THE BLOOD OF JESUS:
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
There is nothing as awesome as Almighty God, the creator of all things and beings - mortal and immortal, visible and invisible – the cosmos, universes and planets, including heaven and hell! He is the Lord of all and accountable to none!
There is no God beside Him. He is transcendent, incomprehensible, invisible and immortal. His Word is holy, inerrant, incorruptible and steadfast. His Will is supreme, perfect and righteous. He is eternal (without beginning or end), omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing, all wise), omnipresent (everywhere present) and immutable (unchangeable). His Authority is absolute and His Justice indisputable, fair and final!
NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!
He is the fount of all love, peace and joy. In Him is found total wisdom, knowledge and power! He is compassionate, kind, merciful and good! In His great wisdom, Almighty God - Who is above all and over all - graciously deigns to enter our lives through the redemptive work of His Son, for us!
Through His glorious plan of salvation, the Almighty has adopted us into His family calling us His “sons” and giving us covenant rights as His very own children!
The Name of Jesus is more powerful than anything that the devil can throw at us or put in our pathway to obstruct the advance of God's eternal Kingdom upon this earth!
I used to foolishly preach - as did many others - that Satan and his demons were at the cross rejoicing and dancing with glee at their victory upon seeing the Son of God crucified! I don't preach that anymore!
God didn't create any stupid angels, even though Lucifer sinned after pride entered his heart (Is.14: 12-13; Ezek.28: 13-14). He knew the Scriptures and had certainly read: "Without the shedding of blood there shall be no remission. It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul." (Lev.17:11)
He must have known that the Pascal Lamb that was slain on Passover Night was type of the ‘Lamb of God’ Who would die and atone for the sins of the world. As were all the lambs that were slain each year on the Great Day of Atonement. And he had heard John the Baptist announce Jesus as the “Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." (John 1: 29, 36)
It is true that Satan wanted Jesus dead and out of the way. That is why he tried to kill Him through King Herod shortly after He was born in Bethlehem (Luke 1: 3-16). He stirred up the Jews, who on several occasions, tried to push Him over a high cliff or desired to stone Him before His time! (Luke 4: 28-30)
IT IS FINISHED - IT IS FULFILLED - IT IS PAID!
In his hatred for Jesus, Satan pushed both the Jewish and Roman leaders to destroy Him, but I believe that when 'Old Slew foot' saw the BLOOD OF JESUS streaming from His Head, from the crown of thorns and from His back (before Pilate) and from His hands, feet and side (on the cross) he knew that his 'goose was cooked' and he tried to stop the process but it was TOO LATE!!!
And when Satan and his demons heard Jesus cry 'TETELESTAI' (It is finished! It is fulfilled! It is paid!) they left the cross like whimpering dogs trying to find a place to hide. They screamed in agony and pain and 'vamoosed' like a stray dog with turpentine or salt thrown under its tail!
When Jesus cried out, 'IT IS FINISHED. IT IS FULFILLED. IT IS PAID', He had purchased our complete salvation for spirit, soul and body! Be aware of this great truth: It is JESUS CHRIST WHO MAKES YOU WHOLE! Receive His goodness, mercy and grace and be healed from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet, my brother and my sister in Christ! Amen.
The Bible says: “And the very God of peace sanctity you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that will do it.” (1 Th.5: 23, 24). It is God’s will to heal us all completely and totally, for His glory!
St. Paul’s prayer for the Church is the inspired Word of God, placed in his heart by the Holy Spirit. He wants to set us apart from the world for Himself and preserve our spirit, soul and body BLAMELESS until the coming of Jesus.
What does that mean? He wants us to be free from sin in our spirit and soul, cleansed and forgiven through the BLOOD OF THE LAMB. If we stumble and fall and cry out for forgiveness and mercy, He cleanses us afresh and keeps us close to His side.
And He wants to keep our body healthy and strong through the BLOODY STRIPES HE BORE FOR US on the whipping pole and on Calvary’s cross. (Isa.53: 4-5; Matt. 8: 16-17; 1 Pet. 2: 24). If we become sick or disease tries to destroy us, we cry out to our Heavenly Father asking for healing. And He heals us and keeps us well!
God’s Word states: “Surely He (Messiah Jesus) hath borne our sicknesses (heb. kholee) and carried our pains (heb. makob)…But He was wounded for our transgressions: He was bruised for our iniquities (healing for our spirit): the chastisement of our peace was upon Him (healing for our soul, mind) and with His stripes we are healed (healing for our body).” (Isaiah 53: 4-5)
The BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST is still Satan’s greatest nightmare: “And they (the saints) overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…” (Rev. 12: 11) Amen.