Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 3)
What is the most powerful substance in the world?
Is the most powerful entity in the world nuclear energy or some other colossal force? No, the most powerful entity in the world is the blood of Jesus. By His stripes we're healed. His blood atones for our transgressions. It counters and defeats every hellish scheme.
Not only are we protected from the devil by Jesus' blood, we're also protected against God's wrath when He will judge the world for its sin. We're protected from God's judgment in the same way the ancient Children of Israel were protected on that first Passover night when the Lord brought judgment on the land's idolatry.
God provided a way for His people to be protected by applying the blood of an innocent lamb to the doorposts of their dwellings. Then the Lord promised, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you" (Exodus 12:13). The blood applied to the top of the door and on each side reminds us in a very pronounced way that we are protected under the New Covenant by our Lord's wounds on the cross.
The analogy here is so awesome we need to pause and learn from that epochal night. Think of what any Hebrew mother must have experienced that night. Earlier that day, along with her husband, she had applied the blood of the innocent lamb to the doorposts of their dwelling. She might not have understood the theological implications, but she obeyed God's directive. By faith they received the promise that God's judgment would pass over them because they were now protected by the blood.
But as Hebrew mothers held their firstborn sons that night, they started to hear agonized shrieks from Egyptian mothers as death hit every home without the blood. Nationwide, Egyptian firstborn boys were inexplicably dying. Now, if you were in the place of those Hebrew mothers, how would you have reacted?
I'm sure there were strong, spiritual women who remained perfectly calm. But let's get real. No doubt there were other Hebrew mothers who were frozen with fear as the wails of grief grew louder by the minute.
But here's the point -- and it's a big one. Those frightened Hebrew mothers and their sons were just as safe as the saintly, serene mothers and their sons that night. Why? Because their safety did not rest in the level of their faith. Their safety was in the power of the blood!
In the same way our protection from God's wrath does not rest in what we have done but in what He has done. Even if our faith may seem weak, we "apply the blood" to our lives, where we live, and we too experience God's saving grace. Our salvation does not rest in the strength of our faith but in the sufficiency of His sacrifice.
As Andrae Crouch reminded us,
"The blood that Jesus shed for me
Way back on Calvary
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power"
It's time to reflect: Jesus died for you. It's time to rejoice: Jesus defeated death!
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