What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. -Romans 3:31-34 NLT
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake. Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. -1 Peter 1:18-21 NLT
Nothing- please hear me again- nothing can separate us from the love of God! The love of God compelled Him to send Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Jesus took the punishment of our sins on the cross.
John the Baptist declared Jesus as the “Lamb of God.” Have you ever wondered why he didn’t shout “Here is Jesus- the Messiah, or the Son of God or the King of kings?” John declared Jesus as the Lamb, an innocent victim who was here on earth to become a bloody sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus as the Lamb of God was not a cute cuddly stuffed animal. He was an innocent victim who died because He loves us. Because of His perfect sacrifice, He set us free. Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are cleaned, our sins are washed as white as snow. There are no barrier’s to God’s love.
Jesus came as a baby to the earth to a poor family, grew up to be a carpenter’s son learning the trade and then at age 30, He began His ministry. Jesus never sinned, yes, I know for some that is hard to believe, but remember, He was truly God, yet truly human. Jesus was indeed the perfect sacrifice. When He was on that cross, He gave His all for us so we can have eternal life. That’s how much God loves us!
We don’t hear much about the blood of Jesus today which is honestly sad because it is the message of the Gospel. We cannot be saved without the blood. The blood of Jesus sets us free. His blood brings healing from the inside out. His blood washes away our sins.
Today, praise Jesus for His blood. He gave every last drop of blood for you and for me. When you look at a Christmas tree, remember the sacrifice on Calvary, and when you look at the manger, remember the reason Christ came. There is power in the blood, the blood from the perfect Lamb of God!
Jesus, it’s not easy to think about your sacrifice, especially of the blood. Your blood cleanses me. Your blood sets me free. Your blood washes me white as snow. Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. Thank you for being the perfect Lamb of God. As I go about the Advent season, may I always remember why you came. You are the perfect gift of love. Thank you that nothing can separate me from your love. Help me to shine your love to everyone I meet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For further study:
Romans 8:31-36; Genesis 22:6-13; Revelation 17:12-14