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I have heard the true story of a young broken hearted man who wrote a letter to his fiancée in blood. It is said that he died after writing the letter. The story of this lover and his message written in his own blood is a moving one, especially at this time in which we celebrate human love, Valentine’s Day. There is another moving love story written in blood, one I want you to consider now. That love is the love of Jesus Christ for a lost world.
I. Christ’s blood pictures God’s love
“ Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour.” (John 12:27)
A. Christ’s death shows us love’s duty
a. Christ did not reject the cross, rather he awaited it.
b. When duty calls, that is when character counts
c. So many have failed in their hour of greatest testing, but not Christ.
d. Because He loved us
B. Christ’s death shows us love’s determination
“… For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God..” (Hebrews 12:2)
a. To endure means to “abide patiently”
b. The phrase set before him is one word in the Greek and means to be placed in the line of sight.“
d. Saw the ‘joy,’ the occasion of gladness; yet future and it helped Him press on with determination
e. Jesus’ purpose was nothing less than to die for sinners (Matthew 16:21:23)
C. Christ’s death shows us love’s depths
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth…” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
a. How far will a person go for love?
b. Hosea was an Old Testament prophet who modeled the love of God for His people. His wife played the whore time and time again. His children were fathered by other men, yet still he stayed with her.
c. Jesus doesn’t quit us no matter how we treat Him. That’s the depth of His love.
II. Christ’s blood proves God’s love
“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
A. There was a legal requirement, (Hebrews 9:22)
a. Someone said, You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
b. In the days of Moses, There were ordinances and commands to sacrifice lambs, bulls, goats, rams, turtledoves, etc.
c. In the Garden of Eden, after the humans’ sin, God killed an animal and skinned to provide a covering for Adam and Eve.
d. Later He sent His begotten son
B. There was a lengthy wait
“For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins….” (Hebrews 10:1-6)
a. God allowed the sacrifice of animals all through the Old Testament period as a picture of the sacrifice to come.
b. He had to take a long time to teach his people.
c. These were just a teaching aid not the real sacrifice
“ Then he says, “Here I am: I have come to do your will.” He does away with the
C. There was a lengthy payment
“first to establish the second. By his will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins…” (Hebrews 10:9-14)
a. It cost Christ His life and God His son to fulfill the old system
b. We are not made whole by animal sacrifices any more.
c. The blood of Jesus Christ has set us free from sin once and for all.
III. Christ’s blood promises God’s love
“ See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now”… (1 John 3:1-2)
A. Christ’s sacrifice brings a deeper relationship
a. Not illegitimate children anymore. But legitimate children born by God’s will.
b. Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
c. But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us… (Ephesians 2:4)
“ No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father.” (John 15:13-15)
B. Christ’s sacrifice brings a fuller friendship
a. In the Old Testament, very few could be called God’s friends.
b. But in the New Testament, Christ opened the door to a fuller friendship.
C. Christ’s sacrifice brings a profitable partnership
“ And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him.” (1 John 4:16)
a. In life, many partnerships end badly.
b. But there is one partnership that will never disappoint. When we accept Christ, we become one with Him, in Him.
c. For in him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form, and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10)
d. I am the vine and you are the branches… (John 15:5)
e. I have heard some say, I’m gonna ask God to let me be the mayor of my hometown. but the emphasis should not be on the what but on the who. It’s not what we’ll be doing; it’s who we’ll be doing it with.
- Dear friend, there is One who has written a message to you in His own blood. If you will accept Him as your own, you will never be the same again. You too, will be defined by that one act, Jesus’ love written in the blood of the cross.
- There is no one righteous… (Romans 3:10-11)
- This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness. (Romans 3:26)
- For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
- because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord… (Romans 10:9-10)
- For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)
Original sermon by: Robert L. Cobb – Administrator, News For Christians.