Blood of Atonement Part 3
The inner court experience of the cross
Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
Luke 22:40-44 “And when he was at the place, he said unto them, pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
As Christ was in the garden of Gethsemane there are several things that we can glean from this. We see a clear picture of the internal and physical suffering well before the cross. First, we see that he was suffering from extreme anxiety. His pours were dilated to the point that he began bleeding from them and his sweat became as blood. There was a battle waging against his soul and spirit concerning his destiny. Some observers believe at this point Satan was attempting to kill him before he could get to the cross. We see that this battle with the power of darkness was so intense that an angel was assigned to come and strengthen his spirit. When Adam forfeited his right to rule the earth over to Satan, a change occurred in the spiritual realm (Genesis 2:25, Genesis 3:7-8). Guilt is the result of sin and sin is always a spiritual problem first before it ever is in the natural. Now this outward act was the result of spiritual death. God said that if he ate of the tree he would die and from that day Adam and Eve were going through a process of death. What does it mean that he died spiritually or what is spiritual death? Here is a great definition of spiritual death. Spiritual death is related to but distinct from physical death. All people are born with a sinful nature and thereby spiritually dead, being separated from God. Christ defeated sin and death; those who have faith in him are made alive spiritually. Spiritual death is simply separation from God. It means you cannot have a relationship with God in an intimate way, because of a sin nature. All his primary suffering really began at the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus now was not only suffering in every way that we would have had to suffer, but he would have to suffer alone. Though he was utterly rejected, he continued as this suffering servant to complete his Father’s plan. Jesus had to complete his assignment by faith; he laid aside all his robes of deity. He had to die by faith, and he would be raised from the dead by faith. Psalm O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Jesus was 100% man, yet he lived without sin. He was the only one qualified to take on the burdens of our judgment. He died in everyway that Adam died so that full atonement could be made. One thing I have always found interesting is that the Passover lamb was being killed at the exact same time that Christ was being put to death. I find this to be a very profound and it is a reminder to us of the accuracy of the scriptures in terms of prophecy being fulfilled.
He shared a perfect relationship with his Father and lived a sinless life. He was quickened by the spirit in his death on the third day. During the time of his suffering we see a different picture of that relationship. It was as if his Father had abandoned him when he cried on the cross, my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? Clearly something had changed during this time. He was stricken, and smitten of God, and afflicted. The bible says it pleased the Lord to bruise him; and put him to grief. His Father laid all sin and sickness upon him. This was the only way God could legally get back the family that he loved and the earth that he created for man. When God makes a covenant he never goes back on His word, even if it hurts him to do it. Psalm 138:2, Numbers 23:19
God could not just come and take the earth back, nor could he except man’s sin. The sin of Adam was spiritual which also affected the natural because sin produces death. We always think of sin in terms of its natural consequences, but the Lord had to atone for man spirit, soul, and body. The mere physical death on the cross could not have accomplished man’s full atonement. Ephesians 4:9-10, he defeated all the evil forces that held man as captives. “Now that he ascended what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth. He that descended is the same that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.” Col 2:15 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” All victory was first accomplished spiritually because that is where all other problems originated. Sin is always a spiritual problem, sickness and disease and all the effects of the curse were the result of the fall. Gal 3:13
The blood has many benefits Psalm 103:2-3 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.
The cross redeemed man back to his original position of obedience. We were put back (spiritually speaking) in our first position of authority before the fall of Adam. There we were simply to obey God as a way of life and this resulted in the blessings as the standard of life. We were not only saved from our sin, so we could wait and go to heaven. Christ died for the salvation of the whole man which affects us in the here and now. Instead of a curse we can look forward to the blessing if you have faith in the blood. Let’s look at the benefits Psalm 103 is talking about
There is our eternal salvation in the blood. John 3:16
There is provision for divine health and healing in the blood. Isaiah 53:5, Deut 34:7, Exodus 15:26
There is provision for material or earthly blessing in the blood including financial health. Deut 28:1-14, 3John 2, 2Cor 8:9, John 10:10
There is peace in the blood. Isaiah 53:5, Phil 4:6-7
There is freedom from fear and worry in the blood. 1Peter 5:7, Matthew 6:25-34
There is freedom from hopelessness and the lack of purpose in the blood. Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 29:18-20
There is the fountain of youth that is in the blood. Psalm 103:5
Other benefits are mercy and grace, Hebrews 4:16
In the blood there is freedom and liberty. 1Cor 10:23, 1 Cor 6:12
There is forgiveness in the atoning blood of Jesus 1John 1:8-9
There is reconciliation: 2 Cor 5:18-19
Our right to walk in righteousness and purity before God is in the blood of Christ. 2Cor 5:21, 2Cor 6:14-18
Christ, who was the second Adam, came to earth as 100% God and 100% man. He was made subject to all that we face, and he passed the test because he knew no sin. Because of yours and my sin, he had to suffer the same as if he had sinned.
Christ paid for our full atonement and now the old and New Testament scriptures are fulfilled in him concerning blood sacrifice. The need for sacrifice is over because Jesus was offered up once for the full atonement of man and after this comes the judgment. Hebrews 9:27-28
My friend whatever you are facing today in your life let me encourage you to see it nailed to the cross because Jesus paid for it in your redemption.
Daily appropriate the blood over your life for protection, for healing, for prosperity, forgiveness, for whatever you might need today. He did not simply die so you could just wait to be raptured but, so you could have victory now. It is up to you to take hold of your redemption by faith in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ today!