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Forgiveness of Sin - 1 (The Power of the Blood of Jesus - Vol 07)

Sunday English Service - 19 MAR 17

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Please turn with me to Isaiah chapter 53. Let me read to you verses 4, 5 and 6 (Isaiah 53:4, 5&6),"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken;smitten by God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities.The chastisement for our peace was upon him,and by his stripes we are healed.All we like sheep have gone astray.We have turned, every one, to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all".

We have been teaching on the power of the blood of Jesus for the last 6 weeks and this is the 7th week that I am continuing this. Now the last couple of years we have been dealing with how we may appropriate what the blood of Jesus has obtained for us. In the old Pentecostal churches they called it, "Pleading the blood". That is first you got to know what the blood of Jesus has done from the word of God, and then on basis of that, you lay claim to those blessings that has come to you as a result of Jesus shedding the blood on the cross for you. (They termed it as 'Pleading the blood). Anyway it's basically having to do with appropriating the blessings that have been obtained for us through the shedding of Christ's blood on the Cross. We went to Revelation 12, verse 10 and 11, (if you remember) where it is says that the devil, the accuser of the brethren, is accusing the believers in the presence of God night and day - just imagine that - the devil is an accuser who is busy with his job of accusing God's Children. He is not only busy there, he is also busy among us; he comes to you, accusing you, making you feel condemned. Have you ever felt condemned? I know in my experience, a lot of Christian people live under a burden of condemnation - they feel terrible - they feel like they are sinners, worthless. The devil tells them, you are sinner, you are bad, you are not worthy at all; how would God ever hear your prayer. And then they go to church and some man there tells them: "Your prayers won't even reach as far as the roof". And so that kind of confirms to them that they are bad and their prayers won't work. So that is why you have a lot of people writing to evangelists for prayers because they are convinced that their prayer won't work, that they are not worthy; that they have not been good or good enough for God to answer their prayers or to bless them in anyway. So they go through someone else; a mediator - they leave out the main mediator; "There is only one mediator", the bible says - between God and man;the man Jesus Christ" He is the perfect one; it is not because of us we have received all the blessings - it is because of the blood of Jesus that we have been washed clean. That is what qualifies us to come before God and receive any blessing from God. But they leave that mediator and go somewhere else because they don't put their faith in the blood that was shed, in what Jesus has done. They put their faith in men and women here and there.

But the thing is this; the accuser of the brethren accuses; accuses us here and accuses us in the presence of God. And the bible tells us in Revelation 12:10 and 11: It says that the accuser of the brethren was defeated. He was brought down/low, and defeated by the saints of God. How did they defeat him? We are told they defeated him and won a victory over him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. Three things are involved in taking the victory: One is the blood of the lamb (where there is the blood of Jesus), and then second is; the word of God. The word of God is very important, the blood of lamb is the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross. The word of God is important because the word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has obtained for us; has done for us - that is why the word of God is important.

Thirdly, our testimony - this is all important because, blood has done what it must do; everything has been completed. The bible calls it, "perfect redemption", the bible calls it "the perfect work" - it is been finished, perfectly finished - completely complete, you may say. And nothing left, it's all done. Butthe thing is people still don't receive it, don't enjoy it. Why? Because they don't know anything about it. That is why the word is important (the word of God); because the word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has done. How do I know what the blood of Jesus has done, how valuable it is, what it has done, and what can I expect today as a result of the power of the blood of Jesus and how it has worked for me? That the word of God informs me; so the blood of Jesus has been shed; done a perfect work, the word of God tells me what the blood has done. The third thing is very important because even though the first two things has done, if you don't add your testimony; if you don't believe that and confess with your mouth and speak it out, you never really appropriate it - in Christianity, confession is all important. It is called "A great confession". Why Christianity is called "A great confession?"Not because we just confess sins, it is because we confess our faith - confession of sin happens only when you sin. That is done occasionally as a believer; but confession of faith happens all the time; we are people who constantly confess - confess what? Confess what we believe; what is ours through Jesus Christ and through the Cross of Calvary. So our testimony is all important. Now this is what we have been talking about.

Now today I want to continue that. See, if it is true that the word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has done, and only in that basis we can plead or we can stand and receive our blessings and we can claim our blessings that have been obtained for us, then the most important thing for us is to know from the word of God what the blood of Jesus has done. So I want to go through certain things that they blood of Jesus has done. Today I want to deal with forgiveness and healing - that is why I read Isaiah 53 verse4,5 and 6 because it deals with forgiveness of sins and healing. Now let's deal with forgiveness of sins first - to deal with forgiveness of sin you need to understand the problem of sin. When you want to understand man's real problem, then you got to go to this; and the bible (I was thinking about it)...the bible, if you have never known anything about the bible, please know this one thing and appreciate its contribution to human life today. One thing it has done is it reveals what human problem is,like no other book in the whole world reveals; there is no other book in the whole universe that reveals what man's problem is, other than the bible. The bible calls it exactly as it is; the bible tells as that sin is man's problem, no other book tells us that. If any other book tells us that, that is a book based on the bible; that is why it tells us that. Bible is the only book (you may have gone to the university and studied there and got your doctorate even)...no book will ever tell you anywhere in the world that sin is the cause of human problem (only the bible tells us). That is why even though you may go to the universities and colleges and so on and learn a lot of things there through the week, it is important to come to church on Sunday; because we tell you what they don't tell you; and what we tell is more important than what they tell you - because they can teach you a lot of things but they cannot teach you this key to success in life; the human problem must be understood - if you don't understand human problem, then how can you understand the cure, and how can you be healed and how can you receive from God the remedy that is available for that sin; how can the problem be ever be solved. So this is a very important matter; the problem of sin must be understood - and the bible (if you don't appreciate for anything else), must be appreciated for this one thing; it makes an extraordinary contribution; and that is, it tells us what human problem is all about; human problem is sin; that's the specialty of the bible - it tells us that it is sin and it tells us the remedy also(in the verses 4, 5 and 6...I will bring that out in a minute).

Now the problem is sin; you know first we got to know the diagnosis,then only we treat it right. So let's go through the diagnosis;the problem is sin. Doctor MartynLlyod-Jones, I don't know if you have heard of him - was a great preacher back in the 40's, 50's and 60's; and he preached in England and Wales. He was a medical doctor (trained medical doctor, as a young man, 29 year old man - he was already well known and had a hardy street practice in London where wealthy people went to consult with private doctors. And he was the assistant to Lord Horder (who was a very famous doctor at that time and who was the queen's doctor). Doctor Martin Lord Jones was known for his ability as a person who can diagnose diseases and so on, and he worked with people a lot; trying to find out what particular illness they were suffering from. And in his experience he says he found outthat man's problem is not sickness; it is not mental, it is not emotional; it is not social; it is not financial; it is not all these other things; it is not his nerves, it's not his this and that - mainly the root of all the problem is sin.

So he says (he talks about how he came to ministry; he says...) the more he practiced medicine, he came to find out that the root problem is sin; and he ends up talking with people more about sin and salvation and so on, because he finds out that's the mother of all the problems. So one day he finally decided that he will just go ahead and be a preacher, and he taught of bringing the real cure to people and he left his medical practice.When he entered ministry he was still a young man, very successful doctor, very bright future. Lot of people knew him, so it came out in the newspapers in London that this medical doctor has left medical practice and bright prospects for a great future as a medical man and went to Wales, in a city, became a pastor of a church, in a community full of workers that worked in a coal mine (basic workers). Everybody thought what is he going to do with basic coalminers; this is a great medical doctor and an intellectual - what is he going to preach there, how is he going to be received there. In the end, he started bringing many hundreds of people to Christ and then later on,after about 10 years there another great preacherG. Campbell Morgan who was a pastor of Westminster chapel was getting very old (he was about 85 years old). He was near death, and so he wanted to find a replacement for him there; so he went and searched out Doctor MartynLlyod-Jones and brought him and made him a Pastor of Westminster chapel which is at theBuckingham gate itself (the address is Buckingham gate. It is right at the gate of the BuckinghamPalace). And became a very successful preacher. His bible studies were attended by 2,000 people every Friday night - back in the 50's.

Late 40's and the 50's bible studies were attended by 2,000 people (just imagine that). Years together, he taught bible study, then he had a Sunday morning service where he taught something, and Sunday evening service where he taught another thing. One of the greatest preachers of the 20th Century. Hetalks about the problem of sin as being the mother of all the problems; if you get that right, you can correct all other problems - he believes.

So what is sin? Let's get to the definition of sin; what is sin? If sin is the mother of all the problems then we need to get that right - to get life right, to get all the problems in life right. What is sin? Sin is not necessarily committing some great crime like robbing a bank or killing somebody or committed adultery or some great sin, and practicing some kind of evil vice or something like that; not necessarily. All those other things - All those criminal activities and vices, and evil habits, they are all the things that sin gives birth to. They come as a result of sin; if you have sinned, then all these things come. But actually sin is not that, sin is much greater than that; it is at the bottom of that. It is the foundation for these things that happen. What is sin then? Let me define sin: It is failing to give God His rightful place in our lives.He is our creator, we are creatures. Sin is failing to give God His rightful place - the place that belongs to Him in our life. What is the place that belongs to Him? Number 1 place; He must be the most important person in our life because of Him I am here - I am breathing, I am living; He gave me life. He is my Creator; without Him I am nothing, He made me. So He must have that top priority, Number 1 place in our lives.

So sin is a failure to give God the right place in our lives and also it is...Sin is leading our lives in such a way that we don't bring glory to God as His created beings. See, we live and we don't bring any glory to God. We don't live for the glory of God who made us - that is sin. So it is failure to give the right place to God that He deserves as our creator and failure to glorify God in every way. That is what sin is basically. Now a lot of people in the world are unhappy with Christians because Christians are calling everybody, "Sinner". So they are saying, "Well these Christians are bad because they are calling everybody in the world 'Sinners'. We are not sinners, we are good people". So, let me clarify to those people(that are out there watching or maybe some of them that are sitting here you know they have always thought that Christians are calling other people "Sinners". Please understand, some of our people have not explained before maybe. Let me explain it; we don't mean, you know, thatyou are a bad person, evil person or something like that. You may be a good person in terms of when you look at it in the worldly sense. What we are saying is; God does not have the rightful place in your life; that's sin. And you don't glorify God by your life - that is what sin is. Sin is leading your life as you like, having no place for God; and living for your own glory and for your own sake (you are living for your own sake); and that is what sin is. The bible defines sin in that way. And you can understand very well how that is the root cause of all problem.

God gave us life; He made us - made us for a purpose; we were made for Him. The bible puts the whole equation like this: "Everything was made for man, and man is made for God"That is the equation; you cannot change that. That's the way things are. Alright, so this is what sin is. Now if that what sin is, and that is at the bottom of all the problems that human beings have; you know psychologists and sociologists and scientists and so on, they give so many wonderful names now for all the difficulties that people have. You know, somebody is stealing, they give a nice fancy name; why he is stealing. So the guy who steals doesn't understand what all this is all about. They give him that name, they say, "You got this problem". So he goes and thinks it's a very fashionable thing to have this fancy sounding disease. He says I got this disease, the doctor tells me that's the disease I have - and that is why my hand is not staying with me, and I am reaching out and putting things in my pocket - I can't resist it you know. The man is lying they have got another name for that. Even if you are afraid they have another name for it and if you are confused there is another name for it. They have made man's problems look very fancy and good; but behind all these things is the problem of sin.

