Do You Hear What I Hear?

Mar 17, 2011

The Lenten Journey

Day 9:  Live Like You Believe ME
A Question Reverberated through my head last night.  “Do I really believe that the blood of Jesus does what I sing and read it does?  All during the night I would wake up with a different song going through my mind:
There is Power, Power, wonder working Power, in the Blood of the Lamb!
What Can Wash Away my Sin, NOTHING but the Blood of Jesus!
With his blood he has saved me; With his power he has raised me; To God be the glory for the things he has done.
By faith for my cleansing, I see thy blood flow—Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
I look up scriptures in The Message translation of the Bible on the blood of Jesus:
John 6:53 – But Jesus didn't give an inch. "Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh and blood, the flesh and blood of the Son of Man, do you have life within you.
Ephesians 2:13 - Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.
 Hebrew 10:19 -21 - So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into "the Holy Place." Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The "curtain" into God's presence is his body.
Hebrew 13:12 - He was crucified outside the city gates—that is where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God's altar to cleanse his people.
I Peter 1:2 - God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice (blood) of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours!
I John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin.
I remember there was a controversy a few years back with references to Jesus’ blood being taken out of certain hymnals.  Today God is asking me to meditate on what He says the blood of His Son accomplishes in my life and to live like I believe it.  Again God is revealing a heart attitude in me that wants to believe there is something that I do that causes me to merit being His child, being part of His family.  Can it be that in the competitiveness of my culture, I am being robbed because it is so hard to give all the credit to where credit is due – to Jesus Christ for shedding His precious blood for me?  What attitude and actions will I exhibit today that reveal  I truly accept Jesus’ sacrifice for me – a blood sacrifice?

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