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Sunday English Service - 23 APR 17 - The power of the blood of Jesus


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Please turn with me to John's gospel chapter 10 please, and verse 10: John 10:10 - The thief does not come except to steal, and kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life; that they may have it more abundantly.

We have been teaching on the subject of the power of the blood of Jesus and we have been pointing out how that in order to walk in victory we need to know what the bible teaches concerning what the blood of Jesus has done. And then that must be our proclamation, our profession, our confession; because Revelation 12:10 and 11 says that that is how the saints won the victory in this world - by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony. There are three elements in that victory - the blood of the lamb, the word of God, their testimony. The blood of the lamb was shed 2,000 years ago. The word of God, cover to cover speaks about the blood of Jesus and what it has done for us, and our testimony is a very important aspect. It must be added to it because Christianity is a great confession, not just confession of our sins, but confession of our faith; that is what Christianity is all about. We confess/proclaim what we believe. That's the kind we are. And the things that we believe are recorded here from the bible. We speak from the word of God what we believe. And as we speak what the bible says about what the blood of Jesus has done, that's how we take the victory/we walk in victory this world. So, in order to do effectively we need to know what the bible teaches about what the blood of Jesus has done. So that is what we have been going through - we have covering several things. Remember first we talked about forgiveness of sin for two weeks. How did the blood of Jesus bring about forgiveness of sin.

Secondly, I talked about healing for our body. Some people will tell you healing is not that important. One man told me healing is not that important. I said, wait till you get terribly sick, then you will know how important it is. You will be willing to shell out any amount of money, go to any hospital, any doctor, spend any money and pray to any god that will heal you. It's nonsense to say that healing is not important. Healing is very important. If it's not for healing, I won't be standing here and preaching to you today. Healing is very precious; it is a blessing that has been obtained for us through the cross of Calvary. So you should not listen to some of these people that say these things and lose out on God's blessings upon your life. So we talked about healing and how when Jesus shed his blood on the cross of Calvary, it opened a new way for us. A door has been opened for all the blessings to flow in our lives, in a marvelous way and one of the great blessings is healing.

People will believe all kinds of things. One man said, prosperity is not that important. I said, wait till you don't have any money and starve, then you will know how important that is. Some people learn only after they get burned. I think you can learn about many things without getting burned yourself. You can simply listen to the truth of God's word and learn before the trouble comes. These are things that God has made possible through the cross of Calvary. So we talked about forgiveness of sin, healing and then thirdly we talked about righteousness if you remember; a very important truth in the Christian faith. It is because this truth has not been taught properly many times. We have been taught the need for righteousness, we were never told that we have righteousness, and that Christ's righteousness has become ours through the cross of Calvary. And because of this lot of people do not have any confidence in prayer.

The bible says the prayer of a righteousness man avails much; talking about Elijah. Referring to Elijah, the bible says that. Elijah said it will not rain and it didn't rain for more than 3 years. And he said when I say again, it will rain. The man had such power. The righteous man - a man who has the ability to stand before God without any guilt, condemnation or inferiority. A man who has righteousness to stand before God; that is what righteousness means - the ability to stand before God without any guilt, condemnation or inferiority. That God has given to us through the cross of Calvary. What a priced possession that is. A lot of people are not able to come to God in prayer and receive answers because they don't have the basic truth that they have the righteousness of Christ - and that gives them access into God's presence; and that when they pray and ask that God listens and they can receive an answer. The bible says, if you abide in me and I in you, and you in me, ask whatever you will and it shall be done unto of my Father. In John chapter 15, it says that in verse 7.

And then in verse 8 it says, by this my Father is glorified. People find it unbelievable that Jesus would say something like this: Ask whatever you will, my Father would do it for you. That itself is unbelievable for them. But the next verse is even more important I think because it says: by this the Father is glorified. By what? By you asking and by me asking whatever you want, and the Father answering. The Father is glorified. By what is he glorified? That we bear much fruit so you will be my disciples. So when we ask and when we receive answers, and the Father gives us whatever we asked, that is when Father is glorified. I used to think that God wants to play it hard; that He doesn't want to give me whatever I ask. When I was young some people used to tell me, you can't get it that easy. It is not easy to get it from God; He is the most difficult person to get through to. And I believed them. But the bible says, more than me being interested in getting answers for my prayer, He is interested in giving answers to my prayer, because His glory is involved in that. He is glorified. When I get answers, He is glorified. When I pray, pray, pray and don't get any answers, He is not glorified. So the basic problem is the truth about righteousness that a lot of people don't have that truth; there is no confidence and there is no power in prayer. Therefore there is no result in prayer, and we talked about that last week.

