BLOOD OF CHRIST
When evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791) was returning home from a service one night, he
was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some
Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, "Stop! I have
something more to give you." The surprised robber paused. "My friend," said
Wesley, "you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, here's something
to remember: 'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!'" The thief hurried
away, and Wesley prayed that his words might bear fruit.
Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service when he was approached
by a stranger. What a surprise to learn that this visitor, now a believer in Christ as a
successful businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before! "I owe it all to
you," said the transformed man. "Oh no, my friend," Wesley exclaimed,
"not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!"
Our Daily Bread, October 1, 1994.
And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and
they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:11) This is the last reference in the
Bible to the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; here it is the overcoming blood,
enabling believers to withstand the deceptions and accusations of Satan. There are at
least 43 references to the blood of Christ in the New Testament, all testifying to its
great importance in the salvation and daily life of the believer. Judas the betrayer spoke
of it as "innocent blood (Matthew 27:4) and Peter called it "the precious blood
of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (I Peter l:9). It is the
cleansing blood in I John l:7 and the washing blood in Rev. l:5, stressing that it removes
the guilt of our sins.
Paul calls it the purchasing blood in Acts 20:28 and the redeeming blood twice (Eph.
l:7); Col. 1:14, see also I Peter l:18-19, Rev. 5:9), thus declaring the shedding of His
blood to be the very price of our salvation. Therefore, it is also the justifying blood
(Rom. 5:9) and the peacemaking blood (Col. 1:20). Its efficacy does not end with our
salvation, however, for it is also the sanctifying blood (Heb. 13:12). There is infinite
and eternal power in the blood of Christ, for it is "the blood of the everlasting
covenant" (Heb. 13:20).
The first reference in the New Testament to His blood stresses this aspect. Jesus said,
at the last supper: "This is my blood of the new testament (same as 'covenant') which
is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28). Let no one, therefore,
even count the "blood of the covenant...an unholy thing" (Heb. 10:29), for the
blood of Christ is forever innocent, infinitely precious, perfectly justifying, always
cleansing and fully sanctifying.
A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the
Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus
He began with a stick of pure white hard candy: white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and
the sinless nature
of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the solid rock, the Foundation of the Church and firmness
promises of God.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious
name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd with which
He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have
gone astray. Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes.
He used three small stripes for the blood shed by Christ on the cross, so that we could have the promise
of eternal life.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as the Candy Cane - a meaningless decoration seen at
Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for all those who have "eyes to see and ears to
hear". We pray this symbol will again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came
down at Christmas.
The Candy Cane, used during the holidays, stands as an important
Christmas symbol. A candy maker wanted to come up with an idea to express the meaning of
Christmas through the imagination of candy. That is when he came up with the idea of the
Candy Cane. There are several different symbols incorporated through the Candy Cane.
First, he used a plain white peppermint stick. The color white symbolizes the purity and
sinless nature of Jesus. Next, he decided to add three small stripes to symbolize pain
inflicted upon Jesus before his death on the cross and a bold stripe to represent the
blood he shed for mankind. Two other symbols are distinctive on the Candy Cane. When
looked at, it looks like a shepherd's staff because Jesus is the shepherd of man. Then if
you turn it upside down, you will notice the shape of the letter J symbolizing the first
letter in Jesus's name. These five symbols were incorporated into this piece of peppermint
stick so that we would remember what we really celebrate the Christmas season.
and Kevin Johnson.