Bleeding Believers, 1of3, Evans Olang

Leviticus 17:11, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood…"

I for one believe in a Christians’ growth, I am always quick to tell whether I am growing or stagnant. It bothers me when I am stagnant and that drives me to look for opportunities to grow in Christ even more. A couple of things help me grow, prayers, teaching the word, evangelizing etc.

In John 15:5, Jesus said “I AM the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”. He is always the vine, then question is, are we abiding/remaining that we may bear fruit? The bible does not say that you shall produce fruits, it says “you shall bear fruit” which I could say “carry”. If you can withstand abiding, you don’t even have to struggle to bear fruits, they will flow because you are abiding.

There is something about a biding we can learn, a better picture that could make this point clear is, John 19:34, "But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out". In my reading about the life of Christ, not at any given moment do I hear that He bled until the crucifixion hour got closer. As He was praying in the final hours, He sweat blood. We then see blood again when they whipped Him, and then forced a crown of thorn on His head. The final was when they nailed Him on the cross and thereafter a Roman soldier pierced Him on His side.

If you have a cut, the first thing you do or they do for you is stop the cut from bleeding by all means for there have been people who have bled to death. Jesus on the other hand was bleeding from being beaten with a whip, from the crown of thorn forced onto His head, bleeding after being nailed on the cross and bleeding from being pierced on His side. My speculation, the more He bled His precious blood, the more He was losing His strength and being that He was also emotionally exhausted, physically, mentally carrying all the weight of sin of everyman on His back, He still could not die by any means of bleeding until His hour had come on the cross. It’s very clear to us that the life of the flesh is in the blood. For one to live, he or she has to have blood flowing in them. Jesus became what He was not that we might become what we were not.

With that said, the blood that was shed on the cross was for us lost souls bought with the highest price, His blood. When the Roman soldier pierced Him, out of His side came water and blood for lost and not only that, I believe the piercing on his side is a picture of away being prepared for us to abide in Him. This way was opened for us to be grafted (connected) in to Him for eternity. We can now live, grow, bear fruit, stand, overcome because we are tied (abiding) in Him for without Him we can do nothing. He lost His blood that we may have a blood transfusion, He replaced our blood with His heavy duty blood, the precious blood of the Lamb, the blood that speaks louder than Abel’s blood, the blood that never ceases to lose its power. As a song goes, "There is power, wonder working power in the blood". We have established the fact that the life of the flesh is in the blood, will now talk about bleeding believers. Blessings Ev

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