Our Eternal Blood Donor
Many of us have probably considered or decided to donate blood at some time or another during our lives. We understood that blood banks needed a supply to be able to provide this life-giving fluid in times of need. We, ourselves might have a time when our body would require blood, and it is comforting to know that there are supplies available. Blood cannot be created medically.
When we look at Jesus, we may not think of Him as someone who would physically donate blood for us to receive a physical transfusion. However, His blood shed for us during His passion, and ultimate sacrifice on Calvary does much more than keep us alive. Have you ever heard the term “covered by the Blood of Jesus”?
When Israel was covered by the Blood
The Word says in Exodus 12:13 – The blood shall be to you for a token (sign) upon the houses where you 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.
And in Exodus 12:7, the blood of an unblemished lamb is applied to the two side posts and the upper door posts of each dwelling. You might notice that these three points resemble the position of Jesus’ head and hands on the cross. As always, nothing is a coincidence with God.
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What did the blood on the doorpost do?
The Hebrews were delivered and set free (from Egyptian slavery), it kept them from death (the judgment of God), it marked them for life (Passover is celebrated as an annual reminder), and it identified them as God’s children (God’s Chosen people).
So, in the Old Testament, the unblemished lamb was the blood donor for the Hebrews, and they were covered by the lamb’s blood – protected, delivered.
Well, we have a much greater blood donor! We have Jesus! He is God’s acceptable, perfect, unblemished sacrifice – our sacrificial Lamb!
What does being covered by the Blood of Jesus do for you?
Here are 10 points to consider about being covered by the Blood of Jesus.
- The blood makes atonement for sin. Lev. 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood … for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul,” and Isa. 53:10 speaks of Jesus’ life given as an offering for sin. Heb. 10:4 makes it clear that the blood of animals can’t pay for our sin.
- Jesus’ blood establishes a new covenant with God. In I Cor. 11:24, 25, Jesus declares to His disciples at the Passover supper the night of his betrayal, that the cup is the new covenant in His blood.
- The blood justifies those who believe in Jesus. Rom. 5:8 says, “… while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His blood sacrifice made it as though we never sinned. Verse 9 confirms that we are justified by His blood. When God looks at us, he sees the blood of Jesus covering us, not our sins.
- The blood procures redemption for us as believers. Eph. 1:7 confirms that in Him we have redemption through His blood.
- The blood brings believers closer to God. Eph. 2:13 says we, as Gentiles, were formerly far away from the Hebraic covenant, but now we are brought near by the blood of Messiah, Jesus. Verse 14 proclaims that the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile has been broken down.
- The blood reconciles believers to God. Col. 1:20 says, all things have been reconciled to God through the blood Jesus shed on the cross. Reconciliation is not ours because of anything we have done, but it is fulfilled by His sacrificial act of love on the cross – the shedding of His Blood.
- The blood makes believers kings and priests. Rev. 1:6 declares that He Who loved us and washed away our sins with His blood, has made us kings and priests to God, the Father.
- His blood purges the believer’s mind from dead works. Heb. 9:14 says … the blood of Christ, Who through eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanses our minds. Why? So we can serve God.
- The blood gives us as believers, boldness (confidence) to access the Holy of Holies. Heb. 10:19 confirms this opportunity made possible by the shedding of Jesus’ Blood. We can enter the most intimate place with God and never feel unworthy or ashamed.
- The blood of Jesus cleanses us from ALL sin. 1 John 1:7 says, that … if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, the Messiah, cleanses us from all sin.
Covered by the Blood = Love Beyond Comprehension
We cannot fully comprehend the selfless LOVE of Christ, who willing left His royal position in Heaven to be born of a woman in the form of man, ministered for three and a half years revealing the love of God to all, and willingly offered Himself to die in our place for sin penalties never attributed to Him. He purchased our lives physically and spiritually, and the good news is, ALL our sins are covered by His holy, pure, unblemished blood. You are covered by the blood of Jesus!
Most of us are familiar with the following verses, but they bear remembering. Isa. 53 describes the work of the Messiah, Jesus. Verse 4 says, He bore our illnesses and carried our sorrows. Verse 5 tells us, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities…, and by His stripes we are healed!
This clearly describes the work of our Eternal Blood Donor. He gave all of Himself to purchase all He wants us to be. When we accept His precious gift, His blood covers our earthen vessels just as the blood of the Lamb in Egypt covered the Hebrews who faithfully applied it to their dwellings.
John 15 paints a great picture of being covered by the Blood of Jesus. Jesus confirms the power of His shed blood when He says in Verse 13, “Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.” And yes, in Verse 14, He says, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
Sometimes we think that we just keep failing when try following His commands. How could He call us His friend? But remember, God is not looking for opportunities to accuse us. That’s the work of the accuser, the enemy who we know from Rev. 12:10, is cast down. He is defeated by the blood, and praise God, we are victorious by the blood.
Jesus calls us friends, He says He no longer calls us servants because we know what our Master does. Jesus shared everything He heard from His Father with His disciples, with us.
We are God’s family! Take a moment to thank God we are covered by the Blood of Jesus!
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An article by Rev. Russ Sacco
Russ is Co-founder and Senior Pastor at Christiangram Ministries, Inc., and celebrates over 30 years of ordination. His music visitation ministry, founded in 1988 by him and his wife, Rose (now with the Lord), has touched multitudes through one-on-one visitation, numerous public events, inspirational songs, preaching, prayer, and personal outreach. He also served as Assistant Pastor for Walk in Love for Jesus Church, North Bellmore, NY for nearly seven years.