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My heart was encouraged as I looked around the congregation during our worship, to see the outstretched hands and voices being lifted to God in praise and thanksgiving. This being our Communion Sunday, the songs naturally focused on the blood of Jesus. We sang about how He looked beyond our fault and saw our need. Our voices soared and blended as we sang The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power.
There seems to be a special anointing on this service this morning. I've had a special awareness of the presence of God since arising this morning. I felt His presence in a way that I haven't felt in a long time. He swept over my being and gave me a reassurance of His love for me. I often wonder, "How can He love me?" He gave me an assurance that He does indeed love me and that He loves the whole world. I don't understand it, I don't comprehend it, but scripture tells me that,"God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I remember the old hymn I Can See A Crimson Stream of Blood that was written by Bishop G.T. Haywood in the 1920s,.
On Calvarys hill of Sorrow
Where sins demand were paid
And rays of hope for tomorrow
Across my path were laid
When gloom and sadness whisper
You've sinned, no need to pray
I look away to Jesus
And He tells me to say
I can see a crimson stream of blood
It flows from Calvary
It's waves which reach the throne of God
Are sweeping over me
Out text that focuses on the Blood is Revelation 1:9
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him:and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Do we comprehend the phrase, Unto Him Who Loved Us? Do we comprehend the phrase, God so loved the world, He gave.. No as I said before, "I do not comprehend the love of God. I don't know why He loved me, but He did. I am unworthy, but He is worthy. I am unworthy, but He has made me worthy, because He washed me in His own blood." We are reminded of this phrase again in Acts 20:28 that tells us that the church of God was purchased with His own blood.
He didn't send another. He didn't send a sub-deity. He didn't send another person, He came Himself. he took the form of a servant and the nature of a man and became obedient unto the death of the cross. He walked this earth as a man and poured out His sinless blood on the cross and presented it in heaven.
Our Elder G.W. has started teaching the Search For Truth series on Wednesday nights. We have covered how that God slew an animal in the garden to cover the sins of Adam and Eve and established the principle that sin could only be remitted by the shedding of blood. God promised a Redeemer that was to come, the only one who would be able to supply the perfect sacrifice. Saints throughout the ages have looked forward to that perfect sacrifice that we have so freely received this morning.
Another old hymn comes to mind, When The Redeemed Come Gathering In. One phrase is, The angels all will listen for they cannot join that song, when the redeemed are gathering in.
This is The Song of the Redeemed which is found at:
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
An innumerable number, "ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands." Saints of all the ages, each with a story to tell. Some came from the depths of sin and some were saved from their self-righteousness. Some from the bar stool and some from the church pew. Some will have obtained wealth and position and some will have scraped for every crust of bread. Some may have set in the circles of government and others seemed very insignificant.
They will have come from different backgrounds, different races and cultures. I sel at least three races in this congregation this morning, but we'll all sing with one voice at the throne .
Whether rich or poor, good or bad, black, yellow or white, all of these had one thing in common. They were unworthy to stand before a pure and holy God without the the covering of the blood. One day thay heard the message of Jesus Christ. They heard the message of," God so loved the world, He gave..." They all said, "Lord I believe it, I accept it, I am a sinner, wash me and cleanse me with you blood. As they did, that crimson stream of blood flowed down from the throne of God and instantly they were changed, they were transformed, all things became new and they found themselves new creatures in Christ Jesus, old things passing away and all things becoming new.
The Old Testament saints that we read of in Hebrews 11 will be part of that song. Those who were stoned and sawn asunder, tempted and slain with the sword: those who they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormentedbecause they were looking for the promised lamb, they were looking for the Redeemer. They will be at the throne and they will sing loudly. They will tell of the time that they were held captive in Hades and Jesus appeared and preached to them. Because he had shed His blood, Satan could not hold them. He broke their bonds and they appeared in the streets of Jerusalem testifying of His sacrifice. We may not sing as loudly, but we are going to be a part of the myriads of saints at the throne.
As we prepare to take the communion elements, let us all reflect on our relationship with Him. Scripture tells us that if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous. If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light -- The blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us from sin. Let us reflect on the sacrifice that he made for us, so that we can live stand before His throne without condemnation.
The blood was presented in Genesis and will be present at the throne of God. We are going to be a part of that innumerable host praising Him for washing and redeeming us with "His own blood."
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