Blood of the Lamb
Originally scheduled for July 25
I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are
the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed
their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Revelation 7:14 NASB)
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
This chorus was at one time a very familiar one to most Christians
in the English-speaking church. It was not alone in referencing the
idea being washed in the blood; there were other well-known hymns as
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Power in the Blood
Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed
The Old Rugged Cross
These, and hundreds of other hymns were commonplace to Christians of
the time. You seldom hear the phrase, “the blood of theLamb,” today.
I leave it to the listener to speculate why; we simply bring it to
mind here because it’s important.
The hymns of the 19th century provided for the average
Christian a sure method of memorizing the doctrine of his church. It
was not uncommon for the layman in the church of that time to have a
sixth grade education or less; hymns were a convenient form of
memorizing the truths of the gospel. They also provided a connection
to the profound emotions experienced in salvation.
There are certain things we can easily pick up from this verse.
First, there is the emphasis on blood. We are to remember that
Christ died in a bloodbath way, with extreme pain. Salvation is not
without price; God paid that price in the form of his son.
Next, we find the word “Lamb.” It reminds us of the Passover lamb
and the characteristics of Christ. He was pure; he was innocent. He
did not get what he deserved. He got what we deserve.
Finally, as the Scripture tells us, the Christian life comes with
tribulation. If they crucified Him, what will they not do to us?
Communion is a memorial to the death of Christ. We are often
cautioned to remember the body and blood represented here; the body,
by the bread and the blood, by the cup. Most of us are familiar with
this. But consider also that the very fact that this crucifixion
happened means that we are sinners, in need of a Savior. If we were
pure and innocent, no such sacrifice would be necessary. But we are
All this calls for our gratitude, and our praise. Honor your Savior
this morning by taking his communion meal in a worthy manner.