Today we want to talk about this other truth that is how that the blood of Jesus has made possible the abundant life for us. The verse that I just read it to you is a very famous verse. And we know that verse - most of the Christians know it. It says: Thief does not come except to steal, and kill and to destroy. But Jesus says: I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. The idea of abundant life is preached from this verse very often. But the bible has the idea of abundant life all over. And I want to trace how God gives us abundant life through Jesus Christ. So we need to go back and look at several things.

First, let's look at the big difference between what we deserve and that Jesus gives us. Jesus said, I came to give abundant life, that they may have more abundantly - the life more abundantly. What we deserve is death, but what we receive is abundant life. The wages of sin is death; that is what we deserve. We were all sinners before God; unworthy before God. The soul that sins shall die is God's judgment. But instead of receiving our wages we receiving something most unexpected. Unexpectedly, we receive the grace of God; we received what is called abundant life. This is the difference between justice and mercy. A lot of people say they want justice. And I told you the story of the lady who went to the beautician and got it all done. And finally she looked at herself in the mirror and told him: "You have not done me justice". The guy said, "You need mercy, not justice". But the truth is all of us need mercy only, when it comes to this. You know you can be demanding justice all over in this earthly realm for so many reasons, that might be relevant here, but when you go before God, all of us need mercy. Don't ever plead for justice. Just remember if you plead for justice: Suppose I go to God and say I want justice, He is going to open a book and He is going to pull out every sin that I have done all my life and the list is going to be very long and the punishment for those sins, it will take many life times to pay for it. That is how much I owe; that is how much the price of my offenses will amount to. But thank God He has put away that. He doesn't open that. He says I will forget it, I will not remember it, I will put it in the bottomless ocean. That is finished. And He has chosen to be merciful to me. So I have understood the value of mercy instead of justice. When I come to God, I come on the basis of His mercy, not on the basis of justice. His mercy says, that though I deserve something else, God has been good to me and has given to me these most unexpected blessings of life, and that is what salvation is all about.

We talked about last Adam and the second man; the bible talks of Jesus as the last Adam and as the second man - I showed you. However since Adam sinned, sin and the curse due to sin, has latched on to humanity. Adam's sin has brought curse. From generation to generation we have lived under a curse. When will it end? Who will put an end to it? Jesus was the last man in that way, because he put an end to it on the cross of Calvary when he carried our sin and its curse; he carried it as the last man. As a representative of humanity, he became the last man, carried it and put away permanently, so that a new era can begin; a new creation can come out of his death on the cross. So that when he died, he died as the last man, when he rose again, he rose again as the second man, the bible says. These are very important truths. So in order to understand how abundant life really comes to us, we need to go back to the Old Testament and look at the principle that has been established by God there.

Look at Exodus chapter 21 verse 23 to 25. This is talking about how to deal with wrongful injury of another person. Suppose you damage someone else's property or you cause the loss of life, how should it be paid for; what kind of punishment should be given; how should it be dealt with. How to deal with the wrongly injury of another person. Listen to this:, But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. - Whatever damage is caused, the compensation or the price that is paid to pay for the damage that is caused must correspond to the loss that is caused. So if a life is lost, it must be paid with life - it is a principle that God has established. If an eye is gone it must be paid for with an eye; if tooth is gone it must be paid for with another tooth. And hand for hand, and foot for foot. This is the kind of system that was established among the people of Israel. Life for life. Now the word life is something that you need to look at in order to understand abundant life; because this is where it originates from. Now the word "life" comes from the Hebrew word "Nephesh". Now "nephesh" can be translated in somany ways. It can translated as life, as soul, as a person; for example Genesis chapter 2 verse 7 where it says, that God made man out of the dust of the ground - that is He designed man body out of the dust on the ground. Now after He got through designing, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life- nephesh. He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a living-being: many translations say. So you can translate it as a person - a being, full of life. So Adam became a person, a new life, a new personality -nephesh. The Hebrew word literally can be translated as soul, life or a person. Sometimes it is translated as soul, sometimes as life and so on.

Now turn to Leviticus chapter 17. Leviticus is where we began the series when I read verse 11 from chapter 17. So let's go back to it. Now it will make even more sense when you read it: For the life of the flesh is in the blood. Now the word life comes from the nephesh. The life of the flesh is in the blood and 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 souls. ' The soul is nephesh again. So what it is saying is, the blood has life or soul in it, and God has ordained that this blood which has life or soul or nephesh in it, must be shed on the altar as an atonement to make atonement for our souls; because it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. So God established this principle that life is in the blood, and life must be poured out upon the altar - because the principle is life for life, remember. So a life must be given; that is the price to pay. And only through that atonement can be made and God has ordained that the blood must be poured upon the altar so that atonement can be made; atonement can be made for the soul only through the blood. So this is the principle that the Old Testament has established already.

