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The Blood that speaks better things (The Power of the Blood of Jesus - Vol 17)

Sunday English Service - 25 JUN 17

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Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 12. Let me read to you from 22 to 24 - Hebrews chapter 12;22 to 24; But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly of the church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

- We have been speaking about the power of the blood of Jesus. I want to continue what I said from this passage, two weeks ago. I want to go over it one more time; because at this time I want to emphasize verse 24 where it says; that the blood of Jesus is the blood of sprinklingthat speaks better things than that of Abel. The last time I dealt with it, I talked about why it is called the "blood of sprinkling". The Old Testament people understood very clearly what the blood of sprinkling is all about; because onthe Passover day they sprinkled it on the doorposts and the lintels; they were protected. So blood of sprinkling immediately reminded them of protection - divine protection. And they knew that under the Old Testament times there was purification laws where a leper had to - if he believed that he was healed and clean, he must go to the priest; and blood was sprinkled on him. And then he will be declared clean - purification. So blood meant purification; the Old Testament people understood it. It also meant sanctification. When a priest was separated unto God's service - to serve God in the tabernacle or the temple; he was sanctified - set apart; that is what sanctification means; to set up from others so that he may serve God. So they knew that sprinkling of blood means that. They also knew that only with the blood that the high priest could enter into holy of holies to represent them and to obtain forgiveness of sins for them on the Day of Atonement; he has to enter with the blood. Access into the presence of God is available only through the blood of Jesus Christ.

So, Old Testament knew what the blood of sprinkling means; the terminology is not anything new to them; they knew it meant purification; they knew it meant protection; they knew it meant sanctification; they knew it meant acceptance and access into God's presence - these things are not new to them. But to us who are from a Gentile background and all others who are from the Gentile background this is a little different; a different kind of terminology - the blood of sprinkling. The shedding of blood and all what significance that has - all these are understood by the Hebrews. This epistle if you notice it called, "the Epistle 2 the Hebrews". Let me remind you of the background once again. It was written to people who became Christians from the Hebrew background. They were Jews who became Christians in the first century; and they were ridiculed by the Jews mainly on the basis that Christianity is not as grand and old, and traditional as the Jewish religion. Christianity is about preaching Christ crucified - Paul says. We preach Christ crucified; that is the central message of Christianity; and they laughed at it. They said you're going to preach about this man who hung naked on the cross; who couldn't even help himself and you declared him Lord and Savior and you worship him. Whereas we have an age-old religion; Ten Commandments was given to us - hand-written by God; Moses our great leader went and received it from God. We have a grand temple, we have high priests, we have a method where we can approach God through sacrifices; we have festivals. We are agrand old religion. We have great leaders like Moses and so on. You left that and went after someone who hung naked on the cross, shamefully like a criminal - this is the accusation. And so the author of the book of Hebrews; we don't really know who it is - some say it is Paul maybe; and there are others who believe not - so I am not going to say, that so and so wrote it; but the author of the book of Hebrews is writing this mainly to tell the Christian people; look you came from the Jewishbackground, let me show you the difference between what the Jewish religion is about and what Christianity is about. He wants to show how this is better; all that was under the Jewish religion -the shedding the blood, the sacrifices, the high-priest and all the feasts and the festivals - and of all those things of the Old Testament, were only the shadow of the real, which is Jesus Christ. See, once the real has come, shadow loses its significance; the real is always greater than the shadow.

Suppose I was coming here and you saw my shadow there - you will look at the shadow; because all you got is shadow...yea I know he is there because I can see the shadow; but after I come, when you can see me, you won't be looking at the shadow -because you can see the person. Jesus has come; everything in the Old Testament represented Jesus and the salvation that God brings about through him. So he wants to show how that Jesus is better than angels, better than Moses, better than the old covenant; better than everything that was available under the old system and how Jesus is better; that is the topic; and how they are in a better position now - more blessed than under theold covenant with better, promises and better covenant; this is the whole point. And writing in this way, he comes to chapter 12 - it almostclimaxes here; he has got to finish it with the next chapter. And here he talks about where they have come and look at the verse how it begins; "but you have come" he says. That means you have to read some few verses before; because if you read a few verses before, it talks about where they went under the old covenant; where did they go? They went to Mount Sinai, not Mount Zion. Mount Sinai is a terrible place. They were afraid; they told Moses, "Please tell God not to talk. You go and talk to him and tell us what He wants to say. We are afraid to be in His presence" That was Mount Sinai.

