In old testament times a Jewish man would take animal the best of what he had and it would be slain and the blood from that animal would be put on the altar. This would be the offering for the whole family.
In this new testament times we offer ourselves to God at the moment of our salvation. At baptism we rise out of the water likening ourselves to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
There it then a cleansing process that the word of God and the ministry of the Holy spirit leads us into. Is it not wonderful that the Holy Spirit ministers to us bringing the word and the purpose of God into our lives. In 1 John Verse 7. It says
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.
The Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus are a ministry to us that work together. Did you see what that verse says. Cleansed from all sin, now that really is something. So what about this wonderful and divine ministry that comes from the throne of Grace. As they minister to us ( Yes that is you and me ) the Holy Spirit teaches us about the fullness of the blood of Jesus. When we grasp this glorious truth and apply it to our lives. We are moving into a spiritual realm we have not been in before
Job Chapter 27 verse 6. My righteousness i hold fast and i will not let it go. My heart will not reproach me as long as i live. This talks about our conscience as being heart felt. So the Holy Spirit talks to us and our minds are renewed and the next thing? Our hearts of course sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. Washed clean in the blood of the lamb. That is the care and love that our God has for us. So that when we present ourselves to him we are Holy as he is Holy. Now this takes some working on. The best bit? we have the greatest teacher in the whole of the universe and the blood of Jesus which is as fresh and as warm as the day he shed it and will be forever! oh Glory to the Lamb what a God we serve and he sends his Spirit to us. Now i do not know about you but i say it does not come any better than that. Amen.
2nd Corinthans chapter 4. verse 7.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.
This is a verse that shows that even in our weaknesses and sometimes when we lack full faith.
God entrusted his power to us. That alone should make us proud that the creator of this earth will trust us. Knowing full well that those who will obey his commands. Will walk the walk and not just the talk, that they will let more of him come into us. As we have less of self, allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest himself.
A s we do that the full power of God will transform our lives to be the righteous persons that God is looking for. God made a covenant with Abraham because he was righteous. And now many years down the line he is looking to offer the same choice.
In our old human nature we could not receive this. But God trusted certain humans to alter and receive this covenant. Now that is this awesome trinity willing us to receive the fullness of the trinity.
Father,son and Holy ghost and the full power of the blood of Jesus. On offer to all who will take it up. Now that is power, divine power and there is nothing in this world to match it. No atom bomb and the like comes anywhere near it.
As this world is fearful of the full power of a nuclear war and afraid of the nations that have them. The divine power that is in a true born again word believing saint, will spread around this world and there is one person from this trinity that will return to this earth, Jesus himself.
Cut in on a conversation of an unbeliever talking to his friends. Look at this, the Jesus that his saints have been preaching about. Look at his glory and feel the power. Will he introduce us to God?, no you see because they say he is God. Christians were taught by his spirit, now that is going to take some taking in. Three in one,wow such power, such love and full of grace.
All because God trusted us with his word, our belief in his son and we listened to the Holy Spirit. Now that is real power Holy Ghost style, one thing more we had better move in this power. Or else we are nothing else but a damp firework that will not light!
Jesus said in Matthew chapter 11. verses 28-30.
28. Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and i will give you rest. Notice he calls people to come to him. That is the first step on a heavenly journey that is a love walk.
29. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for i am gentle and lowly at heart. And you will find rest for your souls. Jesus is offering his yoke here. A yoke is for two, he then goes on to say, learn from me.
The greatest teacher in the whole of the universe is offering to teach us. What an offer! it is certainly a no brainer. Learn to be gentle and lowly, that is the opposite of pride. It is pride that will try and stop us from learning the word of God.
To come across a gentle and lowly person in this corrupt and aggressive world is like finding a jewel. They do not lie nor steal or become war like.
This what Jesus is offering us, to give him our burdens. As he says my burden is light and his yoke is easy.
A ll this is an incredible offer from the King of Kings the Lord of Lords. Now they do not come better than that.
The bonus bit in all of this? learn from me, how could we turn such an offer down.
The terrible events in Manchester and London. Have highlighted the need for prayer. There are so many needs that have come about as a result of these things. People who have lost loved ones who have been suddenly taken out of their lives. Leaving a vacuum that can not be filled and the shock that goes with it. The anger that follows and the thought that where is your God now.
Counsellors do a great job, but when that finishes, there is the thought that where do I go now. Churches were meant to be a place where you could go for guidance and comfort. and of course to find God at the divine appointed time. There is a time that was just right for all of us. We need to recognise that love is the first priority. People that have been through such trauma need love. Not religion and not man made rules.
This is the challenge that is facing the people of God today. how to show the same love and compassion that Jesus showed. The answer is more simple than we think. We need to empty ourselves of self, and let Christ come in. Then they will meet the real Jesus not a man made one. You see Jesus berated the Laodicea church for being lukewarm . With the comment, i will spew you out of my mouth. Translation ( you make me sick)!
That is one area that we do not need to be in. Hence the need for much prayer.