Now go to Isaiah 53 - that famous chapter: the chapter regarding atonement; and without which, you cannot really study atonement. Isaiah 53and I want to look at the last verse, the 12th verse. It says, Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great and he shall divide the spoil with the strong because he poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors, and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. - Notice right in the middle of this whole verse, there is one important statement: he poured out his soul unto death; the word is nephesh there, translated as soul here - he poured out his soul. Some translations would have it, he poured out his life unto death. So what he says is that on the cross when Jesus died he poured out his nephesh, his soul, unto death. He was literally pouring out his soul unto death. How did he pour out his soul unto death? He poured out his soul when he poured out his blood that was in his body. When he came to this earth, Jesus says, you have given me a body. Why did God give him a body? In his body the blood of God was flowing in his veins; because Acts chapter 20 says, when Paul speaks to the Ephesians church elders, he says: Take care of the flock, the church at Ephesus - he is referring to, he says: which God has bought with his own blood. It is with God's blood that that church has been purchased/bought, he says. So now it says, on the cross he poured out his blood. So the blood that was in Jesus was God's blood. On the cross, that altar, he became our sacrifice for our sins. And what happened there was he poured out his soul unto death, the bible says. And he poured it out, when his blood was poured out, he poured out his soul. Now if you read the account of his crucifixion in the gospels, you come out clearly with the picture that it is possible that when he was crucified and when he died - by the time he died on the cross, every drop of his blood was shed, so that there was nothing left in his body. That is how crucifixion is described. It is horrible. His head had the crown of thorns, so blood was flowing from there, because they beat his head. They put the crown of thorns on it, took a stick and beat on it; the blood was flowing from there, and his body was beaten, so much so that the prophet says that it was like a ploughed field. His hands were nailed to the cross; feet were nailed to the cross. So here he is completely drenched in blood, totally all the blood flowing out, and finally they even pierced his side so that blood and water came out; whatever is left inside all completely came out; he probably didn't have a drop of blood in his blood; completely emptied all his blood. He poured out his soul. In the blood there was life, he poured out his life.

When we talk about how Jesus brings us abundant life, that verse is always looked at very superficially; that he came to give life and that life more abundantly. But how he gave it, how he did it, how abundant life has come to us is something amazing. He poured out his life, the God kind of life, upon the cross; he poured it out when he died on the cross. But the big question is this: How can one man's death atone for every man's sin; the all humanity's sin? - Whole humanity meaning from Adam all the way to the last man; people that are yet to be born. How can one man's death cover everybody's sin? How can one man's blood that was shed 2,000 years ago on the cross, wash everyone, all of humanity from their sins, and make them holy before God? How is it possible that one man can die so that all may live? Now this, a lot people do not understand...how is it possible for one man's blood that was shed to wash everybody's sin? How is possible for one man's death to atone for everybody's sin? How can it be possible that one man dies that everybody lives; the entire humanity lives? Can that one be equal to the rest of the humanity? I cannot believe that they say. Life for life means for one man, one man's death/one man's blood can only be enough to do something for one man's sin. How can one man's atonement/one man's blood that was shed and life that was given, be atonement for the entire humanity? We cannot understand that, they say. So this is an important question. But consider this fact: many things can be said about it.

But consider the fact, that the life that was poured at the cross of Calvary is not an ordinary life. It is a life of the Creator, God. Jesus is God Himself. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. By him and through him all things were created. Nothing was made without Him, the bible says, referring to Jesus. And that him, became flesh - verse 14 says in John's gospel chapter 1.That Jesus, that word that was there from the beginning with God, was God, became flesh at one point, and came entered in this world through Virgin Mary. And that is the Jesus that we are talking about. He is a very special person. God Himself coming in the form of a man. God the Creator and the life that he had is God's life. The blood that he carried in his body is God's blood; and therefore the blood of God and the life of God the Creator, is infinitely more valuable than the life of all the creatures that He ever created. That is the point that we need to understand. It is not like my blood that was shed there or my life that was given - then you can ask the question: how can one man's death atone for everybody's sin? But it is the life of God, the Creator, who made everyone. His blood is infinitely more valuable than the life of all the creatures. In other words, infinitely more valuable means, it is not only equal to the life of all the creatures, but infinitely more valuable. In other words, it is saying that it is even more than enough to atone for everyone's sin; to atone the sin of all the creatures; all that were made by Him. One man's blood is enough to atone for everybody; one man's death is able to cause everybody to live and have abundant life; it is enough. Now the Old Testament also teaches this truth in a wonderful way. The Old Testament teaches the whole truth about the blood of Jesus through the sacrifices, right? The Passover Lamb killed is a picture of Christ, who is the real Passover Lamb. The bible teaches all these things in the Old Testament. Does the bible teach how infinitely more valuable the blood of Jesus is than all the creatures? And how the blood is valuable? Does the bible in the Old Testament teach the infinite value of the blood of Jesus and how that one person's blood/Jesus' blood can atone for all sins? Does the bible teach it? I will show you, the bible teaches it.

