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.
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).
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
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
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
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.
forget that . . .
God should be our
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
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here