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September 25th, 2012

Why Is Jesus Christ’s Blood So Powerful?

Jesus Christ's Blood in Crown of Thorns

The death of Jesus is meaningless to many people. The mention of Christ’s blood is distasteful to them. The message of Jesus death, His blood and the work of redemption are still foolishness to a people who would like to believe that man could save himself by his own goodness.

The first shedding of blood

In the book of Genesis chapter 3:7, we learn that Adam and Eve were naked and ashamed when they disobeyed God. ‘So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.’ For the first time, blood was shed that the nakedness of Adam and Eve might be covered. ‘Yahweh made clothes out of skins for man and his wife and they put them on.’ (Gen.3:21).

Jesus Blood – The object of our faith

Man is unable to redeem himself because he is a sinner. By shedding His blood, Christ became the ‘way’ to provide forgiveness for sin, there by satisfying the holy demands of the Heavenly Father. This is why St.John says, ‘He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world.’ (1Jn.2:2). Jesus blood is the object of our faith, as St.Paul states, ‘And we are justified through the free gifts of His grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice His life so as to win reconciliation through faith.’ (Rm.3:25).

Without the Blood of Jesus Christ and His grace it would be impossible for man to have victory over sin. And during the Last Supper, Our Lord offered Himself in an unbloody yet real sacrifice when He uttered the following words,’For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.’ (Matt. 26:28). Truly, this ‘shedding of blood’ or ‘pouring out of blood’ took place and formed one of the glorious mysteries of our faith.

Why is there Power in Precious Blood of Jesus Christ?

There is power in the Precious Blood of Jesus because the Blood represents His Divine Life. The blood that Christ shed right from the time of His circumcision till His death on Calvary was not that of goats and bulls, but His very own divine life blood. ‘Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness’ (Heb.9:22). In the Old Testament, the forgiveness of sins is related to the slain animals symbolically bore the punishment for sin that the people deserved. People were forgiven and pardoned for their sins, but the blood of their sacrifice did not justify them. But the death of Jesus Christ who knew no sin, who was Holy and blameless and pure, was able to pay the penalty for our sins. This one sacrifice Christ accomplished ‘once for all’ brings us back into fellowship with God. This ransom penalty was paid for every believer in Christ and the entire world over.

The believer is not only a pardoned sinner, but also a justified saint declared righteous in the sight of God, because the benefits of Christ death at Calvary have been applied to his account. ‘Having died to make as righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God’s anger? For the power of the Precious Blood to be appropriated in one’s life, one has to turn to Christ in sincere faith and repentance.It is said that the Blessed Virgin venerated the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as she collected the first relics of His Precious Blood on a piece of cloth. On that momentous occasion she united her tears with that of the Word Incarnate on account of not so much of the sensible pain but of His supernatural sorrow for the hard-heartedness of mortals.

Healing of painful memories and cleansing of guilt conscience

Millions of people live in a never ending cycle of hopelessness and despair because they cannot forget about the past hurts, trauma and sorrowful experience they have undergone in life. They are constantly tormented by past memories that can lead to mental depression, anxiety and even suicide. These haunting memories of the past cannot be simply erased just be medication or by seeing a psychiatrist or by consuming alcohol or by morbid ways because I want them to be, when I have lived a life of sin and have not been for confession for several years and receiving the Holy Eucharist in the state of mortal sins and have become a slave to it.

‘A good confession is like deliverance.” And so anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be behaving unworthily towards the body and blood of the Lord.’ (2 Cor.11:27). Satan knows our weaknesses and uses our past to trap us, to let us dwell on our past sins, guilt and traumatic experiences. Praise and thank the Lord Jesus Christ that His Precious Blood washes away every dead work from our conscience, and also cleanses our minds from every thought of past and present sins.

‘How much more effectively the blood of Christ who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from the dead action so that we do our service to the living God.’ (Heb. 9:14). The healing of our painful memories takes place when we call on the name of Jesus and humbly ask His Precious Blood to set us free from this bondage.

The Precious Blood of Jesus is pure, and cleanses our minds and hearts from every past and present sins and hurts. We become pure in God’s sight. The moment the shed blood of Jesus has been applied to our hearts and minds, our past is buried; it is gone forever and no longer remembered in glory. To dwell once again on it is an insult to Jesus. There was never a sin believing confessed and taken to Christ that has ever baffled His power to cleanse it. This fountain has never been tried in vain, but that blood is available for all our sins.