Now in the Old Testament times it is interesting the way they offered the sacrifices. Please turn with me to 1 Kings Chapter 8 verse 5, where we read about the sacrifices made on the day when the temple that Solomon built was dedicated. Just try to imagine what the scene would have been like. 1 Kings 8:5 - Also King Solomon and the all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen (now listen to this) that could not be counted or numbered for multitude. How many sheep? How many oxen were sacrificed?

The bible says, it could not be counted; could not be numbered. I mean like the stars of the sky - sheep everywhere and oxen everywhere. So many in number/so great in number, they could not count, they could not be numbered. Multitude of sheep and oxen were sacrificed. To get an idea of what the number would have been like: multitude might mean just 4,000, 5,000, 10,000 like that. Just to get an idea of any numbers that maybe involved there; just look at verse 63 of the same chapter; 1 Kings Chapter 8 verse 63. Again being done on the day when the temple was dedicated: Solomon offered a sacrifice of these offerings which he offered to the Lord: twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord.

- Just imagine me bringing 22,000 oxen and parking them herein our parking lot. I tell you it will be impossible for even 22,000 oxen to be even brought here. Twenty two thousand, this place could not even hold. We had to go somewhere out of town. Twenty two thousand oxen and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep, on top of the twenty-two thousand oxen. I tell you it will be sheep as far as you as you can see. Like the sea, it will look like - full of sheep. People might say, what a waste? What a criminal waste? Why does God have them do things like that? Just a temple dedication he has already spent a lot of money for the temple to be built. Now he is killing so many animals; 22,000 oxen, 120,000 sheep just to dedicate the temple? To just worship the Lord with it, what is the matter? Why? You know why- Because they are trying to make a point. You know what the point it is? We built a beautiful temple, amazing temple; but yet God is inside, no man can come near God; there is a veil that forbids man coming to God. Man is outside, God is inside. Can man see God? He cannot see God. Can man come to God? He cannot come to God. Then what can he do? He can only offer sacrifice,sendthe blood once a year through the high priest into the holy of holies so that it can be sprinkled at the mercy seat of God. That is all he can do. God and man cannot come together. There is a separation between God and man.

So, what kind of sacrifices can we offer to make up for this so that God and man get together? They are making a statement by offering 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep saying no matter how many sheep and how many oxen you sacrifice, it is not enough. That's the point that they made. No matter how many you kill; you kill every animals in the whole country or whole world it will not be enough to wash away your sins, to pay for the sin of mankind; it will not be enough - it will not be sufficient enough. Man will still stand outside. Man will still be forbidden from facing God; from coming in the presence of God. Man will still be a sinner.

On the Passover day - the first Passover day when they left Egypt, they say there must have been 20 lakhs to 30 lakhs people; 2million to 3million people. So let's take a middle number - 2.5 million people. And they said one lamb for a household. If one lamb for a household is the law, then what is a household? They define a household as 10 people to a house. By the time of Jesus, it could be on Passover day; you can take anywhere 10 to 20 people as a household. So if 10 people to a household, 2.5 million people means, it is 250,000 lambs. If 20 people is the maximum for a household, then the number of lambs would go down to 125,000 lambs. Still it is a big number; 125,000 lambs. By the time of Solomon the population had grown to 5million to 6million people, they say. If it is 5 to 6 million, then 10 people per home makes a family, that would mean 500,000 to 200,000 lambs. If it is 20 people per home, if you take it like that it will mean 250,000 to 300,000 on the whole. Just imagine every Passover them killing some 250,000 to 300,000 lambs.

Even at the time of Jesus - you know Jesus went through many Passovers as he lived on this earth. Passover happening and they say that about 2 million people visited Jerusalem on Passover day. Jews from all over the world came and converged in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover; big event. And so around 200,000 lambs, anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 lambs were killed and blood ran like a river. It is like one of those occasions that John the Baptist looks at Jesus coming and says: Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. What is he saying? He is saying: Well, you are offering 250,000 lambs here for Passover, but this is the real lamb. These 200,000 can be even 500,000 or even 1 million lambs that you can kill, it will not even pay the price for man's sin. Only this person who carries the blood of God in his body, only he can pay for the sins. Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. No other lamb, no amount of lambs, no matter how many millions of them you can come and sacrifice, they cannot take away the sin of the world. Those are all just dramatic pictures of what Jesus would do. The one who really takes away the sin of the world is the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ - that is the point they are trying to make.