And the author of the book of Hebrews says; Look you are such a blessed people. You have come to Mount Zion itself - the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem - you come into the very presence of God; not to some mountain which terrifies you; but youhave come into the very presence of God.And then he describes; after describing in the a three-fold manner, the heaven; he describesin a three-fold manner again; those that are in heaven - the Old Testament saints, the New Testaments saints and the myriad of theangels. And then he describes the immediate presence of God and who is there. First the city is described -the heaven is described in a three-fold manner; then those who are there are described in a three-fold manner; then again in a three-fold manner, he describes the immediate presence of God; - he says God the judge of all, you have come to God the judge of all. That is very interesting; he now takes us into the innermost sanctum - he says, you have come to God the judge of all; then Jesus Christ, the mediator of the new covenant. Now I can understand how that in the throne room of God - God is there, His son Jesus is there; the one who died for us and rose again; and he is the mediator there, doing the mediatorial ministry, there in the presence of God - I can understand the two being there. Then the third one is the thing that surprises me altogether. Look at the importance given to the blood that was shed on the cross. After saying God is there, Jesus is there as the mediator. Then the third thing mentioned in the immediate presence of God is the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel. Now why such importance? Placing the blood alongside God and His son. Why the blood is kept in such place of importance there in the heavens - right in the immediate presence of God and described in this wonderful manner; the blood that speaks better things than that of Abel - particularly it says that. Better things; what better things? That is what I want to go intotoday. What are the better things that the blood of Jesus speaks than the blood of Abel? You know when Cain killed Abel- you read the story in Genesis Chapter 4, in the first few verses. After Cain kills Abel, his younger brother, God comes and asks Cain; Where is your brother? He says;Well, am I my brother's keeper? What don't you go and look for him? Why are you asking me? And God said; the blood of your brother that was shed on the earth, it is crying out to me, God said.

Now that doesn't sound good at all. That doesn't sound like a good kind of crying out. Now immediately if you ask someone what that crying out is all about; what that might have been about - what would that blood might have said? It sounds bad; it looks like the blood cried out for vengeance. There are people that say that the blood cried out for vengeance on the murderer. Very well, it could be so. Something really serious happening. The blood cries out - maybe Abel's blood is crying out to God saying; I have been unjustly murdered; all I came here to do is to worship God, I brought my offering. Somebody out of rage and jealousy over my act of worship has killed me; I am a true worshipper, I love God and I came and worshipped God in a righteous manner; and here I have been murdered. Do justice, Oh God.

I have very much believed that that must have been the cry of the blood of Abel; because after that verse where Godsays the blood of your brother shed up on the earth his crying out to me; then God pronounces the punishment of Cain and Cain says; This is unbearable; because the punishment is so great. God says even the earth will be cursed because the earth has now swallowed up Abel; and Abel's blood has been shed on this earth; therefore the earth will not yield its fruit well right now. And you will be like a vagabond. Just imagine this is not just a ten year sentence. After that you come out on parole for a murder. This is a lifelong sentence; not in some jail - languishing somewhere in a cell. This is living a life - this is a lot worse. This is living a life, with the curse of sowing but not able to reap what you have sown in plenty and abundance. The earth not yielding it fruits and you being unstable all your life - unstable; just going from pillar to post and achieving nothing; just going on like a vagabond; never having a permanent place; so it is unbearable to think of it, he says. It is too much of a punishment. So I know very well what Abel's blood was crying out for.

Now what did Jesus' blood speak? Now, we have an idea of what Abel's blood spoke about. A lot of people concentrate on this fact; the make it very simple or simplified, so to speak. They say, well Abel's blood cried out for vengeance on the murderer; Jesus' blood cries out for mercy on sinners. So this is the contrast the say; that is why the bible says, the blood of Jesus speaks much better things than the blood of Abel. Well, that is too much of a simplification; even though it is true, it is too simplified. I think there is much more to it than that; because it is better things it says. The blood of Jesus speaks better things; that means there's a lot more to it than just one thing than we mentioned. That could very well be true; like I said; it could be crying out for vengeance. The blood of Jesus we know, cries out for mercy; but there is a lot more to that. How can we learn that? Because that is where things are there we can benefit from. How can we learn it? First of all, we should look at what the blood of Abel spoke about and then look at what the blood of Jesus speaks about today; and contrast it. So a lot of people look only in that way; and it is all how the blood of Abel complained and asked for justice; cried out for vengeance and how the blood of Jesus intercedes. But the fact is the Blood of Jesus not only intercedes, but also instructs. Now this is a very important point I am making. It is not like the blood of Abel is crying out for vengeance and the blood of Jesus interceding on our behalf; it is more than intercession.

Intercession is true; but it is more than intercession. There is already a mediator in the presence of God, interceding for us. The blood also is evidence that the work has been done and approved by God on the cross of Calvary. But the blood does much more than intercede. It instructs; teaches certain things; which we are asked to take notice of; otherwise you won't be reading verse 25 like this. Verse 24 says; the blood of Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel. As soon that finishes verse 25 starts in this way; See that you don't refuse him who speaks.

- Look at that? Who is it speaking to? Some of us think that the blood of Jesus is speaking only to God - constantly interceding for us saying; don't take vengeance on them; don't punish them for their sins; have mercy on them. This is the role that the blood plays, they think. Even though one way it is true, there is not altogether complete. Not only is there intercession in what the blood of doing there; there is instruction. The blood is saying something that we must take heed to and we must not refuse that voice that comes from the presence of God; from that blood that was shed. Itsays, "Don't refuse him who speaks". He is addressing his readers; he says,"Don't refuse him who speaks". Jesus himself is speaking through that blood that was shed, "Don't refuse him who speaks" -that means the blood from there, is not only speaking to God, but speaking to us. So what is it speaking? This becomes so interesting; because there is so much there for us to understand - what does it speak to us? What does it say to us?

