Eloise 10:00-2:00pm

The life is in the blood

'The blood of Jesus Christ...cleanses us from all sin.' 1 John 1:7 NKJV

The New Testament mentions' blood' around 100 times: half of those refer specifically to Jesus' blood. From this we can see that it's hugely important in God's message to us.

Romans 5:9 reminds us that 'we have now been justified by his blood' (NIV), and 2 Corinthians 6:18 records God saying, 'I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters' (NIV). Blood 'justifies' who a child's parents are and passes on their DNA. So, if Jesus has given us his blood we are, inarguably, God's children with his blueprint running through our veins.

Blood does three important things for us. (1) Blood provides the right things to cleanse and heal our wounds. It's the blood that goes to the broken, injured skin to clean the cut and create a clot to seal the wound. This is the first role of Jesus' blood, to cleanse and heal us from our sin. That is why he allowed it to be spilled for us on the cross. (2) Blood contains white cells which defend the body against infection. They fight off any attack, destroy everything harmful, and protect against anything that could make the body ill, just like Jesus does for his body, the church. (3) Blood carries oxygen around the whole body, which is then burned to produce energy. The blood of Jesus is our fuel. This allows us to fully live the life that he promises us.

So what now? Today, sit in Jesus' presence and thank him for healing, defending and energising you through his blood.

Soulfood: Exo 30-32, Matt 8:18-27, Ps 89:1-14, Pro 2:20

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