Dr. Lester F. Ayars - January 12, 2014
Why the World Hates the Blood of Jesus
January 12, 2014 Message Title: Why the World Hates the Blood of Jesus Pastor Ayars Scripture— Leviticus 17:11-14 & Acts 15:28-29 & John 15:18-25  For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.  Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.  “Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.  For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. Acts 15  For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:  that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.” John 15  “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father also.  If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.  But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ Main Idea—The Blood of Christ Offends the World; They Do Not Receive the Truth: that Jesus is the Only Way to God and His Blood is Necessary for Their Salvation and It Overcomes Satan Who is Called the Ruler of this World Over the last century the church in America has gradually excised hymns about blood from the liturgy of the churches. The world is not squeamish about blood—note the incredible popularity of vampire programs and gory portrayals of violent acts in the media. There are only two kingdoms—the Kingdom of God and the world. To love the world is to turn away form the Kingdom of God. There are two roads. There are two groups of people—those who are saved and those who are lost to eternal damnation. Revelation 12:7-12 states that they overcame the Accuser (Satan) by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony Application Time— What new insights did you receive as a result of hearing this message? How do you see this hatred for the blood of Jesus in your world? How does this message help you to counteract their error and minister truth to them? Can you give a testimony of how the power of God through his blood overcame the works of the enemy?
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