The Providing Power of Christ's Blood
Have you ever considered that the blood of Jesus Christ provides the power to live obediently? If you are a genuine, born-again saint of God, according to 1 Peter 1:2, you can live obediently because God provides the way to do so. Every time you disobey Him, He won't strike you in punishment, and you don't have to somehow earn His forgiveness. God bought you in Christ in spite of knowing your liabilities. He knows not only what you have done in the past but also everything you will do in the future. God loves you unconditionally!
Christ's blood has the power to cleanse you and loose you from sin's grip: The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). Jesus can cleanse every sin in the past, present, or future because of His once-and-for-all sacrifice on the cross. For He loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood (Revelation 1:5). His blood sacrifice provided the power to break the hold of any sin!
Christ's blood has the power to elicit our proper response: "God be merciful to me, a sinner!" (Luke 18:13). The loveliest picture I know of Christ's forgiveness is the story of the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, deserted by her companion in sin, and dragged before Jesus. John 8:3 tells us that the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And . . . set her in the midst (emphasis added). The word "set" connotes "throwing down or dumping." This woman was literally dumped in front of Jesus!
Next, they said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?" (John 8:4-5). Apart from Christ, this is how all of us are in God's presence. We are guilty, vile, helpless, and hopeless. We are crumpled before Him, unable to look up because the Law points out every sin we have committed, and our accusers scream that we deserve death.
Jesus insightfully told the accusers that whoever was without sin should throw the first stone at the woman. After they departed, one by one, with no one left to condemn her, Jesus compassionately said, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more" (see John 8:6-11).
This incident clearly reveals the difference between how Satan and Jesus want to treat us: Satan's goal is "to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10a), while Jesus, who forgives and does not condemn, desires that we "may have life, and . . . have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Our proper response to Jesus Christ is to thus cry out: What a Savior-To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. (Revelation 1:6)!
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