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I like how Marie shared like definition of you know, what does it mean to decrease a thing and I kind of feel like that goes along with because where I was starting today was sort of on what pastor Steve spoke last week. Oh children’s church, I’m sorry. Thank you. Yeah. kids can be dismissed. I’m sorry. Feel free to help me as needed. But pastor saved message last week. He spoke about perception and I want to start with one of the scriptures that he use in it’s Matthew, 1310 through 7. This is new living translation. His disciples came and asked him, why do you always tell stories when he talked to the people? Then he explained to them, you have been permitted to understand the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but others have not to those who are open to my teaching more understanding will be given and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even when they have even what they have will be taken away from them. This is why I tell these stories because people see what I do. But they don’t really see, they hear what they say, but they don’t really hear. And they don’t understand this for the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, you will hear my words, but you will not understand. You will see what I do, but you will not perceive meaning, or the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes. So their eyes cannot see in their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand. And they cannot turn to me and let me heal them. But bless, start your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear. I assure you many profits and godly people have long to see and hear what you have seen and heard, but they could not. And I just feel like what Marie shared like the cree shared read that every decree every week. I god, there are things I think in our Christian walk our, our Christian life, that it foundational and it’s it’s the basis of what we believe in and yet I think we really fully understand that and do we Or the longer we’re a Christian i think. And I think for me then I’m sure I’m not a can’t be the only person, but sometimes we become kind yeah. Or lack the days a cold kind of you know, so um, before I go any further, i just want to pray and using the scripture and for the message. lord, I asked that according to Matthew 13 lord that you would open our ears to hear open our eyes to see in our heart that we would understand lord, that we would turn to you though we may be healed, not turn from you. Or if we want to be the ones that are blessed, blessed because our eyes see in our ears hear what you’re saying to us today board and she’s a name man. Um. So one of the things to I think but pastor Steve shared last week was a few words. A few phrases that Do we said, do we train ourselves to perceive the kingdom Sometime? I know I was talking to Billy outfront here and I’m thinking as I’m telling kind of telling on myself a little pittman like why my, even the one speaks. Wow. But the whole reason that I can do this is the very thing I’m speaking about today, which is the blood of Jesus. And it’s one of those basic beliefs in our Christian faith that without it, without the blood that was shed him hanging on the cross, the blood was shed, he died, went to hell, took the keys at the hole in the grave. Then we’re, we’re like other religions, at least he was a good product. So our whole premise of what we believe is based on the blood of Jesus. But I guess my question is is if we really had the perception like pastor Steve talk last week, if we really had the perception about the blood of Jesus, i think our lives would be very different. And I know even starting this and turn has some like got a little peek, a little window. And I really feel like when it’s all said and done, I’m only presenting a little peak and a little window for what god has. But what I want to do is to help us understand a little better about the blood of Jesus in the power of the new covenant is I’m going to look back at the importance of the blood of blood in the old covenant. And even in some other cultures. So I’m going to start with other cultures 1st in the read from this book, the power of communion by benny and Bill Johnson. throughout history, even in cultures that did not know Jesus, the importance of the blood has been paramount in the ancient world. A promise that included blood was distinguished as a covenant. It was unlike any other promise you could make. Miriam webster defines covenant as a usually, i’m sorry, yeah. A usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement. A written agreement or a promise usually under see all between 2 or more parties, especially for the performance of some action. blood was a crucial part of this contract. By shedding blood, the covenant was an intimate profession of a law lifelong promised. In h clay tumbles fascinating book called the blood covenant, a detailed biblical covenant. But he also exam as their tradition throughout the world. One example he finds is that of the Karen people in Burma. While retailing this account, he explained that the