How wonderful it is to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection worldwide once a year! But I say it’s even better when, after celebrating that day of days, to remember the power of His blood every day—24/7/365. Why? The Blood remembers us. Every promise in the Word of God is ours because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Every day of the year, we should remember His life. When Jesus started His earthly ministry, He kept going until all who would receive salvation in Israel (and ultimately, in the world) would believe. He kept going after being tortured and crucified. He kept going after stripping the enemy of His power and taking the keys of death, hell, and the grave. And He kept going from there until He rose again with all power and authority.
But even then, Jesus didn’t stop. He kept putting one foot in front of the other (Acts 1:3). He appeared to Mary Magdalene at the Garden Tomb (John 20:11–18); He showed up and spoke to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13–35); and finally, He appeared to all the disciples (John 20:19–29). Then He did “many other signs,” speaking of the kingdom of God (John 20:30–31). After that, He kept going, ascended to Heaven, and sat down on the right hand of the Father, where He always intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).
What does this mean to you and me? I can testify that when Jesus came into my life, He started working in me and hasn’t ever stopped. What about you? From the moment I received Him as Lord, I knew my life would be different, better. For the first time in years, I felt pure in my soul. I couldn’t explain it, but I couldn’t shake it. My desires had changed. He moved in me to seek Him, talk to Him, and respond to His instruction. And, somehow, I found that doing what He told me to do wasn’t as difficult as I had once thought it might be.
The Promise of Mercy
Oh, yes! The Blood remembers! We should celebrate every day because Jesus paid the price for us to come into God’s presence. Hebrews 12 tells us: “For you have not come [as did the Israelites in the wilderness] to a [material] mountain that can be touched, [a mountain] that is ablaze with fire, and to gloom and darkness and a raging storm, and to the blast of a trumpet and a voice whose words make the listeners beg that nothing more be said to them…But rather, you have come to Mount Zion, even to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…And to Jesus, the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy]…” (18–19, 22, 24, AMP, emph. mine)
The Blood remembers; it speaks before the throne of God. Because Jesus died and rose again, His blood continually declares mercy over our lives. How many times have you wanted, and needed, God’s mercy? I can’t even tell you how often I have. God is good. We could never hope to qualify or earn our way into His presence on our own merit. In ancient times, the Israelites had to sacrifice animals to draw near to God. But now, we can draw near to Him through the shed blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19–22). Every time we wake up to a new day, we should remember God’s mercy.
The Promise of Wholeness
This one’s a clincher, because for one reason or another, we don’t always walk in wholeness. But Isaiah 53 4–5 says, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole” (AMP, emph. mine).
Transgressions are things we willfully do, knowing they violate God’s Word.1 Iniquities, whether intended or not, are basically the same, but speak to frequency.2 I need God’s mercy every day, sometimes moment by moment. I don’t know about you, but there are times when my thoughts or attitude aren’t what they should be. There are times when I say (or don’t say) things I know aren’t pleasing to God. And what about the things we do (or don’t do), that if we truly remembered God’s love and what Jesus has done for us, we’d never go there?
Because the Blood remembers and covers us, no matter what we do or how often we’ve done it, God extends His mercy. We can come boldly to His throne of grace, confess our sins, and He will forgive and cleanse us (Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 1:9). Because Jesus shed His Blood, God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Finally, because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, He heals us. I am writing to you today because of God’s grace and healing power. My daughter is alive and well because the Lord healed her three days after she was born. I could go on and on. And then there’s the peace of God. Philippians 4 describes it well—it transcends our understanding as we abide in Christ and bring our requests to Him (vv. 6–7). Surely, we should have a daily celebration that Christ makes us whole in every way.
The Promise of Comfort, Direction, and Power
If these promises weren’t enough, when Jesus shed His blood and rose again, the Father gave us an incredible promise: His Holy Spirit. Because the Blood remembers, Holy Spirit teaches us, guides us, comforts and strengthens us, and tells us things to come (John 14:26; 16:12–15). When we’re saved, He seals us for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). He also fills us with power to walk in our purpose and continue the work of Jesus (Acts 1:4–8; 2:1–4).
Shortly after I was saved, I asked God for this promise. When He answered, it revolutionized my life and my walk with Him. Because the Blood remembers, I am never alone. The Comforter is with me whether I’m awake or sleeping, teaching me, guiding me, and showing me the way to go. When I read the Bible, He is there, giving me insight and understanding. When I write, He directs me. When I’m doing business, He gives me wisdom. Because the Blood remembers, I am empowered to fulfill my purpose in every area of my life. You are, too! How many ways has God impacted your life through His Holy Spirit? Truly, every day of the year, we can thank God for remembering us and abundantly providing for every need.
We Must Remember the Power of the Blood
Jesus did so much in the 40 days after His resurrection that John 21:25 says, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written” (AMP). I have lost count of the many ways God has kept His promises in my life. What about you? Because of Jesus’ supreme sacrifice, His Blood remembers…24/7/365.
As I close, take a moment to go back to the cover of this article and look at the beautiful, red cross. Read every word, every promise. Each one is yes and amen for you! Jesus’ divine power has given you everything you need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). Even more, Isaiah 9:7 declares that His government and His peace will never end—like the power of His precious blood.
Yes, we just celebrated Jesus’ resurrection, but I say we shouldn’t stop there. Let us remember what His blood has purchased for us, activating it by faith every day of our lives. Let us seek God, worship Him, obey and serve Him with our whole heart. Every day when we open our eyes, let us remember Jesus, for His blood remembers us.
“For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 (AMP)
1 Strong’s H6588 / Vine’s Usage No. 2. WORDsearch® Bible, Powered by LifeWay. Product 6190–WS10 Engine, Build 10.6.0.92. WordSearchBible.com. All rights reserved.
2 Strong’s H5771 / Vine’s Usage No. 2. Ibid.
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