The Old fulfilled in the New Covenant

Sacrifice is the highest form of religious worship which man offers to God as an act of praise, thanksgiving, petition or atonement. The most singular and pre-eminent sacrifice of the Old Law was the immolation of the Paschal Lamb which celebrated the sparing of Israel’s firstborn from the fatal sword of the Angel of Death in Egypt at the time of Moses and Pharaoh. The imagery of sacrificial blood from slain animals is made more vivid and meaningful if we recall Moses’ words from the Book of Exodus,’And he took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he said: This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.'(Exodus 24:8). This old sacrifice took a new form in the New Testament when the Immaculate Lamb of God offered Himself on the altar of the Cross to redeem mankind from sin and the slavery of Satan.

Christ Teaching on His Blood

Jesus Christ, in His teaching as well as by His death, emphasized the importance of His blood. He said,’ I tell you most solemnly if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you will not have life in you.’ (Jn.6:53). Here He stressed the literal necessity of His blood, and referred directly to His blood. At the last Last Supper Jesus called attention specifically: ‘Drink all of you from this , for this is MY Blood of the covenant, which is to be poured for many for the forgiveness of sins.’Christ was not the only one who stressed the importance of His Blood, for the apostles also emphasized this.

The Apostles teachings on Christ’s Blood

The Apostle Paul emphasized the efficacy of Christ’s blood in his ministry. St.Paul the Doctor of the Precious Blood owing to his evident fondness to preach on it in his epistle (Rm.3:25; Eph.1:7; Heb.9:12). St.Peter also highlights the role of Christ’s blood in our salvation in (1Pt.1:16-19).St. Johnstated in the book of Revelation (Rev.1:5-6).

As was true of the Old Testament sacrifice, Christ could have died in any one of several ways, For reasons known to Him, God found it necessary to become man to die physically by shedding His blood, so that man would be redeemed. If Christ had not shed His blood, His death would not have fulfilled the prophetic Scriptures. Jesus shed His Precious Blood for all who shall believe in Him. He is not the Christ of a caste or a class, but the Christ of all conditions of men. . His Precious Blood is absolutely essential and indispensable for our salvation.

Without its mark upon us, we are unfit to come into the presence of the Holy and righteous God, it is the message that every believer needs to understand. In a prayer of deliverance the Precious Blood of Jesus is always mentioned, as it is very efficacious. Even demons recognize the Power of the Precious Blood of Jesus. If demons know it, the how much more should we?

July: The Month of Precious Blood

Pope Pius IX instituted this feast in thanksgiving for his return to Rome from Gaeta after the revolution of 1848. The month of July is the month of Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The Feast is celebrated on July 1st. St. Gaspar Buffalo founded the order of the Precious Blood.

The lives of saints are replete with devotion to the Precious Blood making special mention of St. John Chrysostom, St. Austin, St. Gertrude and St. Catherine of Sienna who is considered the Prophetess of the Precious Blood for putting emphasis on it as the solution to the ills of her time. The Scriptures makes it clear that if we reject Jesus Christ’s Precious Blood we have offended God’s Holy Spirit. (Heb.10:28-29).

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– – – written by CAPT Mervin John Lobo

November 28th, 2011

The Power of Faith And Prayer

The Power of Faith and Prayer

You will have enthusiasm to the extent that God is actually present in you.

It is a universally accepted fact that prayer supported by faith can work miracles in our lives. If you work hard praying with deep faith for the attainment of any purpose, God will help you for the realization of your attempt. When your faith in God is deep enough a door seems to open and through which mighty forces that will help you and guide you will flow.

One should never face a problem assuming that there is no solution. The first step to face a problem is to seek the help of God, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight” (Prov. 3:5). Practically for every problem there is a solution. Think and pray for the strength and wisdom for getting the solution. “Those of steadfast mind, you keep in peace- in peace because they trust in you” (Is. 26:3).

Adversity and crisis are natural in everyone’s life. Our attitude to those situations are more important than the crisis itself. The only limitation for any person is the limitation one sets up in his/her own mind. “You have great potential for success, but first you must know your own mind and have your own life,” Napolean Hill, the famous American writer said. All of us can have an immense strength by the flow of power through prayer from God Almighty.