The bible reveals that man's problem is sin; the bible also reveals the remedy for man's problem - the remedy is the death of Christ, through the shedding of blood on the cross of Calvary. The cross in essence is the remedy. When I say cross, am not talking about the cross that hangs around our neck or on top of the church building (we have one on top of our building; I don't mind that). Fine, wear it, putting it on the church building that is no problem; but I am not talking about that cross. I am talking about the cross where Jesus died, where his blood was shed; the cross which was used an altar for the sacrifice to be killed so that our sins may be forgiven. That is the cross I am talking about. And the Old Testament, one of the earliest verses that describe the Cross veryclearly, prophetically.You know, maybe you have not taught about it as a prophetic verse. But once again, let's go to it Leviticus chapter 17 verse 11 (we started with that verse in the first week itself). Chapter 17:11 says this - The whole teaching in chapter 16 and chapter 17 of Leviticus is about the Day of Atonement; Atonement means to bring man and God together, that is what atonement is. To make these two people whowere once separated, because of a problem,that is, the problem of sin, bring them together. Chapter 16 and 17 is about the Day of Atonement on how they should go about doing things on the Day of Atonement to make atonement for the sins of the people. And so he is talking about the shedding of the blood, the killing of the sacrificial animal and so on - it is all a picture of Christ and what he would do later on. So in that context he talks about the blood and he says this:"For the life of the flesh (God is instructing Moses and He says)...the life of the flesh is in the blood (God says), and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls (look at the word 'Atonement'); for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.'
Now why do I call it a prophetic scripture? What is so prophetic about it? It is not talking about someone's blood or some animals' blood Sure, the whole chapter is talking about how animal's blood must be carefully handled and you cannot eat it and so on; because the blood is meant for some other purpose; to be taken on the altar and be sprinkled upon the altar, to make atonement for the sins of people. But ultimately it is really talking about the blood of Jesus really; that is why I said it is a prophetic verse - when God says, "The life of the flesh is in the blood". It is very clearly prophetic; it is not talking just about our life or life that is in the animal whose blood is shed at that time. No, it is talking about the blood of Jesus. When Jesus came as a man, the blood that flowed in his body carried the very life of God; the life of the flesh is in the blood. We carry life in our blood - it's true. But we carry the life that come comes from our mother and father; it is already stained with sin, it is not perfect, it is a sin-mixed blood. But Jesus was not born with the father's help; so his blood did not come from his mother and father, it came from God Himself. That is why God could say through Apostle Paul; Paul says, talking to the Ephesian elders, in his final departure from there, before he goes to Rome he says, "Take care of the church (he tells the elders), who God bought with His own blood" How can he say, "With God's blood - only Jesus' blood was shed. He says, "God bought with His own blood", because the blood that was in Jesus, when he was in the flesh is the blood of God Himself. So it is about the blood of Jesus; that is why that blood is powerful. Why is it so powerful? Because it is sinless blood. It is a blood that came from God. Why is it so powerful? Because it has the life of God in it. That is why it is powerful - God's life is flowing through it. When it was shed, God's life was poured out for us so that we may have life. He is giving His life for us; because our life has stained and ruined by sin. He is giving His life so that we can have His life.

That is why when you take Communion, we take it saying - back in those days when we took Communion somebody came and administered it individually; they always said, "This is the blood that Jesus shed for you". Was I drinking the blood? No, I was not drinking the blood, I was just drinking the grape-juice. They said, "This is the blood of Jesus that was shed for you". What are they saying, "You are literally partakingof the very life of God by believing in the blood of Jesus" - that is exactly what they are saying.Maybe we should start saying that again as we administer even collectively, together, it is possible to do that. "This is the blood of Jesus that was shed for you". What are we saying? We are saying, "The life of God was poured out through the blood of Jesus, and you by believing in the blood of Jesus and by being washed by the blood of Jesus, the life of God Himself is available to you. Now you are not only washed by the blood of Jesus, you drink the blood of Jesus, in the sense that you partake of that life so that they life of God, "Zoe" life.In Greek it is called "Zoe".The life of God, is flowing in you. The quality of life, is God's life. That is what is flowing in you. So Leviticus 17:5, it's not what you think; it is not an ordinary verse - it is a prophetic verse. It is talking about the blood of Jesus, how so special it is; he carried the life of God in his flesh. And more importantly it says, "I have given it" (God is speaking there to Moses)... He says, "I have given it to you, upon the altar to make atonement for your souls". For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. In other words he is says, "Blood is appointed to bring man and God together" - to make atonement, to reconcile man with God; it must be shed. Otherwise man who was separated from God due to sin, can never come back to God. "I have given it to you upon the altar" Which altar? On the Cross. "I have meant it to be spilt on the altar of Calvary so that atonement could be made really for you so that people can come back to God". See how prophetic that verse is; only with Christ that whole verse can make meaning otherwise it will be just simply about the animal that was killed and the blood shed; and it is not about that. So it is a very profound verse.

When you go to the New Testament; let me read to you a couple of verses from the New Testament. The book of Hebrews chapter 7 verse 27 tells us in nouncertain terms that it is indeed that Jesus that was the sacrifice; it is his blood that was shed upon the altar. This whole thing about Leviticus 17:11 - this whole thing is about Jesus Christ. Hebrews 7:27 - It is talking about Jesus our high-priest today - see in the Old Testament time, the high priest on the Day of Atonement, first had to atone for his sins (because he cannot even offer a sacrifice; he is a sinner). So first he had to take care of his sin. He had to shed blood and sprinkle it and take care of certain procedures to clear himself from the sin and so on, and then go and offer sacrifices on behalf of the people - that is the procedureon the day of the atonement. Now he compares (this author compares) the New Testament Jesus Christ, as our high-priesthe offers himself as sacrifice to the Old Testament. He says, "Our high-priest does not need daily as those high-priests, (that is the Old Testament high-priests) to offer sacrifices first for his own sins and then for the people's.(he doesn't have to do that. Our high-priest is Jesus, he doesn't have to do what the Old Testament people did. They had to offer first sacrifices for themselves and then for the people.)Forthis one (that is this Jesus, our high-priest), he did oncefor all, when he offered up himself" - when he offered uphimself that was enough; because he didn't have to offer up sacrifice for himself. When he offered up himself as a sacrifice it is for us, it was not for him. It was only for us. This is the blood that was given at the altar called the cross - thatLeviticus 17:11 is referring too.

Turn with me again to the 9th Chapter - Hebrews 9, let me read to you verse 13 and 14, "For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" - Now it is talking about the blood of bulls and goats, if they can help to cleanse - you know everything was cleansed by that, it was sprinkled on everything so that everything at the altar can be cleansed, sprinkled on the vessels so that they can be cleansed - everything was cleaned by that;"if that can do that then how much more the blood of Jesus it", is saying. But look at the way it says; it answers some questions: It says, "How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God" Why is he pulling the eternal spirit over here? What does the eternal spirit doing here? And why does he say that when Jesus offered his blood as a sacrifice he offered itthrough the eternal spirit? Why does he put it that way?

Now on Tuesday, Jeevan is handling Isaiah 53 verse by verse literally and amazing teaching that is going on there; last week he dealt with this question - "How can one man sin or one man's death atone for everybody's sin?", "How can one man's suffering can be considered as punishment for all men's sin?" - It's a big question and he dealt with it in great detail, I don't have the time to go through all of it. But the answer is found here in this verse I believe (verse 14), "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" - Why is he pulling that concept of the eternal spirit?through the eternal spirit Jesus offered himself his blood that was shed and so on. Why? It means that even though the blood was shed 2,000 years ago on the crossof Calvary its impact and effects are valid for all eternity; when I say, "All eternity" -eternity includes the past, present and future - from Adam, all men until Jesus, and then from Jesus, all men to the last man; all those that live until now, and all those that will live here after; all sins of every single person; every sin that everyone committed, is punishedin this one person - the blood is the penalty that was paid for all men, for all eternity; the blood is applicable for eternity. The effect of the blood, the power of the blood to cleanse is good enough for all eternity. That is why one man's death, one man's suffering can be punishment for all men's sin and can be the punishment for all man's violations.

So the remedy is the blood of Jesus and the bible very clearly says that. Now think about this: there is no belief system no religion of any kind that offers anything that is like this; that resembles even anything even close to this. There is nothing in the whole world; no religious system or system of belief that says anything like this, thatGod's son came and he became our sacrifice, that he died on a cross, and that he shed his blood and gave his life, so that we may have life; so that our penalty can be paid - so that our sins can be washed and forgiven". There is no religious system in the whole world that says anything like this.

Just consider this; the fact that a man died 2,000 years ago and that man happens to be God's son. He died in unusual circumstances; he never did anything wrong, so he didn't die for his own sin; he didn't die for any fault of his - here is a perfect man, that ever lived on this earth - never sinned, did only good; healed people, delivered people, blessed people - saint he was. He never sinned, he had no sin in him; that man died 2,000 years ago. Very unusual for a person like that to die and die such a horrible death. Isaiah 53 says that, "He was so disfigured that they can't even look upon him. He lost the appearance of a human being" - Isaiah 52 verse 14 says that. "Even the appearance of a human being was lost, so marred was his visage", the bible says - disfigured he was. So horrible the death was. Why should a saintly man who has never sinned, for no fault of his, die like that?What caused people to kill him like that? Pilate washes his hands saying, "I find no fault in him. You guys are bring all of accusations against him but it means nothing. He is violated no law. He has violating nothing, he has done nothing wrong. I am washing my hands. I am clean" he says. But then hands him over to die, because everybody is demanding. Just imagine going to a court of law and the case goes against you because of the majority that is shouting. That is a very poor judgement, isn't it?Judgements are not given by asking who has got the majority. The court goes only by the law book; but here is Pilate sending him to be crucified knowing that he has done nothing wrong; but because everybody claims that he must die, everybody demands the death of thecrucifixion of Jesus, he hands him over and he dies.

So this man son of God, sinless person dies in the most unusualcircumstances. The horrible death he dies, and then third day he rose again. And then the third thing is he is living until today. Have you heard of anything like this? See, sometimes when you are in church these things become very ordinary because you are hearing it all the time, singing about it all the time,it sounds ordinary. If I was listening to some kind of story by someone and he said God came and took a man'sbody (human flesh) and came into this world, and died a horrible death, and then on the third day he rose again, and that he is living until this day; and that salvation is available through him, I would cancel all other appointments and listen to the story; because if this is true then my whole life and my future rest on this fact; if this is true then I must pay attention to it - I cannot just hear it and go away. I cannot consider this as an ordinary thing; this is not an ordinary matter. Which religion/which system of belief has any story like this; that a man came died, rose again and is alive till today, and he can forgive my sins- on the basis of the shed blood, my sins are forgiven. There is nothing in the whole world like that. If this is true then I say to you this is the most important single event in all of human history. There is nothing that can compare with it. Not only that - the remedy is a perfect remedy (Hebrews chapter 10 tells us that...verse 14).

