A Weekly Word
This Man’s Blood
Reading from Acts 5:27-28
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
The Disciples did indeed intend to bring Christ’s blood down upon their persecutors, but not in the way they imagined. They would have Christ’s blood come down upon the Pharisees and wash away their sins and bring redemption to their soul. They would have that crimson flood make the Scribes, the unsaved lawyers, and the religious leaders white as snow. The disciples would have Jesus give those rulers of the temple a clean conscience, a new spirit, a contrite heart, and a new life.
Unfortunately, these men were speaking out of a guilty conscience. They cried out in Matthew 27:25, “His blood be upon us, and our children” as they condemned the Lamb of God. They thought they could bear the burden of crucifying the Lord, but indeed, the burden was crushing them as they heard Peter preach about the saving efficacy of the blood of Jesus.
Jesus said in Matthew 21:44, “Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” These men were being crushed and ground to powder.
It ought to be our desire to see the blood of Christ wash away even the sins of our tormentors. Who are you praying for today? Who are you burdened for? With whom are you sharing the gospel? Let’s tell someone about Jesus today. Take gospel tracts with you today and pass them out as the Spirit prompts you. That might be all that’s needed for some guilty soul to allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse him and make him a new creation.