Karen had 3 levels of truth making between tribes in that region. The 1st and the weakest was eating a meal together, which simply signified that there would be peace for the moment. If the tribes wanted to symbolize a stronger truth, they would plant a tree together. With this truth, peace would exist between the 2 tribes. As long as the tree remained or remained alive, but it was the 3rd kind, the blood covenant were the true power of the promise was found. In this covenant, the chief stands as the representative of the tribe. This ceremonies are public in solemn blood is drawn from the thigh of each of the covenant in parties and mingled together that each tips his finger into the blood and apply it to his lips. This covenant is of utmost force. It covers not merely an agreement, a piece, or truth, but also a promise of mutual assistance in peace and in war. It also conveys to the coven, any covenant in parties, mutual, tribal, right. If they are cheat, the covenant embraces their entire tribe. If one is a private individual, his immediate family and direct descendants are included in the agreement like this found in the blood. And by mixing their blood together, the individuals were effectively merging their lives together. Even cultures that have no relationship with Jesus, understand the value of the covenant and the importance of the blood bubbles neat. I. I’ve heard a little bit about some of that before. Maybe not that particular tribe. But yes, there, I don’t think our country other than maybe some American Indian, i know I’ve heard some blood covenant there. But other than that, our culture doesn’t really get that as much which maybe has some effect on why the blood of Jesus in the little not where it should be. OK, so now let’s look at some examples in the old testament. The 1st is being when Adam and eve send in the garden. genesis $321.00 tells us that the Lord made coats of skin include them. So this is the 1st shedding of blood mentioned in the bible, and it was not just to cover their bodies. But the blood from the Animal was a temporary atonement for their sin. Also in genesis chapter 4, we have the story of cain and abel chain killed his brother able, and the Lord said to cain, what have you done? Any it’s in versa. chapter 10. I’m sorry, chapter 4 verse 10 of genesis. The Lord said to kane, what have you done? Listen, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. We see here the blood has a voice and that voice cried out for justice. How much more does the still blood of jesus? I mercy for In the bible. The bookkeeper at speaks of this inhalers 1224. It says to jesus, the mediator of the new covenant into the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the able. And I also want to read that same verse in the new living translation. I really, I really like that One or more But the Lord said what have you done? Listen, your brother’s blood cries out to me. No, wait. I’m sorry. 12 papers, 1224. I do have that mark that is in the wrong place or Ok. You have come to jesus, the one who mediate the new covenant between god and people, and to the sprinkled blood which graciously forgive, instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of able did. So What, what we see is that the blood blood has a voice in it, cries, one cries for vengeance, one cry for mercy. Okay, and another example of blood. And what it meant in the old testament is in 2nd chronicles chapter 29. $12336.00 and we’re not going to read the whole thing, but it breaks down the the li bites. They had to go and consecrate themselves and trying to find themselves before they could even go into the temple to cleanse the temple. So they get themselves ready, they go in and they get the already and then any unclean thing, they had to bring any unclean thing out. And this wasn’t like just one day project. You know, where we get together and we’re going to church cleaning day. This was a many day layered thing that took place before you could even be dan to think about bringing the animals in for the sacrifice. And so whenever, after they did all that, then the animals could bring could come in to sacrifice. And even that was just a temporary atonement for then for the sin of israel. I do want to read just to versus from that and 2nd chronicles versus 2922 through 24. So they killed the fools and the priests took the blood and sprinkled it on the altar. Next they killed the rams and sprinkled their blood on the altar. And finally, they did the same with the lambs. The mail goats for sin offerings were then brought before the king and the assembly of people who laid their hands on them. The priest then killed the goat as he sent, offering, and sprinkled their blood on the altar to make a tow meant for all the sins of israel. The king had specifically commanded that this burnt offering and sit offering should be made for all of israel. So the bible tells us that the blood of goats and rams and lambs provided that atonement For their sin in the old testament. Now we’re going to fast forward to the new testament where jesus comes to be the final sacrificial lamb, needed for atonement. So there is