So the Old Testament teaches it powerfully; by the multitude of sacrifices they made, after they made all these sacrifices, they still made sacrifices morning and evening. You tell me, yesterday only you offered so many lakhs of sheep, why morning sacrifice? Because from last night to morning there have been sins. Then they had evening sacrifices: what is the matter? You just gave morning sacrifices; that isn't enough? No, that is not enough; because sin is ever present. It is always before us. We are always guilty. So evening sacrifices; morning and evening, morning and evening - went on and on like this. Reminder of sin was there, Hebrews says. There was a constant reminder of sin under the Old Testament. The greatest blessing of the New Covenant, the New Testament is, after the blood of Jesus has been shed, God says, I will not remember your sins anymore. What a blessing it is. When you understand the Old Testament, you really understand the New Testament. There was a constant remember; that is why repeated sacrifices - that is why the sheep and oxen sacrifices could not be counted, could not be numbered. So great was their number. Why? No matter how many number they were, they could not take away man's sin. Sin remained. There was a constant reminder of sin. But in the New Testament, only one sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice - once and for all; that is the way with the problem of sin so that our sin is not remembered at all anymore. That should cause Christians to really relax. Are you relaxed today? It is not remembered anymore.

Jeevan was preaching on Good Friday. He made a very important observation. He says, "It is impossible for God to forget because He doesn't have a poor memory like us". Actually it is easier for us to forget. You know some people that have done some wrong to me, I have forgotten. Some people say, "What did he do?" I said, "I forgot; I forgot all the details - many details I don't remember, because we have such poor memory; but God has perfect memory; He cannot forget; but He forgets - because He chooses to forget. He chooses not to remember anymore. What a powerful statement; because it has been put away through the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus has been shed, therefore it will not be remembered anymore. Is it enough for all humanity? Yes it is enough for all humanity. Is it enough for sins for all humanity? Yes. Is it enough for every person from Adam to the last man that would ever be born? Yes it is enough.

Let me read you a beautiful verse; from Psalms 130 verse 7. Have you got it? I want you to look at it, because it is a beautiful verse: O Israel, hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is abundant redemption. - have you ever read this? With him there is mercy; I am glad about God's mercy. Just like I told you; thank God He doesn't open my books. There is mercy; thank God that's all put away. I have come not just for justice, but for mercy. But then it makes the most important statement: It says, and with him is abundant redemption. Everybody say, "Abundant Redemption". What is abundant redemption? That means that when God paid the price through the blood of Jesus, he not only paid what was due, but he overpaid, so that we have a lot of credit. That is why 1 John 1:9 says, if you sin confess your sins, he is just and he is righteous to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Any amount of sin, he is continually able to cleanse, not only already cleansed, but he is continually cleansing us whenever we happen to sin, he is cleansing us - because there is no shortage of redemption; there is abundant redemption. He has overpaid for our redemption. There was due, but He overpaid. That should make our hearts glad. Is it enough? More than enough. Will it be good all through the rest of my life? Yea, it will be more than enough.

His one soul, his one life, this one person's blood which he gave on the cross is enough to redeem the whole human race. The principle of soul for soul is perfectly satisfied by the shedding of this one man's soul or pouring out of this one man's soul. It was due, but he over paid. Soul for soul principle is perfectly satisfied. His soul can be paid as the price for everyone's soul - the entire humanity's soul. And that is how our redemption has been purchased. That is why the blood of Jesus is a very important theme.

I have been showing youjust from the third chapter of Genesis, the blood begins as a theme, as soon as man had sinned, we see that the blood shows up and that is the theme that begins there and does not end. Throughout the bible, the theme of the blood of Jesus is there, all the way to the Revelation; you see the songs of heaven is about the Lamb of God; Jesus was still called the Lamb of God. He died 2,000 years ago - but in heaven when you go and see, he is called the Lamb of God. He is identified by that name the Lamb of God; that used to be his famous identity - as the Lamb of God that shed his blood to redeem us from our sins. And songs of heaven are the songs about what the blood of Jesus has done. You go and read the book of revelation; it is amazing.

And today in a lot of places this truth about the blood of Jesus is ignored; because the world has become very modern. I have seen in some parts of the world they say, "Well let's change our songs, let's get rid of all these things about the blood of Jesus, and how it was shed, and how it washes our sins and all that. It sounds a little nasty. One fellow said: I don't even like the sight of blood; I have revulsion. So let's not talk about blood at all. People won't like to stand and sing about: Ooh the blood of Jesus. Something else is fine.Let's not talk about it, let's not sing about it, let's not preach about it. Letus bring blood before the people. As soon as you bring the point about the blood, you have only revulsion; people wouldn't just like it." And so they got rid of it. And by getting rid of it, they have gotten rid of the power of the gospel itself. So there is no one is getting saved, no one getting healed, no one getting delivered, no one is getting blessed, no one is getting changed; nothing is happening. And it becomes a useless place, because the power of the blood of Jesus is not spoken about.

