Monday, March 24, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Revelation 7:13-17(NASB)
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?" 14 I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 "They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."
We're in the middle of a "Word, Spirit and Power" conference at the Lakeland Vineyard, and the Sunday evening session had an interesting meditation on the blood of Jesus by Charles Carrin. How well do we reverence that blood, or, put another way, do we try to see the blood as God sees it? It was a catastrophic yet precious event. It tore God apart, both figuratively and literally, as Jesus was left alone for a time to bear the sins of the world. The body that was broken and the blood that was shed was God's own. However, despite the pain and trauma, it was precious, for Jesus became the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. That blood will turn our sins white in the eyes of God, saves us from Hell and gives us an eternity with God. That blood isn't a was, it's an is, still as fresh and potent as it was two thousand years ago. To borrow from a certain ad, this blood's for you.

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