no more cleansing of temples, but we are the temple, which is why I think in the scripture where every time we do communion, why it says About taking into perspective ourselves internally says that we don’t bring a curse on ourselves because instead of cleansing the temp bowl, the temple were cleansing the temple working our temple ready? So it’s the same importance We don’t have to do as much physical work, but we have to do the spiritual work to cleanse our temple. So, okay, so the blood of jesus. So what does that do? What does that mean? Exactly? So we don’t have to Get ourselves ready or the pre, the priests, the li bites, and they, you know, those in authority. They don’t have to get themselves ready. They don’t have to do all this. But jesus came for more than to just save us some work. He didn’t come just the we don’t have to do all that work and all that You know, the blood, the blood of jesus the so so much. And I’m only lifting for things today and I’m sure like I said, I’m just skimming the surface. But the blood of jesus grants us several things. One of the things I’m going to talk about a sub ation. First corinthians, 62723. They both tell us that we were bought with a price that we are redeemed. If we’ve been accepted, if we’ve accepted christ as our savior and the word green theme actually means to buy back with a price. So we, we are saved, we are saved from hell, but we actually become a new creature, a redeemed vessel that we were bought with a price. I think I may have saved that. Let me see. Yes. Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit who lives in you and was given to you by god, you do not do not belong to yourself or god bought you with a high price. So you must honor god with your body. And 723. God purchased you at a high price. Don’t be enslaved by the world. Ok. I want to read it a little bit out of the book. The hidden power of the blood of jesus by mahash chava that go back a few years. Anybody that’s been a christian Over 2010 me to kind of explain this kind of explain the cost, the cost and the value Was kind of a fun story. So what’s the value of a new b m W? Not long ago, the german automaker introduced a new model in a line of fine luxury cars. The general list price for the new car was around $84000.00. Is that a good price? Is the vehicle worth it? How can you tell? suppose your local bmw w dealer has just received the 1st model of this new model in his show room. It is the only one on his lot, not suppose you want to buy it, feel you shouldn’t have to pay more than $65000.00. What do you do? You might try going to the deal, negotiating for that price, depending on your skills as a negotiator and the circumstances of the dealer. You might even get it. On the other hand, suppose it is a very popular model and people are standing in line for it. suppose further that a local millionaire business man comes in without breaking a sweat and offers $250000.00 cash for the car. Between you with your 65000 in the businessman with his quarter of a 1000000. Who do you think the salesman’s going to go with That question for no brainer. So. So then what is the real value of the B m W? Is it the 65000 that you’re willing to pay? The 84000, the dealer is asking, or the 250000 the business man has offered. What is the value of Human life? An abortion rights advocate would give you wanting and sir, while the pro life activists would give you another, people who see the divine image in humanity would answer the question very differently from those who view mankind as merely the end product. A long and random evolutionary process. To find the truth, we need to look to God as look to God as creator. He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. What value does god placed on our lives? The answer to that question should be of supreme interest to us. simon peter states pretty clearly. You must know in 1st peter 118 through 19. You must know that you are redeemed from the useless way of living inherited by traditions from your forefathers. Not with corruptible things such as silver and gold. But you were purchased with the precious blood of christ, the messiah like that of the sacrificial lamb without blemish or spot. Paul told the corinthians you have been redeemed at tremendous cost. In 1st corinthians, in one sense, the value of a thing is determined by how much the highest bidder is willing to pay. The millionaire was willing to pay a quarter $1000000.00 for prestige of having the 1st new b m W model in town. So he could drive around and show off to all his friends and neighbors. To him, it was worth every penny that he paid. What is our value to God? How much is he willing to pay? God purchased us at a higher, at a cost greater than we can truly comprehend the life blood of his son. All of the world known reserves of gold, silver, diamonds, emerald, and precious metals. And gem put together can not compare to the value that god puts on one human soul. How much are you worth to God? The devil will try to convince you that you are nothing but a failure who has fallen too far and sin too much for god to care about anymore. Don’t believe satan