Now, wherever the blood of Jesus is spoken about, wherever the blood of Jesus is respected, honoured, spoken about and appreciated, there the spirit of God Himself is there. Charles Wesley wrote a song/a hymn; a very famous hymn - actually today a lot of people don't sing it. It says, "Arise my soul, arise" - that's the name of the hymn. You can google it. "Arise, my soul arise". And there is a line in that hymn in one of the stanzas: The line goes like this - "His spirit answers to the blood and tells me that I am born of God". Very interesting statement. You know there is a guy who has taken all of these old hymns; hymns are very theologically grounded. Theyare written onbasis of Christian doctrine - hymns are very strong in Christian doctrine; these kinds of doctrine.

So one guy has taken all of these hymns and verse by verse, he expounds on it. He literally tells you the meaning and where in the bible the truth is and how it is taken from the bible and converted into a song.So he talks about these verses and shows you how these songs and truths that are spoken there comes from the bible; and I was reading about this particular verse from what he has written. It says: His spirit answers to the blood - very interesting. In Hebrews chapter 12 verse 22 to 24, you read about the heaven; heaven is described there - the scene in heaven; the throne of God is described. Where God is seated Jesus is there as our mediator, his angels of God are there. The Old Testament saints and New Testament saints that have gone into heaven and are there. And then very interestingly it says, the blood of Jesus is there; but it doesn't just say the blood of Jesus is there - the blood of Jesus which speaks better things than the blood of Abel is there - very interesting description; takes up a lot of space in that verse, to describe this blood. The blood of Jesus which speaks better things than the blood of Abel is there, in the presence of God; Angels, Old Testament, New Testament saints, Jesus the mediator. In the midst of all these, in the scenery, there right in the middle of it, is the blood that was shed in the cross of Calvary; the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel.

You remember when Abel was killed his blood cried out to God for vengeance - to call down vengeance upon the murderer. So God came down and punished the murderer, Cain. This blood speaks better things than that of Abel. What does it mean? This is not calling out for vengeance. The blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross, so unjustly; just like Abel was murdered, even much greater injustice was done in the case of Jesus - he was a sinless person, a perfect person, the son of God - who proved himself that he is the son of God, was taken and crucified, agonized and died, put to shame in public and died. And his blood was shed yet his blood is not speaking or calling out for vengeance. It is calling out for mercy. No wonder we have mercy, not justice. It is calling out for mercy; and that is why it is called the blood that is speaks better things than Abel; not for vengeance, but for mercy. And this man says, "His spirit answers to the blood"In others words, the blood is speaking in the presence of God saying, "I am born of God" - the song goes like that. Spirit answers to the blood telling me that I am born of God. The blood is speaking there in the presence of God that I am justified, I am a child of God, and I have been washed by the blood; and I am covered with that atonement. The blood is speaking there in the presence of God, while the Spirit answers to what the blood is speaking in my heart. The blood is speaking at the throne of God, the spirit is speaking from my heart.Romans Chapter 8 verse 14 says that the Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God.

In another place we read that there is a spirit of God that is in us, that is telling us that we have the right to call him, "Abba Father" - we are God's children. The spirit of God is telling us, call him "Abba Father". He is your father, you are the son, you are the daughter of God, you are the child of God; you are a redeemed person. The blood is speaking there and the spirit is speaking in our hearts; whatever the blood is speaking, the spirit is echoing and saying Amen to it. The blood is saying that I am born of God, and the spirit answers to the blood, he says. I mean those guys didn't write songs just on top of their head. They wrote it from the depth of the revelations they had about these doctrines. That is why a book had to be writtenexpounding on the verses of the song itself; because they are so powerful. What an amazing thing.

Everybody say with me - Over payment has been made on my behalf. It is more than enough, to cover everybody's sin to all of mankind's sin. To cover all of my sin, all through my life time; perfect payment; too much has been made. It is more than enough. I have God's mercy. Praise God for it. Amen.

Now how do we appropriate it? The matter of appropriating this and receiving this abundant life is very important. We are talking about Jesus came to give life and make sure that it is abundant life. And on the cross he poured out his life, we read. This is how he gives his life. You know he didn't bring life in a little box and give it. No, he brought it through his blood in a body that God has given to him; and died on a cross, and poured it out for us. Now how do I take it? How do I receive it? How do I appropriate what the blood of Jesus has done? Now listen to me as I read John Chapter 6. If you have a bibles with youturn with me to John Chapter 6 verse 53 - 56. Praise God for the over payment.

