Today it is sunny in the Northwest of the U. S. and I am ready for a great week. It was a good time in church yesterday hearing a testimony of a young couple in their journey of life and their testimonies in Christ. God’s love is real, the tomb is empty, and Jesus is alive in the hearts of many! This is good news!
Mercy ends our past and grace empowers us in the present to know the increasing glories of God in our lives. The testimony of the cross is not merely what happened two thousand years ago on the grounds of Calvary. The testimony of the cross is found at the throne of grace. Knowing Jesus in His resurrection life is the testimony of His death. Christ in us is the hope of the glory and Christ in us testifies of the blood Jesus shed at Calvary. Jesus offered His life in the flesh so that all flesh could know Him in the power of His resurrection.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Jesus shed blood to make us free. He shed blood as a first Adam so that we could experience the blessing of last Adam. Jesus didn’t rearrange the chairs on the Titanic and say, “Alright boys and girls – it’s all okay now.” We can celebrate because we have a new ship, a fellowship, a relationship – a ship that’s set by His apostleship – a ship that has a cargo of heavenly grace. We are the Body of Christ and members that can behold His face because Jesus shed blood.
These are the seven places Jesus shed blood:
- JESUS SWEAT LIKE BLOOD – He was wounded for our transgressions. Jesus shed great drops of blood like sweat in the garden of Gethsemane (Lk. 22:39). In Gethsemane Jesus won back our will power; the Spirit of the Lord and a grant of repentance from dead works was given to us. His gift to us is a desire from within.
- JESUS SHED BLOOD INTERNALLY (Lk. 22:63) – He was bruised for our iniquity. They beat Him. They blindfolded Him so that He couldn’t see with His natural eyes, because humanity was bound to the fear that comes from what we see. Jesus’ bruises won our deliverance from inner hurts, iniquities, our propensities to fail, and our source of human wisdom in order to give God’s wisdom of faith toward God. The Spirit of Wisdom in Christ gives faith to overcome the fear of death. Our faith is empowered by a revelation of His love in our hearts.
- JESUS SHED BLOOD FROM SCOURGING (Jn. 19:1) – the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we were healed. He was fully submerged in human blood so we could be fully submerged in His Spirit of life. The stripes on Jesus’ back won back our health and a testimony of a holy body transformed by God’s submerging grace. The Spirit of Understanding in Christ transforms our lives with many testimonies through the submerging of the Holy Spirit.
- JESUS SHED BLOOD FROM HIS HEAD (Jn. 19:2) – Jesus shed blood to break the curse of human control and liberate our lives to the headship of life. He gave us back the power of light to darkness and the testimony of lives submitted to the headship of the Father. His crown of thorns won back our prosperity, our ability to be givers of life as those submitted to His headship of Life in all things. The Spirit of Counsel in Christ empowers our hands with life-giving authority to the world.
- JESUS SHED BLOOD FROM HIS HANDS (Jn. 19:17)! With a crown of thorns and a robe of purple He was presented to the world. ‘The Resurrection’ faced the death of the cross. The hands that give life overpowered the curse of thorns and thistles that day. Jesus shed blood from the hands of resurrection life to redeem us from the curse of death, fleshly distraction, circumstantial rule, and crisis management. Jesus’ pierced hands won back dominion over the things we touch and secured our ability to know the power of His resurrection might in all that we are and do.
- JESUS SHED BLOOD FROM HIS FEET – for the standing of all men. He shed blood from His feet so all men could stand in a relationship of intimacy with God and intimacy with each other. Living Bread stood on the nails of sweat and human will. He stood as the judgment of love upon the nail of the judgment of right and wrong. His pierced feet won back dominion over the places we walk, that we might freely give the Bread of Life to all we meet. We stand in the eternal judgment of eternal life for all men.
- JESUS SHED BLOOD (AND WATER) FROM HIS SIDE (Jn. 19:34). Just as the Adam of dust was put to sleep and out of his side came the rib of flesh – from the side of Jesus came the living water of the Church. Jesus’ pierced side won back our joy and the testimony of a face-to-face relationship with Him in life .We are being perfected in Him to rule now and into eternity. The bride of Christ is the body of Christ and we are co-heirs with Him in the destiny of the family name!
Jesus went down to the grave. They put Him in a tomb. But on the third day, He walked into a room where there were many fearful friends (Jn. 20:19). He walked into His family’s house and He came to announce to them, “I shed blood for you. I’ve broken the curse in your life. I’ve bought back your will and it is yours to love me. I’ve bought back your acts and now you can live from your heart with acts of love. I’ve bought back your testimony so you can be supernatural in a natural world. I bought back your inheritance to give the life of your Father to others in this world. I’ve come to tell you that I’ve bought back the power over apathy so you can be empowered from within with an awareness of my presence in your life. I bought back your ability to reign in life so your children and your children’s children can know My increasing glory in their lives. I’ve come to make you of One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father, One God Above All, One God Through All, and One God In All.”
He wants to say it to us today, “Peace be with You.” He wants to tell us today that today is the continuation of Resurrection Sunday. He wants to tell us today that today is the resurrection moment of our lives. He wants to tell us today that He picked up dust from the earth and formed us. He formed us from the dust that was perfect dust. He formed us from the place of the Father’s heart. He formed us from Living Bread, and that Living Bread shed blood so that we could receive the life of the Spirit. We rejoice today that we have peace with God, because He gave us peace and He’s breathed His Spirit into us to know His abundant gift of life.
The tomb is empty! The doors are open! Go! Bless the world with this abundant grace He’s given each of you! He came as the true man of the human race to redeem all of humanity. He came to declare to each of you that there wasn’t room at the cross for you – there was room at the cross for Him. Now there is room at the throne for you! Jesus shed blood at your cross, and now He’s calling you to pick up your cross and follow Him. Your cross is to confess, ‘I’m no longer an Old Adam – I’m part of Last Adam. He was wounded for your transgressions. He was bruised for your iniquities. The punishment that you deserved, He took. He led you back to the Father’s house. He’s reconciled you. He’s redeemed you. You are a part of the resurrection day to eternity!’”
Ted J. Hanson