The greatest power one possesses is the power of prayer. But there are many factors which block the power of prayer. They are negative thoughts, fear, jealousy, resentment, hatred, pride etc.We should never face a problem with negative thoughts. Never assume that nothing can be done about it. Always fill our mind with hope. It is this four letter word HOPE which motivates you towards your future achievement. It impels you to overcome your depression. It enables you to fight against your adversities. It makes you believe that sooner or later bad times will become better. It brings power to make your failures success, your weakness to strength.

Dr.Vincent M. Peale the famous spiritual preacher in his book, ‘The power of plus factor’ has advised as follows; “Build hope in your philosophy. Base your life upon it. Hope that difficulties will pass. Hope that storms will cease. Hope that pain will not endure. Hope that weakness will be overcome. Hope in God. Ultimately you will find yourself saying – praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

Believe that the things which are impossible with men are possible with God. As stated earlier the greatest of all forces is the power of prayer. But in order to be at the receiving end we have to humble ourselves and leave the results to God. This kind of prayer is called the prayer of self-effacement, and it unlocks the channel through which God’s power can reach the person who is praying. Until you humble yourself, give yourself and your problem to God, you will never get the answer you are seeking. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Ps. 55:22). Again the Word of God says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6).

God almighty has given us the capacity to think our way through any problem. The hopeful thinker projects hope and faith in the darkest situation and light it up. If your belief includes the conviction that God is for you and will help you in any adverse situation enormous power is available to you. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

God has created each of us with immense potentialities. The chief function of faith and belief is to realize, reveal, and develop the potentialities in each of us. Many people who are qualified to do excellent works accomplish little because they attempt little. Thousands pass as they have no mission to accomplish in life. One reason for this is that they form a low estimate of themselves. God wishes each of us to be developed, refined, sanctified, ennobled, and used in advancing the interests of His kingdom.

We should get excited about a useful purpose in life. Excitement is contagious. It makes you enthusiastic. According to R.W. Emerson nothing great was ever achieved by any one with out enthusiasm. The word enthusiasm is derived from the Greek word ‘en’ and ‘thos’ which means ‘God within.’ Real enthusiasm that comes out from deep inner source is spiritual in nature. Therefore you will have enthusiasm to the extent that God is actually present in you. Hence get full of God and your enthusiasm will rise and you will experience vitality, energy, force and effectiveness.

Actually many people are paralyzed not in their limbs but in their minds and underestimate themselves. When we cast out negative thoughts and pessimism and cultivate an attitude of optimism and enthusiasm, astonishing results are obtained. When a person is full of faith in himself and trust in God, he/she can accomplish miracles in his/her life. Dr.Vincent M. Peale in his book ‘Stay alive all your life’ has narrated a thrilling real life story of a person who was crippled at infancy winning world record in high-jump.

Both legs of Walter Davis were paralyzed at infancy. His minister planted faith in his mind. He was even unable to walk. His mother urged him every day to walk. She succeeded. He became able to walk. Later he was able even to run with his weak legs. It was his great dream to become a high-jumper. Later he married. His wife also encouraged him. She advised, “Walter, you should have the power of faith in your mind.” Inspired by the words of his wife, he tried hard and hard. At last his attainment was beyond his dreams. He became a high-jump champion with world record.

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The strength of belief is your key to self confidence. It will help you to meet and overcome any difficulty or obstacles in life.

– – – written by Dr. Philip Kudakkachira

January 8th, 2011

In The Power of Holy Spirit

The Presence The Promise The Power

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. – (Luke 4:14)

Galilee is the place of Jesus’ ministry. Luke is telling us that Jesus is conceived by the Spirit, announced by the Spirit through several witnesses, affirmed by the Spirit at his baptism, and led by the Spirit through his temptation. Now, after his victory over Satan in the wilderness, Jesus begins his ministry in the power of
the Holy Spirit. This note is crucial because of its connection to the early believers in the book of Acts.

The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ gift of presence and power to his followers. The Spirit empowers them and fills them and leads them as they share the story of Jesus fearlessly with all people. That same Holy Spirit longs to do the same thing through us today.

We can be Jesus’ witnesses, beginning where we are, moving into the surrounding region, and ultimately touching all the world because of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. And when we have those doubts that inevitably creep into our hearts, we can remember what the Spirit did through Jesus and realize the Spirit longs to do the same things through us today.

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Prayer:

Almighty God, empower us — your children, Jesus’ followers, your Church — with the Holy Spirit. Convict and motivate us to be witnesses to the things Jesus did while on earth and what he is doing now in our own lives. Do what you want to do through us and to your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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