May. 2, 2021

Of Which Blood Are We?

The Lord’s way of doing things and humanity’s way of doing things are vastly different. Without illumination from the Lord or without His perspective, we cannot see correctly or gain understanding.

Mark 8:31 – 33

Without a transformed mind and a changed heart, the God way of doing things makes no sense to us. We need clarity from the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for humans to grasp the concept of the God way of doing things without the help of the Holy Spirit.

We will look at one biblical example of the differences between how humanity tries to accomplish something and how the Lord does it. The two methods and outcomes are very different.

Luke 22:47-51 relates Peter’s attempt to interrupt an unjust situation. 

While John 19:31-37 is the narrative of part of what Jesus endured on the cross. These passages reveal that Peter resisted the will of God even though he didn’t know it. But Jesus fully submitted to God’s will.

Here are 12 observations about the differences between Peter’s approach and Jesus’ investment concerning a very intense circle of invents.

  1. Peter drew blood. Jesus gave His blood.
  2. By cutting off the ear of the servant of the High Priest, Peter caused pain and anguish. Jesus restored the man’s ear. Jesus provided restoration and healing.
  3. Peter created chaos. Jesus brought peace.
  4. Peter used carnal or fleshly means in an attempt to accomplish desired goals. Jesus followed the divine plan of God without deviating from His Father’s perfect will.
  5. Peter’s actions were rash, impulsive and explosive. Jesus’ actions were methodical, measured, controlled, purposeful and obedient.
  6. Peter was operating according to his own power and impulses. Jesus was only moved and influenced by the Spirit and will of His Heavenly Father.
  7. Peter’s way of addressing what was happening didn’t accomplish anything helpful. Jesus’ submission was the greater part of a divine plan that affected the whole world.
  8. What Peter did had a temporary effect. What Jesus did produced eternal results.
  9. Peter’s attempt at justice was reversed: the man’s ear was restored. The redemption Jesus made possible can never be reversed or negated.
  10. Peter’s interference didn’t cost him anything. Jesus’ commitment was an extreme sacrifice and cost Him greatly.
  11. Peter was moved by feelings and emotions. Jesus was guided by determined and intentional assurance and peace.
  12. Peter was disturbed and upset. He did not understand why these things were taking place. Jesus had perfect understanding. He was not surprised or unprepared for anything that occurred.

There is a natural or carnal blood and there is divine blood. The shedding of natural blood can lead to death but the shed blood of Jesus brought and bought life. Peter’s way of dealing with matters impaired life. What Peter did would have diminished the quality of life for Malchus, since he would have been missing one ear. In contrast, Jesus’ way enhanced the lives of all who would and will embrace Him and what he did.

Peter’s rash actions may have possibly negatively affected one or two generations of Malchus’ family. However, what Jesus did positively affected all generations (past, present and future) of every human family. Peter’s decision took away, diminished and degraded. Jesus’ decisions enhanced, added and were beneficial.

Of which blood are we? Peter reacted according to what his carnal nature told him was the most effective way to deal with the situation. But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Peter was of the opinion that he ought to fight fire with fire. The men who came to arrest Jesus had clubs and swords. Peter adopted their combative approach while Jesus stayed calm and controlled. (Mark 14:46-49)

Jesus knew the power of spiritual weapons. They are so much more potent than natural weapons. That is why Jesus kept urging the disciples to pray in the garden before all the mayhem started. He knew they needed to arm themselves spiritually, through prayer. But they did not understand.

Recognizing and appropriately responding in a spiritual arena involves at least three areas of awareness.

  1. There must be a gaining of spiritual understanding. Everything that happens is not always as it initially appears to be. Spiritual things must be spiritually discerned. The carnal mind cannot understand the things of the spirit.
  2. Recognize the time. In an Old Testament setting, the prophet Elisha asked his servant Gehazi, “Is this the time for gathering money and new clothes?” Elisha was saying that there is a time when this activity is permitted, even necessary. There is a time for gathering material goods. But this is not that time. The error wasn’t in the ‘things’. The error was not discerning the time. Gehazi’s lack of spiritual sharpness misdirected his vision, blurred his focus and muddled his thoughts. His heart was infected and that malignancy  magnified his desire for material goods. It caused him to go where he shouldn’t have gone, to pursue what he wasn’t due, to hide his ill-gotten gain and to lie to Naaman and to Elisha.

Gehazi would never have been at liberty to wear the clothes or to trade with the silver. The prophet was supplying his wages and so would have known that these items were out of place. This is a mistake that many embezzlers make. Their toys, possessions and lavish lifestyles surpass their annual salary several times over. The numbers don’t jive. That’s how they get caught.

3. Be led of the Holy Spirit. He gives us instruction, warnings, correction and information. We have been given the power to become the sons of God. (John 1:12-13)

Of which blood are we? Of the blood of the flesh that is guided by emotion, fear, irrationality and self-serving motives? Or of the cleansing blood of Christ? Are we of the blood that stains? Or the one that cleanses? The one that indicates pain? Or the one that brought peace? The blood that is tainted with sin? Or the blood that is perfect and sinless?

We were bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 6:20) Jesus purchased us with His own blood. His precious blood. We are the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Everyone of our decisions and actions should reflect and be in harmony with that fact.

Are our daily movements, thoughts and decisions of the Jesus Christ kind of blood that make whole and give people hope and peace? We are to copy Jesus’ example.

If shed blood is present, something serious has taken place. People can and do choose to draw the Peter kind of blood through rash behavior and hurtful words. But we can be the vessels the Lord uses to share the power of His Word and the power of His blood. We can let people know what that blood has done for them. Those who rely on him are entitled to salvation, physical healing, a transformed mind, a cleansed heart, a new way of living and eternal life! If you haven’t already done so, choose to apply the blood of Jesus Christ to your life and live your life under its redeeming power.