The Blood of Jesus
Notice what it says here in Ephesians 1, Verse 7. We'll just keep coming back to this one over two or three Sundays.
In Him, in Jesus Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His
grace. We have redemption through His blood, the forg iveness of sins, according to - look at that. Isn't that amazing -
the riches, not poverty, rich! God is rich in what? Rich in kindness. Grace is about kindness. It's about favour. It's
about God being good to you. God is very, very, very wealthy in grace, see?
So the problem is, what's all this thing about redemption and the blood? Now if you go out of church and into the
streets, you don't hear people talking about redemption. You don't even hear them talking about the blood, and if you
mention it then probably eyes will raise, so there's no concept out. The only place you'd hear about redemption
perhaps, would be if you went to the bank and talked about your mortgage, and they would want you to redeem your
mortgage, so they do know what redemption is in a financial sense.
But I found a lot of the church, if I was to ask everyone to say, what do you mean I'm redeemed, we would probably
struggle with getting clarity about what that is, and what that means, and why it's important. So I want to lay a
foundation around this, and see what the blood of Jesus has accomplished for us, and how specifically you apply it to
your life, because what Jesus has done for us - we know He died for the sins of the world, but a lot of the world isn't
saved. Have you noticed?
That means that all that God has done is ineffective, because they haven't applied it to their life, and so God has
done many things for us, but if we don't know what He's done, and then apply it, it's in the application that change
takes place. And if you don't know how to apply the blood to your life, and where to apply it; the blood of Jesus is to
be applied to at least three areas of our life to bring a change, and Jesus shed His blood in a whole number of
different ways, to deal with every possible condition of humanity. So He didn't just shed His blood and that's it.
There's quite a lot more to it. As we'll see it's very, very foundational. So what I want to do get this started, I want to
just start off really, right now before we even talk about the blo od and why we need the blood, we need to look at
what it is, that is the problem, because if you don't know what problem you're trying to fix, then you won't embrace the
So we say Jesus is the saviour - in fact the name Jesus means saviour - but why do you need to be saved? And do
you really need to be saved? And why is it people go out on the streets and speak to people, why are they so
passionate to do that? What is there about it, because if you listen to a lot of people, you get the impression that
almost like somehow it's all going to work out alright for everyone, no matter what. Actually nothing could be further
from the truth, and I want to lay out some foundations.
The first one I want to talk about is, God has established consequences for sin. God has established consequences
for the sin. Now I want you to listen to this part very carefully, because I want to show that there are two major things
that God has established. The first one we're going to see is that He's established certain consequences. The thing
about consequence - we'll see in a moment - you can absolutely do nothing about them. That's not the bit you get
involved in. That's what you e xperience as a result of making decisions, so if we see for example in John 1, we find in
the first three verses it tells us that everything that was made, or everything we can see, that was made was made by
Him. As believers we would understand creation has been made by Him. I'm going to keep appealing to things you
know, to get you to look a little above it to things you're not so sure of.
So if I designed something, I'm a manufacturer and I designed something, I decide how it will work, because I'm the
designer. Steve Jobs designed an iPad. He's the one who knows how the iPad works, and it can' t do anything more
than he put into it. He designed it - so you can either use it for what it was intended, or if you don't know what it's
intended for, you'll end up abusing it and smashing it or destroying it, because you just didn't know what to do with it.
It's designed with certain things built into it. In other words the person who designed it makes the rules about how it's
to be used, and makes the rules about how it works, and what will make it work well, and how you get the best out of
it. You don't get a say in that. You just either buy in or don't buy in. Getting the idea? So it's quite foundational this.
So we need to see that God created the physical world. He set in place physical laws. Now scientists have got no
idea why the laws are there, they just know there are laws, and by observation they can work out the laws; for
example there's the law of gravity. Now no one knows what really creates the law of gravity. They don't understand
fully what is the cause of it. They don't even understand ful ly the forces behind it. It's just a law of gravity which they
can describe, and that we can work with.
Now you can say I don't believe in the law of gravity. It doesn't really matter whether you believe in it or not, it's still in
place, it's still there. It's what holds you to the earth. It's what makes planes crash if they run out of power. There's a