Larry Taylor - Blood of Christ - Brisbane Convention, Queensland, Australia - 2017

My thoughts are on the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” I like the letters of Paul and he often uses that expression, "How much more." When you think about the blood of Christ, this verse shows you what the blood of Christ accomplishes and it does much more. This verse brings about very clearly that it is a lot more about cleansing, it is about purging and what does purging do? What does the blood of Christ purge, it purges our conscience and to me, that is beautiful. The blood of Christ purges the conscience and then you realise that is so much more and that is a much more work that is being accomplished through the blood of Christ. In the Old Testament, we have a lot of Shadow teachings and a lot to do with cleansing and a lot to do with atoning and renewing. The blood of Christ is all to do with the cleansing and this matter of being purged. As we know in most English countries and there is a saying, "Let your conscience be your guide." As we see here that our conscience needs to be purged and if it is not, it may not be a very good guide. In the Scripture, it talks about different kind of consciences. It is a wonderful thing that the blood of Christ purges the conscience.

I like going back to Genesis regarding blood and God is teaching right from the beginning of the Scriptures about the blood of His Son. I love the fact the first man that God put on the earth is a picture of the bridegroom. What did God do to Adam? God wounded Adam. Genesis 2:21, “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he of his ribs closed up the flesh thereof.” God wounded the side of Adam and that is a picture of Christ. We know later on God allowed that to happen to His beloved Son, the wounded side. The wounded bridegroom and it was from the wounded side that it was possible to have a bride, that is what we have through Christ and one that was willing to be wounded.

I like where it says the flesh was closed up and to me, this is another description of Jesus. The bride was formed from this rib that was taken from Adam and God closed up the flesh and no more was the flesh being exposed. Once God created Eve, bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. Sometimes people struggle even amongst God’s people and God’s servants, "Did Jesus really have the same flesh and the same nature as we have?" To me, I love this. God took some of the very same bone and flesh, some of the bridegroom and created the bride. This is teaching us a very powerful lesson, that the bride or the church has the same flesh and bone as the bridegroom. It was no different, bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. Teaching us this lesson:  the bride has the same as the bridegroom.

It is teaching us another powerful thing and God gave Adam more than one rib. Adam just did not have one rib and how many brides did God create from Adam? God took one of his bones and made the bride. This is teaching about Christ and His church. God could have given Adam many wives, because Adam had many ribs. God created one bridegroom and then God created one bride and teaching us there is only one bride and only one bridegroom. The Son of God and the church.

The next picture about the blood is in the Genesis 3 and it had to do with covering. I like to think very early in the Bible, Adam and Eve were about being exposed and the need of covering. Really, this is the work of God to every human. God is wanting every human not to be aware of their espouser. In the beginning, Adam and Eve did not feel exposed and through their experience, they saw they were not being exposed before man, it was before the living God. We are all exposed before the living God and what we need. We need a covering.

Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves and they sewed together the fig leaves to cover themselves. Genesis 3:7, “And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.” They made themselves aprons and how much does an apron cover of your body? It is only half your body and normally it is the front part, it does not cover the back. Sewing together fig leaves was an incomplete coverage. It is man’s way of trying to cover and they wanted to cover their exposure before God and it was only partial. The apron is for the front part and man can only cover his future, man can never do anything to cover the mistakes and their wrongs from five minutes ago or from five years ago. The government like people to change their choices and to change their future and that is why the aprons. It is very good for us to accept the covering that God gave to Adam and Eve.

This time, the acceptable offering was to do with blood. Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skin and clothed them.” The reason why the covering that God gave and why it was acceptable and it was because there was blood. It is only through the blood that we can have forgiveness of sin and we can be covered. The apron will only cover the front side and what is beautiful about a coat and something God gave to Adam and Eve and it covers the whole. How do you put a coat on? When you put your coat on, what is the first part of your body that it gets covered? It is the backside. You first cover the backside of your body and you bring it around and you button it up or zip it up and that is the front side and that is God’s covering. It is beautiful because it covers the backside first and that is our past and our wrongs and our failures. That is where the covering of the sacrifice of blood, the life that was given to make these coats of skin. Adam and Eve could be covered on their backside and bought around to cover the front side. You can see God was teaching right from the very beginning of this wonderful blood and sacrifice and to be completely covered.