What is a perfect remedy? (Let's read it) "For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified (Look at the way he puts it) by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified".(The "being" sanctified indicates a progressive work; but what he did is indicated by a perfect work - that is, it is completed, it is perfectly perfect, completely complete. That is the way you should put it. There is nothing left in that to do anymore - you can't look at the cross and what Jesus has done there and say, "Well, I think he missed out one item there, we need to add this to that". No, there is nothing to add; because it is perfect. You can't look at the cross and say, "We need to take one thing out of it". No, there is nothing to take out, nothing to add - because it is the perfect work; nothing is missing there; it is perfectly done. It's a perfect work; it is perfectly perfect and completely complete; there is nothing to be added, nothingto be taken away. It is done perfectly. When God does it He does it perfectly. Then why it says, in the progressive sense, about us - that we are "being" sanctified, because the way we received the benefits that come through the shed blood is progressive. What the blood has done, it has done completely and finished; we receive it slowly. Why? Because we are human beings and we follow all kinds of things, to just to believe these things takes time. See, howlong it takes me to preach this thing, you know. I am going to preach for many weeks on this. It takes so long to just get in it. And when I preach it...I know there are some people sitting there and saying, "I doubt that"- because I heard once that is not true. How can that be? How can one die and everybody be saved? How can one man die and everybody's sins will be forgiven? how can this happen? I doubt it.

See I was born in this background - born as a preacher's kid, raised in the church, it took me so long to believe all these things; because most of the time, they told me, I have to die in order to receive all that has been done on the cross of Calvary. So for us, our death was the main thing; so we always whenever we reached about 40 or 50 years of age we said, "Lord I am ready to come". You know we thought let's die quickly because when we go to heaven we will enjoy everything and its going to be good; because before you die you can't have anything good. You are going to suffer here only - and only suffering is here and all the blessings and enjoyment of life is going to be in heavenly only; nothing here. I thought that for a long time because they said in heaven only all the good things are there. Here only suffering; I must die to get all the blessings. The day I die is the most glorious day because I am going to enter into heaven and enjoy very much my life; but then I found out that the bible teaches exactly the opposite - it is not that I die and enter into the blessing, it's he died so that I may enter into the blessings; how different it is. You know, you put it slightly different, you are lost; that's it. He died so that he may give you everything, but you still you can't just enjoy anything because they told you, "You have to die to get there".

I have been there, that is why I am telling you. I don't want you to be there. I am telling you, you don't have to die; your death does nothing my friend; his death has done everything. So that is progressive; see even though he has done it perfectly already 2,000 years ago when he died on the cross, shed his blood, everything of his work he has done it perfectly - perfectly provided everything that I would ever need, the knowledge of these things comes to me progressively, therefore only progressively can I enter into the benefits and the blessings that the cross has brought into my life. Day by day I am understanding, more and more I am understanding. For some years I never understood certain things; I never entered into those blessings; because nobody told me so clearly. That is one of the reasons I began to teach as clearly as possible, as simply as possible so that even a little kid can understand. I try to make it simple - because I have been there, whereI sat there and never understood anything. I just sat there and wondered, "What is happening?" They will be running up and down, shouting. I said, "Wow, what is he saying". And when I came home, in our house, after Sunday church you have to tell what the preacher preached; otherwise no food. So I tried to listen very hard to understand especially when some of these preachers came, I had a very tough time because I couldn't really catch what they were saying - they read one verse, three points seems to be: read the verse, leave the verse; and never come back to the verse. So I always noted down the verse; so when my grandmother askedI can just give her the verse and I would say, well he preached on this. What they preached? Only God knows. At least if you showed the verse, you have a slight chance of getting your food that day.

But you see it takes time for me; it is not easy - it didn't come easily, I had to learn. I had to go into that, I had to go into that. Even when somebody preached it, I couldn't get it immediately; so many things I had to listen so many times. I would buy some of the things where they are taught; and listen to again and again, and again until I got it. Keep the bible and look at it and listen, and talk to others and discuss it, and come back to it and listen again, so that I may get it. It didn't come easily. So that is why it says, "By the one offering he has perfected forever" - that one offering 2,000 years ago has done a perfect work - done everything perfectly and that lasts forever. But it says those who are "being" sanctified (it is talking about us)... It says, we are "being" sanctified. So only progressively the thing is happening to us.

So it is a perfect work; it is a wonderful work. The appropriation happens progressively. I hope, you know,a lot of you begin to appropriate it now. Begin to appropriate one by one as we cover some other things that have been done through the blood of Jesus. When the blood of Jesus was shed on the cross and the sacrifice was made, it unlocked treasures of God's provision - it was like a whole godown full of provisions of what God wanted to give to me. It was kept there for me and throughout all eternity, God has planned it purposely kept it for me. But when Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood - that was the key that unlocked God's provision for me. So the cross is the center of the gospel; that is why. Why? It is when he died, it was when he shed his blood, all the things God opened up for me; I was given entry to all the blessings of God. Until then sin was a factor; it kept me away from God's blessings; but when the cross happened, when the blood was shed- that is when all of God's provision was made available to me. It unlocked a treasure-house of God's provisions for me. So I say to you, that the cross is the center of the gospel. It has to be at the center of the gospel. You can teach all kinds of blessings, but no blessing is possible without the cross. That is why you should never divert from the cross. You have to be grounded in the cross. You can talk about this and that and everything, but nothing works without the cross; it is the center; now the fact that the cross is the center is revealed in Isaiah in a very wonderful way - go back to Isaiah 53 (I spent all this time, just to come back here in Isaiah 53).

Again we are going to go to verse 4-6. But I want to show you how wonderfully God reveals the fact that the cross is the center of the gospel; it is the foundation of the gospel. It is from the cross the whole gospel takes shape. You take the cross, there is no gospel - that's it. Everything comes from the cross; the fact is revealed from the book of Isaiah. So let's see that: How many chapters are in the book of Isaiah? (Anybody knows...66 correct, you have been reading your bible). How many books are in the bible? (66). Isaiah is divided into two divisions.People who have studied Isaiahhave said that Isaiah comes in two divisions - some have even suggested, two authors; butlet's leave that alone. It is two divisions - 1 to 39 is the first division; 40 to 66 is the second division. 1 to 39 (39 chapters), the rest of it is 27 chapters. 40 to 66 is 27, not 26 because you add 40 also (count from 40 it is 27).

How many books are in the New Testament? (39), how many books are in the New Testament? (27). So they have said (those who have studied Isaiah for many years and being experts in it)...They say, in Isaiah there is a New Testament referring to chapter 40 to 66. They say, within Isaiah you can find the entire New Testament within Isaiah. So they have called Isaiah, New Testament in the Old Testament. Did you know there is a New Testament in the Old Testament? They are referring to Isaiah 40 to 66. How can they do that? Listen to this now: the 27 chapters are like the 27 books of the New Testament; the 27 chapters of Isaiah are further divided into three divisions.When people outline books of the bible, chapters of the bible and so on - for study purposes, they look at a thought and they go till where that particular passage - they see where it ends, that thought ends and a new thought begins - so they outline it like that. So those who outline it say that 27 chapters can be divided into three divisions of nine chapters each. One extraordinary feature of the 9 chapters each is: each of the ending verse (that is, 9 chapters each means 40 to 48 is the first division, and then 49 to 57 is the second division, and then 58 is 66 is the third division of 9 chapters). The thing that dividesthem or the most extraordinary thing about this 9-chapter division is; at the end of each 9 chapters - the last verse of the 9th chapter, in all three divisions, there is a verse that sounds very similar that basically indicates that God will not compromise with sin - sin has to be dwelt with; God will never ever compromise with sin.

Let me just read to you those verses; 48 last verse (verse 22) - There is no peace say the Lord for the wicked - that is the last verse. There is no peace says the Lordfor the wicked. That means, God is merciful, but He isnot going to put up with the wicked - even though he is merciful, it doesn't mean that He overlooks sin, He compromises with sin. No, He will do something about sin; He will deal with sin properly and legally - He cannot just overlook sin. 57th chapter is the next division (the last verse) verse 21 -There is no peace says my God for the wicked. - Again the same thing. This is how they divide the chapters. And then 66th chapter, last verse - They shall go forth and look upon the corpses of men who have transgressed against me for their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. Talks about what would happen to the wicked at the end if they remain wicked. So it is basically the same thing; that God does not and will not compromise with sin. Sin has to be dealt with properly, that is the thing.

So 9-chapter divisions: Now if there are three 9 chapters in within the 27 chapters, then what is the center of the three 9 chapters (the middle 9 chapters)? The middle 9 chapters is what? The middle 9 chapters ischapters 49 to 57 is the middle 9 chapters - that is the center of the 27 chapters. 27 chapters divided to 9 chapters each, 3 divisions...the middle one is chapters 49 to 57, that is the center of the 27 chapters. Now what is the center of these 9 chapters?49 to 57 has9 chapters, what is the center? 49,50, 51, 52, then 53 is the 5th, then 54, 55, 56, 57 - again four chapters are coming (so four chapters this way, and four chapters that way). In the middle is 53rdchapter , so I say to you the middle line chapter is the center and out of that the 53rd Chapter is the very centerof the middle 9 chapters. And now 53rd chapter they say begins actually 52nd chapter verse 13. If 53rdChapter is about the suffering of the Messiah, for suffering of the servant of God as he is called here, then the suffering passage begins - theprophecy about his suffering it begins in verse 13 in 52nd Chapter, it begins like this; 52:13."Behold, my servant shall deal prudently. He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you.So his visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men. So shall he sprinklemany nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him; for what had not been told them they shall see;and what they had not heard they shall consider" - so the suffering begins back in verse 13 of 52nd chapter itself. The 'sin bearing servant' topic begins in 52nd Chapter verse 13, and goes on through 53rd Chapter.

So all the people who interpreted Isaiah have basically agreed that the chapter is beginning at the wrong place here as they have divided (men divided the chapters later on). So they have divided it wrong, they say - it must begin in verse 13, of 52. So if it begins verse 13, of 52, they again divide those verses into groups. They outline those verses and they come up with 5 groups of three verses each: First group is chapter 52 verse 13 to 15; second group is chapter 53 verse 1 to 3; third group is verses 4 to 6 of chapter53; forth group is verses 7 to 9 of 53 and 5th group is 10 to 12 of 53. Now five groups are there of three verses. What is the middle one of this? It is Isaiah 4 to 6. I don't know how this happened; but many people have discovered it, they are pointing it out. They say this seems to have been done by divine ordination. God takes the New Testament within the Old Testament and putsright at the center of it; at the dead center of it; the depth - the very center of it - Isaiah 53:4-6 which is specifically about Christ hanging on the Cross and what happened to him as he hung on that cross; what God did through that. All the other verses are related to his sufferings and so on; but 4-6 is exactly about his suffering on the cross indicating that in the gospel, the cross is at the very center of the Gospel. It deserves no other place other than at the very center of the gospel; if you take it out from the center, you are lost. So now look at Isaiah 53: 4-6 - this is what we read, when we read, you didn't realize that it is at the dead-center of the gospel - that this message.Verse 4 to 6 carries the message that is the centrality of the gospel that we preach: So let's us read 4-6. And look at how it begins: "Surely 'surely' is the word, it is not used anywhere in that whole thing - everybody say "surely".