Now there are a lot of people that have recognized the fact that it not only intercedes but also instructs. So they say yes; from Abel's blood speaking also there is some instructions we can learn, teaching that we can learn and similarly with Jesus blood speaking there better things - we can learn certain things; and so they teach in this way. For example they say; Abel's blood teaches or instructs us about a man who died in complete believing and obedience to God. It teaches us about a life - good life that was lived out in believing and obeying God; now you can imagine Abel is growing up - he is the younger brother, Cain is the older one. Now usually the older one leads the way; and usually the younger ones follow. But here the older one seems to be like a rebel; he doesn't seem like he is a very godly person. If he is able to murder, then think about what kind of a person would have been? So with an older brother like that, Abel grows up with him as the model; but totally different from him. He totally believes in God. He has learned from his parents; Adam and Eve. He has learned that God has taught very clearly when he makes coats of skin for Adam and Eve. God has clearly instructed them - it seems like that. That when God came to the Garden of Eden after Adam sinned, he was hiding wearing fig leaves clothing. God came and told him that this is not going to cover his shame; that He would make clothes for him. And he made clothes out of skin - coats out of skin, the bible says; and clothed them. Now clearly that is the first teaching about what sin does. You have sinned and look at this; and innocent animal had to die to provide a covering for the shame that has come to you as a result of sin. What sin has done can be remedied only through an innocent life lost; innocent life must be given in order to cover the shame of sin. That was a teaching given there. And am sure; that Adam, his family has been following that; recognizing that so that when they came to worship God, they recognized now that they are sinners; that they must recognize God's way of salvation; that they always came with a sacrifice; recognizing that they are sinners and coming to God for forgiveness; and acknowledging God's way of salvation - that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; even in those beginning days. So when these two brothers brought sacrifice; Cain being rebellious - his attitude was; I will bring to God whatever I want, whatever I like. I do whatever I like. Let God come on my terms. I have a field; I will bring whatever grows in my field. I don't recognize God's policies and principles and all of that. I will come in my own way. So what? Let God take what I give Him and be happy with it; but Abel was not like that; he is an obedient believer; he believes in what God has revealed; he believes in what his parents have practiced; he believes this is the only way to come to God. So he comes in the right way; and Cain comes in his own way.

Now even today, you will find people like that, people who want to come in their own way. One fellow told me; Do you know how much charity I do? God must certainly give some credit to that. He believes that one day make up for all his faults and take him to heaven. I said I believe in good works; and am sure that what you are doing is good if you are helping the poor, doing this and that - its good, its good works; do it. But salvation is something different; you cannot earn salvation by your good works. You know, you have to come to God acknowledging that you are a sinner; and you must come according to His way and not your own way. You have come that way; and then you do good works because you are a person now that has come to God and you want to help others and so on.

But a lot of people there - Cain-like people today. They say; "My way is the highway. I do what I want. Let God fall in-line with me. I will do what I like; let God acknowledge what I do" No! God doesn't have to acknowledge whatever we do; we must acknowledge what God's principles are. This is God's principle; sin is a serious thing. That is why in the Old Testament, if you touched a dead person you are declared unclean. Why? Because death came as a result of sin; and if you associate with death itself, you are declared as unclean. See how sin is taught; sin has brought death. The person is dead because sin has come into the world; death has come into the world. And everybody dies; all human beings die. Therefore if you touch a dead person, you are unclean, in the Old Testament. This is how they taught; the concept of sin, the horror of sin. A leper must be cleansed with blood sprinkling. Why? Because sin is like leprosy; it comes into your body, grows into you; and eats you up and destroys you completely - and disfigures you completely, so that you are totally ruined. That is what sin does. It is a horrible thing, like death and leprosy. This is the way the bible taught it; but people don't recognize that there is a problem of sin.

I remember one fellow came to me about some marriage problem. He is talking about husband and wife problem; and I was talking about sin problem, salvation; because he doesn't know God, though he is a Christian maybe - he is not a real believer; he has not experienced God in a personal way. So I started telling to him about sin and how you must be saved and all of that; and he looked at me and said, "Look, I don't want to hear all that. I just want some prayer or something that can be done for my problem with my wife". I said, "That is what I am dealing with brother. This is the problem? Why there is a problem? Because both are sinners; you want to see two sinners living together. It can be terrible, sometimes. It can be horrible; because sin is basically selfishness, doing our own thing, in our own way; never considering the other person's way. There is no love; there is no true love - it is a hypocritical love. We talked about love without hypocrisy some time ago; it is a hypocritical love. The world's love is a hypocritical love - they love you for some calculation they have in their mind. They don't love you for what you are. And it is because of that, this wholemarriage becomes a problem; relationship becomes a problem; even if in a marriage one person is like that, marriage becomes a problem - it gets ruined. You can't live happily.

A lot of people don't recognize the sin problem - sin is the problem. And the Old Testament teaches it in so many ways. And Abel acknowledges it; Cain does not acknowledge it. Certainly he was a sinner; certainly he had a bad thing about him; his nature was tainted with the nature of the devil; sinfulness - that is why he could murder; but he would not acknowledge it. He does not see it as a problem - he does not want to seek a solution. He does not want to acknowledge the fact that his sin requires a sacrifice and salvation. So, Abel growing up in that atmosphere still he is a believer - completely believing and obeying, he comes to God. Now people point this out; they say this is a lesson that we can learn from Abel. That here is a man growing up in a sinful world with a sinful brother; but he is a contrast to that. He completely believes and obeys; obeys even to the point of death. Maybe is brother taunted him, ridiculed him and all that; but still he believes; he obeys God, even to the point of death. And then they go to Jesus; and say, Even so Jesus; Even more Jesus. Jesus was also like that - he was completely obedient to God; and he lasted till the end in his obedience.

