The Body and Blood of Jesus

SERMON TOPIC: The Body and Blood of Jesus

Speaker: Ken Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 22 September 2019


Sermon synopsis: French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ.
What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused Christians in every generation to actually celebrate it?

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The Body and Blood of Jesus.

The offence of blood of Jesus in the world.

French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ.

What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused Christians in every generation to actually celebrate it?

The offence of blood of Jesus in the Church. offense-blood-of-jesus-christ/

How well I remember the line of demarcation when I first came to Jesus Christ in 1964. It was the preaching and singing about the blood of Jesus Christ. Many churches were taking the songs about the blood of Jesus out of their hymnals; and the sermons and homilies no longer made reference to the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It was offensive to the heart and mind of the people. Our culture had grown past such primitive beliefs.

It was beneath the dignity of the western culture of Europe and North America to believe in such vulgar practices.

Psychology, psychiatry and higher education had taken us past the belief in such things as sin and blood sacrifice. Those were the trappings of the less advanced cultures.

The offence of blood of Jesus in the Church. offense-blood-of-jesus-christ/

The curious thing is while those claims were being made, there was still jealousy and greed in our culture. Stealing, fighting and murder continued to take place. Hatred, bigotry and violence were common place.

While they were doing away with the one, denying the need, the behavior of the people still proclaimed the root problem existed. Mankind is helplessly, hopelessly, and habitually a sinner in need of a Savior.

Here is just a sampling of the hymns and songs that have been written throughout the ages about the blood of Christ:

Nothing But the Blood; Are You Washed in the Blood?

Oh, the Blood of Jesus; Power In the Blood

The blood of Jesus, God ward.

Pleading the Blood of Jesus – Is it Right or Wrong?

Many people in the Charismatic and Pentecostal camp love to “plead the Blood of Jesus” over themselves and others and everything for that matter, turning the blood of Jesus into a magic ritual of sorts, a magic wand that will protect you from evil, cleanse you, heal or deliver you.

Pleading the Blood of Jesus is not biblical. Nowhere in the bible does Jesus tell you to plead His Blood over yourself. Nowhere in the bible does anyone plead the Blood of Jesus over themselves or others. This teaching is taught in churches and you read in many books that you need to cover yourself with the blood of Jesus for protection 24/ 7 as though it’s the biblical thing to do. It’s not. 2014/ 09/ 24/ pleading-the-blood-of-jesus-is-it-right-or-wrong/

The blood of Jesus, God ward.

Exodus 12:13.

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

When the Israelites put the blood on the doorposts and lintels of their homes, it was for God to see.

The blood of Jesus, God ward.

Jesus is our Passover Lamb.

Revelation 5:8-10.

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.

Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

And they sang a new song, saying:

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.

The blood of Jesus, God ward.

Jesus is our Passover Lamb.

Revelation 7:14.

These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The blood of Jesus, man ward.

We need to see the value of the blood of Jesus and be aware that it has satisfied the righteous requirements of God.

Hebrews 9:12-14.

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

We have been justified and reconciled by the blood.

Romans 5:9.

Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Colossians 1:20.

And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself.

Ephesians 2:13,

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

Revelation 1:5.

From Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.

The blood of Jesus, Satan ward.

We overcome the accusations of Satan by the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 12:11.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

Hebrews 10:19.

Having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.

We need to be aware of how full and complete the atonement is.

Let us have a closer look at an interesting phrase that was made by Jesus on the cross just before He died

Greek word τετέλεσται (tetelestai) meaning "it is finished", which according to St. John, are the last words of Jesus on the cross.

“It is finished”. content/ it-finished-look-greek

Columbia International University.

On the cross Jesus utters the powerful words “It is finished”; words that ring throughout history as the sign that man's sin is forever defeated and the power of death broken.

However, much of the significance of this statement is actually lost when the Greek is translated into English.

When Jesus cries out “it is finished” on the cross, the Greek word used is “tetelestai” which means to bring to a close, to complete, to fulfill.

“It is finished”.

What makes this exclamation truly unique however, is the Greek tense that Jesus used. (Verb tenses are the most important and most communicative part of the Greek language. This also is sometimes necessarily lost in translation.) Jesus speaks in the perfect tense, which is very rare in the New Testament and has no English equivalent.

The perfect tense is a combination of two Greek tenses: the Present tense, and the Aorist tense.

The Aorist tense is punctiliar: meaning something that happens at a specific point in time; a moment.

The Present tense is linear: meaning something that continues on into the future and has ongoing results/ implications.

“It is finished”.

The combination of these two tenses in the perfect tense as used in John 19:30 is of overwhelming significance to the Christian.

