Category: Theology for Life; Easter
The power of the Cross is ineffective if we regard it as a mere symbol of brotherly sacrifice or in a historical-political context with overtones of oppression and revolution. The power of the Cross flows through the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, and it's from that doctrine that Christians treasure the crimson flow. The Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, gives us five ways in which believers regard it as precious.
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see his hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood.
It is precious because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, and made one with Him.
Christ's blood is also precious in its cleansing power. It "cleanses from all sin." "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow." Through Jesus' blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains! O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God!
The blood of Christ is likewise precious in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the
sprinkled blood. Remember it is God's seeing the blood which is the true reason for our being spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God's eye is still the same.
The blood of Christ is precious also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin,
does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God.
There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus!
And precious, unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb." How could they do otherwise? He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat.
The blood of Jesus! Sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death, and heaven's gates are opened!
The blood of Jesus! We shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!
from Grace Gems
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