Philippians chapter 2 says that he obeyed God even to the point of the death on the cross of Calvary. So they say, just like Abel; except that Jesus obedience is more perfect; therefore whatever we can learn from Abel...the instruction we can learn from Abel, we can hear it even more loudly in Jesus. See, even more highly highlighted or emphasized in Jesus; but the problem with that kind of interpretation is this; if bible clearly says, here in this verse (verse 24) clearly says that the blood of Jesus is the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel. Now the way it says...we all know; it is a very simple matter to understand. The way it says...I understand it this way; better things than that of Abel means, it is not the same thing that the blood of Abel says; it is something else. And that something else that the blood of Jesus speaks about is a better thing; than what the blood of Abel is speaking about.

What they are saying is; Abel obeyed and Jesus also obeyed; except that Jesus obeyed which is more pronounced, more highlighted; more louder here in the New Testament; his obedience as the son of God is more louder, is the same thing; Abel and Jesus, here they are. No, I say, that is speaking the same thing as the blood of Abel, even more loudly. But the bible clearly says that the blood of Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel.

Then there are others who say that Abel was not ashamed of his faith; now you can understand today; a lot of people are ashamed of their faith in Christ. Some people have got to say; Well, it is a personal matter - I don't want to reveal; I don't want not to talk about it; I don't want to tell anybody about it, even if they ask. I don't want to say I believe in Jesus Christ. A lot of times it's because they are ashamed ofit; and they want to hide it. Here is Abel in a society, in his time; where his immediate surrounding and the important person was Cain; the ungodly fellow and there he is growing up but he is not ashamed of his faith - to practice his faith; what God has said, he follows - he brings the sacrifice that God desires; acknowledges God's principles, acknowledges God's teachings; obeys God and lives for God unashamedly; he is not ashamed about his faith. So people point this out and say; this is what we learn from Abel. This is the instruction; the blood of Abel though he died, yet he speaketh-lot of times you will hear it in our memorial services, right? The person died, yet he speaks. And at that time, this is what they will highlight; they will say - well, he lived like this, here is a perfect life, perfect in obedience. And here is a guy who was not ashamed of his faith. Maybe that is a good point; but then they say; when the bible says the blood of Jesus speaks better things - it's not different things; they say, it is the same thing - more loudly, more clearly the life of Jesus illustrates. Jesus was also never ashamed of his faith, he never gave up his truth; he always stood for righteousness and so on. So is the same thing he says, even more loudly. Well that is what is wrong with it; because it is not same thing, it is better things than that of Abel. It has to be something different, not the same thing.

Thirdly, some people point out; you will hear typically in sermons that has to do with memorial services; pointing out to Hebrews chapter 11 where it says, Abel died but yet he speaks.Justtalking about Abel that is fine, but when you bringing down Jesus, that is where the problem is; you can't taking it and apply it to verse 12 here about the better things that the blood of Jesus speaks. As far as Abel is concerned, yea, that is a valid point I agree; but when you bring it to Jesus, I believe here some other things come in. So, the third thing they say is that his life teaches about self- sacrifice. He seems to have had some sheep, taking care of it - shepherd. And shepherds are known for even being ready to give up their lives for the sheep; that is why Jesus is called a good shepherd - who even gives his life for the sheep. Shepherds have that nature; you know when an animal comes and picks on one of their sheep - little lambs, they are not just going to stand-by and watch it; and say; Well, if I have 500; one is gone, that is fine. No! They are going to go after that animal, chase that animal, fight that animal; even kill that animal - to rescue their little sheep. They are ready to risk their own life for it. And so, here is Abel with that nature - a good man; and he sacrificed his life for a good thing; he lived a decent life, he lived in obedience, he lived unashamedly; but then he had to sacrifice himself and even so Jesus, they say. Jesus came; and he became that greatest example of self-sacrifice; he didn't live for himself. He died for us - he gave his life for us, and so on. Well, the problem is; what they are saying is whatever the blood of Abel speaks that the blood of Jesus speaks even louder; but that is what is not right.

What does the blood of Jesus speak? How different it is? It has to be different; by the way it is stated - the blood of Jesus that speaks better things than that of Abel; the way it is stated shows us that it has to be something different; which particularly the blood of Abel could not say. Only the blood of Jesus can say; it has to be something that the blood of Abel is not able to say; but now the blood of Jesus is able to say. So let me point to you a few things that the blood of Jesus speaks; what does the blood of Jesus speak to everyone upon whom it is sprinkled. How many are blood sprinkled Christian here? Are you sprinkled with the blood? Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; like the Passover they said; Take the blood and sprinkle it on the doorposts and the lintels. Have you believed on the blood that was shed on the cross? And confessed it with your mouth and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Then it is sprinkled upon you; you are a blood-sprinkled person. That is what it is. It is just a terminology with a deep meaning. I am a blood sprinkled person; you are a blood sprinkled person. What does the blood of Jesus say to the blood sprinkled person? Well, first of all, you see in the Old Testament; I said they came to Mount Sinai - terrifying place, where they were afraid; where the law was given. Now Ten Commandments when it was given, it was a terrifying thing. God gave it to Moses and Moses brought it down. And the way it was given is this; When it was given, God said to them, "Do this and you shall live". Now that can be simplified. This morning I simplified in Madras Tamil if you do this you will live, if not, you will die, you are finished. That is what it literally means. In other words God says, it is here I am giving it to you; if you do this you will live, if you don't you will die. Why did He do that?

