It’s By the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11)
Revelation 12:11, And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
In the 16th century, when King Philip II of Spain, an arch-Roman Catholic, came against the Protestants of Holland, sending the Duke of Alva to slaughter them, Spanish troops went house to house throughout Rotterdam searching out Protestants and killing them. In this one particular house, a handful of men, women, and children heard the soldiers approaching. They heard the pounding of doors, the screams of victims, and the marching of feet coming toward them. Terror gripped their hearts. But a young man suddenly got an idea. He took a goat in the house, killed it, and swept its blood under the doorway out onto the street. When the soldiers reached the house, they saw blood flowing under the door, and, assuming their fellow soldiers had already taken care of the job in that house, they went their way. That family overcame that adversity by blood—but Christians have and will continue to overcome Satan's attacks, slander, temptations, and persecutions by the blood of the Lamb of God! Herbert Lockyer wrote, “The precious blood of Christ is the grounds and the means of victory. Through His blood, we have boldness before God, which, in turn, produces boldness before men.” For we find in this verse the sources of the saints victory.
Exodus 12:12-14, 22–23, For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
All of us are born under a death sentence because of sin. We are sinners both by nature and by choice, and we deserve the punishment of Hell. But in His grace, mercy, and love, God prepared a way for our salvation before the world was created. Romans 5:9, Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. The shed blood of Jesus Christ forms the foundation of our justification. God will judge sin, but because of the justification stemming from the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we will be saved from the judgment of sin and from going to hell.
Every good thing that we receive from God has its foundation in the purchase of our redemption through the blood of Christ. Far more precious than any treasure of earth, the blood of Jesus provides the atonement for sin that no other sacrifice could provide. Hebrews 10:4, For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Give God the glory and thanks for all of the wonderful benefits you have received because of the precious blood of Jesus.
No other issue is more important in your life than the issue of knowing Jesus because your relationship with Christ will determine where you will spend eternity. A newly married couple had invited members from their two families to a Sunday dinner. The guests were seated around the table. All desired to be at their best. As the rich, brown gravy was being passed, one young lady accidentally tipped the bowl and it spilled. With a large brown blotch on the immaculately clean linen tablecloth, the hostess quickly and skillfully scraped up the gravy and spread a napkin over the spot. The meal went on as if nothing happened. The napkin did not take away the spot. It merely covered it so the dinner and fellowship could continue. To the unfortunate young woman who had spilled the gravy, however, the white napkin was a constant reminder of her faults and accident. In the same manner, the Old Testament sacrifices at the Temple covered the sins of the Israelites, but they were also a constant reminder of their sins. The day after the dinner, the tablecloth was washed and the spot was taken away. So by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, believers are washed from their sins in His blood. There is no napkin to remind of sin. John said in Revelation 1:5b, Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I thank You for sending Jesus, Your only begotten Son to shed His blood to pay my sin debt. He gave His all for me and has allowed me access to You in Heaven. Help me to share this joy I have with others. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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