1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) “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:”

Last week, we discussed the Power of the Blood of Jesus to “Preserve.”  The Blood of Jesus also has the “Power” to…

  1. Protect

As we began this study, we referred to Leviticus 17:11 which stated that the “Life of the flesh is in the blood…”  We are concerned about our health, go to the doctor annually for physical examinations, and run blood tests when we have medical issues our doctors are uncertain about.  Next to the heart, it seems doctors are most concerned with the condition of our blood when it comes to maintaining optimum health.  It is because the “Life of the flesh is in the blood…”

Beside having a major heart attack, the quickest means for a person to die is through blood disease. While I am not a medical expert by any means, I know there is a spiritual parallel to how the enemy desires to attack us individually, and the Body of Christ (His Church) corporately.

It is Satan’s desire “…to steal, to kill, and to destroy…” (John 10:10). BUT, Jesus came to give us “Abundant Life!”  The Man, Christ Jesus defeated Satan’s ability to “Steal” when He overcame Him in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).  

Satan attempted to “Steal” Jesus’…

  • Contentment

    The Man, Christ Jesus learned that “godliness with contentment is great gain,” and He could be content wherever, whenever, and with whatever His Father provided for Him. Jesus did not allow Satan to “Steal” His contentment from HimMatthew 4:3-4 (KJV) “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Satan attempted to “Steal” Jesus’…

  • Confidence

    The Man, Christ Jesus learned that His Father was able to protect Him. He had no need for His Father to “prove” His love for Him.  He trusted the Father.  Jesus did not allow Satan to “Steal” His confidence from Him.  Matthew 4:5-7 (KJV) “Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

Satan attempted to “Steal” Jesus’…

  • Consecration

    The Man, Christ Jesus learned that His Father was able to promote Him. He had no desire to elevate Himself.  He came to elevate His Father!  Jesus did not allow Satan to “Steal” His consecration from Him.  Matthew 4:8-10 (KJV) “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

The Man, Christ Jesus defeated Satan’s ability to “Kill” when He maintained His faith in His Father’s ability to “Keep” Him from death until it was time for Him to fulfill His role as the “Lamb of God.”

Jesus received His Father’s “Assurance” through prayer…

Hebrews 5:7 (KJV) “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;” (Emphasis Added).

Because of His faith, Jesus received His Father’s “Authority” to overcome death…

John 10:18 (KJV) “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (Emphasis Added).

The Man, Christ Jesus defeated Satan’s ability to “Destroy” when He manifested the Love of the Father on the Cross of Calvary.  It was Satan’s desire to “Destroy” Jesus’ Testimony.  Jesus did NOT curse those who tormented Him, and He did NOT retaliate.  Instead, the Man, Christ Jesus responded in Love!

Luke 23:33-34 (KJV) “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Emphasis Added).

This “Victory” is the Man, Christ Jesus’ Testimony – 1 Peter 2:21-23 (KJV) “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” (Emphasis Added).

NOTE: The “Trial” of Jesus, and the operation of Satan (Steal, Kill, Destroy), are foreshadowed in the Book of Job.  You will recall where Satan used Job’s wife to tempt him to “Destroy” his testimony – Job 2:9(KJV) “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die” (Emphasis Added). Take notice of Job’s response with Jesus in mind…

Job 2:10 (KJV) “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Emphasis Added).

Thus, we have the witness of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Revelation…

Revelation 3:14 (KJV) “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” (Emphasis Added).

Revelation 19:11 (KJV) “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Emphasis Added).

We had to review these realties of Jesus to appreciate the Power of the Blood of Jesus to “Protect” His Own!  The Man, Christ Jesus overcame the Enemy of our Soul at every turn!  Jesus was born sinless, He lived sinless, and He died sinless!  Praise His Name!!

Then, Jesus rose triumphant from the grave!!  In His Glorified State, the Man, Christ Jesus entered Heaven and sprinkled His Blood upon the Mercy Seat on His Father’s Throne!  As you will recall from last week’s lesson, Colossians 3:3 (KJV)“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Emphasis Added).

Remember, the Golden Pot that had Manna (Jesus) was placed UNDER the Mercy Seat.  WE are “Hidden” IN Christ!  Not only that!  We are covered by the Blood of Jesus!  Alleluia!!

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   “When I was 5 years old, before factory-installed seat belts and automobile air bags, my family was driving home at night on a two-lane country road. I was sitting on my mother’s lap when another car, driven by a drunk driver, swerved into our lane and hit us head-on. I don’t have any memory of the collision. I do recall the fear and confusion I felt as I saw myself literally covered with blood from head to toe.
Then I learned that the blood wasn’t mine at all, but my mother’s. In that split second when the two headlights glared into her eyes, she instinctively pulled me closer to her chest and curled her body around mine. It was her body that slammed against the dashboard, her head that shattered the windshield. She took the impact of the collision so that I wouldn’t have to. It took extensive surgery for my mother to recover from her injuries.
In a similar, but infinitely more significant way, Jesus Christ took the impact for our sin, and his blood now permanently covers our lives.” — Jeffrey Ebert

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“At the cross, at the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You
I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You
I owe all to You, Jesus”

–Chris Tomlin, At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

Note: I am grateful for the study titled “The Chemistry of the Blood” by Martin R. DeHaan, M.D.  It provided insight and inspiration for this blog.