September 18th, 2011: The Blood--Matthew 26:26-30

Matthew 26:26-30

The Blood

“While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing (yoo-log-eh'-o: speak well), He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."

“And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you;”

“for this is My blood of the covenant (contract, testament), which is poured out for many for forgiveness (freedom, pardon, deliverance, liberty…we’re not just forgiven, we are free!) of sins.”

Innocent Blood: Judas betrays Jesus then in Matthew 27:3-5 he says:

“Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned (judged against), he felt remorse (regret, care after the fact) and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent (not guilty) blood." But they said, "What is that to us? See to that yourself!" And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.

The Jews ask: “What is that to us?” They don’t care that he or they or condemning or betraying innocent blood. The Jews had a long history of doing so and consequences came as a result.
  1. King Saul wanted to kill David. But his son Jonathan challenged him saying in 1 Samuel 19:5-6: “Then Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, ‘Do not let the king sin against his servant David, since he has not sinned against you, and since his deeds have been very beneficial to you. ‘For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel; you saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?”
  2. Manasseh: 2 Kings 21:10-16: “Now the LORD spoke through His servants the prophets, saying, ‘Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations, having done wickedly more than all the Amorites did who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols; therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I am bringing such calamity on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 'I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, and they will become as plunder and spoil to all their enemies; because they have done evil in My sight, and have been provoking Me to anger since the day their fathers came from Egypt, even to this day.” Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD. 
  3. Israel in general: 
    • Psalm 106:38-41: “And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood. Thus they became unclean in their practices, and played the harlot in their deeds. Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people and He abhorred His inheritance. Then He gave them into the hand of the nations, and those who hated them ruled over them.”
    • Isaiah 59:7: “Their feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways. Isaiah 59:18: “According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; To the coastlands He will make recompense.
    • Jeremiah 19:4-9: “Because they have forsaken Me and have made this an alien place and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind; therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley of Slaughter. "I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hand of those who seek their life; and I will give over their carcasses as food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth. "I will also make this city a desolation and an object of hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its disasters. "I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them.”
Question: What did the cup symbolize in the Passover meal?

Answer: There were four cups in the Passover Seder, two before the meal and two after the meal. Jesus used the third cup…
  • Luke 22:20 “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” 
  • 1 Corinthians 11:25 “In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
  • The third cup is the cup of redemption, symbolizing Israel’s freedom from slavery. 
  • It is now our communion cup. His blood redeems us from the slavery/bondage of sin.
  • The purpose? To proclaim the Lord’s death until He come.
God’s covenants are ratified (make authoritative, confirm) with blood.

The blood redeems:
Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."

Clement of Rome (c. 96 AD) said: “Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world.”

“They made it manifest that redemption should flow through the blood of the Lord to al those who believe and hope in God.”

Irenaeus (c. 180) said: “His Son Jesus Christ redeemed us from apostasy with His own blood, so that we could also be a sanctified people.”

Clement of Alexandria (c. 195) said: “The Lord should fill us with joy, we who have been redeemed from corruption by the blood of the Lord.”

The blood justifies:
Romans 5:9 "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

The blood brings us near:
Ephesians 2:13 "But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ."

The blood brings peace:
Colossians 1:19 "For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven."

The blood brings cleansing:
Hebrews 9:11-14 "But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;

and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

1 John 1:17 "but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin."

Revelation 7:14 "I said to him, 'My lord, you know.' And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."

The blood sanctifies:
Hebrews 13:12 "Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate."

The blood releases us:
Revelation 1:5 "and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood."

The blood allows us to overcome:
Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death."

"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."

The Lord’s Supper looks to the Past, Present and Future:
  • The Past: What Jesus did on the cross—being the Passover Lamb and initiating the Lord’s Supper.
  • The Present: We do this often to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. The Lord’s Supper tells the gospel message.
  • The Future: The Lord’s Supper looks to the consummation of Christ and His Bride at the Marriage Supper.
Revelation 19:6-9 "Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns."

"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."

"It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."

"Then he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."

“After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Let’s Sing!!