“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Leviticus 17:11
I never grew up hearing old hymns but as a baby Christian I did, 15 years ago. One of my favourites is There is Power in the Blood. “There is power, power, wonder-working power, in the precious blood of the Lamb.” I love the history of these great songs and writers. This one was written by Lewis E. Jones in 1899. He wrote this classic during a camp meeting. Writing was a sideline to all the work he accomplished for the YMCA. The longevity of these hymns speaks volumes about their power and impact.
Within the lyrics are great reminders as to what the power of Jesus’ blood accomplished when He was crucified for our sins. It makes us free, there is power, it cleanses us, it takes away our sin, it gives us the ability to serve Him and it causes us to praise Him. These hymns speak the hard truth of God’s word. The beauty of music and song bring the truth in with grace.
Blood gives us life. It is an essential part of our body function. Some of its specific purposes include carrying key substances and nutrients to our cells, such as sugar, oxygen and hormones. It also carries waste away from the cells. This reminds me of how Jesus’ blood cleanses us from sin and shame. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NASB)
Red blood cells carry oxygen to vital parts of our body. Jesus carried his cross to bring us life and invites us to do the same. ‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”‘ Matthew 16:24
White blood cells defend our body against infections and foreign materials. Jesus fought death and darkness by His death and resurrection. 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus” 1 Corinthians 15
Platelets coagulate or clot the blood and prevent us from bleeding out. Jesus stops our eternal death by giving us eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
These comparisons may seem a stretch for those who don’t know the saving blood of Jesus. I encourage those who are skeptical of these truths to start in the gospel of John and read Jesus’ story. Ironically in the times of indifference to what we watch, listen to and believe, some people want to take the blood of Jesus out of the equation or the songs as it signifies the gore of the crucifixion. Ha, have you read the bible? Our history is littered with gore, war and violence. Mankind has not changed a whole lot, we can just see and respond and share our opinion faster than ever before.
The truth of Jesus’ blood shed for us is crucial in the story. Blood was mandatory for the cleansing of sins. The people used to do it through a priest and a sacrificial animal and God finished it through the sacrifice of His Son, the lamb of God. Once and for all.
Yesterday Pastor Craig Groeschel quoted research being done that 48% of people say they are Post Christian, which means they are familiar with Christianity but are intentionally choosing to reject it. This is frightening to me and encourages me to continue shining light into the darkness. Pastor Craig also said that he fears people are just getting little snippets of Jesus, enough to make them feel good but not enough to make them different. I implore you that there is power in the Blood. Don’t just know Him a little bit. Don’t just pick and choose the ‘good’ parts of Jesus. Relationship requires all of Him. Blood and all.
There is Power in the Blood.