When Jesus says “It is finished” (or completed) what he is actually saying is “It is finished and will continue to be finished”. The first element of the perfect tense: the Aorist, punctiliar, point in time statement “It is finished” is powerful.

Mathew Henry captures all that is finished at that exact moment:

“It is finished”.

It is finished; that is, the counsels of the Father concerning his sufferings were now fulfilled.

It is finished; all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed at the sufferings of the Messiah, were accomplished.

It is finished; the ceremonial law is abolished; the substance is now come, and all the shadows are done away.

It is finished; an end is made of transgression by bringing in an everlasting righteousness. His sufferings were now finished, both those of his soul, and those of his body.

It is finished; the work of man's redemption and salvation is now completed.”

This is overwhelming in and of itself.

“It is finished”.

But there's more! The Aorist tense is only half of the perfect tense! The second element of Jesus' statement is the equally important: the Present, ongoing, linear “and will continue to be finished” component of the perfect tense.

This indicates the ongoing nature of our salvation.

This is so important because it indicates a condition, a state of being, a resting place.

“It is finished”.

In conclusion, in Jesus' statement “It is finished” we have a declaration of salvation that is both momentary and eternal, Aorist and Present, linear and punctiliar.

We are saved at a specific point in time, “it is finished”, our debt is paid, we are ransomed from the kingdom of darkness, and then we confidently rest in the reality that “it will continue to be finished” because we are in a position of grace and stand justified for all time before God.

One Greek word, tetelestai, spoken in the perfect tense, by Jesus on the cross, and it was finished at that moment, and for all time.

Hebrews 10:14.

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those

who are being made holy.

Redemption and Justification by the blood.

Ephesians 1:7.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Acts 20:28.

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.

Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

1 Peter 1:18-19.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Redemption and Justification by the blood.

Romans 3:23-27.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood, to be received by faith.

He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished, he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded.

Because of what law? The law that requires works?

No, because of the law that requires faith.

What is The law that requires faith?”

The New Covenant is not a Lawless one.

Romans 3:27-28.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works?

No, because of the law that requires faith.

For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

Romans 8:1-2.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus

the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Ongoing Cleansing and forgiveness in the blood.

Hebrews 13:12. Jesus also suffered…in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.

John 1:7. 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.

Walking in the light isn’t perfection, it’s walking in the light of His presence, not hiding anything from God.

John 3: 20-21.

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Justification and Sanctification.

The Christian life is summarised in

Galatians 2:19-20.

For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.

The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,

who loved me and gave himself for me

The blood deals with what we have done.

The cross deals with what we are.

Justification and Sanctification.

God has only one answer for the problem of sin in humankind and that is His Son.

In all His dealings with us he works by taking us out of the way and substituting Christ in our place.

Jesus Christ died instead of us for our forgiveness.

Jesus Christ lives instead of us for our deliverance.

So we can see two cases of substitution.

A substitute on the cross that secures our forgiveness.

A substitute within that secures our victory

This is to deal with our dual problem, Sins and Sin.

Justification and Sanctification.

The first 8 chapters of Romans can be divided into two sections.

Romans 1:1 to 5:11 deals mainly with the subject of Sins

Romans 5:12 to 8:39 however, deals primarily with Sin.

In the first section Paul deals with the sins that I have committed, which are many.

In the second section however Paul is dealing with the question of Sin, which is a principle working within me.

IE: I am not a sinner because I sin, but I sin because I am a sinner.

I need forgiveness for my sin, but

I also need deliverance from the power of Sin.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

John 6:53-58.

Jesus said to them, Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

Consubstantiation (The Lutheran Church) is the view that the bread and wine of Communion / the Lord's Supper are spiritually the flesh and blood of Jesus, yet the bread and wine are still actually only bread and wine.

In this way, it is different from transubstantiation, in which the bread and the wine are believed to actually become the body and blood of Jesus.

Transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic dogma that stretches back to the earliest years of that church, while consubstantiation is relatively new, arising out of the Protestant Reformation.

Consubstantiation essentially teaches that Jesus is "with, in, and under" the bread and wine, but is not literally the bread and wine.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

Let us look at what precedes this statement that Jesus made about drinking His blood and eating His flesh to get the context.

John 6:26–29.

Jesus answered, Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.

Then they asked him, What must we do to do the works God requires? Jesus answered, The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.

God isn’t looking for workers. He’s looking for believers.

For Jesus, eating is believing; drinking is believing.

How do you labour for the food that endures to eternal life?

John 6:27, 29. Believe in me!

John 6:35.

