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G. John White's first devotional Sold out for Jesus covers 12 vital themes of Christianity.


25 March 2019

March Topic: THE CENTRALITY OF THE CROSS

This month we will look at the death of Jesus Christ our Lord, from various angles and see how it is totally relevant to all we are called to be and do.


Leviticus 17:11

THE LIFE OF THE CREATURE IS IN THE BLOOD

God was establishing here and now the significance, the power and the uniqueness of blood.

In Genesis, He talked of the Breath of Life, and again in Ezekiel 37 - but here, God is establishing something far more intrinsic. We all probably recognise that our bodies are not the real us, they are just the "vehicle" that God has entrusted to us to move about in from place to place.

They are Divinely designed, uniquely created, amazingly precious and wonderfully made. Man in all his brilliance cannot understand all its workings, let alone copy it or create another one.

But for all that, and I have no intention whatsoever of belittling our beautiful bodies, they are still not the real you and me.

The Breath of Life - yes, I can't do much without that either! It enables my body to function and if I don't have it in full measure, to some degree I suffer. If it is cut off or ceases, my body dies. My body dies - but not the real me!

What about my heart? Well if that doesn't function properly, I soon know about that too! If it gives up, so does my body! Why? Because the blood ceases to "run" throughout my body, keeping it alive. I'm no medic, but you can take it from me that death is a blood problem! The blood in your body carries all those things that are necessary to maintain it and keep it healthy - oxygen etc. It is the life-flow within us. Let the blood flow out and the body dies!

That was the "significance" of the sacrifices. Why?

Because they all pointed to the Perfect Sacrifice.

For we read - one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of "blood and water" (John 19:34).

His blood flowed, His Life flowed out - that we might "drink" and share His Eternal Life.

As Jesus said - "Unless you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no Life in you". (John 6:53)

 


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