flies, jesus purse you purchased you with his precious blood. More precious than anything on earth. He paid the highest possible price for you and for all of us corporately as believers, we are the bride of christ and jesus 8 the pride price for us. Not price was I looked at the bright bright Now So the blood of jesus grants her salvation and redemption. And another thing that the blood does is a grants of acceptance into the family of god, deletions for verses foreign 5 says. But when the time had fully come, god sent his son born of a woman born under law to redeem those under the law that we might receive the full right of. So if you are a son or you are a daughter, you’re a part of a family. You don’t become a summer daughter, you don’t have a family. So we become part of a new family. The family of god grants us that except and not because what like like I read it’s nothing. We’re not good enough. Now we’re not none of us are the bible says no one is righteous, no, not one. So it has nothing to do with us, sir. If you’re good or bad or you’re what you did, it’s about the blood of jesus. That gives us these things. The next thing i’ve listed are his blessings. So to continue a little further in galatians versus 6 and 7, because you are son, god sent the spirit of his son into our heart. The spirit who calls out all the father. So you are no longer a slave, but a son. And since you are a son, god has made you also an error. And so if we are in error, we also receive all the blessings of an air. Good example this we just had queen elizabeth and prince charles was the heir to the throne. And every that he received all the blessed things that went with being the print. When his mother passed, then he became the error and the king of england. So as we are error in christ, heirs of the kingdom of god and everything that he owns, the cat on a 1000 hills and so much more so everything he has, we are heirs to but we, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t think I ever looked at it that way. Like yeah, yeah, work. He wants to give it to me. Oh, yes. And now I mean Anyhow, we’re going to move on because I’m going to get on a bunny tro ah. The in the last thing on my list and like I said, I’m sure there’s so much more. But the last thing I have today is the blood of jesus grant us access. So we no longer have to sacrifice balls and rams because jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. And so it’s that blood, the grant us access to come to God We don’t have to be shy because the bible tells us to come boldly. Though we can come boldly before the throne, not because you’re a good prayer. You’re a good intercessor. Oh you moved these people on. Oh, you were probably good this week so you can like go more boldly to God that you could last week. Last week. Your own stop You know, as the Lord that it has nothing you could do about me because like I said, I told billy all I told all the self today. So thank you lord, that your blood covers. And I can still have access to his presence and access to his throne At the exact versus hebrews for 16. Let us therefore come boldly into the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grief to help in our time of need. So as we see the blood of jesus means everything, everything to us in our faith. But something that I heard of a preacher. It was crippled all or short, but I think I heard him say one is the blood also means everything to satan. The reason the blood means everything to satan is because the blood gave satan ever lasting defeat. So the same blood that gives satan defeat gives us victory. Yes. Yes, let’s say the same blood. And revelation 1211 says, and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony. And they love not their lives on to death. Yes, we overcome him by the blood. So now as we get ready to take the commute, i’m hoping that the little bit that I shared changed or perception on the blood on him union. Or if you like, I really, I know I really knew all this stuff may be, it just renewed some things that maybe you’d forgotten. Like I said, the longer i’m a christian, there are things that come up and it’s like a new revelation. Even though I knew that, but I hadn’t revisit, hadn’t visited that for awhile. So When we take the body in the blood of christ, were reminding ourselves who we are. Sorry and what he did for all of us. And we’re going to continue to proclaim, towards death till he comes. So I just pray that today that we can union, that may be there’s a little bit more to ponder in our hearts. Or maybe today is the day you even find her healing from taking communion just because it refreshed some things for you. And like I said, it was, I’m sure just skimming the surface. There’s so much more to the blood to God so multifaceted than anything I could cover in this little window. So stanley, if you want to come and present the communion. Very, very good. Not just because it was my wife and she made said that Once again, there were some points in her message has to deal with the communion. What happened is if you notice in the old testament, she didn’t say that they would only have once a year