This was a conversation on our iServe Facebook group that was too good not to share (with permission)…
James Wainaina I have been wondering about the reference to Jesus’ blood and our view of the same. Recently a friend told me about a family discussion about salvation where the comment came, “Jesus’ blood has never dried, it is still fresh”. We also pray that we cover people with Jesus’ blood etc. etc. My wonderment has been as follows:
- Is Jesus’ blood still wet?
- Or is Jesus blood in a blood bank somewhere that we can refer to when we sin
- Was what Jesus did on the Cross (shedding His blood for us, dying for us) really a “Once and for all” sacrifice and atonement as Hebrews reminds us?
Just some wonderments…………
Christine Auma You know some people refer to the blood of Jesus like it is some power they can invoke… I used to do that myself… Praying for the blood of Jesus to cover my while I slept or travelled… In this way we are using the blood of Jesus as power which keeps of evil and it is used in the way our ancestors used charms and invoked spirits for protection. I do not think it is right for us to do that.
Felix Ochieng What do you think of the Passover night? Can people draw links from the protection of the blood of the Passover lamb to the blood of Christ?
James Wainaina Yes indeed we can and we should Felix , but the question is, what was the blood for? Nicholas Pande can help with the whole topic of atonement (REDEMPTION research paper – N Pande). What we need is to ask why was the blood shed? For what purpose? For example, the Passover blood was for protection of the Israelites from God’s angel of death. Why? Because they were not right with him and blood had to be shed for them too so that they will not suffer death/punishment. The same to us, blood has been shed on the cross once and for all. All we need is faith in what has already happened on the cross. Imagine if the Israelites would be in the desert and they start praying, “We speak the blood of the Passover lamb over us” ????? Also, don’t we just believe that when we pray, “God protect us” is enough? That he can hear us.
Christine Auma I AGREE with you James… the blood on the Cross was Christ taking or receiving the wrath of God/judgement on our behalf…. I agree that we can say that God protects us from all sorts of evil… but we should not use his blood as some power we call upon or invoke to has Him. It does protect us or washes us but the cleansing and the atonement of our sins happened 2000 years ago. This subject reminds of something we keep saying as Christians: that when we sin we are crucifying Christ again. I think this is wrong… ni kama tunaona dhabihu ya Yesu kama ile ya kondoo na mbuzi ambayo ilifanywa kila mara mtu alipotenda dhambi… But Jesus sacrifice was once and for all. There is no way we take him back to the cross by sinning.
Elizabeth Adisa In line with your wonderments I am also wondering about this verse in Revelation 12:11 “They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”
Brian Masinde I think it is just a sign of surrender to what Christ has already done. It all refers to the work of salvation and not the literal blood like the one now flowing in the veins and arteries of James Wainaina.
Felix Ochieng I could like to share this passage Rev. 5:1 because I think this is the weight of it:
You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.
I don’t think that where Christ is seated he still has blood, though his blood that was shed is very powerful to save us just as just it was shed on that day. I know his blood was shed to purchase (redeem) mankind back to God. This was the sole purpose and I think there no difference if we pray ‘God protect us and God cover us by the blood of your Son’ because much of OT (where we draw the protection by the blood during the Passover from) is just the shadow of the reality of Christ. Otherwise, we may ask ourselves then how do we overcome by the blood (Rev. 12:11) if the protection can’t apply to the same blood. I do agree with what Christine just said that we SHOULD NOT invoke the blood of Christ as though it was some magical powers to suit our needs. It is FAITH in His death that leads to the shedding of his blood for the cleansing our sins, that will help us.
James Wainaina Felix, do you think covering people with Jesus’ blood makes God act more than when we pray “Protect us”? Also, I think you are clear above in the quotation from Revelation that Jesus purchased us with his blood once and for all. The blood was shed on Calvary once and for all. It will never be done again and we must remember that as a historical act because the gospel is historical. We cannot have another crucifixion and therefore no more blood. It is done once and for all and it takes faith to believe that it is already done. Jesus put it this way, “It is finished”.
Felix Ochieng James, You have spoken my mind and remember I said that the SOLE PURPOSE of the blood was to purchase the human race. I didn’t mean that we should go to heaven get the blood or crucify Christ again to have the blood to cover people. My emphasis is on the REDEMPTION and our FAITH on that act. If the Passover points towards Christ why not every element in it??? I don’t know if you get my point. Let us learn more – some thoughts (not mine) that can help us:
- Exodus 12: Passover instituted (Matthew Henry (Puritan) Concise Commentary on the Bible)
- Passover – the feast fulfilled (Different Spirit (Zionist Christian blog))
- The Passover bread and wine (Bill Bradford of United Church of God (who celebrate the ‘NT Passover’ on 14th Abib, keep the Sabbath on Saturday and OT food laws))
- The Passover Sign of Moses (Consider the Gospel blog (a blog particularly focussed on external evidence for the reliability of the Bible))
Elizabeth Adisa In regards to Jesus Blood that was shed, redemption and remission of sins was its sole purpose meant to give us a permanent remedy to all our sins once and for all (Matt. 26:28; Eph. 1:7).
Coming back to Revelation 12:11 – it is interesting that when Jesus died on that day through the shedding of His blood, we are told that through his death, he destroyed he who had power of death and set us from the fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15). In Colossians we are reminded again that having disarmed the principalities, he made a public spectacle (Col. 2:15). And then again, the son was manifested to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). And the saints in Revelation overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the Word of their testimony. In some way they participate in Jesus’ victory.
In regards to blood and protection, I strongly agree that we should never invoke the blood of Jesus as some kinds of spiritual chants to keep the enemies at bay but our concerns should be on the power behind that Blood that was shed. Going back to the OT… During Passover, “The blood will be a sign for you…and when I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Ex. 12:13). In the sacrificial system, when the Israelites slaughtered the lambs without blemish and used blood to cover for their sins, it wasn’t sufficient but only a temporary remedy. Then Jesus comes to the picture and sheds His Blood, once and for all and we obtain a permanent solution to our sins after the work at the cross. If we can all agree that the blood of animals were temporary covering for their sins that points us to Jesus shedding of His blood for permanent and total forgiveness; Can we then say or use the same analogy that the shed animal blood used in Passover for divine protection also leads us to the shed Blood of Jesus having divine protection in it?
Really helpful stuff. Let’s keep talking…