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The Price Jesus Paid for You & Me

This sermon outline is taken from the pen of Dr. Charles Stanley.  I encourage you to visit his website and listen to this message with all of the prayerful attention you can muster.  It is a message our generation should hear and believe.  His site, www.intouch.org 
I watched him deliver this powerful message last Sunday (June 28, 2009) and marvelled at his presentation and power.   

 

The Precious Blood of Jesus

Dr. Stanley 

Presented By Dr. Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:17-21

I. Introduction: Apart from the blood of Christ, you and I could not have a relationship with our heavenly Father. Jesus’ sacrificial death made it possible for sinful man to approach holy God. Because of His blood, believers are redeemed, forgiven, justified, and sanctified, and they have access to their Creator. No wonder we call it the precious blood of Jesus.

II. The blood of Jesus is precious because of who He is.

Christ was not just a man, but the Son of God, born of a virgin. Because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, there was no sin transferred to Him through an earthly father. In the Old Testament, any animal offered as a sacrifice had to be perfect, without spot or defect. That perfection represented holiness. Scripture tells us that the sacrifices described in the Old Testament were a foreshadowing of Christ’s death. In order for Jesus to take the punishment for the sins of the world, He had to be morally perfect-without a sin nature.

III. The blood of Jesus is precious because of why He came.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible has one main theme-the Father’s redeeming love for mankind. Christ came as the Son of God with the purpose of dying for the sins of humanity. The blood of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential to our relationship with God. Those who refuse it will spend eternity in the lake of fire, forever separated from the Father (Rev. 20:15).

IV. The blood of Jesus is precious because of what it provides.

A. Redemption

To redeem means to buy back (1 Peter 1:18-19). No matter how moral we are before accepting the gift of salvation, our nature is sinful (Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 3:23). Jesus went to the cross for the primary purpose of purchasing us from a life of slavery to sin.

B. Forgiveness

You and I can be forgiven, not simply because God is merciful, but because Christ went to the cross and shed His blood for me and for you (Eph. 1:7). Salvation is not something we earn through good deeds or bargain for in exchange for promising to improve.

C. Justification

God is holy and must punish sin. Because Christ shed His blood in our place, the Father not only forgives our sin but also declares us righteous (Rom. 5:17). We call this process “justification.” Romans 5:9 says, “Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Even though you and I may not always act like it, we are declared holy in God’s eyes.

D. Reconciliation

When a married couple separates, they occasionally reunite. We call that process reconciliation. This human example provides a good picture of one part of salvation. Scripture says, “It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Christ, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:19-20). This happens only in response to God’s call-no one is saved by his or her own initiative.

E. Sanctification

Sanctification, the process of being set apart for God’s purposes and being made holy, is possible only because of the blood of Christ (Heb. 13:12). It is both a one-time event that happens at salvation and a life-long process. God continues to prune us so that we become more and more fruitful for His kingdom. You and I should never stop growing in holiness and purity.

F. Access to God

The Old Testament explains that God chose to make the Holy of Holies His earthly dwelling place
(
1 Kings 8:27-30). This area of the temple was so sacred that just one priest was allowed in-and only once per year. He had to prepare himself carefully by performing sacred rituals. One of the requirements was that he be sprinkled with the blood of a sacrificed animal. Today, the only reason Christians can approach God is because, spiritually speaking, we are covered in the blood of Jesus (Heb. 10:19). The Father listens to and answers our prayers because we are allowed to draw near to Him through the righteousness of Christ.

G. Daily Forgiveness

After salvation, believers will still do some things that are unacceptable to God. But if we confess our sins to the Lord with a sincere heart, He faithfully forgives us over and over (1 John 1:7, 9). The basis for that forgiveness is the blood Christ shed when He died in our place (1 John 2:1-2).

V. Conclusion: Why is the blood of Jesus precious? Through it, we have redemption, justification, reconciliation, sanctification, access to God, and daily forgiveness. Nothing else in life has the power to do these things. Apart from the blood of Christ, you and I would be destined to an eternity separated from almighty God.

