Sunday, October 29, 2017 pm                                Song Index

Are You Washed In the Blood of the Lamb?
Sacred Selections, #613

      Tonight, we examine another song that we sing from time to time.  This song is usually sung as an invitation which is very appropriate when you consider its message.   This song was both written and composed by Elisha Albright Hoffman (1839-1929).  He was an evangelical preacher and prolific song writer.  We sing many of his songs (some of which he composed the tune, others he wrote the lyrics, and still others both) – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I Must Tell Jesus, Glory to His name, To Christ be True & Is Thy Heart Right With God?

 I.                     Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

a.       The lamb was important to the Israelite.  Before Israel became a nation, the Passover was instituted (Exodus 12).  Each family was to offer a lamb and put some of its blood on the doorposts that the angel of death might pass over them.  This feast was commemorated yearly by the Jews to remember how God passed over them when He judged Egypt, because He saw the blood. (Exodus 12:12-13)
Every day, throughout its history, at morning and evening, a lamb was to be offered as a burnt offering (Exodus 29:38, 42). 
Lambs were also offered for sin offerings and other offerings (Leviticus 3 & 4).  They were offered to appease God of His wrath.  Part of the sacrificial system of Israel.

b.       Another interesting occasion was Genesis 22:7-8 where Abraham takes Isaac, his promised son to offer at the command of God.  He does this by faith.  Isaac asks, where is the lamb?  Abraham replies, “God will provide”.  When Isaac is spared, rather than a lamb, a ram is offered.  (vs. 13)

c.        Jesus as the lamb.  When John introduced Jesus he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29, 36)
1 Corinthians 5:7 describes Christ as our Passover.

d.       Jesus was the “lamb of God” that brought about our forgiveness –
Revelation 5:5-13, where we find in heaven the lamb worthy to open the seven seals on the scroll is introduced.  It is Jesus.  Vs. 12, He is described as worth because he was slain.

The blood of the lamb is a reference to Jesus dying on the cross, shedding His blood so that our sins could be forgiven.  1 Peter 1:19 tells us we are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

e.       Throughout this song, we are reminded that we are washed in the blood of the lamb, a reference to having our sins forgiven.    We are also reminded of some things that it means.

 II.                   Vs. 1 – What His blood accomplishes –

a.       Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power
His blood washes away our sins – Revelation 1:5, 7:14. 
Acts 2:38 – the remission of sins
1 Peter 3:20-21 – water baptism now saves us – a washing (not the removal of the filth of the flesh)

b.       Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?  – Ephesians 2:8-9, 4-5; Titus 2:11 – the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men… 
BECAUSE of God’s grace, He made the blood of the lamb available.  We understand that this grace does NOT nullify our responsibility as even the above texts show (we need faith).  But be reminded that grace is the prime factor in our salvation.  We have hope because of His grace.  Will we be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

 III.                 VS. 2 – Our walk in the blood of the lamb

a.       Being washed in His blood means we are changed.  Our life now belongs to Him. 
We put to death the man of sin and were “raised to walk in newness of life.” (Romans 3:3-4) 
Titus 3:4-5, But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

b.       Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side? – when we speak of our walk, we mean the way we live.  Walk worthy of your calling – Ephesians 4:1, Colossians 1:10. 
1 John 1:7 speaks of those who are walking in the light, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
It is His disciple who walks with Him (cf. Matthew 28:19-20)

c.        Do you rest each moment in the crucified?
Does He govern your life? Is he behind EVERY decision you make? Is He the trust that you default to?  Do you regularly remind yourself that it is His death, burial and resurrection that gives us hope? Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ. 
Galatians 6:14 Paul said, “God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Colossians 2:11-12, In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

 IV.                 Vs. 3 – Ready for His return by His blood

a.       This verse reminds us that there is a time of reckoning that will come when whether or not we have been washed in His blood will be considered.  We sometimes call this the day of judgment – Acts 17:30-31 tells us He has appointed a day when the world will be judged.  Hebrews 9:27 tells us after we die we will face the judgment.

b.       When the bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
 – He is returning. John 14:3, Acts 1:11, etc. 
His return described in terms of a bridegroom - Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:7-9 – the marriage supper of the lamb.  When He returns, will we be invited in?
Will we be ready? 2 Peter 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:2 – we do not know when that will be.  That is WHY we need to always be prepared.

c.        Will your soul be ready for the mansion bright?
Jesus told His apostles he was going to prepare a mansion for them and return.  John 14:1-3.
We are also told that that those who belong to Him will receive their inheritance – Colossians 1:12, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 1 Peter 1:3-4 speaks of the inheritance incorruptible reserved in heaven for us.

Matthew 6:19-21 – Jesus spoke of laying up for ourselves treasure in heaven.  What are we “sending up there”?

d.       And are we ready for Him to come?  If we have not been washed in the blood of the Lamb then we are not ready.

 V.                   VS. 4 – Repentance, coming in contact with His blood

a.       The invitation.  This is the call.  The first three verses speak of what the blood of the Lamb does and asks what you have done about it.  This final verse calls upon you to be washed in His blood.

b.       Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin – If you have sin stained garments, you need to be washed – Isaiah 1:18.  IF you have sinned, you have sin stained garments. 
To be saved means you must remove and replace them.  That means obeying the gospel as we have noted.  Acts 22:16 – Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins.
If you have again sinned, take care of it – 1 John 1:7-9.
We are reminded again that becoming a Christian means you are changing your life – Ephesians 4:20-23 – we have put off the old man and his sinful ways.  Colossians 3:9-10, we have put off the old man and put on the new man.
Romans 6:1ff deals with this.  As a Christian you CANNOT continue in sin and be pleasing to God.

c.        There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
Revelation 7:17, 21:6, both speak of this fountain that is available through our Lord. 
In John 4:14. Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman spoke of living waters He made available.  It is a fountain that springs up into everlasting life.
The point here is that the blood of Jesus is ALWAYS available.  We have seen it in reference to obeying the gospel.  Be reminded of 1 John 1:7 speaks of when we are walking in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. Vs. 9, He will cleanse us of all unrighteousness. 

d.       Again, this is an invitation.   The Lord awaits for us to respond by being washed in His blood.

And thus we have the message of another song.  Jesus came to provide the sacrifice that is necessary for our sins to be forgiven.  God accepted His sacrifice “once and for all time” (cf. Hebrews 9:26-28).  Let this song teach us and remind us of what we need to do to be saved from this crooked and perverse generation (cf. Acts 2:40) AND what we need to do to STAY saved.  His blood is part of that!  Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?  If not, this is your invitation!  Why not come and be washed in His blood tonight?