The Ten Commandments was designed in such a way that nobody can do it. It was deliberately designed like that. You when exams are designed by teachers - I used to think they are designing exams to fail me particularly; the evil teacher designing exams to fail me? But actually not; they are teaching very hard and they want to find out if it has gone out into me. While they are teaching if you are talking and playing, and then you don't understand anything, then you think the teacher is trying to fail you. That is wrong. But here God is designing these Ten Commandments in this way; so that no one will pass - nobody is able to do it, no matter what they do; no matter how much they try, they can be the most moral person in the world; they cannot do the Ten Commandments. Why? The reason they cannot do it is. See the meaning of the Ten Commandments was not well understood very clearly in the Old Testament; am sure it was taught; they never caught it. They only took it legalistically; have you done it? No, I have done it. Have you committed adultery? No, I have not done it. Have you stolen anything? No, I have not touched anything that belongs to others. That is the way they went about interpreting it, but it was wrong. Jesus took it on the Sermon on the Mount; Sermon on the Mount is the exposition of the Ten Commandments; he is giving the real meaning of the Ten Commandments. And he says with the glance you can commit adultery. If you measure it like that, then everybody becomes a sinner; by looking you can commit adultery; by thought you have commit a murder; by desire, lust you can be a thief; if you desire something that the other person has. Just imagine that; by a glance you can commit adultery; by a thought you can murder; by a desire you can end up stealing. Now nobody can escape. That is why the bible says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God".

The people out there - some people think all this Christian preachers are always calling us sinners - that is wrong; believe me everyone that is listening out there - we don't call anybody sinners, because we are also sinners. How can a sinner be calling a sinner, a sinner; we don't call anybody sinner. We are simply preaching saying what the bible says - the bible says, all of us are sinners. That is what the bible teaches; that is the problem with the human race; that is the problem with the world; that is a problem with the way that things are; all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Nobody is perfect, it says. So, believe me, Christian preachers are not trying to tell the rest of the world that everybody is a sinner. No, no; the bible says that all of us are sinners, including us. We are all sinners before God - that is what the bible declares. That is why we all need salvation. Now I was a sinner; now I am saved by the grace of God; considered righteous by God; not because I am so perfect; but because of what Jesus has done; that is what we are saying; so please understand. These things have to be explained. So, all are sinners; nobody can escape. Can anybody say, I have not glanced and thereby committed adultery? I have not thought...I have not committed murder; I am sure most of you have not; but how many of you felt like, you know; "It would be good if I can catch his neck and squeezed, and killed that guy because he is such a nuisance. I have thought of it a couple of times. We have; the thought is coming; we think a thought is harmless. No, no, Jesus says, the thought itself is tantamount to sin; it shows that sin is in us. The thought shows that sin resides in us; that sin is working in us. And if anybody says, No, no I have never thought like that", then he is lying. I can tell you that; they are again sinning. There is nobody that can say by the proper measurements of the Ten Commandment; by properly understanding Ten Commandments, you can measure me and I am totally sinless; nobody can say that. Maybe somebody can go through the Ten Commandments and say, "Well I have not done any of these things. Whatever God says, "Don't do", I have not done; whatever God says, "Do", I have done. Some people can say like that; but that is not the interpretation of the Ten Commandments; the Ten Commandments is about the intents of the heart - not just the action.

Sin is any thought, anything that goes on in your mind - thought, that is contrary to God's perfect righteousness; that is what sin is. God gave the Ten Commandments to them; and the Ten Commandments job is to show everyone that they are sinners. Why? Because nobody believers that they are sinners; very difficult to tell them. Have you ever tried to tell people that your problem is sin problem; you need to get saved? You know they will slap you on your face, if you tell them this. Because nobody likes to believe that they are sinners; am sure when Adam sinned, if God came and said, "Don't worry tomorrow I will send my son; we will have a cross put up in the Garden of Eden itself and we'll crucify my son and put all your sins upon him; and your race's sin upon him; and get rid of this problem immediately. You know what Adam would have said? I know what Adam would have said; because I know what I would have said; and what a lot of people would have said. You know what Adam would have said? "Lord please don't do that; why sacrifice your son? Just leave it to me; I will take care of it. I am smart enough. I will find a solution to this problem. Sure, there is a solution to this whole problem. Don't worry we will just deal with it. That is why God says, gives the Ten Commandments and He says; Do it and you shall live; that means if you don't do it, you die. Why? In doing only, it will be proven that they can't do it; only then they will believe. And after he gave that; he also immediately gave them sacrifices. Why? Because once they try to do it, they will really be frustrated; because they can't do it. They will realize that they are sinners; they will cry out to God. Saying; Oh God, I am sinner - like Paul says in Romans 7; he says that they things that I don't want to do I end up doing; the things that Iwant to do, and that which is right, I am not able to do. Why? He says, "Sin resides in me; who can save me from this wretchedness? He says. And then he answers it by saying; Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ - that is his answer; because he is the one who delivers us from it.

