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Day 25: Where Would I Be Without the Atoning Blood of Christ?

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Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which

we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?

And is not the bread that we break

a participation in the body of Christ?

(1 Corinthians 10:16)

 

Each Sunday at Journey Christian, we share in Communion. We

remember and give thanks for the covenant Jesus fulfilled on our behalf

by the breaking of His body and the shedding of His atoning blood to

cleanse us from sin.

God is holy. He is just. Without Christ, man is bound by sin and

condemned by it. That was not God’s plan. God made man in His image

and likeness. He walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of

Eden. It was a beautiful relationship, but it didn’t last because man chose

to doubt what God said and disobey. By that one act, all mankind was introduced

to sin and the penalty that came with it. But God did not forsake

His creation…

“For God so loved the world…”

The love and mercy of God are infinite and matchless. But a God of

justice knew that someone had to pay the penalty for sin or man would be

eternally lost and condemned. Someone had to atone for sin. Only a man

sinless and perfect could be the sacrifice that God would accept. But who?

So, Jesus willingly humbled Himself and took on a human body: “The

Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Jesus became our

substitute. Just think about it: the Bible says that Jesus who knew no sin

“became our sin” on the cross so that we might become the righteousness

of God in Him! Only unconditional, unfathomable love would do that!

Jesus allowed Himself to be humiliated and beaten. Each step of

the way, He shed His pure and spotless blood until on the cross, it was

all poured out for us. As the old hymn says, “Oh, the blood of Jesus, it

washes white as snow.” Because Jesus shed His blood, died and rose again,

God made a way for man to come back into relationship with Him.

Shortly after Christ became my Savior I was in my darkroom developing

film for a printing plate. I decided to review details on a job order.

I looked and saw nothing but the black ink headings and lines. I thought

I had taken a blank job order until I left the darkroom and looked at

it again. There, written in red ink were the “missing” details. The redsafelight

in the darkroom had filtered out the red ink job details! It was

a visual demonstration of how God now looked at me because my sins

were washed away, filtered by the blood of Jesus: Though your sins are

like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like

crimson, I will make them as white as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Loving Father God, thank you for your plan of redemption.

Jesus, thank you, for taking my place, shedding your blood, and giving

your life to cleanse me from sin and make a way for me to know

God. Holy Spirit, thank you for opening my eyes to see my desperate

need for the Savior and leading me in Your ways. Amen!

– Buz Swyers –

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