Morning by Morning, March 24 - The Blessing of the Blood of Jesus
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Give me the grace to hear what You say and to follow where You lead. ...
"Pilate said to them, 'Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah? All of them said, 'Let Him be crucified!' Then he asked, 'Why, what evil has He done?' But they shouted all the more, 'Let Him be crucified!' So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, 'I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.' Then the people as a whole answered, 'His blood be on us and on our children!' So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified" (Matthew 27:22-26).
It's so ironic that the crowds that called down a curse upon themselves and their generations -- that the blood of Jesus be upon them and their children -- were actually speaking of the greatest blessing we could ever receive -- the blessing of the blood of Jesus.
The curse of the cross would become the blessing of Christ. "Through (Jesus Christ) God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20). "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us -- for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hands on a tree' -- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3:13-14).
We draw near to God and receive the blessings of God only "by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19). We "are now justified by (Your) grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, who m God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by His blood, effective through faith" (Romans 3:24-25).
Lord Jesus, Your sacrifice gave us eternal life; Your crucifixion became our salvation; and Your curse became our blessing -- the blessing of the blood of Jesus. "The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). So by the power of the grace of God, may the blessing of Your blood be upon us and on our children, now and for every generation to come. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray the blessing of the blood of Jesus -- the forgiveness of your sins and the power of God's grace -- be upon you and your children for all generations, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!