God knew very well back there that will be scholars that would be raised up in the last days; that would say, "No, no don't be believe that. It can't be saying that; this is not true". So God, back then said, especially when He got to verse 4, He said: "Surely" - everybody say, 'Surely'. You know how many places they have now removed the word "blood" from their hymns, from their vocabulary? -because they think that it is not modern enough to accommodate in the church; that we are a modern people, that we shouldn't be talking about the blood of Jesus; that it looks ugly and that it doesn't give a good picture of Christianity. These people are trying to give a good picture of Christianity; they are saviors; trying to save Christianity from shame and disgrace - they say let us remove the word "blood", the blood of Jesus and all that. If possible, remove the cross itself and make it like a fancy little thing. So, so many songs have changed; the blood subject is removed from the songs; preaching is almost extinct in most places concerning the blood of Jesus. And that is why there is no power to change anybody. Because God has put the power right there. That is the centrality of the gospel. You take this out, there is nothing. Then you are sermonizing: your nice thoughts don't change anybody; your nice thoughts tickle ears but it does not do anything for anybody. It has no power to change people; it has no power to change the hearts of people. It has no power to wash a sinner's sins. It has no power to bring a new heart to a man. New birth to a person - it is so important. "Surely" - Surely he has borne our griefsand carried our sorrows" - When we come to healing I want to deal with this: It says healing and sorrows but surely doesn't mean "healing and sorrows" - they have translated it like this: the two Hebrew words that are translated "healing and sorrows"; at all other places in the Old Testament, the same two Hebrew words are only translated as "sickness and pains" - only here are translated as "healing and sorrows" - totally misguiding, misleading people away from the healing; because of this, a lot of people thought healing is not there. They have lost out a great blessing that comes out through the cross of Calvary because of this one thing; but I will deal with that later.

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him".Notice the subject of sin is here. He was wounded for our transgressions(our sins), he was bruised for our iniquities.The subject matter of sin is here,how sin is remedied, is what the subject is about. "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities",- because sin must be punished. God law says, "The soul that sins shall die" - that is what is happening on the cross of Calvary. Why did Jesus die, even though he was sinless? He never did one sin, there was not even sin by birth in him. All of us carry sin from birth. He never even had that. Why did he die? Because verse 5 says, "He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities". Sin has to be dwelt with. God will not compromise with sin; God will not overlook sin. So on the cross he was dealing with sinthe way it should be dealt with; the penalty must be paid; punishment must be given. So he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquities. This explains why Jesus died. Some people say, "Look at your Jesus, he died, he couldn't even help himself". No, he himself said, "I can tell God and he can send legions of angels". It's not that he couldn't save himself. He was offering himself as a sacrifice for us on the cross of Calvary; he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities...he was solving the most difficult problem of humanity, the problem of sin. He was offering himself as a sacrifice. Then verse 6 "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way. And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." -Look at verse 6 it states very beautifully the problem of sin. "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way"

Many many years ago, there was a singer called Frank Sinatra, some of youmay know. He came up with a song.,he sang a song...don't know if he wrote it or not. He sang a song. I used to ride a bike back in those days. He said, "I did it my way" - a single record was made. One song on a record, sold more than a 1 million copies back then. One song, people would go and buy one song record to hear that. And they would play it again and again, and again: "I did it my way". I used to hear that also; now I look back and I am like, "What was in it". There is nothing: he is singing, "I did it my way" and we all loved it, because we all belonged to that bunch that did it our way. We were all gone astray, we were all sinners, we all went astray, we were all people that did things our way. That is sin. What is sin? No place for God. What is sin? Not living for the glory of God. We do it our way. We loved it; because that is the way we lived. You ask people said, "Don't it that way because the bible..." They said, "Forget about the bible,man. It is my money, I earn it, I will do whatever I want to do with it. It's my legs, my hands I will do whatever I want not do with it. Who cares." That is the way; that is "My way" thing. My way is the highway, my way is the best way. That is the way people live. That is sin. That is what bible describes as sin. They don't realize that God brought them into the world. God gave them life; we dedicated a child. How did the child come into the world? God gives the children; children are the heritage of the Lord. He has given them the breath of life; brought them into the world; put treasures inside of them; talents and gifts - for a purpose. How can you just live your way? If you really understand all these things, you would say: "God, which way should I go?" But the thing is verse 6 says: "All we like sheep have gone astray" - English is very nice and polite, it doesn't bring out the thing. In Tami it says, "thirinthu" it's loitering, going here and there, but going nowhere. "Thirinthu" that is what is translated as 'astray'. There is a difference between "thiriyirathu" and going in particular direction. "Thirinthu"means just to go anywhich way. And I also tried it when I was young. For a while I was just going around just here and there, no purpose. I remember spending hours together just standing there; talk and laugh. Some of these preachers will come and say, "Oh Sam. How are you? What are you doing here?" -"Summa, Just simply; simply we are just standing here". I couldn't tell any purpose for standing there and doing the thing. For hours, one whole evening will go...6 o'clock we will get together, 10 O'clock, 11 O'clock...you know just going. Those days we never had any cellphones but we could tell where everybody would be. We will go pick up our friends and say, "No, no he won't be there. I will tell you - he is there". We were like prophets, you know, we were led by the spirit; no messaging, no phones, nothing, but we could go catch a fellow where he is, exactly; we could catch him exactly where he will be. Those were the days; no phone bills for a change. But that's not a good life; because that is a waste of life.

Every day we lived like that and went nowhere - we wasted hours and hours. I wish I just sat down and did something productive; I never did it. I could have learnt something; I could have read something, I could have understood many things. But I never thought, I never thought that there was anything to read and understand and learn those days. I never had a purpose. I didn't know why I was here. Why I was born, what God has given me that I am answerable to God. That there is a God who is a creator; I am just a creature. That every day I must seek His will; I never thought that. That is the condition of a sinner who is lost; he is lost that is why he is loitering. In life he goes about just like this - here and there; astray, not knowing what to do. When you get saved, the one thing that happens is you get hooked up with your Maker, and He gives you direction; instead of being pointless in your direction, you become very well directed. Every day you get up with a vision; your life is filled with a vision, you go about doing certain things exactly as you must do it and live it fruitfully.

"And finally it says, the Lord has laid on him iniquity of as all. The word "iniquity" comes from a Hebrew word "avon" - the iniquity does not means just the sin, or the transgression,the word transgression is also used. But it does not mean just the things that the guy did - the wrong things that the guy did. It includes the punishment for those things, as well theconsequences of those things. Just to prove you, I can give some other verses also,but no time. Let me read Chapter 4 of Genesis: After Cain killed his brother Abel, God comes to him and asked him, "Where is Abel your brother" and so on. And then verse 10, And God says now: "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth" - See now God knows that he has killed - that killing is a sin, murder is what he has done. But look at the consequences and the punishment that comes for that murder: "You are now cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand (so you are cursed from the earth). When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you (now that is very sad, because this guy is a farmer. He is a farmer and he cannot even go and plant something and get some crop - that is very sad, that means you can't earn. You go and work and work, and work, you earn very little; that is not enough to even fill your stomach). He says, "You are cursed from the earth, and then when you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth." That is a fugitive and a vagabond means an unstable person, loitering around, astray; just going around; purposely aimlessly just going about; so that's the punishment - the punishment is - see how sin affects the prosperity of a person; he works, there is no fruit, there is no blessing. There is no purpose in life. There is no happiness. There is no sense of satisfaction or fulfillment - these are all consequences. Why are read this is, the word 'avon' which is translated iniquity, in verse 6 of Chapter 53 in Isaiah, includes not only the iniquity, but also the consequences and the punishment.

So, when it says, "The Lord laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all" - it does notmean just our transgression or our sin, it means also the punishment for that sin as well the horrible, cruel consequences of that sin. For example, in Cain's case, it is his murder; the guilt of that murder was laid upon Jesus but then his cursedness, where he will work and will have no fruit; that curse was laid upon Jesus.His life as a vagabond that was laid upon Jesus. So when Jesus hung there, God laid upon him the iniquity meaning the sin as well as its consequences as well its punishment; but he delivered all of that and he carried that on the cross at Calvary. So as a result, a wonderful exchange happened: What has happened? It is not a one-way street; it is not just God laying on Jesus all kinds of bad stuff; the good stuff that was on Jesus was takenand put on us - there was a two-way exchange. He has bow our griefs, carried our sorrows; that is God putting that on him; and then in verse 5 it says, "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement forourpeace was laid upon in" That is again putting more stuff, bad stuff from us on him. But then listen, it is a two-way thing; after he puts all our bad stuff on him, then he takes from him and puts on us - He says, "By his stripes we are healed" He took all our stuff and putting it on him, and then from his stripes comes healing to us.

And then verse 6 says, "The Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all" So I would say it like this: "The cross was a place of exchange where God exchanged everything that was good in Jesus, for everything that was bad in us" Jesus was punished so that I might be forgiven/we might be forgiven. Jesus was wounded so that we might healed; Jesus was made sin with sinfulness so that we may be made righteousness; Jesus took our death so that we may have his life; Jesus took our curse and he was made a curse, so that we may have blessings; Jesus took our poverty so that we may enjoy his abundance; Jesus took our shame so that we may have glory; Jesus took our rejection so that we may have God's complete acceptance.

I want you all to say it with me one time as we close; because the testimony, your testimony, is important. That is what the bible says - the cross was a place of exchange; all the bad was laid on him; all the good was laid on you - it is a two-way street. Everything from you went to him; everything from him came to you. So let's say it, because the bible says, they overcame by the blood of the lamb, by the word of their testimony; this is how you testify about what you have - this is how you possess the blessings of Calvary.

Everybody say , "Jesus was punished, so that I may be forgiven; he was wounded that I may be healed; he was made sin that I may be made righteous; he died my death, so that I may have his life; he became cursed so that I can be blessed; he took my poverty so that I can have his abundance; he took my shame so that I can have his glory; he took my rejection so that I can have total acceptance; my old man died, my new man came alive; through the cross of Calvary I am new man, I am blessed, I am prosperous, I have a great future, I am in Christ. I am forgiven, I am healed. Praise God.

Don't let the devil tell you that you are not worthy. After all that happened on the cross of Calvary, how can you let the devil tell you that you are not worthy of the blessings. I say to you by the authority of God's word, every single one of you here; Jesus died for you. If you have not believed and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, do it today; he died for you. It doesn't matter who you are, what your past is, and all that; no, no it doesn't matter. He died for you - you can have his life. You can have his blessings - can you be blessed? Yes. Are you worthy? Yes - the answer is "Yes". Don't listen to the devil. I said to you the word of God says yes. All His promises are yea and Amen. It is yes, in and through Jesus Christ. All the way home, you keep saying that you are forgiven, you are healed, you are blessed, you are prosperous - say that; that is how you appropriate what the blood of Jesus has done for you." class="form-control valid" name="videotranscript" id="videotranscript" required>To read sermon summary, click here

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Please turn with me to Isaiah chapter 53. Let me read to you verses 4, 5 and 6 (Isaiah 53:4, 5&6),"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken;smitten by God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities.The chastisement for our peace was upon him,and by his stripes we are healed.All we like sheep have gone astray.We have turned, every one, to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all".