So God gives the Ten Commandments; the job of the Ten Commandments is to condemn constantly; and the condemnation is taken care of through the sacrifices; that is why went with the sacrifices on the Day of Atonement is to deal with their condemnation. Here they realize that they are sinners; they come to God. All this is a teaching about sin and how to be delivered from the sin that is destroying them; and what Jesus is going to do ultimately as their savior. This is the teaching. So when he says, you have come not to Mount Sinai but to Mount Zion. What he is saying is you have not come to a place of condemnation; this is message that the blood of Jesus tells us from the presence of God; the blood of Jesus speaking better things than the blood of Abel says, "Look you are not in the place of condemnation. You are in a place of justification. God considers you righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ" He is telling the believer - the blood sprinkled believer is hearing the voice from heaven; from the blood that speaks better things.

All of us are told this morning, "No condemnation". There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ. If you are hearing the voice of condemnation; you are hearing the voice from the hell itself - from the devil himself. Condemnation is not the message from God that is coming from heaven today. Justification - the fact that we are righteousness, washed by the blood of the Lamb; that our sins would be remembered no more; that we are totally and fully and completely accepted by God, is the thing that the blood is speaking and which thing the blood of Abel could not speak. Can the blood of Abel speak this? God said, your blood is crying out to me. You think this is the thing that it was crying out? Can the blood of Abel say; There is no condemnation to anybody because I have shed the blood? No, it can't say.The blood of Jesus is totally different; it speaks better things than that of the blood of Abel. It tells us that there is now no condemnation; that there is righteousness which is a gift of God. I am not talking about some righteousness which some people are trying to obtain through their works. The bible talks about "the gift of righteousness" - Romans 5;17; they that have received the gift of righteousness, it says. They who have received the gift of righteousness shall reign in this life, through one Jesus Christ, it says. I am talking about "the gift of Righteousness" - The righteousness that you and I have received is a gift from God.
How many of you are thanking for the gift? I didn't get it by doing all the good works; it is a gift from God. Are you hearing that voice today? The blood of Jesus speaking and saying that you righteous because of the blood; righteousness has been given to you. It is God's wonderful gift to you; it has been given to you.
Second thing; It is a joyful message. Now I am not saying these are the only things that the blood speaks; I am just pointing out few things; and set you in the right direction; so that you can go on. There are many more things that can be stated; but we don't have the time for it; but let me just mention a few of them. It is a joyful message; a very joyful message that tells the guilty that they are now the beloved of God; it is a joyful message.

Now the joyful message is very important. Christian preaching is basically taking in that voice that speaks from God's presence; the blood of Jesus that speaks better things; taking what it says, and speaking forth to the world. What am I doing today? I am taking what the blood of Jesus says; the better things that blood of Jesus says, and re-directing it again here in this church in AFT, Sunday morning - here. It should not be some other message. The message in the Christian church should align with what the blood of Jesus that speaks better than the blood of Abel is saying. So I say to you; I am not sent to scold you today.

One fellow told me one time; see, you are preaching well, but sometimes you have to scold people also; only if you scold them brother, then they will listen. You have to scold people also. And I have noticed...I have come from a background where I have noticed from beginning to the end, there is scolding only; there is no comfort at all; you are scolded from beginning to the end - 100% scolding only. I remember when I first started out preaching about righteousness, one fellow came and listened to me and said, "Well, our preaching is nice; but I didn't feel like I was in church". I said, "What do you mean? He said, "When I go to church I used to feel like somebody is slapping me. Will you do this? Don't do this. I feel like somebody is slapping me, left and right throughout the service; and when the service is over, I cry to God; and tell God; God I will be alright tomorrow onwards. And then they let us go. And in your service it feels like somebody is just rubbing my back. Saying everything is alright. That is why I think this sermon was not right." I said, "Brother, I am not sent to scold you, to scream at you; and to yell at you for all the imperfections that you have; because I also have a lot of imperfections. We are all living by the grace of God and God's Holy Spirit through His word, is changing us and is working in us.

