Blood Shed (11/9/13)

Read: Ezekiel 20:1-49, Hebrews 9:11-28, Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 27:11

For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)

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Relate: I have a friend who grew up on a farm. They used to raise cows and like most families that had animals, those cows were given names. Unlike the names you might give a cat or a dog, and unlike even the names you might give a cow (only Bess comes to mind), they named those cows with their purpose in mind. Those poor animals were named Filet Mignon, T-Bone, Sirloin, and such like. Wise parents. They taught their kids that as cute as you might think little Prime Cut is now, don’t forget, one day that cow is going to be on your dinner plate.

React: Jesus came to this earth with one purpose in mind. He came for my redemption. He came for your redemption. From the moment he drew his first breath in that barn, he had an appointment with the cross. You can see this how when he is asked to perform a miracle and when he is warned of danger he says,  “My hour has not come” but on entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and multiple times just before his crucifixion he says, “The hour has come.” He knew his purpose. He knew that His blood needed to be shed so that my sins can be forgiven.

Respond: 

God, I thank You for the cross. I thank You that You were willing to come and to suffer and to die. That You shed Your blood… for me. Don’t let the power of that simple fact, the fact that the Creator of the universe willingly stepped up to that cross for me, ever lose its impact. Help me to live a life of gratitude for You.

This is a devotional created by and for Two Rivers Assembly.

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9 thoughts on “Blood Shed (11/9/13)

  1. Beautiful reminder. Our Savior knew His destiny, His purpose. I’ve always found it interesting that at times throughout the OT, individuals would have an encounter with God, and God would change their name to reflect the calling upon their lives. So “Jesus” means, “God saves.”

    Our purpose, our calling, our service to God ought to be branded into our hearts.

    Great post!

  2. Haha! We had chickens: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, and Dinner. We also had rabbits: Coat, Hat, Mittens, and Gloves. Unfortunately, we only ever got to have Dinner…the coyotes got the rest!

    Great parallel between the purpose of our farm animals and the purpose of Jesus’ crucifixion. We should indeed, “Never Forget.”

    \o/

  3. Jesus had to live most of those 33 years knowing he was going to hang on that cross! Such excruciating pain. That would be a tough thing to carry around, even for the Son of God. Thankfully for us, He did not back out. Praise the name of Jesus!

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