We have been teaching on the power of the blood of Jesus for the last 6 weeks and this is the 7th week that I am continuing this. Now the last couple of years we have been dealing with how we may appropriate what the blood of Jesus has obtained for us. In the old Pentecostal churches they called it, "Pleading the blood". That is first you got to know what the blood of Jesus has done from the word of God, and then on basis of that, you lay claim to those blessings that has come to you as a result of Jesus shedding the blood on the cross for you. (They termed it as 'Pleading the blood). Anyway it's basically having to do with appropriating the blessings that have been obtained for us through the shedding of Christ's blood on the Cross. We went to Revelation 12, verse 10 and 11, (if you remember) where it is says that the devil, the accuser of the brethren, is accusing the believers in the presence of God night and day - just imagine that - the devil is an accuser who is busy with his job of accusing God's Children. He is not only busy there, he is also busy among us; he comes to you, accusing you, making you feel condemned. Have you ever felt condemned? I know in my experience, a lot of Christian people live under a burden of condemnation - they feel terrible - they feel like they are sinners, worthless. The devil tells them, you are sinner, you are bad, you are not worthy at all; how would God ever hear your prayer. And then they go to church and some man there tells them: "Your prayers won't even reach as far as the roof". And so that kind of confirms to them that they are bad and their prayers won't work. So that is why you have a lot of people writing to evangelists for prayers because they are convinced that their prayer won't work, that they are not worthy; that they have not been good or good enough for God to answer their prayers or to bless them in anyway. So they go through someone else; a mediator - they leave out the main mediator; "There is only one mediator", the bible says - between God and man;the man Jesus Christ" He is the perfect one; it is not because of us we have received all the blessings - it is because of the blood of Jesus that we have been washed clean. That is what qualifies us to come before God and receive any blessing from God. But they leave that mediator and go somewhere else because they don't put their faith in the blood that was shed, in what Jesus has done. They put their faith in men and women here and there.

But the thing is this; the accuser of the brethren accuses; accuses us here and accuses us in the presence of God. And the bible tells us in Revelation 12:10 and 11: It says that the accuser of the brethren was defeated. He was brought down/low, and defeated by the saints of God. How did they defeat him? We are told they defeated him and won a victory over him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. Three things are involved in taking the victory: One is the blood of the lamb (where there is the blood of Jesus), and then second is; the word of God. The word of God is very important, the blood of lamb is the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross. The word of God is important because the word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has obtained for us; has done for us - that is why the word of God is important.

Thirdly, our testimony - this is all important because, blood has done what it must do; everything has been completed. The bible calls it, "perfect redemption", the bible calls it "the perfect work" - it is been finished, perfectly finished - completely complete, you may say. And nothing left, it's all done. Butthe thing is people still don't receive it, don't enjoy it. Why? Because they don't know anything about it. That is why the word is important (the word of God); because the word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has done. How do I know what the blood of Jesus has done, how valuable it is, what it has done, and what can I expect today as a result of the power of the blood of Jesus and how it has worked for me? That the word of God informs me; so the blood of Jesus has been shed; done a perfect work, the word of God tells me what the blood has done. The third thing is very important because even though the first two things has done, if you don't add your testimony; if you don't believe that and confess with your mouth and speak it out, you never really appropriate it - in Christianity, confession is all important. It is called "A great confession". Why Christianity is called "A great confession?"Not because we just confess sins, it is because we confess our faith - confession of sin happens only when you sin. That is done occasionally as a believer; but confession of faith happens all the time; we are people who constantly confess - confess what? Confess what we believe; what is ours through Jesus Christ and through the Cross of Calvary. So our testimony is all important. Now this is what we have been talking about.

Now today I want to continue that. See, if it is true that the word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has done, and only in that basis we can plead or we can stand and receive our blessings and we can claim our blessings that have been obtained for us, then the most important thing for us is to know from the word of God what the blood of Jesus has done. So I want to go through certain things that they blood of Jesus has done. Today I want to deal with forgiveness and healing - that is why I read Isaiah 53 verse4,5 and 6 because it deals with forgiveness of sins and healing. Now let's deal with forgiveness of sins first - to deal with forgiveness of sin you need to understand the problem of sin. When you want to understand man's real problem, then you got to go to this; and the bible (I was thinking about it)...the bible, if you have never known anything about the bible, please know this one thing and appreciate its contribution to human life today. One thing it has done is it reveals what human problem is,like no other book in the whole world reveals; there is no other book in the whole universe that reveals what man's problem is, other than the bible. The bible calls it exactly as it is; the bible tells as that sin is man's problem, no other book tells us that. If any other book tells us that, that is a book based on the bible; that is why it tells us that. Bible is the only book (you may have gone to the university and studied there and got your doctorate even)...no book will ever tell you anywhere in the world that sin is the cause of human problem (only the bible tells us). That is why even though you may go to the universities and colleges and so on and learn a lot of things there through the week, it is important to come to church on Sunday; because we tell you what they don't tell you; and what we tell is more important than what they tell you - because they can teach you a lot of things but they cannot teach you this key to success in life; the human problem must be understood - if you don't understand human problem, then how can you understand the cure, and how can you be healed and how can you receive from God the remedy that is available for that sin; how can the problem be ever be solved. So this is a very important matter; the problem of sin must be understood - and the bible (if you don't appreciate for anything else), must be appreciated for this one thing; it makes an extraordinary contribution; and that is, it tells us what human problem is all about; human problem is sin; that's the specialty of the bible - it tells us that it is sin and it tells us the remedy also(in the verses 4, 5 and 6...I will bring that out in a minute).

Now the problem is sin; you know first we got to know the diagnosis,then only we treat it right. So let's go through the diagnosis;the problem is sin. Doctor MartynLlyod-Jones, I don't know if you have heard of him - was a great preacher back in the 40's, 50's and 60's; and he preached in England and Wales. He was a medical doctor (trained medical doctor, as a young man, 29 year old man - he was already well known and had a hardy street practice in London where wealthy people went to consult with private doctors. And he was the assistant to Lord Horder (who was a very famous doctor at that time and who was the queen's doctor). Doctor Martin Lord Jones was known for his ability as a person who can diagnose diseases and so on, and he worked with people a lot; trying to find out what particular illness they were suffering from. And in his experience he says he found outthat man's problem is not sickness; it is not mental, it is not emotional; it is not social; it is not financial; it is not all these other things; it is not his nerves, it's not his this and that - mainly the root of all the problem is sin.

So he says (he talks about how he came to ministry; he says...) the more he practiced medicine, he came to find out that the root problem is sin; and he ends up talking with people more about sin and salvation and so on, because he finds out that's the mother of all the problems. So one day he finally decided that he will just go ahead and be a preacher, and he taught of bringing the real cure to people and he left his medical practice.When he entered ministry he was still a young man, very successful doctor, very bright future. Lot of people knew him, so it came out in the newspapers in London that this medical doctor has left medical practice and bright prospects for a great future as a medical man and went to Wales, in a city, became a pastor of a church, in a community full of workers that worked in a coal mine (basic workers). Everybody thought what is he going to do with basic coalminers; this is a great medical doctor and an intellectual - what is he going to preach there, how is he going to be received there. In the end, he started bringing many hundreds of people to Christ and then later on,after about 10 years there another great preacherG. Campbell Morgan who was a pastor of Westminster chapel was getting very old (he was about 85 years old). He was near death, and so he wanted to find a replacement for him there; so he went and searched out Doctor MartynLlyod-Jones and brought him and made him a Pastor of Westminster chapel which is at theBuckingham gate itself (the address is Buckingham gate. It is right at the gate of the BuckinghamPalace). And became a very successful preacher. His bible studies were attended by 2,000 people every Friday night - back in the 50's.

Late 40's and the 50's bible studies were attended by 2,000 people (just imagine that). Years together, he taught bible study, then he had a Sunday morning service where he taught something, and Sunday evening service where he taught another thing. One of the greatest preachers of the 20th Century. Hetalks about the problem of sin as being the mother of all the problems; if you get that right, you can correct all other problems - he believes.

So what is sin? Let's get to the definition of sin; what is sin? If sin is the mother of all the problems then we need to get that right - to get life right, to get all the problems in life right. What is sin? Sin is not necessarily committing some great crime like robbing a bank or killing somebody or committed adultery or some great sin, and practicing some kind of evil vice or something like that; not necessarily. All those other things - All those criminal activities and vices, and evil habits, they are all the things that sin gives birth to. They come as a result of sin; if you have sinned, then all these things come. But actually sin is not that, sin is much greater than that; it is at the bottom of that. It is the foundation for these things that happen. What is sin then? Let me define sin: It is failing to give God His rightful place in our lives.He is our creator, we are creatures. Sin is failing to give God His rightful place - the place that belongs to Him in our life. What is the place that belongs to Him? Number 1 place; He must be the most important person in our life because of Him I am here - I am breathing, I am living; He gave me life. He is my Creator; without Him I am nothing, He made me. So He must have that top priority, Number 1 place in our lives.

So sin is a failure to give God the right place in our lives and also it is...Sin is leading our lives in such a way that we don't bring glory to God as His created beings. See, we live and we don't bring any glory to God. We don't live for the glory of God who made us - that is sin. So it is failure to give the right place to God that He deserves as our creator and failure to glorify God in every way. That is what sin is basically. Now a lot of people in the world are unhappy with Christians because Christians are calling everybody, "Sinner". So they are saying, "Well these Christians are bad because they are calling everybody in the world 'Sinners'. We are not sinners, we are good people". So, let me clarify to those people(that are out there watching or maybe some of them that are sitting here you know they have always thought that Christians are calling other people "Sinners". Please understand, some of our people have not explained before maybe. Let me explain it; we don't mean, you know, thatyou are a bad person, evil person or something like that. You may be a good person in terms of when you look at it in the worldly sense. What we are saying is; God does not have the rightful place in your life; that's sin. And you don't glorify God by your life - that is what sin is. Sin is leading your life as you like, having no place for God; and living for your own glory and for your own sake (you are living for your own sake); and that is what sin is. The bible defines sin in that way. And you can understand very well how that is the root cause of all problem.

God gave us life; He made us - made us for a purpose; we were made for Him. The bible puts the whole equation like this: "Everything was made for man, and man is made for God"That is the equation; you cannot change that. That's the way things are. Alright, so this is what sin is. Now if that what sin is, and that is at the bottom of all the problems that human beings have; you know psychologists and sociologists and scientists and so on, they give so many wonderful names now for all the difficulties that people have. You know, somebody is stealing, they give a nice fancy name; why he is stealing. So the guy who steals doesn't understand what all this is all about. They give him that name, they say, "You got this problem". So he goes and thinks it's a very fashionable thing to have this fancy sounding disease. He says I got this disease, the doctor tells me that's the disease I have - and that is why my hand is not staying with me, and I am reaching out and putting things in my pocket - I can't resist it you know. The man is lying they have got another name for that. Even if you are afraid they have another name for it and if you are confused there is another name for it. They have made man's problems look very fancy and good; but behind all these things is the problem of sin.

