb:
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
The destroyer mentioned in these passages is probably an angel.
We have an enemy who wants to destroy us, but the blood of Jesus gives us victory over him!
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
10 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. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Today, we are observing Holy Communion. It is important to note that when the Passover happened, not only did the Israelites have to apply the blood of the lamb to their doorposts and lintels, they also had to partake of the lamb itself...
7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
The Jews were to commemorate this event each year, by observing the festival of Passover, in which they would eat the Passover lamb.
Even so, before Jesus went to the cross, when He was celebrating Passover with His disciples, He introduced a new sacriment that His followers were to observe, namely the Lord’s Supper:
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
This we will do now, but before we do, it is important that we examine ourselves...
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
Prayer, blessing the items and thanking God for the justificaiton, purification and protection of the blood of Jesus...
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”