that they could bring their actual ah, sacrifices to. So they had to gather up all their sins and they would bring it before the priest. And then they would perform the blood, sir, the blood sacrifices for the atonement of their sins. Which did not forgive it. It just covered it. Okay, to day what we’re going to have is communion in this one that that the this what we do in communion isn’t just for new hope that has at once a month you can afford communion in your own home with your family, with your friends. Jesus says, do this when you come together as often as you come together, you can do communion. And what it does is we don’t, we don’t want to forget, as my wife said, the blood, what the blood did worse, what his body do. And it, I want to read some stuff here that, that I’d get, it looked up and, and it’ll give you some more on, you know, we go through this all the time. It’s not about the bread. And it’s not about the wine. You just don’t come up or you’re coming up here for a reason. And as I stated earlier, you didn’t wait a year to gather all this up. So you could come here today and hear me. And then we’re going to come around and we’re gonna take the community. What you’re going to do is you’re going to have a chance to have your sin said if there was any that you didn’t know you can have him. Ah, you were given in what you want to do is preparing yourself for this telling you wanna search your heart if you have any, if you have any. Ah, i’m forgetting, since you even know about this morning’s upon pay care that while you’re back there, go ask god for his forgiven. He’s there, if you have it, jesus, as your lord and savior, and then you’re going to believe in what we’re doing here in the canyon. Because what it is, is the holy communions is known as the lord’s supper, represents the greatest expression, god’s love for his people. There’s 2 items that are in this communion, and it’s the bread which represents jesus body that was scorched and broken. And ha, ah, before enduring the crucifixion and ah, the cup where to represent his blood shed. Okay. When jesus walked in the earth, he was vibrant and, and healthy. Jesus was perfect. Okay. He didn’t have no sickness or anything. And ah, but jesus went to the cross, he was badly scorched by the soldiers and his body was torn as he hung on the cross. Okay. At the cross, jesus also took on all of our citizen disease and actually the bible says, god placed that upon you. Okay. So that sacrifice would be the perfect sacrifice, though the Animal couldn’t do it because it wasn’t a perfect sacrifice. It had to be from somebody, so what jesus did, he gave up his place in heaven. So he could take that on because there was no other. There wasn’t anybody on or why doesn’t the bible say that after the fall and ian, everybody was born to sin. So we had to have a perfect sacrifice. lavish jesus. Ah. So anyways, I don’t at the cross, god also took all the sickness and z and he put them on jesus originally. Perfect and healthy, but on, on jim jesus originally perfect and bought a body so we can walk in divine health. That is why the bible says by his stripes, we are healed. Okay. As she this morning and so she was reading out there and praying. And that’s what I was thinking by jesus stripe. We’re heal. So once he started crying and were believers, we know that jesus already went to the cross and he took care that because what did I say earlier? He placed all the sickness and diseases on jesus. So when we prayed him, that’s what haste he went to the cross for that and we know his believers were going to be healed. So anyways, ah, on every here, it’s a besides being born again, the big besides being born again and christ. healthy but our body and mine are b I to being born again in crisis. healthy body and mine are the greatest blessings anyone can have in the holy communions. God ordain, channel of healing, and the world ah, and wholeness on the night the jesus was betrayed. Jesus aiden’s last supper with his disciples, knowing what he was, what he would accomplish for his sacrifice. He instituted the holy commune. lieut. 22. 1920 and 1st corinthians 112-4225, or is where you can find them. So I’m not just saying this, I’m, I’m giving you this so you can look it up a C, N, N. You should, any time someone up here preaching. If they give you that in, you don’t have an agreement with it. You haven’t read it. They’ll open up, so anyways, ah, ah, but when I’m up here a, what I’m trying to get portrayed to you in the exam yourselves, we’re gonna start, we’re going to gather and we’re going to come up and we’re going to get this set the bread in the wine, okay, and we’re going to take gene. And once again I asked you that, you know, exam your heart take a minute while the songs gone. And I don’t feel if I can’t go up in a satellite. So we’ve gone and come on up here in and enjoy in this. It’s not something we’re taken lightly that we are going to just come up here and take a piece of bread and mine. I’m here to tell you the reason why and I believe I fully explained that to you why we’re here. We’re here to remember what he done for us at the cross. Ok.