MGHM Healing Brief, 7/11

The Blood of Jesus

Expressions such as "Iím washed in the Blood of Jesus" are likely to raise eyebrows nowadays, and I think itís fair to say that most Christians have only a vague idea of what those words mean. But in the first century A.D., a reference to "the Blood" would have made universal good sense.

The blood covenant was the most serious bonding ritual in the ancient Near East. Typically, when two parties sealed a covenant with their own blood they made an incision in the wrist or the palm of the hand while reciting the oath that bound them to their agreement.

The absolute seriousness of His promises

The Bible has hundreds of references to this bonding ritual, which God used in one form or another to certify the absolute seriousness of His promises. In the Old Testament, Godís Covenant with the Hebrews was sealed by male circumcision and renewed by animal sacrifices. The blood of a Passover Lamb, painted on the doorpost of a Hebrew home, guaranteed the safety of the people inside.

But in the New Testament, "when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here . . . He did not enter [the tabernacle] by means of the blood of goats and calves, but . . . once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:11-12, NIV). And this is why "he is able to save completely those who come to God through him" (Hebrews 7:25).

Made whole by the power

Letís shelve our sophistications and take "the Blood" seriously. For starters, itíll be easier to think about the matter if we realize that "washed in the Blood of Jesus" doesnít mean "dipped in a red liquid," but rather "made whole by the power that flows from Jesusí death and resurrection."

We can picture that flow any way we like. The important thing is to be sure that nothing can resist its power if itís released into our lives through our faithful confession.

Letís begin with a general attack on the enemy. "In the name of Jesus, I place myself under the protection of His Blood. Satan, I bind you and all the forces of evil, and by the power of the Blood of Jesus I cast you away from my body, mind, and spirit. I confess that my thoughts and will are brought into perfect harmony with the thoughts and will of God, by the Blood of my Risen Lord."

Able to save completely

Then we can move on to the specifics of salvationóhealing and deliverance in addition to protection. "In the Name of Jesus and by the power of His Blood, I receive Godís complete health for my stomach and all my digestive processes. Stomach, by the power released through Jesus' sacrifice, you are healed."

Where do we go next? Wherever thereís a need! Jesus "is able to save completely" those who are in covenant with Him. We can apply the Blood of the Lamb daily to our homes, cars, churches, children, spouses, jobs, finances, relationships.

In all such matters weíre praying that Godís will "be done on earth as it is in heaven," and itís our blood-certified Covenant with the Lord that gives our prayers their force.

                                                                                     óMary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayóspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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