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The Blood of Jesus


of course there were further consequences physically. Eventually he died. A curse came into the earth, and we face
the problem that we have. It's a serious and a big problem. It's not going to go away easily, but God has given a
remedy for it, so we saw - the last thing that we looked at last week was that God established a remedy for sin. God
established a remedy for sin. We saw in Hebrews 9:22 that without the shedding of blood, there can be no cleansing
of sin, so if God said here's the law and here's the consequence, He also provided the remedy, and we saw the
remedy was the shedding of blood. So I want to pick that up now and go a little bit further now, a nd look at how the
blood of Jesus is applied. I can't do it all in one session. I will spread it out over two because the work of the cross is
absolutely stunning in its completion to help us. It's absolutely stunning in its completion to help us, so I tho ught I'd
start to talk about the application just at this point, and some foundational things to applying the blood of Jesus.
First of all we look in Exodus, Chapter 12. Now this is the first place in the Bible where it talks about a particular feast
or a particular occasion, when God required the people of Israel to shed blood, the blood of a lamb. It says in Exodus,
Chapter 12, Verse 21, pick out and take lambs for yourself according to your families, kill the Passover lamb. And you
shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood in the basin, strike the lintel, strike the doorposts, put blood on it. Now
He said, and when you put the blood on it, stay in behind that covering that's provided, and when the Angel of Death
comes through you will be protected, you will not be harmed, because he will see the blood.
Now imagine you were a Hebrew on that day and you knew, having watched all the miracles and plagues that had
come through, that God is well able to do what He said, and then shortly a plague is going to come. It's going to take
out the members of the family, eldest members of all the families. Now you've got a lo ved son, he's the eldest first
born, and you also are the first born. You are going to do something. Now what are you going to do? Are you go ing to
do it because, you know, this is oh well, you know, God loves us and he's asked us to do this? You're not going to do
it for that reason. You're going to do it for one reason alone; you're absolutely convinced that there's consequences if
you don't. Think about that.
You see if we pretend there's no consequences, we won't see the need for the remedy, but when you see the
consequences - here's the consequences. If they did not apply the blood, death came into the home, and they didn't
have windows in those days so what would have happened then is they would have heard the screams and shouts
as family after family were hit by God's judgement on each of them, and the only thing that stood between them and
that judgement was the blood, which they had to apply. Now I think you would be pretty keen to do a good job of
applying the blood. I reckon you'd make sure you got all the blood you could out of that lamb. You'd get it in a big
basin, you wouldn't let any of it go, get that hyssop there, and dad would g o out there - notice dad, the head of the
home had to apply the blood for the whole family. And you get out there, you'd make sure there's a heap of blood on
that lintel! And you'd make sure there's a heap of blood on the door-posts! And you know who'd be helping you make
sure? Your family and particularly your eldest son! [Laughter] Dad! You do a good job. I don't think there's enough! I
don't think the Angel of Death... Put more on! Get the blood on the lintel and the door -posts!
Now you see? Now this is the very first mention of applying the blood to be a remedy for sin, and notice how
important it was, how big a deal it was that they stayed in, under the blood, under the covering of the blood. There
was something important about it, because it's God's answer to the issue of sin, and the consequences of sin. There
is only one thing stands between you and the consequences of your sin and generational inequity. It is the blood of
Jesus. It's not enough He shed it. We have to apply it. Alright? We have to be able to apply it. So they applied the
blood, and notice there, that word strike means - it could mean to touch. It also means to strike. I think if I was there,
I'd be smiting it and striking it until all the blood's all gone, there's nothing left, blood e verywhere.
I'd want to make sure. I wouldn't be worried about making a nice pretty job. I'd make sure I got it all up there, so it's
absolutely certain there's blood there. No angel's going to miss that unless he's blind, you know! We make sure we've
got it in place - so the blood was applied in three places. Now the interesting thing is it was in three places. It had to
apply right across the lintel down the - He was quite specific. You notice what He didn't say? He didn't say just put it
on the door. He s aid put it in these three places. Often in the Bible when there's three, it describes the completion of
something that God has in mind, and so the three things that are there, the blood deals with three different aspects of
man's failure, and these words, now some of you may know them but not know what they mean, so I want to explain
them, because if you don't know what they mean, you will miss applying the blood to it.
I wonder what would happen if they just put it on one of the doorposts. That's kind of r isky isn't it a ye? Ma ybe you just
put it on the doorposts. That should be enough. I mean it's there, won't that do? Come on, just put it on there. It
should be enough. I don't think so. God said three places - I think we should think three places are where it needs to
go, so I want to show you just something, just a verse. I want you to have a look with me in Leviticus, Chapter 16 -
and there were three places. Now I think we must understand is that when we're talking about this Passover, it's not
something Old Testament. It's actually an Old Testament picture of something real in the New Testament, because
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