Nobody is perfect. You know, the person in the pulpit is not meant to scold the people sitting there. That is why I have changed the way of preaching; I have determined and decided how I will preach what the blood that speaks better things than that of Abel speaks; and because I know what the blood there is speaking - in the very presence of God. The blood that represents me and Jesus the mediator who represents me; what they speak, I must speak in line with what they speak. So I don't scold, I woo people; tell them to come to God; I tell them to come boldly, no matter who they are, how great a sinner they are. No matter how unworthy they are; no matter what they have done, I tell them about a God who is gracious and forgiving; who is good and faithful, that gave His own son for our sins. The message is full of joy; that is very important these days; because the blood that is there, in God's presence is not calling out for vengeance; but you know many times, preaching is like that. I have gone to church; as a young boy, I remember sometimes they would say, "The way you are going, wait until God gets a hold of you and beats you; then you will not be able to take it". I have heard that word so many times, you know; you will break your hand; break your leg. There is a verse in the bible like that. All these people they have a verse to quote. Just like the people that brought the woman caught in adultery; they said, "Moses said (they are coming with authority from the bible), Moses said that a person that caught in the act of adultery must be stoned to death". What do you say? Jesus said, whoever wants to cast a stone at her, you can do that; but start with one who has never sinned before. Whoever has never sinned let him cast a stone at her. And he started acting like he was writing something down there; because you have to give them a chance to run without embarrassment. Jesus is kind you know. He acts like he is not looking; he says; if you want to run, it is a good chance - run. And he lifted up his eyes and looked; nobody was there - everybody ran away. And here is one person; the most perfect person in the world - never sinned, never even had a thought of sin; pure as gold; he is righteous totally, the very son of God, divine son of God; could he have cast stones at her; could he have killed her that day according to the words of Moses? The bible says so, Moses said so; could he have done that? Yes, he had all the authority to cast stones at her and kill her. And he looks at her and says, neither do I condemn you; Go and sin no more. You know, only the blood of Jesus - on the basis of the blood of Jesus you can say that. The blood of Abel could never say that; because the blood of Abel could not save anybody; it cannot say that the blood of Abel can wash away all our sin. No, it cannot say that; the blood of Abel could not give you victory over sin; the blood of Abel could not say that, "go and sin no more"; "now live victoriously here after", "live without sinning here after". The blood of Abel couldn't say that; it couldn't have the power to do it; therefore it cannot say; but the blood of Jesus can say that - that is what is meant by the phrase; "The blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel" It speaks things that the blood of Abel could never speak - it is possible for him to speak; because the blood of Jesus is different; it is the blood of the son of God, which not only forgives my sins, not only cleanses me from my sin every day, every moment of the day throughout my life; but will also give me the power to live victoriously over sin. That is the blood of Jesus.

Charles Spurgeon; you may be familiar with Charles Spurgeon - probably the greatest preacher to live since the reformation or back at least in the last 200 years. He had a church in London; 10,000 people at one point attended his church; amazing preacher. He says; you know he is remembering that verse where in the New Testament that Jesus was preaching once. Jesus sermons - very compassionate; it is all about; it is not a religious sermon. It was all about; don't worry what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will clothed with; your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness; all these things shall be added to you. What a compassionate sermon; concerned about people's needs, problems, difficulties; what they are going through; and giving them the assurance that God is there - He will take care of you; that kind of sermon is what Jesus preached. I am quoting from the best thing that we have available - in the bible; the Sermon on the Mount. That is the way he preached; and then he gives the explanation about the Ten Commandments and all in a very powerful way. Jesus' preaching is amazing; very compassionate; true preaching.


And one time he was preaching -the bible says, one woman from the crowd shouted loud and said; blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that gave you suck. She is blessing that mother of Jesus. And Charles Spurgeon remembers that; and he says that if you preach anything other than the grace of God that is available through Jesus Christ, then you won't hear that kind of a response coming from the crowd; they will be saying - Woe to you for they have borne you and left you for in this world; and you are preaching to us; why are you preaching unto us and making our head roll? - That kind of a thing; he says, every preacher ought to preach in such a way that you evoke a response like that;"Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that gave you suck". People should say glad you were born, glad you are preaching, glad you are doing this thing; because what you are saying brings comfort to me, strength to me. And it is true, it is just, it is right - it is not comfort just because that you are lying something just to comfort them at the moment. No, it is truth. It deals with the real problem. So, the blood that speaks there; speaks a joyous message, telling the guilty that they have acceptance, they are the beloved of God.

Another thing we I have already spoken about; it is found in Revelation chapter 12. I will just read the verse and go on; Revelation chapter 12 verse 10. I will read from the later part of verse 10. It says; for the accuser of our brethren, who accused thembefore our God day and night has been cast down and they (talking about the devil) they overcame him. - See, what is the job of the devil? Accuse them constantly; condemning - condemning, condemning, condemning. But the cross is to do away with that condemnation; the result of the work of the cross, is that the condemnation is over, but the devil keeps on condemning; and it says they overcame him; by the blood of the lamb, by the word of the testimony, and they didn't love their lives to the death. They overcame him how? The blood, the word and their testimony; that means they took what the word of God says that the blood of Jesus has done and they began to testify about that, and won victory - victory over Satan. See, the blood of Jesus is powerful. We just taught a new Tamil song to a Tamil congregation. It is a wonderful song. It is a thing that I heard as I was growing up in the Pentecostal circles. One thing of growing up there is that I learnt some truths like this; about the blood of Jesus and the power of the blood of Jesus. And I was sharing that one day, and a young man wrote a song based on what I was sharing and it has come out beautifully and we sing that in a Tamilservice , which means there is victory in the blood of Jesus. You know, you can have absolute victory in the blood of Jesus; by claiming the blood of Jesus, by speaking what the blood of Jesus has done; by believing what the blood of Jesus has done; and speaking it out; and by standing on what the blood of Jesus has done.

