Friday, July 17, 2009

Sprinkled by the Blood of Jesus Christ

It is not the season for Passover, which occurs in the spring, but it is always the season for the "sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (I Peter 1:2). " the day of salvation have I succoured (rescued) thee; behold, now, is the accepted time; behold, now, is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2)."
I Peter 1:2, is one of my favorite scriptures. Peter reminds us we are the elect of God according to His foreknowledge, sanctified and sprinkled. Being sanctified means to be set apart for God's purpose, but what does being sprinkled mean?

How can an ancient Israelite ritual of sprinkling the blood be relevant to us today? We must remember Jesus' words about the Law that was given to Moses. Jesus said, "Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily, I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (Matthew 5:17-18)."

Jesus had to fulfill all the Law, to become our Kinsman Redeemer, to become our ransom. How did He fulfill the law of the "Sprinkling of the blood?"

When God instituted Passover, the children of Israel had to take a lamb without spot or blemish and sacrifice it. They had to dip a bunch of hyssop in the basin of blood from the lamb and strike the lintel and the two sideposts of their dwelling. When the death angel passed over all the houses with the blood sprinkled on it, no one died.

Only three times in the Bible was the blood of animals ever sprinkled on people.

(1) The giving of the Covenant
"And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people and said, 'Behold the blood of the Covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words (Exodus 24:8)."

(2) The ordination of the Priesthood -- calling Aaron and his sons from the Tribe of Levi
"And thou shalt take the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron and upon his garments, and upon his sons and upon the garments of his sons with him; and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons' garments with him (Exodus 29:21)."

(3) When a person was cured of Leprosy
"And he shall sprinkle (the blood) upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean...(Leviticus 14:14:7).'

Only three times .... Now look what Jesus did!

(1) He sprinkled us with His own blood upon our hearts and
Gave a New Covenant
"In that He saith, A New Covenant, He hath made the first old (Hebrews 8:13)."

(2) He sprinkled us with His own blood and made us to be a Priesthood of believers
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (I Peter 2:9)"

(3) He sprinkled us with His own blood and healed us of leprosy
Leprosy, in the Scriptures, is a picture of sin. He has cleansed us from all unrighteousness.
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (II Corinthians 5:21)."

Each one of these is ours by Christ's finished work on the cross. Praise the Lord!

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