The bible reveals that man's problem is sin; the bible also reveals the remedy for man's problem - the remedy is the death of Christ, through the shedding of blood on the cross of Calvary. The cross in essence is the remedy. When I say cross, am not talking about the cross that hangs around our neck or on top of the church building (we have one on top of our building; I don't mind that). Fine, wear it, putting it on the church building that is no problem; but I am not talking about that cross. I am talking about the cross where Jesus died, where his blood was shed; the cross which was used an altar for the sacrifice to be killed so that our sins may be forgiven. That is the cross I am talking about. And the Old Testament, one of the earliest verses that describe the Cross veryclearly, prophetically.You know, maybe you have not taught about it as a prophetic verse. But once again, let's go to it Leviticus chapter 17 verse 11 (we started with that verse in the first week itself). Chapter 17:11 says this - The whole teaching in chapter 16 and chapter 17 of Leviticus is about the Day of Atonement; Atonement means to bring man and God together, that is what atonement is. To make these two people whowere once separated, because of a problem,that is, the problem of sin, bring them together. Chapter 16 and 17 is about the Day of Atonement on how they should go about doing things on the Day of Atonement to make atonement for the sins of the people. And so he is talking about the shedding of the blood, the killing of the sacrificial animal and so on - it is all a picture of Christ and what he would do later on. So in that context he talks about the blood and he says this:"For the life of the flesh (God is instructing Moses and He says)...the life of the flesh is in the blood (God says), and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls (look at the word 'Atonement'); for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.'
Now why do I call it a prophetic scripture? What is so prophetic about it? It is not talking about someone's blood or some animals' blood Sure, the whole chapter is talking about how animal's blood must be carefully handled and you cannot eat it and so on; because the blood is meant for some other purpose; to be taken on the altar and be sprinkled upon the altar, to make atonement for the sins of people. But ultimately it is really talking about the blood of Jesus really; that is why I said it is a prophetic verse - when God says, "The life of the flesh is in the blood". It is very clearly prophetic; it is not talking just about our life or life that is in the animal whose blood is shed at that time. No, it is talking about the blood of Jesus. When Jesus came as a man, the blood that flowed in his body carried the very life of God; the life of the flesh is in the blood. We carry life in our blood - it's true. But we carry the life that come comes from our mother and father; it is already stained with sin, it is not perfect, it is a sin-mixed blood. But Jesus was not born with the father's help; so his blood did not come from his mother and father, it came from God Himself. That is why God could say through Apostle Paul; Paul says, talking to the Ephesian elders, in his final departure from there, before he goes to Rome he says, "Take care of the church (he tells the elders), who God bought with His own blood" How can he say, "With God's blood - only Jesus' blood was shed. He says, "God bought with His own blood", because the blood that was in Jesus, when he was in the flesh is the blood of God Himself. So it is about the blood of Jesus; that is why that blood is powerful. Why is it so powerful? Because it is sinless blood. It is a blood that came from God. Why is it so powerful? Because it has the life of God in it. That is why it is powerful - God's life is flowing through it. When it was shed, God's life was poured out for us so that we may have life. He is giving His life for us; because our life has stained and ruined by sin. He is giving His life so that we can have His life.

That is why when you take Communion, we take it saying - back in those days when we took Communion somebody came and administered it individually; they always said, "This is the blood that Jesus shed for you". Was I drinking the blood? No, I was not drinking the blood, I was just drinking the grape-juice. They said, "This is the blood of Jesus that was shed for you". What are they saying, "You are literally partakingof the very life of God by believing in the blood of Jesus" - that is exactly what they are saying.Maybe we should start saying that again as we administer even collectively, together, it is possible to do that. "This is the blood of Jesus that was shed for you". What are we saying? We are saying, "The life of God was poured out through the blood of Jesus, and you by believing in the blood of Jesus and by being washed by the blood of Jesus, the life of God Himself is available to you. Now you are not only washed by the blood of Jesus, you drink the blood of Jesus, in the sense that you partake of that life so that they life of God, "Zoe" life.In Greek it is called "Zoe".The life of God, is flowing in you. The quality of life, is God's life. That is what is flowing in you. So Leviticus 17:5, it's not what you think; it is not an ordinary verse - it is a prophetic verse. It is talking about the blood of Jesus, how so special it is; he carried the life of God in his flesh. And more importantly it says, "I have given it" (God is speaking there to Moses)... He says, "I have given it to you, upon the altar to make atonement for your souls". For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. In other words he is says, "Blood is appointed to bring man and God together" - to make atonement, to reconcile man with God; it must be shed. Otherwise man who was separated from God due to sin, can never come back to God. "I have given it to you upon the altar" Which altar? On the Cross. "I have meant it to be spilt on the altar of Calvary so that atonement could be made really for you so that people can come back to God". See how prophetic that verse is; only with Christ that whole verse can make meaning otherwise it will be just simply about the animal that was killed and the blood shed; and it is not about that. So it is a very profound verse.

When you go to the New Testament; let me read to you a couple of verses from the New Testament. The book of Hebrews chapter 7 verse 27 tells us in nouncertain terms that it is indeed that Jesus that was the sacrifice; it is his blood that was shed upon the altar. This whole thing about Leviticus 17:11 - this whole thing is about Jesus Christ. Hebrews 7:27 - It is talking about Jesus our high-priest today - see in the Old Testament time, the high priest on the Day of Atonement, first had to atone for his sins (because he cannot even offer a sacrifice; he is a sinner). So first he had to take care of his sin. He had to shed blood and sprinkle it and take care of certain procedures to clear himself from the sin and so on, and then go and offer sacrifices on behalf of the people - that is the procedureon the day of the atonement. Now he compares (this author compares) the New Testament Jesus Christ, as our high-priesthe offers himself as sacrifice to the Old Testament. He says, "Our high-priest does not need daily as those high-priests, (that is the Old Testament high-priests) to offer sacrifices first for his own sins and then for the people's.(he doesn't have to do that. Our high-priest is Jesus, he doesn't have to do what the Old Testament people did. They had to offer first sacrifices for themselves and then for the people.)Forthis one (that is this Jesus, our high-priest), he did oncefor all, when he offered up himself" - when he offered uphimself that was enough; because he didn't have to offer up sacrifice for himself. When he offered up himself as a sacrifice it is for us, it was not for him. It was only for us. This is the blood that was given at the altar called the cross - thatLeviticus 17:11 is referring too.

Turn with me again to the 9th Chapter - Hebrews 9, let me read to you verse 13 and 14, "For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" - Now it is talking about the blood of bulls and goats, if they can help to cleanse - you know everything was cleansed by that, it was sprinkled on everything so that everything at the altar can be cleansed, sprinkled on the vessels so that they can be cleansed - everything was cleaned by that;"if that can do that then how much more the blood of Jesus it", is saying. But look at the way it says; it answers some questions: It says, "How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God" Why is he pulling the eternal spirit over here? What does the eternal spirit doing here? And why does he say that when Jesus offered his blood as a sacrifice he offered itthrough the eternal spirit? Why does he put it that way?

Now on Tuesday, Jeevan is handling Isaiah 53 verse by verse literally and amazing teaching that is going on there; last week he dealt with this question - "How can one man sin or one man's death atone for everybody's sin?", "How can one man's suffering can be considered as punishment for all men's sin?" - It's a big question and he dealt with it in great detail, I don't have the time to go through all of it. But the answer is found here in this verse I believe (verse 14), "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" - Why is he pulling that concept of the eternal spirit?through the eternal spirit Jesus offered himself his blood that was shed and so on. Why? It means that even though the blood was shed 2,000 years ago on the crossof Calvary its impact and effects are valid for all eternity; when I say, "All eternity" -eternity includes the past, present and future - from Adam, all men until Jesus, and then from Jesus, all men to the last man; all those that live until now, and all those that will live here after; all sins of every single person; every sin that everyone committed, is punishedin this one person - the blood is the penalty that was paid for all men, for all eternity; the blood is applicable for eternity. The effect of the blood, the power of the blood to cleanse is good enough for all eternity. That is why one man's death, one man's suffering can be punishment for all men's sin and can be the punishment for all man's violations.

So the remedy is the blood of Jesus and the bible very clearly says that. Now think about this: there is no belief system no religion of any kind that offers anything that is like this; that resembles even anything even close to this. There is nothing in the whole world; no religious system or system of belief that says anything like this, thatGod's son came and he became our sacrifice, that he died on a cross, and that he shed his blood and gave his life, so that we may have life; so that our penalty can be paid - so that our sins can be washed and forgiven". There is no religious system in the whole world that says anything like this.

Just consider this; the fact that a man died 2,000 years ago and that man happens to be God's son. He died in unusual circumstances; he never did anything wrong, so he didn't die for his own sin; he didn't die for any fault of his - here is a perfect man, that ever lived on this earth - never sinned, did only good; healed people, delivered people, blessed people - saint he was. He never sinned, he had no sin in him; that man died 2,000 years ago. Very unusual for a person like that to die and die such a horrible death. Isaiah 53 says that, "He was so disfigured that they can't even look upon him. He lost the appearance of a human being" - Isaiah 52 verse 14 says that. "Even the appearance of a human being was lost, so marred was his visage", the bible says - disfigured he was. So horrible the death was. Why should a saintly man who has never sinned, for no fault of his, die like that?What caused people to kill him like that? Pilate washes his hands saying, "I find no fault in him. You guys are bring all of accusations against him but it means nothing. He is violated no law. He has violating nothing, he has done nothing wrong. I am washing my hands. I am clean" he says. But then hands him over to die, because everybody is demanding. Just imagine going to a court of law and the case goes against you because of the majority that is shouting. That is a very poor judgement, isn't it?Judgements are not given by asking who has got the majority. The court goes only by the law book; but here is Pilate sending him to be crucified knowing that he has done nothing wrong; but because everybody claims that he must die, everybody demands the death of thecrucifixion of Jesus, he hands him over and he dies.

So this man son of God, sinless person dies in the most unusualcircumstances. The horrible death he dies, and then third day he rose again. And then the third thing is he is living until today. Have you heard of anything like this? See, sometimes when you are in church these things become very ordinary because you are hearing it all the time, singing about it all the time,it sounds ordinary. If I was listening to some kind of story by someone and he said God came and took a man'sbody (human flesh) and came into this world, and died a horrible death, and then on the third day he rose again, and that he is living until this day; and that salvation is available through him, I would cancel all other appointments and listen to the story; because if this is true then my whole life and my future rest on this fact; if this is true then I must pay attention to it - I cannot just hear it and go away. I cannot consider this as an ordinary thing; this is not an ordinary matter. Which religion/which system of belief has any story like this; that a man came died, rose again and is alive till today, and he can forgive my sins- on the basis of the shed blood, my sins are forgiven. There is nothing in the whole world like that. If this is true then I say to you this is the most important single event in all of human history. There is nothing that can compare with it. Not only that - the remedy is a perfect remedy (Hebrews chapter 10 tells us that...verse 14).

