EMBRACING JESUS
(The Power of the Blood)

by Bill Burns
Faith Tabernacle
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
http://ft111.com

 

Revelation 12:11 tells us that the "brethren" (those who belong to Jesus) will overcome Satan by the blood of Jesus and by the word of their testimony. The word testimony means to give witness to, or to testify of something. In other words, this scripture tells us that we will overcome (conquer and be victorious over) Satan's devices as we give testimony to what the blood of Jesus does for us. We give witness to the power of the blood as we appropriate the blood of Jesus by our faith and apply it to our own lives.

The Lord recently spoke this word to me, "If My people will embrace Me, My blood will meet their every need, and they will have victory over all of the works of the enemy." The word embrace means more than just accept Jesus as Savior. It means to clasp or hold in the arms; to hug; to surround.

The Lord then presented this concept to me in seven applications of the blood to be appropriated by faith personally by each of us. Appropriation will give testimony to the victory that the shed blood of Calvary has given to us. The shedding of the blood of Christ on the cross (when appropriated by faith) disarms Satan's ability to hold us in any form of captivity.

Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Col 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Leviticus 4:6 tells us that the Old Testament priest sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice seven times before the veil of the sanctuary. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (see Matthew 27:51). Hebrews 10:20 tells us that the veil into the Holiest Place represents the flesh of Jesus, which was torn for our salvation. The salvation that Jesus gave us is a complete salvation of the body, soul and spirit. Let us, therefore, appropriate the power of the blood as it was meant to be, in seven ways.

As we approach Jesus to embrace Him we will be looking over His shoulder where we shall always keep the cross in view. The cross of Calvary is now behind Jesus, but the place of the shedding of the blood is to be kept in view and remembered as the place of atonement. Jesus told us to take communion in remembrance of His broken body and shed blood. The symbol of the cross helps us remember the brokenness (ripping of the veil) of His body, which shed blood from seven places.

1. The first point of contact with the blood of Jesus, as we embrace Him, is from His side where the spear went into His side and pierced His heart. The scriptures tell us that blood and water poured forth from His side and leave us with the impression that the spirit of man is located in the abdominal area, probably somewhere just below the diaphragm, which controls the breath. The Bible refers to this place as the belly (John 7:38 KJV) or bowels (Philippians 2:1 KJV).

The first place of contact with the blood of Jesus represents the born-again experience -- born of the blood and water (Spirit).

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith.

1 John 5:6 This is He who came by water and blood; Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

Our testimony of the blood begins with the born-again experience where our spirit is made alive by the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Verse 4 tells us that our faith (as a result of being born again) will cause us to be overcomers. As we embrace Jesus the blood and the water, which flowed from His side comes into contact with our spirit and we are born again even as blood and water are a sign of a physical birth.

2. The second and third points of contact (two hands) come as Jesus embraces us, and the blood of His hands and wrists touches our back. This is symbolic of the atoning blood of Christ covering all of the sin that is behind us, in back of us. We appropriate this covering of His blood through repentance and by faith. Our past sins are covered, and we stand before God justified through His forgiveness.

3. The fourth and fifth points of contact come from the blood that covers His feet. As we embrace Jesus, we are standing with our feet touching His. We are standing in a pool of His blood. This blood covers our walk. When we sin as Christians, we break our embrace with Jesus. When we are convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit, we must repent (turn around) and go back and embrace Jesus. When we do this, the blood covers our sin, and we continue to have our walk covered by the blood.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

4. The sixth place that Jesus shed His blood for us was from His head where the crown of thorns was placed. As we embrace Jesus, we must lay our head against His. When we do this, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (see Romans 12:1-2). As we embrace Jesus, we present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice. When we do this our carnal mindsets are covered by the blood of Jesus, and we have the mind (thoughts and instruction) of the Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians chapter 2). If we will continue to embrace Jesus, we will be compelled to crucify the flesh, and we will become spiritually minded.

Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

5. The seventh place Jesus shed His blood for us was from the stripes on His back.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

When we need healing (spiritually, emotionally or physically), we must lift up the hands that hang down and by faith embrace Jesus, placing our own hands in the wounds upon His back. Jesus told Thomas (a symbol of unbelief) to place his fingers into His wounds. The result of Thomas touching the wounds was that unbelief was turned into faith, and this is how Thomas responded:

John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

The blood of His back also provides deliverance from the enemy.

Mat 8:16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,
Mat 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses."

In the Old Testament leprosy is a type of sin, sickness and bondage. The blood was to be sprinkled seven times upon the leper. (See Leviticus 14:7). When the blood is applied or appropriated, the Holy Spirit witnesses to the blood. The Holy Spirit brings to pass the benefits of the blood of Jesus.

Lev 14:14 "The priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:15 "And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand.
Lev 14:16 "Then the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD.
Lev 14:17 "And of the rest of the oil in his hand, the priest shall put some on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the trespass offering.
Lev 14:18 "The rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD.

The blood of Jesus and the oil of the Holy Spirit is sprinkled seven times for our benefit. May the Spirit of the Living God quicken us so that we might receive this revelation of the blood of Jesus and activate our faith to receive the benefits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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