The Blood of Christ

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Today's sermon was one of those that spoke to me in so many different levels that it would be hard to verbalise it. I did not even take notes, I was so absorbed in it.

The speaker was Rev Dr Chew Tow Yow and he spoke on the Blood of Christ from Hebrew 9:11-22.

He reminded us of the importance of blood - I think we have been talking about it, singing of it and using the word so much so that its significance is lost on us. We must be made to realise again that blood signifies life, and Scripture has this "trail of blood" beginning from the blood of animals, right up to the blood of Jesus that brings us eternal redemption as well as the blood of the saints, which represents the participation in the blood of Christ. There is a necessity of the blood of Christ because without it there can be no approach to God, no fellowship with God by faith, no enjoyment of God's favour. The blood of Christ is the life of Christ. When we pray for the covering of the blood of Christ, we are in effect asking for the covering of the life of Christ.

In our modern day world, we have lost that in our language and in our daily living. Blood sacrifices are not only not an event, it may even be abhorred. But whatever it is, God has chosen this to be the way to life - i.e. life for life. Only through the blood of Christ, there is reconciliation, cleansing, sanctification, union, victory, life.

The other two things that I have taken home from the sermon are these:

1. If you have followed this blog, you may remember that my mullings and reflection on the mysteries of prayer is almost never-ending. Rev Dr Chew said this, which somewhat settled it for me: prayer is powerful. I may not fully understand it, but there it is, prayer practiced as ordained by God is powerful.

2. When Rev Dr Chew talked about honouring the blood of Christ in our faith and ministries with its suffering and persecution, I began to wonder to myself what about those of us who do not work directly in ministries, but in the secular world so to speak? How can I say that my suffering and persecution that I am receiving from the world is for the Lord and since my work is not directly Gospel-linked, how do I see the suffering and persecution? It dawned on me that regardless of where we work, whether in or out of Christian ministries, we are a product of the work of Christ and we are to exemplify him and imitate him in all we do, and therefore in our Christ-like way of doing things in a non-Christ-like world, we will definitely suffer and be persecuted. Therefore, our suffering and the persecution that we face is because we are Gospel-centered, albeit indirectly. It is our hope that through our living out of the Christian faith, that we can be good witnesses for Christ.

pearlie

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5 comment(s)

  1. Amen. The blood started with the skins that God provided for Adam & Eve to cover themselves in place of the fig leaves, symbolic of our futile attempts!!! We are called the royal priesthood and peculiar people who show forth the glory of our God. In addition to letting our light shine and being salt in the world. Plenty for us to do and be!!!! You ARE Pearlie.
    ((hugs))
    Susan

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  2. "we are to exemplify him and imitate him in all we do"

    The best way to do this Pearlie (in my thinking anyways) is to fully be the person that God has made us to be. When we do that we will be like Jesus who did not pretend He was someone He was not.. His life simply flowed out of who He truly was.

    When we believe life simply comes from our hearts (John 7:38).

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  3. KB,
    "to fully be the person that God has made us to be"

    Sometimes we do wonder how to "fully" be that - and it is to take up the cross and follow him. High calling but necessary.

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  4. Here is the KB paraphrase of that verse Pearlie:

    ..deny your flesh,
    ..do (what you know in your heart) God wants you to do,
    ..trust Jesus and follow Him with all of your heart.

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