With Cain and Abel, I do not know why one was accepted and one was not. The reason that Cain’s was not accepted and Abel’s was accepted had to do with blood. Cain’s offering was to do with the earth and Abel’s offering was to do with blood. I was just wondering if God was teaching the next generation what was the real acceptable offering and had to do with taking a life.

I enjoyed Exodus 12 and about the Passover lamb and this wonderful experience in Egypt and God was teaching about a living experience. To get close to the Lamb and the lamb was to be bought into the house and then death. The blood of the Lamb gave them provision and that is what we have in Christ. I noticed the priests in the Old Testament - when those priests entered the tabernacle and later the temple and none of them went in empty handed. Even when God’s people would go into the courtyard and they would not just wander in and have a look around and when they were coming in, they were bringing an offering and they were bringing a sacrifice. I noticed particularly the priests when they went into that holy place, they never went in empty handed. That teaches us to be able to get access into the presence of God, what has to happen there must be an offering.

Everything those priests took into the tabernacle or temple, it was not in its original condition or state. For example, the oil they took in was from olives and the olives had to be changed and had to be crushed. The bread they took in there, the wheat had to be ground up. So everything that went in there had to be changed from what it was naturally. There is nothing that gives us a better picture of being changed then the Son of God. That is why we marvel that He has bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh and we realise there were some huge changes because of that, because of the access into the very presence of God. For that little lamb, there was death and the blood of that Lamb on the door and later when Jesus died on the cross the veil of the temple was rent from the top to the bottom. That has given us access to the blood of the Lamb.

I like Exodus 24 because God used blood again. It had to do with the covenant or the book of the Law of Moses and we can say the word of God. It was blood that was binding to God’s people. In the religious world, they all want the blood of Christ and they all want His forgiveness. The blood of forgiveness is the same blood that binds us to the Testament. Hebrews 9 speaks about the blood that makes up His testament, is the very same blood that is of forgiveness. You cannot separate the forgiveness of Christ and follow His teaching, His testament and you cannot have one except you have the other.

It is something like what Jesus said in John 6, "Except you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you have no part of Me." I’m sure you have seen a container of blood and God had made the body and the blood has to be mixed together to have life. If you drain the blood out of the body, what happens to the body? It will die.  The blood just by itself and there is no life in it, when you mix the two together and Jesus said, "Except you eat My flesh and drink My blood," that means if we only have His blood there would be no life. If we just have His words and His example and the body and not the blood. It is beautiful to have this blood that purges and cleanses and tones for us.

You remember the time when Jesus was in the garden. Luke 22:44, ”And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” When He was in Gethsemane and praying, you realise just how keen Jesus was to accomplish, although He was carrying all the sins and all the burdens and he was perspiring with blood. It just shows that Jesus resisted sin and He was willing to die and He was willing to pay the price for our sin. You realise the power and the purging and the greatness to be cleansed. It is the cleansing of the inside.

A few years ago, we were on the island of Saipan. There was a little Korean girl in the hospital there worked with blood dialyses machines. I saw it as an opportunity to ask her a little bit about it as her work was to do with dialyses machines, and helping patients with blood problems. So I asked her, "How many hours does it take when you have one of your patients come in, to purify the blood? How many hours does it take to pull out the blood from the body, run it through the machine, filter the blood and put it back?" She says, "Well, it depends on how big the person is. If they are a little person, or if they are a big person, it's different. It depends on how big the body is. Normally it's about 4 or 5 hours to cycle and purify the blood."

I got to thinking, 4 or 5 hours for this machine to purify the blood. To take a bath, how long does it take you? Four or 5 minutes, isn't it? Something like that, maybe a little bit longer, depending on how hot or cold the water is and what the temperature is like. To clean the inside of the body, it is the blood. As the blood circulates through our body and if the organs are not doing the functions, we have to use a machine to cleanse and purify the blood.

This word of God is like water and that is to clean the outside. What purges the inside, what cleans our heart, cleans our minds? It is our conscience and this is the wonderful thing with the blood of Christ. We marvel at how it can be cleaned mechanically and how much more it thrills our mind and the great power and source that can clean and goes on the inside. I believe this helps stimulate gratitude to the living God and sometimes we can scarily comprehend the huge price that has been paid for us. May God help us to appreciate all the more His Son who was willing to die for our cleansing and give us this wonderful redemption. Amen.