Verse 53: Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." - Now this is a very hard saying, if I read the rest of it. So listen very carefully the rest of it: "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." - you know, this happened right after the feeding of the 5,000. The people had fish and bread to eat free; 12 baskets left over. Who wouldn't like it? So the people decided to return the next day. Thought this is the good place to be. This man is providing fish and bread for free; all you can eat and 12 baskets left over. So let's go see him today also. So they come and they see that he had gone to the other side of the lake. So they cross over; take boats and probably hundreds of them, cross over to the other side and meet Jesus there; and he saw them coming; he knew exactly why they were coming. They ate fish and bread yesterday and they liked it, and they are coming. That must have been good fish and bread. And he looks at them and says: You strive for meat that perishes, but I have come here to give you meat that does not perish. I am the bread of life. So he goes on in spiritual teaching about the whole thing. The whole point he was making is that He is the bread of life; if they believe in him; the one who eats this bread of life will never hunger.

Just like he said to the woman at the well: If you drink this water you will never thirst again. - See he has spoken about this thing of eating and drinking business many times. To the woman at the well he said, if you drink out of this well; not referring to that well, but him he is talking about - you will never thirst again, he said. Now that woman looked at him funny, and said what are you talking about? Which well, we have only one well here. But he was talking about himself and what he was going to offer. And now here he says, in verse 53, Unless you eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink the blood/drink his blood you have no life in him.

- Talking about how he came to give abundance life, he tells the Jews (the audience was Jews, and religious people; they are following the Jewish religion). And he tellsthem, you have no life in them. Can you believe that? You can belong to a religion and be very religious. They had the 10 commandments, they had the Old Testament, they had all the prophets speaking to them through the Old Testament, they followed all those laws and all that. Jesus looked at them and said: Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you. What was he talking about? See the people were very upset on that day because they thought he was speaking cannibalism. They thought they had to cut him up into pieces and eat him. He is teaching a strange practice of eating a human being's flesh and drinking a human being's blood. And for Jews, the drinking of blood it has a very bad connotation for them; because in Leviticus 17 where we read that in verse 11, the whole passage is about how you should not eat any blood or drink any blood; drinking or eating of animals or anything is wrong in the Jewish system; it is a terrible wrong doing. So when he talked about it, their minds confirmed that this man is not the son of God; he is not a prophet; he is not a good man at all. He is talking about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. A lot of people left him that day.

And Jesus looked at the disciples; I think they looked as if they wanted to leave. So he said to them: Do you want to leave also? - And Peter steadies the boat he says, Lord, where shall we go for you have the words of life? In other words he is saying, Lord, explain this please. We don't understand; but we want to stick with you because you have the words of life. Everybody doesn't understand; they have all left. Tell us what this means? They could not understand what this means. Certainly he was not talking about literally drinking his blood or literally eating his flesh. Christianity is not about cannibalistic practices. No. Then what was he talking about? How do we eat his flesh and how do we drink his blood? It is about appropriating all that happened through his broken body and through the shed blood on the cross of Calvary. That is what it is all about. The eating and drinking of his flesh and blood; it is about appropriating and believing and receiving what Jesus has done in the redemptive work.

And if you don't receive it, he says; if you don't believe on the cross, on the blood that was shed there by me, on the sacrifice that I made there, the body that is broken there, I am going to die there on the cross. Something is going to happen; my flesh is going to be broken, and my blood is going to be shed; if you do not believe, embrace it and appreciate it, you will have no life. In other words, when I die, I am going to pour life out, you better receive life. Only by believing and receiving life that flows from my blood that is shed, by believing the blood that is shed, you can have abundant life. Otherwise you are a living being; you are walking and talking. You have life in the biological sense; but you don't have life that God wants to give you; the life that is called abundant life. You are alive, but not alive; you havelife but you don't have the real life, he says. You have no life in you. What a shocking thing that might have been. It is all about appropriating what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary.

If you want to understand the drinking of Jesus; maybe I should use this. See water has many uses; two main uses I would say. One is: Water is for washing - Washing and cleansing is one of the things that we do with it. I remember the first time I was in Europe, somewhere I asked for water - I was very thirsty and nobody believes in drinking water there. I didn't know that. I said, "Can I have some water?" Water is a wonderful thing, nobody drinks water. They brought me a soda with gas in it. I said, "No, I don't want this. I want water". And they looked at me sad. They said, "Why do you want water?" I said, "I just want water, I am thirsty". They said, "We have tap water but that is bad. Do you want to drink the tap water?" I said, "Yea, I want to drink the tap water. That is good and cold". They all looked at me like wow, why is he drinking water. I said, "What is wrong with drinking water?" He said, "We believe water is for washing only" - That is exactly what he said, I will never forget. Water is for washing only. They are always this aerated stuff - the soda and other stuff; and they don't use water for drinking. But water is important. Water is used for cleansing, which is good. We need it, we cleanse ourselves - we cleanse everything with water; our clothes, our house. Everything is cleansed with water.

