When evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791) was returning home from a service one night, he was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, "Stop! I have something more to give you." The surprised robber paused. "My friend," said Wesley, "you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, here's something to remember: 'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!'" The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed that his words might bear fruit.
Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service when he was approached by a stranger. What a surprise to learn that this visitor, now a believer in Christ as a successful businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before! "I owe it all to you," said the transformed man. "Oh no, my friend," Wesley exclaimed, "not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!"
Our Daily Bread, October 1, 1994.
And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:11) This is the last reference in the Bible to the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; here it is the overcoming blood, enabling believers to withstand the deceptions and accusations of Satan. There are at least 43 references to the blood of Christ in the New Testament, all testifying to its great importance in the salvation and daily life of the believer. Judas the betrayer spoke of it as "innocent blood (Matthew 27:4) and Peter called it "the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (I Peter l:9). It is the cleansing blood in I John l:7 and the washing blood in Rev. l:5, stressing that it removes the guilt of our sins.
Paul calls it the purchasing blood in Acts 20:28 and the redeeming blood twice (Eph. l:7); Col. 1:14, see also I Peter l:18-19, Rev. 5:9), thus declaring the shedding of His blood to be the very price of our salvation. Therefore, it is also the justifying blood (Rom. 5:9) and the peacemaking blood (Col. 1:20). Its efficacy does not end with our salvation, however, for it is also the sanctifying blood (Heb. 13:12). There is infinite and eternal power in the blood of Christ, for it is "the blood of the everlasting covenant" (Heb. 13:20).
The first reference in the New Testament to His blood stresses this aspect. Jesus said, at the last supper: "This is my blood of the new testament (same as 'covenant') which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28). Let no one, therefore, even count the "blood of the covenant...an unholy thing" (Heb. 10:29), for the blood of Christ is forever innocent, infinitely precious, perfectly justifying, always cleansing and fully sanctifying.
A candy maker in Indiana
wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas
Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.
He began with a stick of pure white hard candy: white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature
of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the solid rock, the Foundation of the Church and firmness of the
promises of God.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes for the blood shed by Christ on the cross, so that we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as the Candy Cane - a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for all those who have "eyes to see and ears to hear". We pray this symbol will again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down at Christmas.
The Candy Cane, used during the holidays, stands as an important Christmas symbol. A candy maker wanted to come up with an idea to express the meaning of Christmas through the imagination of candy. That is when he came up with the idea of the Candy Cane. There are several different symbols incorporated through the Candy Cane. First, he used a plain white peppermint stick. The color white symbolizes the purity and sinless nature of Jesus. Next, he decided to add three small stripes to symbolize pain inflicted upon Jesus before his death on the cross and a bold stripe to represent the blood he shed for mankind. Two other symbols are distinctive on the Candy Cane. When looked at, it looks like a shepherd's staff because Jesus is the shepherd of man. Then if you turn it upside down, you will notice the shape of the letter J symbolizing the first letter in Jesus's name. These five symbols were incorporated into this piece of peppermint stick so that we would remember what we really celebrate the Christmas season.
Jamie Rapp and Kevin Johnson.
BLOOD OF CHRIST.
Fourteen distinct and direct blessings that come to the believer through the Blood.
Remission. “ For this is My blood……shed for many, for the remission of sins “ (Matt.26:28).
Redemption. “ In Whom we have redemption through His blood” (Eph.i.7; Col.1:14;1.Peter 1:19).
Reconciliation. “ Peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself ” (Col.1:20).
Justification. “ Much more then, being now justified by His blood” (Romans 5:9).
Removal. “How much more shall the blood of Christ……purge有人conscience from dead works ” (Heb.9:14).
Meetness. “ Made white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14).
Access. “ Boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” ( Heb.10:19).
Nearness. “Made nigh by the blood of Christ” ( Eph.2:3).
Liberty. “ Loosed us from our sins by His blood” ( Rev. 1:5, R.V.).
Sanctification. “ That He might sanctify the people with His own blood” (Heb.13:12).
Cleansing. “ The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1.John 1:7).
Claimed. Purchased. “ Which He hath purchased with His own blood” ( Acts 20:28).
Communion. “ The communion of the blood of Christ” (1.Cor.10:16).
Victory. “Overcame him by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev.12:11).
── F.E. Marsh《Five Hundred Bible Readings》
BLOOD OF CHRIST.
“ This Man’s blood” (Acts 5:28).
Many have found that the “ Blood of this Man” is—
Ⅰ. The harbinger of peace. “ Made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col.1:20).
Ⅱ. The harbour of refuge. “ Who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Heb.6:18).
Ⅲ. The herald of mercy. “ The blood of sprinkling, that speakethe better things than that of Abel” ( Heb.12:24).
Ⅳ. The heritage of redemption. “ In Whom we have redemption through His blood” (Eph.1:7).
Ⅴ. The highway of blessing. “God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, by a sacrifice for sin” ＆c. (Rom.8:3,4,margin).
Ⅵ. The hewer of sin. “ He died unto sin once……likewise reckon ye yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin” ( Rom.6:10,11).
Ⅶ. The holder of saints. “ He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him” (2 Cor.5:15).
── F.E. Marsh《Five Hundred Bible Readings》