Next, he tells us that whatever the blood of sprinkling typified in the Old Testament; you know this is something I am going to mention and just go on. I showed you in the Old Testament - sprinkling; blood of sprinkling meant protection, purification, sanctification and acceptance and access; protection - because on Passover,they were protected by the blood, smeared on their doorposts, they know, that the blood of sprinkling meant protection. Purification meant that they purification process involves sprinkling of blood. The Old Testament people - these are the Old Testament people; the Hebrews; to whom author is writing; they knew what purification meant or the sprinkling of the blood meant. It meant purification. Even now I told you, in the world, we are forgiven of our sins; but we need constant purification as we get tainted by the sinful things that come in everyday and attach itself to us - in our mind, in our spirit, in our being; we need constant cleansing. Purification is through the blood. Sanctification. The Old Testament understood this through the blood; when they appointed a priest they sanctified him, set him apart, by the sprinkling of the blood; and then access and acceptance. They went in to the presence of God through the blood. All those things are real today. Thosewere only shadows; but we are living in the reality of it. We have access into the very presence of God. We can come and call him Abba Father and live in his very presence; because of the blood of Jesus.

Then finally let me say this; The voice that comes from the presence of God, through the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel; that voice pleads for holiness and love; justice and grace, truth and mercy; see I must emphasize that. See, some people say, "Well, if God is love, then how can He do this?" or "If God is love, how can He put His son on the cross and kill him?" Because God is not just love; He is also holy; and the blood is teaching is us; the blood in the Presence of God is teaching us - it says, look here, why the blood has been shed; blood of the son of God has been shed? Why? Because God who is love had to deal with holiness. Man cannot come to God unholy. A sinner cannot come to God; God must deal with the sin problem. The only way to deal with sin problem is through the shedding of blood. Life must be given in order for salvation to happen; that's the whole meaning of the cross. And the blood of Jesus constantly is teaching us these things; it is saying these thingsfrom the very presence of God. God is not just a one sided God. He is not just love, He is also holiness, you see. God is also just and gracious; not just gracious - just and gracious.

People say, "How can a God of grace do this?" As if God is always doing something bad you know. Have you heard people say, "I am going to ask God one day, why he did this to me? What did I do?" Now that telling me that these people never do something wrong. And they are now saying that if anybody has done wrong - it is God. I am going to ask Him, "What have I done wrong?" You feel like asking those people, "You don't do wrong". You think God always does wrong. Amazing what people believe. God always does right. And if there is anything wrong, I can bet on it, you and I are wrong, not God. God is never be wrong; God is always right, you sFee. That is the truth. God is gracious. They say, "How can gracious God do this?" Because he is just; He has to do this? See when a judge gives a judgement and he says, "Hang this fellow because he has murdered two people" Nobody says, "How can a gracious judge, a good judge do something like this?" No, everybody says, "What has that fellow done to deserve this? He must have done something bad. Otherwise the man would not have punished him like this; because it is a just punishment.

God is a God of justiceand blood that cries out from the presence of God is constantly saying that God is a just God. Some people don't believe in the justice of God. They say, "Well I haven't had justice from God. I want God to..." Wait a minute my friend; "Just wait. It is going to happen". Some people say, "Oh, God has not done - taken care of justice in my case". I tell you, justice will be rendered in every case. He is just God and He is a gracious God. So what Imust do? I must hold on to His graciousness. I don't go to Him saying, "Do justice to me" No, if He did justice to me, I would not be here. I say to Him, "Lord, be gracious to me". We live by grace, right; because justice was administered in the case of Jesus; grace can be administered to us. The same with truth and mercy. You cannot forget truth and hold on to mercy; you cannot forget mercy and hold on to truth; both go together; and the blood of Jesus testified that it is because of truth and mercy that the blood has been shed. Now think about these things and you can come up with more things as the bible unfolds these things in all the epistles. The blood of Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel. To sit down and think about this is such a glorious thing; it speaks better things.

And finally the man says, the author says; See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. That means, don't neglect this, don't think this is unimportant; don't think it has nothing to do with it. Don't refuse him who speaks. Take it in because it will strengthen you, embolden you. It will make you powerful in your faith; it will make you lift up your head; every head that is hanging down will be lifted up; because God is the glory and the lifter up of our heads. You don't have to hang our head in shame. As you get to know this more and, more and more; you deal will all the issues of....You know people say in the creed - in the Christian creed we say, "I believe in the forgiveness of sin" But I asked some people, "Do you really believe?" because they say that...when they come out they say, "I am a sinner. My sins are not forgiven. I don't know what kind of punishment I am going to get" They are still talking about punishment - what is going to happen in the Second Coming and all that. They believe in the forgiveness of sin they say; but they do not really believe in forgiveness of sin. If a fellow has been punished for his sin, for his wrong doing and went to jail; and spent some time in jail and came out - you don't think he will be relieved; you don't think he feels anything. I think he will feel a lot of things. He will feel a happiness, a peace, a rest, a joy, he will go home, sleep peacefully, eat well; because the deal is over. The punishment has been borne. He has suffered enough. Now he is going to enjoy himself; because all that is over. Are you enjoying yourself? Are you at peace? Are you able tosleep? Are you joyful? Are you able to rejoice in God for what He has done? If you really believe in the forgiveness; that God will remember your sins no more - do you have peace in your heart? See, that is why this truth is important. The more you go into this truth the more your head will go up; because you have nothing to hang your head about. You have every reason to lift up your head; because Jesus is your savior. Amen.

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