Healing does not always present itself initially with an improvement in symptoms. In fact, it can often times create difficulties more challenging than the illness itself.
I see this parallel in the spirit, soul, and body. The reason I mention this is because I have been going through deeper healing (in every way) as a result of my study of the cross; and at times I have been unable to follow through with my intentions to blog more frequently, as well as to make my posts shorter. God has to provide a sort of eclipse of time, energy, and lack of symptoms for me to create anything at all.
However, with that said I have a couple of announcements to make. First, I am in the process of designing a new website. I could not be more thrilled at the prospect of it, and the big dreams God has planted in my heart for it. Be looking for it soon.
Second, I would like to introduce someone to you that I highly respect. His name is Frank Viola, and even though I do not personally know him, I consider him not only a friend, but also family. You can find a little bit about him at his blog site here. However, the biggest reason I am bringing him up today is that he has a new book coming out this week that I am personally very excited about.
If you read his compelling excerpt from God's Favorite Place On Earth, and the endorsements provided, I am certain that you will see the potential for God to do an amazing work through Frank’s insight. For those of you in other countries who do not speak English, the excerpt itself should provide encouragement and I hope that you will watch for it to be available in a text form soon that you can easily translate. You can see the excerpt and all the details about the book here.
Yesterday marked the fifth Sunday of Easter on many church calendars. I was relieved to realize after Easter Sunday that I had several more weeks to conclude my study and present my findings on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Never could I have imagined how my little mission to create a page that would explain Salvation to my readers would so drastically change my own life and circumstances.
When I set up this blog and named it Christ, Set Us Free I did so with the belief that the phrase could work either way. I knew that ultimately Christ set us free from many things purely by His atonement. However, through His Word and Spirit He continues to set us free from sin and self through the process of sanctification.
The work of sanctification is a continual act of the Word and Spirit that follows conversion. This explains why I was able to recognize progression in my own spiritual growth without realizing that I was missing so much of the power provided by faith in the work of Jesus that was provided through His actual death and resurrection.
Profound changes have occurred in me since I started my study of the Cross. I realize now that this was a missing link to many aspects of healing provided for our spirits, soul, and even body. Therefore, I feel certain that from this point forward this blog will provide as the central means to freedom the message of the cross primarily.
During my research of the Passover, I came across this excerpt by Charles Spurgeon on The Precious Blood of Christ, from his devotional Morning and Evening. It just happens to coincide with the same chapter of 1 Peter that we began to address last week. The illustration he provides illuminates the significance of the blood in a beautiful way:
The precious blood of Christ.
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with Him.
Christ's blood is also "precious" in its cleansing power; it "cleanseth from all sin." "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Through Jesus' blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God.
The blood of Christ is likewise "precious" in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood. Remember it is God's seeing the blood which is the true reason for our being spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God's eye is still the same.
The blood of Christ is "precious" also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God.
There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. And "precious," unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb." How could they do otherwise?
He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus! Sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death: heaven's gates are opened.
The blood of Jesus! We shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!