The Power Of The Blood Of Jesus
By Andrew Murray
“Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things...but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
The shedding of His blood was the culmination of the sufferings of our Lord. The atoning efficacy of those sufferings was in that shed blood. Its effects are manifold, for we read in Scripture of: Reconciliation through the blood; Cleansing through the blood; Sanctification through the blood; Union with God through the blood; Victory over Satan through the blood; Life through the blood.
How is it that in the blood, alone, there is power possessed by nothing else? The answer to this question is found in Leviticus 17:11 – “The life of the flesh is in the blood”; and “I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” It is because the soul, or life, is in the blood, and that the blood is offered to God on the altar, that it has in it redemptive power.
The soul or life is in the blood, therefore the value of the blood corresponds to the value of the life that is in it. The life of a sheep, or goat, is of less value than the life of an ox, and so the blood of a sheep or a goat in an offering, is of less value than the blood of an ox (Lev. 4:3, 14, 27). The life of man is more valuable than that of many sheep or oxen.
And now who can tell the value or the power of the blood of Jesus? In that blood, dwelt the soul of the holy Son of God. The eternal life of the Godhead was carried in that blood (Acts 20:28). The power of that blood in its divers effects is nothing less than the eternal power of God Himself. What a glorious thought for everyone who desires to experience the full power of the blood!
But the power of the blood lies above everything else in the fact that it is offered to God on the altar for redemption.
When we think of blood as shed, we think of death; death follows when the blood or the soul is poured out. Death makes us think of sin, for death is the punishment of sin. God gave Israel the blood on the altar as the atonement or covering for sin; that means – the sins of the transgressor were laid on the victim, and its death was reckoned as the death or punishment for the sins laid upon it.
The blood was thus the life given up to death for the satisfaction of the law of God, and in obedience to His command. Sin was so entirely covered and atoned for, it was no longer reckoned as that of the transgressor. He was forgiven.
But all these sacrifices and offerings were only types, and shadows, till the Lord Jesus came. His blood was the reality to which these types pointed.
His blood was in itself of infinite value, because it carried His soul or life. But the atoning virtue of His blood was infinite also, because of the manner in which it was shed. In holy obedience to the Father’s will He subjected Himself to the penalty of the broken law, by pouring out His soul unto death. By that death, not only was the penalty borne, but the law was satisfied, and the Father glorified. His blood atoned for sin, and thus made it powerless. It has a marvelous power for removing sin, and opening heaven for the sinner, whom it cleanses, and sanctifies, and makes meet for heaven.
It is because of the wonderful Person whose blood was shed, and because of the wonderful way in which it was shed, fulfilling the law of God while satisfying its just demands, that the blood of Jesus has such wonderful power. It is the blood of atonement, and hence has such efficacy to redeem, accomplishing everything for, and in, the sinner that is necessary to salvation.
Oh! who can tell the worth of that precious blood? It is no wonder that for ever mention will be made of that blood in the song of the redeemed, and through all eternity the praise of the blood will resound, “Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood” (Rev. 5:9).
– Taken from The Power Of The Blood Of Jesus by Andrew Murray.