But water has another use - very important use, that we should never forget; and that is we drink water. Our body needs water. We live by drinking. We cannot afford to go without water for too long. You will die, if you go without water. Water is an essential thing that you need for your life. So, water can be used for washing/cleansing and drinking. The blood of Jesus you must think about it like that. It has two main uses: One, it cleanses us from all our sins and makes us clean before God. Puts away all our sins and makes us worthy before God. We are washed by the blood of Jesus. That is one aspect that the bible talks about.

But there is another aspect, which is always overlooked and not talked about. And that is, the second aspect; which is the drinking. But the drinking people are upset with the language. "Oh my God, how can you drink the blood? I don't like the blood. Why do you want me to drink the blood?"No, we are not talking about literally drinking. We are talking about believing in what the blood of Jesus has done; receiving what the blood of Jesus has done, meditating on what the blood of Jesus has done; and filling your heart and mind; and being filled with faith on the effective work of the blood of Jesus. That is what drinking is all about. Have you heard the expression: "I am drinking it in", when you hear a good speaker speak. You don't want to turn anywhere and look; you just want to look straight. And if somebody disturbs you, you say, "No, I am drinking it all in". What are you saying? You are not drinking his words; words cannot be drunk. What you are saying is, it's an expression that says: I am taking it all in, I am interested in this, I appreciate this, I see this, I understand this, I am grasping this, I am receiving it, I am believing this; my heart and mind is getting filled with it. That is what drinking and soaking yourself with it. It is in this way that Jesus said, Except a man drink my blood and eat my flesh, he has no part of it. And he said, they have no life if they don't do it, he said. In other words he is talking about appropriating what has be done on the cross of Calvary.

See when we partake the communion every month; second week is a communion week. Why is it so important? We do it regularly; we don't miss it. We do it every month. Why? It is done with a purpose. Why did God establish that ordinance in the church? Why did God put that in place?Should we do it? Should we go through that ritual? There are only two rituals in the church: that is the water baptism and the communion, basically. Christianity is not about external things - it is more about internal things; but these two external rituals are nevertheless there. Why? Because of this: when we take the bread and eat it, when we take the wine and drink it, what we are saying is that we believe in what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary.His body was broken for us and his blood was shed for us. It is through that I have salvation. Just like my body is nourished and built up physically by physical food; my body is nourished and built up by what the bible says, concerning what happened on the cross.So I am taking in,I am eating and drinking what the bible says about what the cross means to me, about what happened on the cross. I believe how Jesus died for me, how his body was broken for me; how his stripes heal me; I believe what the bible teaches about that; I believe what the bible teaches about how his blood has been shed and how life had been poured out and how I receive abundant life through it. I believe it. Just as my physical body is built with eating; I have been preaching from morning, but in between I eat. It's good to eat a little bit of something in between the services because you get a little more strength - physical body needs food; spiritual self also needs food.

And how do I get my spiritual food? Right now you are receiving preaching concerning the blood of Jesus and the power of the blood of Jesus. Do you know what kind of strength it brings into you andbuilds into you spiritually? As you are listening to it, as you go home and meditate upon it, as you hear it again and again; as you fill your spirit and mind with this truth and think about it, and believe it, and embrace it, and speak it, and claim it, and confess it; there is the spiritual strength that you need for all the challenges of your life, for every need for your life, for every problem of your life, for every battle that rages against you, and every attack of the enemy. You have the perfect weapon against all that; you have all the strength that you need to win in this life with this kind of teaching.

So when I participate in the communion, eat that bread and drink that blood, I am saying my spiritual strength comes from meditating, receiving, believing, speaking, confessing what the cross means to me, what the blood of Jesus means to me and what God has done for me through Jesus Christ. Every day you got to do that. Your heart must be filled with appreciation, gladness, worship and praise because of the cross of Calvary. If you have ever found it difficult to praise God and worship God just meditate upon the cross of Christ and how his blood was shed for you; and how your sins are put away forever through that. And a more than enough atonement has been made; an over payment has been made for you. And how his body has been broken for you, and by his stripes you are healed. When you think about these things, when you meditate and absorb these things, and get soaked with these things, that is where you find spiritual power and strength, and the devil and the temptations and all the sin, and everything that comes against you, will be defeated as you live meditating upon these things. Shall we all stand together. We will continue next week.

So when you take these things and meditate, that is how the abundant life that Jesus gives nourishes you; you will find abundant life coming into play. You will find more than enough kind of life surging through you; that you are living on another level. Amen. Let's lift up our hands and give thanks to God. For the cross, for the blood of Jesus, for the body that is broken for us; the blood that was shed for us; the perfect atonement; the more than enough payment that has been done for us. We lack nothing.

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