I popped the top and took a sip of an energy drink called Red Bull. I was thinking I could use some Holy Spirit Red Bull right about now too, in preparation for the holidays. So what kind of Red Bull would it be?
Knowing the significance of Christ’s Red Blood sacrifice on the cross is one such powerful energizer. Refreshing myself in this knowledge will give me the power punch I need to prepare myself: to be gentle and kind, to yield to the Holy Spirit and be strong in Him too, to step out in love with confidence, to humbly acknowledge where I came from and excel in where I am now.
Take a short journey with me now through the seven bleedings of our Lord Jesus Christ and see what amazing things He’s given us. The Bible says that the “life is in the blood.” So in each area of His bleeding we have new life in that area.
The first bleeding for us was in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed: “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And his sweat was as it were great drops of blood” (Luke 22:41). Jesus was willing to do God’s will rather than His own. One drop of this sweat blood gives us the power we need to do God’s will rather than our own. “I CAN do God’s will.”
Jesus next was “scourged” by the Roman soldiers. They thrashed Him 39 times with a whip made of several leather pieces, each loaded with jagged metal or bone pieces that tore and ripped open strips of flesh on His back. The physical tearing of the flesh from His body would also leave gashes and wounds susceptible to disease. This point of bleeding covers all bodily things, including sickness, disease, and broken, torn or missing parts. 1 Peter 2:24 reminds us what Jesus gave us by enduring this suffering: “By whose stripes ye were healed.” We have access to total healing and no devil spirit or anything else has a right to talk us out of it.
The third place Jesus shed blood was from internal bruises. Isaiah tells us: “He was bruised for our iniquities.” Jesus was mocked and beaten. There was distress and swelling caused by broken capillaries and dislodged blood beneath the surface of the skin. When we believe the significance of this blood, it takes away any humiliation and deep emotional bruises we’ve carried—the wounds that we don’t want anyone to see.
The fourth bleeding was from the crown of thorns jammed into His skull. The blood from His head applied to our minds and we can think right thoughts, and make wise decisions like He always did.
Next they nailed Jesus’ hands and feet to the cross. The blood from his hands applied to our hands gives us unique power in our hands. Think about what we do with hands—we touch, write, make things, give things, stop things, clap, lift, and much more. Believing to let the blood from Jesus’ hands pulse in our own can change everything we touch. .
Number six is the blood from Jesus’ feet. It changes the path we can walk on. Matthew 7:14 tells us “strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life.” Though narrow, it is the path of dominion like God says in Deuteronomy 11:24 “Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours.” This will only be true when we walk in obedience to the ability the blood of Jesus has given us.
And lastly, number seven. When the soldier came to see if Jesus was dead he took his spear and pierced Him through the side—through His belly, His lungs and His heart—making sure His entire life force bled out. That bleeding gave us His entire life for eternity. The blood shed from His belly made available Holy Spirit to abide within our bellies, in our innermost self. As Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” That’s what happens when we walk by the Spirit. The blood shed from His lungs made available new life in every breath. And the bleeding from His heart gave us the ability to extend that same love to everyone, like He did.
With this quick refresher, we can now be equipped and prepared for a loving and powerful holiday season.
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