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Nothing But The Blood of Jesus - Jan. 21

  • 2013 Jan 21
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Nothing But The Blood of Jesus
 
 
This is my blood, which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:27-28, NLT). 
 
 
 
Dear friends:
 
Our Lord Jesus made an astonishing and mysterious statement: "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.   Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:53-54, NIV).
 
Because of those words, first-century Christians were accused of being cannibals!  Before I became a Christian, I did not think they were cannibals, but as I mentioned earlier, I thought such words were gross and offensive -- actually pagan.  They seemed so out of place in our modern, sophisticated culture, where science so-called is worshipped by so many.
 
I was especially offended by the words of certain hymns, such as, "What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus," and "There is a fountain filled with blood..."
 
But then I met Jesus.  Through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit revealed to me His reality, His deity, His power, and His great love and grace.  And of course, since Jesus was the exact representation of the Father (John 14:9, Hebrews 1:3), I came to know my heavenly Father for the first time.  I learned the true meaning of the body and blood of Christ, and what His broken body and shed blood had done for me. I began to weep with gratitude.  It was awesome.
 
Later I was asked to be a deacon in the church, which is a rare honor for a young man in his 20's.  The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was a very prestigious church with a lot of wealthy, influential people. And I remember the first time I served communion.  As I served the wafer and the grape juice representing the body and blood, I was deeply, deeply moved to think that I was serving -- symbolically to me -- the very real blood.  Suddenly, I remembered that old hymn, "What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!  What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  O! precious is the flow that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus." 
 
I began to sob quietly.
 
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
 
Bill Bright

 

 

 

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
Bill Bright


The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details

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