6 comments to The Price Jesus Paid for You & Me

  • Anonymous

    I WANT TO KNOW WHY ALL THE PASTOR OF OUR GENERATION ARE NOT OUT SPOKEN COCRNING OUR DRESSING IN THIS 21ST CENTURY. IS JESUS DEATH IN VAIN. A LOT OF OUR CHRISTAIN OVERSEAS ARE ALMOST NAKED IN THE NAME OF CHRISTINITY. I. MAKE UP 2. DRESS 3. ERRING AND TRUESZER. I NEED COMENT ON THEM. SEE MY MAIL BELOW.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much Dr. Stanley for this wonderful message. May God grant you the grace to continue this labor of love. Thank you for reminding us about how priceless is Jesus’s blood. I truly thank God for this ultimate sacrifice of his only begotten son who is forever alive and loves and cares for me.
    Yours in Christ,
    Owen Constantine;
    Trinidad, West Indies

  • Bee,
    Don’t ever, ever, ever think that our Heavenly Father does not care for you and love you. He does. Invest time each day reading His Word in the Bible. Meditate on what you read. Trust what He says. You are doing the right thing in reading the messages found on this blog, http://www.salvationlinks.com come back daily and read. Find a good, Bible believing church and seek out the pastor or the pastor’swife. Get around people who truly love the Lord and fellowship with them. If you will send me your mailing address I will send you material that will help. I will also try to find a good minister in your area to point you to. God bless you. Romans 10:13 For whosoever (that includes you, Bee) shall call upon the Name of the Lord (that’s pretty simple thing to do…Call) shall be saved (that is a definite promise–shall be saved). Meditate on this great verse every day and often. God does love you.

  • I’m sorry i don’t have video,but i was listening to your word this morning and it touched me,i’m an reformed heroine user for the passed 32yrs,but a so called friend of mine has indorduced me to crack cocaine i’ve tryed everything to stop but i go right back.Is it that God does’nt love me or is it that he wants to teach me something or what.Are my prayers not sincere enough or what is it.I’m so tired i’m of doing the same old thing i need help,God knows i’m so weak i but try.Iwould appreciate it if you would pray for me,and i’ll continue to pray/Thank You Sincerely Bee

  • Cora:
    Thank you for writing. You ask an interesting question. Since your email was dircted to our blog, I will attempt to answer and then refer you to Dr. Charles Stanley’s website for you to inquire there.
    We know that almost nothing mentioned in Scripture should be ignored or considered unimportant. The fact the emphasis given to the folded napkin was registered by the writers we must assume that the matter is important. You touched on a thought that at least one other writer in modern times addressed. Here is what the editor of Liberty’s Flame (http://www.libertysflame.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=3926) had to say.

    Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His Resurrection?

    The Gospel of John (20: 7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

    Is that important? You’d better believe it! Is that Significant? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes!

    In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

    The folded napkin had to do with the Master and servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

    Now if the master had finished eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and his mouth, and clean his beard, and would then wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table for in those days, the wadded napkin meant, “I’m Done.” But if the master got up from the table and folded his napkin and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the servant knew that the folded napkin meant, “I’m not finished yet.”

    The folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!” This quote taken from Liberty’s Flame (Not associated with Dr. Stanley).
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  • Cora Lee Dana

    I love your messages!!! Last Sat. 4-4-2010 you said that after Jesus had risen, the cloth that wrapped his head was folded. Recently I had heard that at the Last Super Jesus also folded his napkin…..and that when a person folds his napkin it means he is coming back…..and if he just puts it down it means that he is finished. So, is this true……how wonderful if His folded head-cloth in the tomb meant that He is coming back? I KNOW that He IS coming back SOON. I really wish that you could answer this for me.
    Thank you so much,
    Your Sister In Christ,
    Cora Lee Dana in Beautiful Montana
    PS. On Sat evenings I get to watch your message 3 times, 3 different stations. TBN,DayStar and Angel

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