The Blood Of Jesus
"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin"(1 John 1:7).
Faith in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus is the touchstone by which to test every manís religious faith and character. We hear a great deal of nice talk about Jesus as our example and His beautiful life, but we must not stop short of Calvary. Let us remember that blood is life, and the life of Jesus reaches us through His shed blood. Hence, a crimson salvation is the only salvation.
To reject Christís blood is to reject the whole plan of salvation and the three divine persons in the Godhead. Therefore, salvation hinges on our attitude toward the shed blood. All the types and shadows of the Old Testament pointed toward this. The bleeding sacrifices and smoking altars were Godís kindergarten, leading up to Calvary; then as we pass into the New Testament, we still trace the crimson stream.
John hardly gets started in his letter before, with a holy hush, he comes to "the blood." There are two outstanding things in his Epistles: one is the dark stain of sin, and the other is the precious blood of Jesus. First, he introduces us to the sin question. "The fact of sin is closely bound up with the problem of redemption. Sin constitutes the necessity for redemption, and the degree in which we realize the vileness of sin will determine our view of our need of a Saviour. In Johnís thinking, sin is not an accident, it is not a mistake, it is not a slip in the cog of development, but it is an awful reality."
John has several things to say about the blood of Jesus in the text above. First, that it cleanses. No sweeter music ever fell on mortal ears than this comforting message. Sin burdens the conscience, saddens the life. All kinds of methods have been resorted to in order to purify the soul. But John says that it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses. There is nothing in penance, tears, suffering or punishing the body to cleanse the soul from sin. The Bible says that "Öthe blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleansethÖ" and that is enough whether we understand the process or not. It is the blood, and the blood alone that cleanseth.
The second comforting thought made about the blood is that "Öthe blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from ALL sin." No matter what the sin is or what caused one to sin, if he will bring it all to God with a godly sorrow, the blood will cleanse from the last and the least remains of sin. The blood can go deeper than Satanís trail has ever gone.
The third comforting thought made about the blood is that it cleanseth from all sin NOW. If it cleanses now, why should one wait a week, day, hour or a single minute for the soul purification and restoration? God did not say, "When I see your good work, or how much you have fasted and prayed and suffered, ĎI will pass over youí" (Ex. 12:13). It is the blood and the blood alone that cleanseth from sin. The heart that believes this is sure to find light, liberty, unity, and everlasting victory.
The fourth comforting thought is that the blood of Jesus atones for mistakes, blunders and human failures. Let it be known that the Christian does not forfeit his or her justification or sanctification because of some failure, provided they will go at once to the blood.
A brother tells how he will never forget some years ago how he was lifted out of doubt and despair after going through almost the tortures of the damned because he grieved the Spirit in sharply rebuking a brother at a prayer meeting. While he apologized, and asked for forgiveness, still Satan rushed in like a dark cloud and tormented him with the thought that he had committed the unpardonable sin. Through doubting, he lost the victory out of his soul. God only knows the lonely hours he spent in prayer in the grove, but not knowing the secret of going to the blood, he had an idea that it took suffering agony to get Godís favor again. The way only grew darker because he was depending on prayer, tears and suffering to restore his soul. Great is the mistake. It does not take suffering to restore us; the blood and nothing but the blood does the work! There is nothing in the bodily mortification and the flight of years to cleanse the soul.
During those three months of darkness which hung over the brother like a thick cloud, in the providence of God someone presented him with a book by B. Carradine. When he came to the chapter on "The Cleansing Blood," the writer went on to say, "Deplorable as it is [for the Christian] to fall into sin, yet God never intended that we should sink in paralyzing despair and perish. In case of wrong thought, word or deed, He would have His grieving child instantly confess all to Him, promise to be more faithful in the future, and believe that the blood of Christ cleanseth him from his most humiliating of sins, a sin committed after the reception of grace and light, and Christ has become the Lord and Master of the heart and life. Thank God for the blood that cleanseth even there!"
Such a wonderful statement was like a divine flash from the skies to the grieving brother. Right then and there his heart melted and a fountain of tears broke loose and amidst the falling tears, he looked up and cried out, "Lord, I do believe what Your Word says about the blood!" No sooner had he uttered these words than the Spirit like a flash of lightning reappeared. All darkness and gloom was immediately gone, the heavenly choir began to sing and a peace like a river with increasing power flowed through his soul.
When will men believe what God says about the precious blood of Jesus? Thank God for the great remedy, the cleansing, keeping blood, the omnipotent grace in Jesus Christ, which cleanseth now and will continue to cleanse till the clouds part and He comes again. Right now He is saving thousands of souls throughout the world. With such a Redeemer and Saviour, how can the heart sink and the faith fail? Let us leave our case in His hands. He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him, and to present us unblamable in love before the throne with great joy in that day! (Jude 24).