The blood of the Lamb

sheep-353117_640Revelation 12:11: And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.  

The blood of the Lamb for the Israelites slaves in Egypt is significant. It was the means for them to get out of the house of bondage, Egypt, their get-out-of-jail-free card, from the place where they endured the ignoble existence as slaves. The blood marked the day they came out of the difficult life of Egypt (Exodus 12-14). They experienced deliverance, freedom, change, prosperity because of the blood.

After the night when the blood of lambs was shed in the camp of the Israelites, and the firstborns of the Egyptians were killed because there was no blood on their doors, the former asked for precious things like gold from the latter and so by the blood they became rich. They experienced restoration of fortune by the blood. They had laboured for decades without adequate recompense, but in one night because of the blood there was transfer of wealth, transfer of material with which they built the tabernacle of God in the wilderness and the beginning of the wealth of the nation. They received financial justice.

The blood of the lamb meant everything for the formation of that nation, just as the blood of Jesus means everything for the formation of the royal priesthood called the church (1Peter 2:9). Before he went to the cross to shed his blood for the payment of the sin of humanity, he called the twelve apostles together (which signify the twelve sons of Jacob from whom we had the nation of Israel, who came out of Egypt) through whom he was going to set up the church, and took a cup of wine saying: this is the cup of the new covenant in my blood (Luke 22:20).

That new covenant contained all that became the reality of the children of Israel, when through the blood they came of Egypt, and then some. It means freedom, riches, transformation, renewal, and coming into relationship with God for us. The demand that God made of Pharaoh was: let my people go that they may serve me that they may come into relationship with me as I want (Exodus 5:1).

In Egypt, because of the slavery arrangement such a thing as serving God fully, was not possible, because Pharaoh demanded allegiance, the time, he commitment of the Israelites in servitude; the same thing God wanted from them for himself, as his sons. He wanted devotion from the ones to whom he wanted to be God. So they needed to be free from devotion to Pharaoh, so they can be devoted to God. The blood achieved that, breaking them off from devotion to Pharaoh to devotion to God, because God is a jealous God.

They were using their body in hard labour, but God wants it to be free that they might serve him fully. And because of that after the children of Israelites came out of Egypt, they were told: you shall serve the Lord your God and he will take sicknesses and diseases from your midst (Exodus 23:25). Therefore freedom from sickness is part of the redemption package through the blood of Jesus, as it is written, by his wounds, we were healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Cutting the neck of the lamb was messy but necessary, it was obedience. It was going to save them when the angel of death passes through Egypt. It was going to make them separate to God. So each was saved by an act of obedience and not necessarily God’s choice, but by God’s love to communicate to them what they needed to do to escape the night of horror.  The bible says for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Not only did the blood save the Israelites, it destroyed the Egyptians, it destroyed the will power of Pharaoh, and he chased the people out of the land. In the same way the blood of Jesus not only delivered us from sin but it also destroyed the devil. The bible says that through death, Jesus destroyed the one who has the power of death (Hebrews 2:14), blocking the sin loophole (Romans 5) through which the devil gain entrance in our lives, breaking the cycle of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).

By disabling our sin receptors, that virus could not multiply to wreck satanic havoc in our lives, causing death. But through the blood we have life introduced in us, eternal life. We have been changed in our spiritual genetics (Galatians 6:15) to not be recipients of sin again but be recipients of righteousness unto life (Romans 6).

There was a tree in the garden that was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is actually was the tree of death (Genesis 2), because God has said that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree, they will die. So it was the tree of death though it didn’t look like it.

When Adam eat the wrong fruit, his nature was changed, he became a sin recipient and that predisposition was passed on to all humanity. So Paul wrote that through the disobedience of one man, Adam, all sinned, and through the obedience one man, Jesus to the death of the cross, we are all made righteous (2Corinthians 5:21). This is not just a positional change, but also a change in our nature (2Corinthians 5:17).

The lamb that was slaughtered in the land of Egypt in the last day of the children of Israel there was to free them from Egypt. It marked a new beginning for them. Similarly, the death of the Lamb of God, who is God himself, saved us from spiritual death and marks a new beginning for us. The death of the lamb in Egypt achieved sociological freedom, while the death of Jesus achieved spiritual freedom.

The former achieved a change from Egypt to the land of promise and plenty while the death of Jesus achieved our relocation from earth to heaven, from judgement of death to abundant life.

The lamb is central to God’s redemptive plan, and the bible says that Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).

The blood is a living thing because it speaks.  The bible says that it speaks better things than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24). In correlation with the blood of Abel which asked for vengeance for his death in the hand of his brother, Jesus dying in the hand of humanity speaks forgiveness, transformation, and revival (Luke 23:34).

The blood has a cleansing quality. The bible says without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus is the propitiation of our sins, the remedy for it (1John 2:2).

He was sent to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). While the blood of bulls and goats offered a temporary remedy, it is Jesus who is called the Lamb of God, the lamb God provided for himself, in the similar way in which God provided for himself the sacrifice that he demanded from Abraham when he asked him to give up his son Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19).

God demanded judgement of death for the sin of man and became the lamb who bore that judgment.

With the forgiveness of sin we are cleaned up and ready for a relationship. The blood of Jesus makes us clean enough for God to be in us. But in the Old Testament, even with the multitude of animals killed, God chose to hide himself behind a veil in what was called the holiest place in the temple. It was that veil that was torn when Jesus cried “it is finished” on the cross (John 19:30, Matthew 27:50-51), where he hung, shedding his blood, heralding a new era in the relationship between man and God. The era when those who worship God will do so in spirit and in truth began (John 4:22-24).

The blood offers transformation, because it has a penetrative power into our heart (Hebrews 9:14). Because the blood communicated the life of Jesus (because the life is in the blood, according to the bible [Leviticus 17:14]), when our hearts comes in contact with it by faith, it is contact with the life of Jesus and become like his, sharing his essence. His history and future becomes ours, since we share his blood in a spiritual sense.

The blood changes everything in the relationship of man with God. It is through the blood that we have access to God’s presence (Ephesians 2:13), the place of grace, transformation and power. After the issue of sin was taken away we can progress in the plans and programmes of God in our lives in the fullest essence.

When people know that the blood gives them access to God, it changes their life. If frees them from the burden of guilt, moving them away from the law and purifying our conscience. With the Holy Spirit in our heart because of the preparation of the blood of Jesus, the change in our life is radical. All because of the blood of Jesus. Jesus said that if we eat his flesh and drink his blood we will have life (John 6:53), and abundant life comes through Jesus (John 10:10).

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