Text: Exodus 12:12-14"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.(vs13) And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (vs14) And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever".
Lev. 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for your soul."
1 Peter 1:18-21 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (vs19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (vs20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (vs21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”
The Pulpit Commentary, Vol.22, Page 50, a comment on 1 Peter 1:18-19. REDEMPTION NECESSIATES HOLINESS. “1. Redemption is from the vain manner of life received from our fathers. “Conversion;” equivalent to “manner of life.” Christ died to deliver us from the sinful manner of life received from our fathers. From hell; yes, that is clear. “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all;” (Isa.53:6) “He bore our sins in his body on the tree.”(1 Peter 2:24) “There is therefore now no condemnation,” (Romans 8:1), ect. But that is not the end for which he died, as only a means to that end. Holiness in us was the purpose for the atonement, so much so that if we can imagine one getting no further than the cancelling of his sins only, we would be compelled to say that Christ died for him in vain.(see 2 Cor.5:15; Gal.1:4; Gal.5:25-27; Titus 2:14). Redemption by Christ is from the life of the natural man: “If any man be in Christ Jesus, it is a new creation.” 2. Redemption is only effected at unspeakable cost . “ Not with corruptible,” ect. An emphatic testimony that redemption is through our Lord’s death --- not through his life, or example, or holiness, or mediation, but, as Scripture invariably says with unwavering consistency, by “his blood”. God himself bore the penalty of human guilt that he might righteously extend his mercy to the guilty. Nor can we imagine any method which so glorifies his grace and reveals himself. Think of the worth of our Lord’s offering. The universe were as nothing compared to the Son of God. What unfathomable meaning is in the words, “the precious blood of Christ”! Now, this stupendous price was paid for nothing less that we might be holy.”
1. The Basis Of Our Salvation, Security And Protection Is In The Blood Of Our Lord Jesus Christ--For It Is The Basis Of Our:
A. Reconciliation--- Eph.2:11-13 -- Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;(vs12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope , and without God in the world:(vs13)But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nign by the blood of Christ.
B. Redemption--- Rom. 3:24-24--- Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:(vs25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation(theologically, meaning Christ, and His life and death, as a means by which reconciliation of God and mankind is attained)through faith in his blood, to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
C. Justification--- Rom. 5:8-10.--- But God commendeth his love towards us, in that , while we were ye sinners, Christ died for us.(vs9) Much more then, being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.(vs10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled, to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
D. Spiritual Communion of Eternal Life--- St. John 6:53-56--- Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.(vs54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life ; and I will raise him up at the last day.(vs55) For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. (vs56) He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him.
E. Peace with God For Our Sins--- Col. 1:19-23--- For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;(vs20) And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven.(vs21) And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works , yet now hath he reconciled. (vs22) In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:(vs23) If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled ,and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister,
2.We Celebrate And Glory In The Blood Of Our Lord Jesus Christ Because---In ItsNature:
A. It is Precious--- 1 Peter 1: 18-19--- Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;(vs19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
B. It is Cleansing in its Influence--- 1 John 1:6-9--- If we say that we have true fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth:(vs7)But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.(vs8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (vs9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
C. It is Conquering in its Power--- Rev.12:10-11--- And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their own lives unto death.
D. It is Excellent in its Ability--- Heb. 9:13-14--- For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:(vs14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
E. It is Great in its Final Effect--- Rev. 1:5-6--- And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,(vs6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.