What is a perfect remedy? (Let's read it) "For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified (Look at the way he puts it) by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified".(The "being" sanctified indicates a progressive work; but what he did is indicated by a perfect work - that is, it is completed, it is perfectly perfect, completely complete. That is the way you should put it. There is nothing left in that to do anymore - you can't look at the cross and what Jesus has done there and say, "Well, I think he missed out one item there, we need to add this to that". No, there is nothing to add; because it is perfect. You can't look at the cross and say, "We need to take one thing out of it". No, there is nothing to take out, nothing to add - because it is the perfect work; nothing is missing there; it is perfectly done. It's a perfect work; it is perfectly perfect and completely complete; there is nothing to be added, nothingto be taken away. It is done perfectly. When God does it He does it perfectly. Then why it says, in the progressive sense, about us - that we are "being" sanctified, because the way we received the benefits that come through the shed blood is progressive. What the blood has done, it has done completely and finished; we receive it slowly. Why? Because we are human beings and we follow all kinds of things, to just to believe these things takes time. See, howlong it takes me to preach this thing, you know. I am going to preach for many weeks on this. It takes so long to just get in it. And when I preach it...I know there are some people sitting there and saying, "I doubt that"- because I heard once that is not true. How can that be? How can one die and everybody be saved? How can one man die and everybody's sins will be forgiven? how can this happen? I doubt it.

See I was born in this background - born as a preacher's kid, raised in the church, it took me so long to believe all these things; because most of the time, they told me, I have to die in order to receive all that has been done on the cross of Calvary. So for us, our death was the main thing; so we always whenever we reached about 40 or 50 years of age we said, "Lord I am ready to come". You know we thought let's die quickly because when we go to heaven we will enjoy everything and its going to be good; because before you die you can't have anything good. You are going to suffer here only - and only suffering is here and all the blessings and enjoyment of life is going to be in heavenly only; nothing here. I thought that for a long time because they said in heaven only all the good things are there. Here only suffering; I must die to get all the blessings. The day I die is the most glorious day because I am going to enter into heaven and enjoy very much my life; but then I found out that the bible teaches exactly the opposite - it is not that I die and enter into the blessing, it's he died so that I may enter into the blessings; how different it is. You know, you put it slightly different, you are lost; that's it. He died so that he may give you everything, but you still you can't just enjoy anything because they told you, "You have to die to get there".

I have been there, that is why I am telling you. I don't want you to be there. I am telling you, you don't have to die; your death does nothing my friend; his death has done everything. So that is progressive; see even though he has done it perfectly already 2,000 years ago when he died on the cross, shed his blood, everything of his work he has done it perfectly - perfectly provided everything that I would ever need, the knowledge of these things comes to me progressively, therefore only progressively can I enter into the benefits and the blessings that the cross has brought into my life. Day by day I am understanding, more and more I am understanding. For some years I never understood certain things; I never entered into those blessings; because nobody told me so clearly. That is one of the reasons I began to teach as clearly as possible, as simply as possible so that even a little kid can understand. I try to make it simple - because I have been there, whereI sat there and never understood anything. I just sat there and wondered, "What is happening?" They will be running up and down, shouting. I said, "Wow, what is he saying". And when I came home, in our house, after Sunday church you have to tell what the preacher preached; otherwise no food. So I tried to listen very hard to understand especially when some of these preachers came, I had a very tough time because I couldn't really catch what they were saying - they read one verse, three points seems to be: read the verse, leave the verse; and never come back to the verse. So I always noted down the verse; so when my grandmother askedI can just give her the verse and I would say, well he preached on this. What they preached? Only God knows. At least if you showed the verse, you have a slight chance of getting your food that day.

But you see it takes time for me; it is not easy - it didn't come easily, I had to learn. I had to go into that, I had to go into that. Even when somebody preached it, I couldn't get it immediately; so many things I had to listen so many times. I would buy some of the things where they are taught; and listen to again and again, and again until I got it. Keep the bible and look at it and listen, and talk to others and discuss it, and come back to it and listen again, so that I may get it. It didn't come easily. So that is why it says, "By the one offering he has perfected forever" - that one offering 2,000 years ago has done a perfect work - done everything perfectly and that lasts forever. But it says those who are "being" sanctified (it is talking about us)... It says, we are "being" sanctified. So only progressively the thing is happening to us.

So it is a perfect work; it is a wonderful work. The appropriation happens progressively. I hope, you know,a lot of you begin to appropriate it now. Begin to appropriate one by one as we cover some other things that have been done through the blood of Jesus. When the blood of Jesus was shed on the cross and the sacrifice was made, it unlocked treasures of God's provision - it was like a whole godown full of provisions of what God wanted to give to me. It was kept there for me and throughout all eternity, God has planned it purposely kept it for me. But when Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood - that was the key that unlocked God's provision for me. So the cross is the center of the gospel; that is why. Why? It is when he died, it was when he shed his blood, all the things God opened up for me; I was given entry to all the blessings of God. Until then sin was a factor; it kept me away from God's blessings; but when the cross happened, when the blood was shed- that is when all of God's provision was made available to me. It unlocked a treasure-house of God's provisions for me. So I say to you, that the cross is the center of the gospel. It has to be at the center of the gospel. You can teach all kinds of blessings, but no blessing is possible without the cross. That is why you should never divert from the cross. You have to be grounded in the cross. You can talk about this and that and everything, but nothing works without the cross; it is the center; now the fact that the cross is the center is revealed in Isaiah in a very wonderful way - go back to Isaiah 53 (I spent all this time, just to come back here in Isaiah 53).

Again we are going to go to verse 4-6. But I want to show you how wonderfully God reveals the fact that the cross is the center of the gospel; it is the foundation of the gospel. It is from the cross the whole gospel takes shape. You take the cross, there is no gospel - that's it. Everything comes from the cross; the fact is revealed from the book of Isaiah. So let's see that: How many chapters are in the book of Isaiah? (Anybody knows...66 correct, you have been reading your bible). How many books are in the bible? (66). Isaiah is divided into two divisions.People who have studied Isaiahhave said that Isaiah comes in two divisions - some have even suggested, two authors; butlet's leave that alone. It is two divisions - 1 to 39 is the first division; 40 to 66 is the second division. 1 to 39 (39 chapters), the rest of it is 27 chapters. 40 to 66 is 27, not 26 because you add 40 also (count from 40 it is 27).

How many books are in the New Testament? (39), how many books are in the New Testament? (27). So they have said (those who have studied Isaiah for many years and being experts in it)...They say, in Isaiah there is a New Testament referring to chapter 40 to 66. They say, within Isaiah you can find the entire New Testament within Isaiah. So they have called Isaiah, New Testament in the Old Testament. Did you know there is a New Testament in the Old Testament? They are referring to Isaiah 40 to 66. How can they do that? Listen to this now: the 27 chapters are like the 27 books of the New Testament; the 27 chapters of Isaiah are further divided into three divisions.When people outline books of the bible, chapters of the bible and so on - for study purposes, they look at a thought and they go till where that particular passage - they see where it ends, that thought ends and a new thought begins - so they outline it like that. So those who outline it say that 27 chapters can be divided into three divisions of nine chapters each. One extraordinary feature of the 9 chapters each is: each of the ending verse (that is, 9 chapters each means 40 to 48 is the first division, and then 49 to 57 is the second division, and then 58 is 66 is the third division of 9 chapters). The thing that dividesthem or the most extraordinary thing about this 9-chapter division is; at the end of each 9 chapters - the last verse of the 9th chapter, in all three divisions, there is a verse that sounds very similar that basically indicates that God will not compromise with sin - sin has to be dwelt with; God will never ever compromise with sin.

Let me just read to you those verses; 48 last verse (verse 22) - There is no peace say the Lord for the wicked - that is the last verse. There is no peace says the Lordfor the wicked. That means, God is merciful, but He isnot going to put up with the wicked - even though he is merciful, it doesn't mean that He overlooks sin, He compromises with sin. No, He will do something about sin; He will deal with sin properly and legally - He cannot just overlook sin. 57th chapter is the next division (the last verse) verse 21 -There is no peace says my God for the wicked. - Again the same thing. This is how they divide the chapters. And then 66th chapter, last verse - They shall go forth and look upon the corpses of men who have transgressed against me for their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. Talks about what would happen to the wicked at the end if they remain wicked. So it is basically the same thing; that God does not and will not compromise with sin. Sin has to be dealt with properly, that is the thing.

So 9-chapter divisions: Now if there are three 9 chapters in within the 27 chapters, then what is the center of the three 9 chapters (the middle 9 chapters)? The middle 9 chapters is what? The middle 9 chapters ischapters 49 to 57 is the middle 9 chapters - that is the center of the 27 chapters. 27 chapters divided to 9 chapters each, 3 divisions...the middle one is chapters 49 to 57, that is the center of the 27 chapters. Now what is the center of these 9 chapters?49 to 57 has9 chapters, what is the center? 49,50, 51, 52, then 53 is the 5th, then 54, 55, 56, 57 - again four chapters are coming (so four chapters this way, and four chapters that way). In the middle is 53rdchapter , so I say to you the middle line chapter is the center and out of that the 53rd Chapter is the very centerof the middle 9 chapters. And now 53rd chapter they say begins actually 52nd chapter verse 13. If 53rdChapter is about the suffering of the Messiah, for suffering of the servant of God as he is called here, then the suffering passage begins - theprophecy about his suffering it begins in verse 13 in 52nd Chapter, it begins like this; 52:13."Behold, my servant shall deal prudently. He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you.So his visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men. So shall he sprinklemany nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him; for what had not been told them they shall see;and what they had not heard they shall consider" - so the suffering begins back in verse 13 of 52nd chapter itself. The 'sin bearing servant' topic begins in 52nd Chapter verse 13, and goes on through 53rd Chapter.

So all the people who interpreted Isaiah have basically agreed that the chapter is beginning at the wrong place here as they have divided (men divided the chapters later on). So they have divided it wrong, they say - it must begin in verse 13, of 52. So if it begins verse 13, of 52, they again divide those verses into groups. They outline those verses and they come up with 5 groups of three verses each: First group is chapter 52 verse 13 to 15; second group is chapter 53 verse 1 to 3; third group is verses 4 to 6 of chapter53; forth group is verses 7 to 9 of 53 and 5th group is 10 to 12 of 53. Now five groups are there of three verses. What is the middle one of this? It is Isaiah 4 to 6. I don't know how this happened; but many people have discovered it, they are pointing it out. They say this seems to have been done by divine ordination. God takes the New Testament within the Old Testament and putsright at the center of it; at the dead center of it; the depth - the very center of it - Isaiah 53:4-6 which is specifically about Christ hanging on the Cross and what happened to him as he hung on that cross; what God did through that. All the other verses are related to his sufferings and so on; but 4-6 is exactly about his suffering on the cross indicating that in the gospel, the cross is at the very center of the Gospel. It deserves no other place other than at the very center of the gospel; if you take it out from the center, you are lost. So now look at Isaiah 53: 4-6 - this is what we read, when we read, you didn't realize that it is at the dead-center of the gospel - that this message.Verse 4 to 6 carries the message that is the centrality of the gospel that we preach: So let's us read 4-6. And look at how it begins: "Surely 'surely' is the word, it is not used anywhere in that whole thing - everybody say "surely".


