[bibletalk] The Price of Blood

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From: Steve Preston <prstn496@...>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:50:32 -0500
The Price of Blood


Around 2000 years ago, the apostle Judas Iscariot betrayed
our Lord Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver. When he realized
what he had done, Judas returned the money to the priests saying,
“I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood”. Judas
then went out and hanged himself. Meanwhile, the priests are
discussing what to do with the returned money. They were limited in
what they could use it for because they knew it was not “lawful for
to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood”
(Matthew 27:3-6). According to Judas and the chief priests, the
life of Jesus was only worth 30 pieces of silver. Jesus indeed paid a
price that no one else could have paid. What exactly then did Jesus
“buy” with His blood?
Perhaps the most important thing we gained by the blood of Christ
is the remission of our sins. During the last Passover Christ celebrated
with His disciples, He gave them the unleavened bread and the fruit of
the vine. Of the drink offering, Jesus said that it is “my blood of the new
testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 
26:28).
As long as we have sin in our lives we have no hope of heaven.
Hebrews 9:22 tells us that “without shedding of blood is no remission”.
The sacrificing of animals could not take away sin (Hebrews 10:4) so it
was necessary that the perfect sacrifice had to be made in order to free 
God’s
people from their sin. That perfect sacrifice is Christ (Hebrews 10:10). 
Jesus
“bought” the remission of our sins.
With His blood, Jesus also paid for the church. During his travels,
the apostle Paul had occasion to stop in the city of Miletus and there talk
to the elders of the church in Ephesus (Acts 20:17). Warning the elders
about the coming trials they would go through, Paul charged the elders to
“feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood”
(Acts 20:28). The fact that the church belongs to Jesus Christ is of the 
utmost
importance. Without the church, none of us would have any spiritual 
blessings
as Ephesians 1:3 tells us. Since the church is the body of Christ 
(Colossians 1:18),
we can know that we have no spiritual blessings outside of the church. 
Having
access to the Father through prayer, the right to partake of the Lord’s 
supper,
and the edification gained from gathering with the saints in worship are 
just a few
of the blessings that members of the church (Christians) have.
The shedding of the blood of Jesus also allowed for the beginning of the
New Testament. The Hebrew writer referred to Jesus’ blood as the “blood
of the covenant” (Hebrews 10:29) and “the blood of the everlasting covenant”
(Hebrews 13:20). Jesus called it “blood of the new testament” (Matt. 26:28;
Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20).
Jesus is worth more than thirty pieces of silver. He is worth more than 
anything
man can give. With His death, and resurrection, Jesus gave us hope of a 
more
excellent place than this Earth. We need to make sure we thank God for 
the shedding
of the blood of Jesus. We need to remember everyday that our sins were 
remitted, the
church was purchased and the New Testament instituted all with the blood 
of Christ.



In Christ, Steve Preston

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