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.
1. Christ’s blood pictures God’s love
Read John 12:27
A. Christ’s death shows us love’s duty
I. Christ did not reject the cross, rather he awaited it.
II. When duty calls that is when character counts.
III. So many have failed in their hour of greatest testing, but not Christ. Because He loved us.
B. Christ’s death shows us love’s determination, (Hebrews 12:2)
I. To endure means to “abide patiently” The phrase “set before him” is one word in the Greek and means to be placed in the line of sight.
II. Saw the ‘joy,’ the occasion of gladness; yet future and it helped Him press on with determination.
III. Jesus’ purpose was nothing less than to die for sinners, (Matthew 16:21-23).
C. Christ’s death shows us love’s depths
I. How far will a person go for love? (Ephesians 3:17-19)
II. 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.
III. Jesus doesn’t quit us no matter how we treat Him. That’s the depth of His love.
2. Christ’s blood proves God’s love
Read John 3:16
A. There was a legal requirement
I. Someone said, you can give without loving, but you can never love without giving, (Hebrews 9:22)
II. In the days of Moses, There were ordinances and commands to sacrifice lambs, bulls, goats, rams, turtledoves, etc.
III. In the Garden of Eden, after the man’s sin, God killed an animal and skinned to provide a covering for Adam and Eve. Later He sent His begotten son.
B. There was a lengthy wait, (Hebrews 10:1-6)
I. God allowed the sacrifice of animals all through the Old Testament period as a picture of the sacrifice to come.
II. He had to take a long time to teach his people.
III. This was just a teaching aid and not the real sacrifice. “Then he says, “Here I am: I have come to do your will.” He does away with the animal sacrifices.
C. There was a lengthy payment, (Hebrews 10:9-14)
I. It cost Christ His life and God His son to fulfill the old system.
II. We are not made whole by animal sacrifices any more.
III. The blood of Jesus Christ has set us free from sin once and for all.
3. Christ’s blood promises God’s love
Read 1 John 3:1-2
A. Christ’s sacrifice brings a deeper relationship
I. Not illegitimate children anymore. But legitimate children born by God’s will.
II. 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, Ephesians 2:4, John 15:13-15)
B. Christ’s sacrifice brings a fuller friendship
I. In the Old Testament, very few could be called God’s friends.
II. But in the New Testament, Christ opened the door to a fuller friendship.
C. Christ’s sacrifice brings a profitable partnership, (1 John 4:16)
I. In life, many partnerships end badly.
II. But there is one partnership that will never disappoint. When we accept Christ, we become one with Him, in Him, (Colossians 2:9-10, John 15:5)
III. I have heard some say, I’m going to ask God to let me be the mayor of my hometown. But the emphasis should not be on the “but” on the “whom”. 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, (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; 6:23; 10:9-10; 10:13)Original sermon by: Robert L. Cobb – Administrator, News for Christians.