Do you ever feel as though God is not hearing you? There is one sound, one voice, He always hears.
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
As Jesus sat with His disciples before going to the cross, He took bread saying, “take and eat, this is my body broken for you.” His body was broken by bearing our sins and judgments. In turn, our bodies can be healed.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
He then took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” I want you to pause and consider how big that cup is. It holds the entire new covenant! God poured His everlasting covenant, His oath of unconditional grace, into that cup. Everything that God has provided for us is in the blood, which is in that cup. You need to meditate on that truth until you can apply it to your house in bold faith as the Israelites applied the blood of animals to their homes.
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do ye, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
The Blood Speaks
When Jesus’ body was scourged and nailed to the cross, His blood began to issue forth. We know this. What we may not know is that, as His blood came forth and hit the ground, it began to speak. You recall that Abel’s blood cried out from the ground when his brother Cain slew him in jealousy. God came to Cain, and said, “The voice of your bother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground” (Gen 4:10).
This remarkable account is mentioned in connection with Jesus’ blood in Hebrews 12:24. There, Paul states that Jesus’ blood “speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Abel’s blood cried out for vengeance; thank God Jesus’ blood speaks of grace and mercy on our behalf.
All of heaven watched as the spotless Lamb of God left His home in glory, and gave His blood as payment for our redemption. If Abel’s blood was heard all the way from earth to heaven, imagine how loud the voice of Jesus’ blood resounded throughout the corridors of heaven. Those standing around that day may not have heard anything as His blood dripped from His body to the ground, but heaven heard. No wonder the rocks split when Jesus took His last breath. The voice of His blood must have ricocheted off of the mercy seat in the heavenly throne-room and hit the earth!
Mrs. C Nuzum
“If ever there was a time when God’s children needed to know the power and use of the blood of Jesus, it is now.”
The book of Hebrews tells us that Christ offered His blood in the heavenly holy of holies, on the mercy seat. The mercy seat was part of the lid to the Ark of the Covenant which, at the instructions of God, was placed in the holy of holies in the temple on earth. There, once a year, the high priest would enter with the blood of animals to offer sacrifice for the sins of Israel. All this pointed to the blood of Christ and His high priestly ministry. When the blood was sprinkled, God’s wrath was extinguished temporarily. When Jesus died, He entered the presence of the Father with His own pure blood, and there offered it once for all mankind. Jesus absorbed God’s wrath for us. He took our judgment, our punishments, our sicknesses, weaknesses, depressions and despair. Isaiah put it this way:
Isa 53:4-5; 12 Young’s Literal Translation
Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains–he hath carried them, And we–we have esteemed him plagued, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace is on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us….And he the sin of many hath borne.
At that moment, the veil in the earthly temple was ripped in two from the top down (Mat 27:51). This was a miracle as the first century Jewish historian, Josephus, reports that the veil was 60 feet high, 30 feet wide, and four inches thick. According to Josephus, horses tied to each side could not tear it apart. Hebrews 9:8 says this was done to signify that the way was made open between us and God. Not since the fall of Adam and Eve did man have such open access to God. Hebrews 4:16 now says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
What a tremendous invitation by God, and so often neglected in our busy, cluttered lifestyles. If you want to get God’s attention, if you have a need that only He can meet, then clear your schedule and come before Him in bold, humble faith. Come before Him and speak of the accomplishments of the blood of Jesus on your behalf. We don’t deserve an answer to our prayers, we don’t deserve that miraculous healing and deliverance, or the rescuing of that loved one, but that’s the reason for Jesus! He took our place in judgment. He bore our sins and the curse of the Law on our behalf, and we go free.
If your experience is like mine at times, you will feel like God won’t answer. “What’s the use? My circumstance is too great; besides, I’ve already asked.” We have to rise up and out of those feelings with the truth of His Word. Remember, Paul said that “many are sickly, and some die, not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor 11:30). This unworthy approach to the Lord can have many applications, but one certainly would be an under-estimating of the strength of His sacrifice for our deliverance. Colossians 1:13-14 says that God has delivered us (past tense) out of the authority and power of darkness through the blood of Jesus! This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Accepting the truths of our redemption and acting upon them is how we daily eat and drink of the body and blood of Jesus.
I hope that you get a revelation of the fact that God waits for you to come “boldly” before Him in the name of Jesus. If we can get beyond some of our preconceived ideas of God, and approach Him with such boldness, we will certainly find the miraculous interventions we need. May the Lord give us such an understanding of the blood and body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
This Article is written by:
Randall D. Waibel,
Founder of ExpectGod.com,
A Ministry resource site designed to
encourage the believer’s faith toward God.