Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

Your 24/7 Companion – Day 19

Your Gift: His Blood

Bible text(s)

18For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life handed down by your ancestors. It was not something that can be destroyed, such as silver or gold; 19it was the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or flaw.

1 Peter 1:18-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

26for then he would have had to suffer many times ever since the creation of the world. Instead, now when all ages of time are nearing the end, he has appeared once and for all, to remove sin through the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 9:26GNBOpen in Bible reader

12I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do — yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.

John 14:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

Under the old covenant, the blood of animals was necessary for Israel’s sins to be forgiven. Under the new covenant, Jesus himself became the final sacrifice to do away with our sins, thus reconciling us to him. Our relationship with God is restored (Hebrews 9:26). Jesus’ blood is man’s gift to receive forgiveness and to be freed from the yoke of sin, “For you know, that it was not with perishable things … that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you … but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

His blood also brings healing for your entire being: “by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). Jesus’ ministry on earth proves the truth of these words: He healed people with physical defects, restored emotionally and mentally ill people, made outcasts part of a family and even raised physically dead people. He gave the same authority to his disciples (you and I included): “Whoever believes in me – the works that I do shall he do also, and he will do greater works than this because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)

In Revelation 12:11, we read that the believer’s final victory over the devil also lies in the blood of the Lamb: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony …” In your own power and from your own “steady” character and strong personality, we just cannot succeed in overcoming all the attacks of the devil. His blood became part of our inheritance when our sins were forgiven, therefore we have the authority to withstand and be victorious in every attack the devil might launch on our lives. To confirm this victory, our witness of the Lord’s work in our lives, becomes a final nail in the coffin of the devil’s attacks on us.

Maybe, we should make more of the power locked up in the blood of Jesus and start living from the truth that our sins were forgiven, we were reconciled and we can live victorious, healthy lives through the precious blood of Jesus!

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