100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #13 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: 1 Peter 1:18-21: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
There is something about BLOOD that arrests our attention. Whenever and wherever we see BLOOD we stop, look, and wonder. Did someone have an accident? Was someone killed?
YES, BLOOD ARRESTS THE ATTENTION OF EVERYONE.
There is a reason for this — a Bible reason:
In Leviticus 17:14 we read, “For it (the blood) is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: FOR THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF….”
Therefore we know that when BLOOD is shed, life is impaired — or lost!
Dr. Oliver B. Greene, an evangelist who had a huge impact on my life offers this story. He said:
For 35 years I have read in the Bible, “THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF” — but I never fully realized the tremendous TRUTH of those words until November 6, 1968.
On that date I spent an average day in The Gospel Hour office. I transcribed in the morning, worked at my desk for several hours, and did some dictation on a book I was writing. I felt good — in fact, I felt better than I had for ten years.
However, at 4:00 that afternoon I began feeling extremely weak. I left the office, went into my house, and sat down in an easy chair. Suddenly a sharp pain struck my head, then a second pain. Everything turned dark and I passed out! An ambulance was called, I was placed in the ambulance and rushed to the hospital. I was so sick that during my conscious moments I sincerely asked to die.
When the doctors finally diagnosed what had happened to me, a little blood vessel at the base of my brain had ceased to function, the blood ceased to reach that little section of my brain, causing me to collapse and become unconscious! The entire left side of my body became numb and lifeless — all because of one small blood vessel. It had never occurred to me that one tiny blood vessel could mean so much to my body.
Not only is the BLOOD important to our physical life, but more important is THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IN SALVATION FROM SIN.
The BLOOD OF CHRIST is the MASTER KEY that unlocks the door of salvation. THE BLOOD, like a SCARLET THREAD, runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. When Adam sinned, God provided a covering for Adam and Eve by shedding blood. Genesis 3:21 reads, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
The skins from which God made coats for Adam and Eve were furnished by innocent animals who gave their lives. Their BLOOD WAS SHED that sinful man might be clothed.
This act of God in the Garden of Eden pointed to the coming of the Lamb of God TO SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS TO TAKE AWAY OUR SIN.
Every book in the New Testament speaks of THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, and the BLOOD of Christ is synonymous with the LIFE of Christ.
The Scriptures declare the indisputable fact that salvation is ours only because of THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST, and apart from His SHED BLOOD there is no salvation.
+ Plus, listen to Dottie Peoples singing “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?”