God knew very well back there that will be scholars that would be raised up in the last days; that would say, "No, no don't be believe that. It can't be saying that; this is not true". So God, back then said, especially when He got to verse 4, He said: "Surely" - everybody say, 'Surely'. You know how many places they have now removed the word "blood" from their hymns, from their vocabulary? -because they think that it is not modern enough to accommodate in the church; that we are a modern people, that we shouldn't be talking about the blood of Jesus; that it looks ugly and that it doesn't give a good picture of Christianity. These people are trying to give a good picture of Christianity; they are saviors; trying to save Christianity from shame and disgrace - they say let us remove the word "blood", the blood of Jesus and all that. If possible, remove the cross itself and make it like a fancy little thing. So, so many songs have changed; the blood subject is removed from the songs; preaching is almost extinct in most places concerning the blood of Jesus. And that is why there is no power to change anybody. Because God has put the power right there. That is the centrality of the gospel. You take this out, there is nothing. Then you are sermonizing: your nice thoughts don't change anybody; your nice thoughts tickle ears but it does not do anything for anybody. It has no power to change people; it has no power to change the hearts of people. It has no power to wash a sinner's sins. It has no power to bring a new heart to a man. New birth to a person - it is so important. "Surely" - Surely he has borne our griefsand carried our sorrows" - When we come to healing I want to deal with this: It says healing and sorrows but surely doesn't mean "healing and sorrows" - they have translated it like this: the two Hebrew words that are translated "healing and sorrows"; at all other places in the Old Testament, the same two Hebrew words are only translated as "sickness and pains" - only here are translated as "healing and sorrows" - totally misguiding, misleading people away from the healing; because of this, a lot of people thought healing is not there. They have lost out a great blessing that comes out through the cross of Calvary because of this one thing; but I will deal with that later.

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him".Notice the subject of sin is here. He was wounded for our transgressions(our sins), he was bruised for our iniquities.The subject matter of sin is here,how sin is remedied, is what the subject is about. "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities",- because sin must be punished. God law says, "The soul that sins shall die" - that is what is happening on the cross of Calvary. Why did Jesus die, even though he was sinless? He never did one sin, there was not even sin by birth in him. All of us carry sin from birth. He never even had that. Why did he die? Because verse 5 says, "He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities". Sin has to be dwelt with. God will not compromise with sin; God will not overlook sin. So on the cross he was dealing with sinthe way it should be dealt with; the penalty must be paid; punishment must be given. So he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquities. This explains why Jesus died. Some people say, "Look at your Jesus, he died, he couldn't even help himself". No, he himself said, "I can tell God and he can send legions of angels". It's not that he couldn't save himself. He was offering himself as a sacrifice for us on the cross of Calvary; he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities...he was solving the most difficult problem of humanity, the problem of sin. He was offering himself as a sacrifice. Then verse 6 "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way. And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." -Look at verse 6 it states very beautifully the problem of sin. "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way"

Many many years ago, there was a singer called Frank Sinatra, some of youmay know. He came up with a song.,he sang a song...don't know if he wrote it or not. He sang a song. I used to ride a bike back in those days. He said, "I did it my way" - a single record was made. One song on a record, sold more than a 1 million copies back then. One song, people would go and buy one song record to hear that. And they would play it again and again, and again: "I did it my way". I used to hear that also; now I look back and I am like, "What was in it". There is nothing: he is singing, "I did it my way" and we all loved it, because we all belonged to that bunch that did it our way. We were all gone astray, we were all sinners, we all went astray, we were all people that did things our way. That is sin. What is sin? No place for God. What is sin? Not living for the glory of God. We do it our way. We loved it; because that is the way we lived. You ask people said, "Don't it that way because the bible..." They said, "Forget about the bible,man. It is my money, I earn it, I will do whatever I want to do with it. It's my legs, my hands I will do whatever I want not do with it. Who cares." That is the way; that is "My way" thing. My way is the highway, my way is the best way. That is the way people live. That is sin. That is what bible describes as sin. They don't realize that God brought them into the world. God gave them life; we dedicated a child. How did the child come into the world? God gives the children; children are the heritage of the Lord. He has given them the breath of life; brought them into the world; put treasures inside of them; talents and gifts - for a purpose. How can you just live your way? If you really understand all these things, you would say: "God, which way should I go?" But the thing is verse 6 says: "All we like sheep have gone astray" - English is very nice and polite, it doesn't bring out the thing. In Tami it says, "thirinthu" it's loitering, going here and there, but going nowhere. "Thirinthu" that is what is translated as 'astray'. There is a difference between "thiriyirathu" and going in particular direction. "Thirinthu"means just to go anywhich way. And I also tried it when I was young. For a while I was just going around just here and there, no purpose. I remember spending hours together just standing there; talk and laugh. Some of these preachers will come and say, "Oh Sam. How are you? What are you doing here?" -"Summa, Just simply; simply we are just standing here". I couldn't tell any purpose for standing there and doing the thing. For hours, one whole evening will go...6 o'clock we will get together, 10 O'clock, 11 O'clock...you know just going. Those days we never had any cellphones but we could tell where everybody would be. We will go pick up our friends and say, "No, no he won't be there. I will tell you - he is there". We were like prophets, you know, we were led by the spirit; no messaging, no phones, nothing, but we could go catch a fellow where he is, exactly; we could catch him exactly where he will be. Those were the days; no phone bills for a change. But that's not a good life; because that is a waste of life.

Every day we lived like that and went nowhere - we wasted hours and hours. I wish I just sat down and did something productive; I never did it. I could have learnt something; I could have read something, I could have understood many things. But I never thought, I never thought that there was anything to read and understand and learn those days. I never had a purpose. I didn't know why I was here. Why I was born, what God has given me that I am answerable to God. That there is a God who is a creator; I am just a creature. That every day I must seek His will; I never thought that. That is the condition of a sinner who is lost; he is lost that is why he is loitering. In life he goes about just like this - here and there; astray, not knowing what to do. When you get saved, the one thing that happens is you get hooked up with your Maker, and He gives you direction; instead of being pointless in your direction, you become very well directed. Every day you get up with a vision; your life is filled with a vision, you go about doing certain things exactly as you must do it and live it fruitfully.

"And finally it says, the Lord has laid on him iniquity of as all. The word "iniquity" comes from a Hebrew word "avon" - the iniquity does not means just the sin, or the transgression,the word transgression is also used. But it does not mean just the things that the guy did - the wrong things that the guy did. It includes the punishment for those things, as well theconsequences of those things. Just to prove you, I can give some other verses also,but no time. Let me read Chapter 4 of Genesis: After Cain killed his brother Abel, God comes to him and asked him, "Where is Abel your brother" and so on. And then verse 10, And God says now: "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth" - See now God knows that he has killed - that killing is a sin, murder is what he has done. But look at the consequences and the punishment that comes for that murder: "You are now cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand (so you are cursed from the earth). When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you (now that is very sad, because this guy is a farmer. He is a farmer and he cannot even go and plant something and get some crop - that is very sad, that means you can't earn. You go and work and work, and work, you earn very little; that is not enough to even fill your stomach). He says, "You are cursed from the earth, and then when you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth." That is a fugitive and a vagabond means an unstable person, loitering around, astray; just going around; purposely aimlessly just going about; so that's the punishment - the punishment is - see how sin affects the prosperity of a person; he works, there is no fruit, there is no blessing. There is no purpose in life. There is no happiness. There is no sense of satisfaction or fulfillment - these are all consequences. Why are read this is, the word 'avon' which is translated iniquity, in verse 6 of Chapter 53 in Isaiah, includes not only the iniquity, but also the consequences and the punishment.

So, when it says, "The Lord laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all" - it does notmean just our transgression or our sin, it means also the punishment for that sin as well the horrible, cruel consequences of that sin. For example, in Cain's case, it is his murder; the guilt of that murder was laid upon Jesus but then his cursedness, where he will work and will have no fruit; that curse was laid upon Jesus.His life as a vagabond that was laid upon Jesus. So when Jesus hung there, God laid upon him the iniquity meaning the sin as well as its consequences as well its punishment; but he delivered all of that and he carried that on the cross at Calvary. So as a result, a wonderful exchange happened: What has happened? It is not a one-way street; it is not just God laying on Jesus all kinds of bad stuff; the good stuff that was on Jesus was takenand put on us - there was a two-way exchange. He has bow our griefs, carried our sorrows; that is God putting that on him; and then in verse 5 it says, "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement forourpeace was laid upon in" That is again putting more stuff, bad stuff from us on him. But then listen, it is a two-way thing; after he puts all our bad stuff on him, then he takes from him and puts on us - He says, "By his stripes we are healed" He took all our stuff and putting it on him, and then from his stripes comes healing to us.

And then verse 6 says, "The Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all" So I would say it like this: "The cross was a place of exchange where God exchanged everything that was good in Jesus, for everything that was bad in us" Jesus was punished so that I might be forgiven/we might be forgiven. Jesus was wounded so that we might healed; Jesus was made sin with sinfulness so that we may be made righteousness; Jesus took our death so that we may have his life; Jesus took our curse and he was made a curse, so that we may have blessings; Jesus took our poverty so that we may enjoy his abundance; Jesus took our shame so that we may have glory; Jesus took our rejection so that we may have God's complete acceptance.

I want you all to say it with me one time as we close; because the testimony, your testimony, is important. That is what the bible says - the cross was a place of exchange; all the bad was laid on him; all the good was laid on you - it is a two-way street. Everything from you went to him; everything from him came to you. So let's say it, because the bible says, they overcame by the blood of the lamb, by the word of their testimony; this is how you testify about what you have - this is how you possess the blessings of Calvary.

Everybody say , "Jesus was punished, so that I may be forgiven; he was wounded that I may be healed; he was made sin that I may be made righteous; he died my death, so that I may have his life; he became cursed so that I can be blessed; he took my poverty so that I can have his abundance; he took my shame so that I can have his glory; he took my rejection so that I can have total acceptance; my old man died, my new man came alive; through the cross of Calvary I am new man, I am blessed, I am prosperous, I have a great future, I am in Christ. I am forgiven, I am healed. Praise God.

Don't let the devil tell you that you are not worthy. After all that happened on the cross of Calvary, how can you let the devil tell you that you are not worthy of the blessings. I say to you by the authority of God's word, every single one of you here; Jesus died for you. If you have not believed and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, do it today; he died for you. It doesn't matter who you are, what your past is, and all that; no, no it doesn't matter. He died for you - you can have his life. You can have his blessings - can you be blessed? Yes. Are you worthy? Yes - the answer is "Yes". Don't listen to the devil. I said to you the word of God says yes. All His promises are yea and Amen. It is yes, in and through Jesus Christ. All the way home, you keep saying that you are forgiven, you are healed, you are blessed, you are prosperous - say that; that is how you appropriate what the blood of Jesus has done for you.

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