the power of the blood – forgiveness
Last service, we received an inspiring message on one of the most central teachings of Christianity. Pastor Vickylextar shared in length about The Power of the Blood-Forgiveness of Yeshua. There is so much to say about the shedding of that Blood, the sacrifice of Yeshua, and what He accomplished by them; but I’ll focus here on a few aspects of forgiveness that comes from these.
The Blood of Yeshua speaks better things than the guilt and judgment we deserve (Hebrews 12:24). Rather, His blood speaks eternally for mercy and forgiveness towards us, affirming that the price of our forgiveness was paid by the willing sacrifice of the most innocent of all—Yeshua Himself.
Truly, His Blood still speaks on our behalf at this very moment and welcomes us to stand before God as if we never sinned—holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight (Colossians 1:22). This free righteousness is the hope of the Gospel! With this overwhelming forgiveness, we can even be healed, set free, and, most importantly, be reconciled to our Father in Heaven. Even our conscience is washed pure by the power of the Blood-Forgiveness, so we can walk as forgiven individuals, should we continue in faith!
However, to enjoy this amazing free gift, we must avoid the trap of offence that can lure us away from the mercy of God. As Pastor Vickylextar warned in her message, if we are forgiven and we hold something against somebody else, we nullify our forgiveness. Indeed, let us remember Yeshua said that “in the same way you judge others, you will be judged” (Matthew 7:2) and that “if you do not forgive others their sins, neither will your Father forgive yours”. Let us understand that it would be rather prideful and self-centered to want to be forgiven of all we’ve done wrong and refuse to extend that same forgiveness to those who wronged us. Who are we to throw the first stone after all? In the end, do you believe it’s more important to cherish God’s amazing gift of forgiveness or to hold on to offence and frustration?
Zach, September 10, 2022