I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me [in faith] shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

John 6:40.

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and

believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

For Jesus, eating is believing; drinking is believing.

John 4:31-35.

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, Rabbi, eat something. But he said to them, I have food to eat that you know nothing about.Then his disciples said to each other, Could someone have brought him food?

My food, said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Don’t you have a saying, It’s still four months until harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!

They are ripe for harvest.

NB: Only those who do God’s will enter Heaven.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

Jesus’ graphic imagery about eating His flesh and drinking His blood is indeed puzzling at first. Context will help us understand what He is saying. As we consider everything that Jesus said and did in John 6, the meaning of His words becomes clearer. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus fed the 5,000 (John 6:1–13). The next day, the same multitudes continued to follow Him, seeking another meal.

Jesus pointed out their short-sightedness: they were only seeking physical bread, but there was something more important: “Food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (verse 27). At this point, Jesus attempts to turn their perspective away from physical sustenance to their true need, which was spiritual.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

This contrast between physical food and spiritual food sets the stage for Jesus’ statement that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood.

Jesus explains that it is not physical bread that the world needs, but spiritual bread.

Jesus three times identifies Himself as that spiritual bread (John 6:35, 48, 51).

And twice He emphasizes faith (a spiritual action) as the key to salvation:

“My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life” (verse 40); and “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life” (verse 47).

The body and the blood of Jesus.

In the wilderness testing, the devil tempts Jesus with bread, and Jesus answers:

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3).

The implication is that the bread is God’s Word and that is what sustains us.

Jesus is called the Word of God who came to earth and was made flesh (John 1:14).

The Word of God is also the Bread of Life (John 6:48).

The book of Hebrews references the way that God uses the physical things of this earth as a way to help us understand and apply spiritual truth.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

Hebrews 8:5 says that some tangible things are “a copy and shadow of what is in heaven,” and that chapter explains how the Old Covenant, so concerned with physical rites and ceremonies, was replaced by the New Covenant in which God’s laws are written on our hearts (verse 10; cf. Jeremiah 31:33). Hebrews 9:1–2 says, “The first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.

A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.” According to Hebrews 8:5, the consecrated bread, or the “bread of the Presence,” was a physical representation of a spiritual concept, namely, the actual presence of God being continually with us today.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

The physical tent of meeting has been replaced by a spiritual temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), and the physical bread of the Presence has become the spiritual bread that abides within us through the Holy Spirit. When Jesus said we must “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood” (John 6:53), He spoke, as He often did, in parabolic terms.

We must receive Him by faith (John 1:12). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

We understand that we need physical food and drink; Jesus wants us to understand that we also need spiritual food and drink—and that is what His sacrifice provides.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

Look at how Peter responded in this situation.

He didn’t walk away, even though at that stage he did not grasp what Jesus was talking about, but instead said to Jesus.

John 6:68–69.

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.

When the Israelites put the blood on the doorposts and lintels of their homes, it was for God to see, and it kept them from coming under God’s judgement.

However they stayed inside the house and ate the Passover lamb, and in like manner the death of Jesus not only spares us from God’s judgement, it provides life and sustenance for us as He, the Word made flesh, the Bread of life indwells us by the Holy Spirit.

The body and the blood of Jesus.

Communion is a constant reminder of the blood of Jesus and how central it is to our Justification and Sanctification.

1 Corinthians 11:24-26.

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. eating-the-flesh-of-the-son-of-man.html

The drinking of blood is forbidden throughout the Bible. See Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26; Leviticus 17:10-14; Acts 15:28-29. As seen in the Acts passage, even the Gentile Christians after the resurrection of Christ were to abstain from eating blood. If Christ was asking believers to eat His flesh and blood, He would be going against the clear teaching of scripture in numerous places.

In the passage in John 6, Christ clearly told them that He was speaking in a spiritual and not a literal sense. Verse 63 states, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

Here, He tells them that the flesh profits nothing and that He is referring to the spirit and not to the flesh. eating-the-flesh-of-the-son-of-man.html

Therefore, to eat His flesh and to drink His blood means to believe on Him.

Salvation involves us being uniquely identified with Christ in both His death and His resurrection.

It is no more difficult to think of our selves as eating and drinking the flesh and blood of Christ than it is to think of ourselves as being "baptized into his death" (Romans 6:3), "buried with him" (Romans 6:4), and "in the likeness of his resurrection" (Romans 6:5).

In reality, we are saved by eating of His holy life and drinking His incorruptible blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).

But this is a spiritual truth and is not something that we must try to do physically.

The real question is whether or not you have truly believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour.


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