IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES
TOPIC: THE BLOOD THAT SPEAKS MORE BETTER THINGS THAN THE BLOOD OF ABEL
COMPILED EDITED BY-:
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“But you have come to… … the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”
Summary: Jesus is the only mediator between God and man and the blood that was shed on the cross of calvary is the seal of this covenant. This blood of sprinkling speaks for the children of God.
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24
Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other. Your Pastor or any man of God cannot mediate between you and God. Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new covenant to reconcile man to God inspite of his sins and despite God’s great displeasure; to offer our prayers to God and bring down the favour of God to us, to plead with God for us and to plead with us for God and at last to bring man and God together in heaven. 1 Timothy 2:5 says: “For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.”
He intercedes on our behalf and prayers are answered in his name. Father, thank you for Jesus; the mediator of the covenant of grace.
This covenant of grace is ratified by the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross of calvary to purchase the salvation of man. The blood of Jesus satisfies God’s conditions for the salvation of man and purifies the heart of man to meet God’s demands of righteousness (Hebrews 13:12, 20, Revelation1:5).
This blood speaks better things than the blood of Abel. “You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel” NLT
The blood of Abel vs the blood of Jesus
First, let’s look at the difference between the blood of Jesus and the blood of Abel. The blood of Abel cried out for vengeance on the murderer. It invoked punishment on Cain’s sin as a result of which Cain becomes a restless wanderer on hardened earth from which he could not reap the fruits of his labour. The punishment was a lifelong sentence of a non-achieving life. (Learn more the consequences of sin here.) The blood of Jesus, on the other hand, cries out for mercy on sinners. While this is true, it is an oversimplification. There is more to what the blood of Jesus speaks.
The blood of Jesus doesn’t merely intercede; it also instructs.
The blood of Jesus does not only intercede for mercy on our behalf, it also instructs us. Let’s look at parts of verse 24 and 25 to understand this great truth. “… the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks”. The phrase ‘do not refuse Him who speaks’ becomes meaningless, if the blood merely intercedes to God the Father. It makes sense only when we understand that it is speaking to us and that we should not refuse the instruction that it gives.
The blood of Jesus speaks of forgiveness and mercy while the blood of Abel cries for vengeance. The blood of Jesus will speak for mercy on your behalf in Jesus name. The blood of Jesus cleanse us from all sins (1 John 1:7), speaks for man’s redemption (Ephesians 1:7), speaks peace to troubled hearts (Colosians 1:20), allows us to enter boldly into God’s presence (Hebrews 10:19), speaks victory (Revelation 12:11) and healing (1 Peter 2:24). The blood of Jesus is the seal of our covenant with God. The blood will speak better things for you in Jesus name.
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel”,
“And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.”
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24.
THE first shedding of human blood was a very terrible experiment. Whether Cain’s murderous blow was premeditated or not, the sight of a bleeding human corpse must have been a terrible novelty to him. He had not been hardened by reading details of warfare, or listening to tales of murder; killing and slaying were new terrors to mankind, and he who was the ringleader in such violence must have been filled with mingled astonishment at the result of his blow, and apprehension as to its consequences. I think I see him standing there by the corpse, for a moment stiff with affright, awe-struck at the sight of blood. Will the skies dart malignant fires upon him? Will the sodden earth produce speedy avengers from her astonished soil? What questions must have flashed through the murderer’s mind! But lo! the warm lifeblood flows in a crimson stream upon the earth, and some ghastly comfort arises to the mind of the guilty wretch as he observes the earth soak in the blood. It stands not in a pool, but the earth opens her mouth to receive and to conceal his brother’s blood. Sad memorials bespatter the herbage and crimson the soil, but still the dreadful flood is drying up, and the murderer feels a momentary joy. Perhaps Cain went his way dreaming that the terrible matter was all over. He had done the deed, and it could not be undone; he had smitten the blow, ridden himself of the presence of one who was obnoxious to him; the blood had been swallowed up by the earth, and there was an end to the business which need cause no further thought. There was no machinery in those days of police, and law, and judges, and gallows, and therefore Cain had little or nothing to fear; strong and hale man, with no one to punish him, and nobody to accuse or upbraid him, except his father and his mother, and those, possibly, too bowed with grief and too mindful of their own offence to show much resentment toward their firstborn. He may therefore have imagined that the deed was speechless and silent, and that now oblivion would cover his crime, so that he might go his way as though the deed were never done. It was not so, however, for though that blood was silent in the seared conscience of Cain, it had a voice elsewhere. A mysterious voice went up beyond the skies; it reached the ear of the Invisible, and moved the heart of Eternal Justice, so that breaking through the veil which conceals the Infinite from man, God revealed himself and spoke to Cain: “What hast thou done?
The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” Then Cain knew that blood could not be idly spilt, that murder would be avenged, for there was a tongue in every drop of the vital essence which flowed from murdered manhood, which prevailed with God, so that he would interpose and hold a solemn inquest thereon.
Brethren, that was a more terrible experiment still which was tried at Calvary, when not the first man was slaughtered but the Son of God himself; he who was man but yet was more than man, God manifest in the flesh; it was a dread experiment when having dragged him before the judgment seat and falsely condemned him, having shouted, “ Away with him, away with him,” they actually dared to take the nails and fasten the Son of God to the accursed tree, to lift up his body between earth and heaven, and there to watch its griefs till they ended in his death, when they pierced his side, and forthwith flowed thereout blood and water. No doubt Pilate, who had washed his hands in water, thought that no mischief would come of it. The Scribes and Pharisees went their way, and said, “We have silenced the accusing voice. There will no more be heard in our streets the cry of him who said, ‘Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites.’ We shall no longer be disturbed in our hypocrisy and formality by the presence of a pure and holy being, whose simple honesty shall be a stern rebuke to us. We have murdered him, we have put him to death without just reason, but there is an end of it. There will be no voice to that blood.” Little did they know that up to heaven the cry of Jerusalem had already gone, “His blood be on us, and on our children,” was registered in the tablets of justice, and ere long Jerusalem became the treasure house of woe and a den of misery, so that the like to her destruction hath not been, neither ever shall be, upon the face of the earth. Far more delightful is the fact that another and more melodious cry went up to heaven from the cross of Calvary. “Father, forgive them,” resounded from the wounds of Immanuel. The blood of Abel was not voiceless, and the blood of Jesus was not dumb; it cried so as to be heard amid the thrones of heaven, and blessed be God, it spake for us and not against us; it spake not worse things, as it might well have done, but better things than that of Abel. It did not demand fiercer vengeance than that which fell upon Cain, it did not ask that we might be driven vagabonds and fugitives upon the face of the earth, and to be at last banished from God into hell for ever, but it cried, “Father, forgive them,” and it prevailed, and the curse was taken away, and a blessing Came to the sons of men.
Come, guilty souls, and flee away,
Like doves to Jesus’ wounds.”
Nay, do not run away from the wounds which you have made, but find shelter in them; forget the sufferings of Christ, but rest in them! Your only hope lies in trusting in Jesus, resting wholly upon him. Think much of the griefs of your Lord, and if I might suggest to some of you who will not be coming out this afternoon, perhaps if you could spend an hour or two between services in considering the sufferings of the Saviour, those considerations might be the means of bringing faith to you. Faith cometh by hearing, but it is a thoughtful hearing; and hearing comes by the word of God, but the word must be thought over. Open the Word, read the story of the cross, ask the Master to bless it to you, and who knoweth but through the Divine Spirit some of you may yet hear the voice of that blood which speaketh better things than that of Abel. The Lord bless every one of you for his name’s sake. Amen.
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