Nothing But The Blood

Valuable things are expensive.  Often times it’s not just the upfront price tag either.  It’s also the auxiliary cost that is built-in to most premium items.  For example, someone could give you a million-dollar home, but what about the property taxes?  A typical doctor’s tuition for 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency is approximately $240,000.  That doesn’t include the intense study or sacrifice of other lost work opportunities.  Some estimate the full price-tag to be anywhere from one to two million dollars by the time everything is calculated.  Expensive!  
Jesus asked this question in Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”  This is one of those extreme moments where Jesus puts an actual value on your soul.  He’s saying that you are worth more than the whole world.  When you think about John 3:16 we are reminded that “God so loved the world” of humanity, that’s you, that He gave the most precious gift in exchange to get you back from the powers of darkness.  God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus!
Now let’s talk about the auxiliary cost because even though giving your son sounds like a lot, it still doesn’t begin to touch the heavy price God paid.  God gave His Son to suffer, to be tortured, to completely bleed out on a rugged cross designed for excruciating pain.  The Bible says that “Cursed is the one who hangs on the tree” (Deuteronomy 21:23).  God intentionally and with purpose planned out the suffering of His Son knowing that it would redeem you and me from the law of sin and death.  The blessed One became the curse, so that the cursed one might be blessed.  Galatians 3 says that “Christ redeemed us by Himself becoming a curse.”  Oh, my friend ... the cost, the extreme COST!  It’s almost too much to imagine! 
Hebrews 9:22 tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; no forgiveness of the sin and guilt.  That means there would be no cancelation of the due punishment required for sin, and the price is absolutely clear - it’s death.  “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Nothing but the blood of Jesus could save you and me.  It’s like one of those terrible tragedies of a fatal passenger plane crash.  Everyone on board has died and it doesn’t matter how much money they did or didn’t have, how talented, how old, what color their skin, what languages they spoke.  They are all equalized by this one thing - death.  You and I share the fact that we’re sinners and that we need a Savior.  You can’t pay for sin with sin.  Only the Holy Son could pay our debt and bring us into the family of God.  He’s our ticket off of this death-plane. 
If you’ve received Jesus as your Savior, you should be both very humble and very bold.  Humble because His blood paid the price you could never pay.  Bold because His blood has made you reborn from above crowning you with all the benefits and privileges of being God’s own child.  You belong to God and are a part of His blessed family. 
Now if you’ve never enjoyed the privileges of being in God’s family because you’ve never truly received Jesus as the Lord of your life, let’s change all of that right now.  You can pray this simple, miracle prayer with me and by faith you will be born again.  You will have every right to be baptized and to be filled with God’s Spirit.

Pray the Word:
Heavenly Father I receive Jesus, the gift of Your Son.  He intentionally shed His blood on the cross for me.  Forgive me of all my sin.  I surrender my life here at the cross.  Wash me of all my guilt.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  I confess that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  I will follow and obey Him the rest of my life.  In the Name of King Jesus ... Amen.  
P.S.  Friend if you’ve just prayed that prayer and invited Jesus into your heart please go on and email or phone us.  We want to give you a gift and welcome you into the family of God.  You’re so important to us and God loves you!

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