Friday, April 6, 2012

The 7 Places Jesus Bled


Passover/Easter weekend carries the paradoxical reality of being a sobering celebration  for Christians around the world. It is a time where we gratefully remember the heinous murder of Jesus and the eternal-life he purchased for all of us with His death and resurrection... if only we will believe

As many are aware, Jesus died under the Roman sentence of scourging and crucifixion - a punishment that was brutal, vicious, bloody, sadistic, torturous and beyond humane. Yet, true to His thirty-three year earth-mission, even every aspect of this execution was full of intention and purpose.

Let's identify the seven major areas where Jesus bled bodily... and then connect the impact that His bleeding from these areas has upon our lives today. After all, doesn't it make sense that if Jesus' entire life was a 'mission from heaven', then even the details of His torturous death carried a purpose as well? 

7 Areas Jesus Bled for Us

1. Pours of His Skin
    Gethsemane was the place where Jesus' sweat became like 'great drops of blood' (a 
    medical condition called 'hematohidrosis'). Gethsemane was known as 'a place of  
    pressing or crushing' - where the olive was pressed until the oil was squeezed out. 

             1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.(NIV) 
    
    Jesus endured the weight of the world as he prayed alone that night in Gethsemane and 
    His body began breaking-down under the emotional pressure, strain and stress He was 
    bearing.

    Jesus already bled for your strength and security in spite of the heaviness, pressure and 
    stress you would encounter in life!


2. Head
    A 'crown of thorns' was pressed down onto His head, gouging and penetrating into His 
    brow. Jesus' bleeding wounds completely surrounded His head - and mind.

             Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast, because 
             he trusts in you." (NIV)

    Jesus already bled for your peace-filled mind and thoughts
.


3. Hands
    Jesus' hands/wrists were pierced-through with iron spikes - securing His arms to the 
    cross.

             Deut. 28:12 "The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouses of his bounty, to 
             send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will 
             lend to many nations but ill borrow from none." (NIV)

    Jesus already bled for the produce, increase and prosperity for your life! 


4. Feet
    Jesus' feet were stacked atop each other and pierced-through with an iron spike - 
    securing His legs to the cross.

              Deut. 11:24 "Every place where you set your foot will be yours..."
              Psalms 119:133 "Direct my footsteps according to your word..."

    Jesus already bled for the authority and direction of your life!


5. Side/Heart
    After hanging on the cross for hours, a Roman soldier impaled Jesus with a spear through 
    His side and into his heart - assuring His death. 

               Psalms 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

    Jesus already bled for the healing of your broken-heart!


6. Face
    Jesus was blindfolded and then punched in the face by the soldiers, just before they    
    ripped His beard out by the handfuls and then lined-up to spit into the open wounds of 
    His face. No doubt, His eyes were blacked and swollen, His cheeks were raw and ripped 
    open and His lips were busted and bleeding. According to the cultural and criminal 
    etiquette and of that day, we know that this treatment was solely intended to 
    humiliate, shame and disgrace Jesus.

              Hebrews 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, 
              who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat 
              down at the right hand of the throne of God." (NIV)

    Jesus already bled to remove the shame and disgrace off of your life!


7. Back
    Jesus was beaten with a Roman scourge made up of nine strips of leather embedded 
    with bone, metal and sharp stones. The thirty-nine strips that Jesus received would have 
    delivered over 1000 wounds to His back and hips.

               Isaiah 53:4-5 "Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we   
               did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for 
               our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our 
               peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (KJV)

Jesus already bled to remove sickness, dis-ease, grief and sorrows off your life!

Jesus allowed them to beat Him from behind so that everything behind you would be defeated, too! Now, everything that tries to run-up behind you from your 'past' simply runs into the atoning blood of Jesus... no more history, reputation or fear to run from. You are free!

Bottom Line: Jesus became the "living Word" (John 1:14), died as the "Lamb of God" (John 1:29) and provided healing and deliverance from all destruction (Ps. 107:20) in every area of our lives! Now... go enjoy your Easter/Passover celebration with the TOTAL LIFE that Jesus provided for you on Calvary, because... Jesus already bled for that!

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