“Christ …. By his own blood …. Obtained eternal salvation”
“Blessed are those who wash their robes in the blood of Our Lord” (Heb. 9: 11, 12)
How precious is the blood that saves and sanctifies; how precious is the blood that purifies and vivifies the life of men!
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. And this Son paid our ransom by shedding his blood on the altar of the cross. Thus, his blood becomes the “price of our redemption.”
The Blood of the Pass over Lamb
God begins to deliver Israel from Egypt. Pharaoh refuses, God sends plagues upon Egypt, culminating with His decree that each firstborn son in Egypt would be slain (Exodus 11:5).
But to protect from this plague the Israelites who lived in Egypt, God instructs Moses that each household should select a yearling male lamb and slaughter it at dusk on the 14th day of Abib (the Hebrew month that corresponds with March-April).
“Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs” (Exodus 12:7).
During the night the angel of death passes through Egypt slaying the firstborn of both men and animals to bring judgment on Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over (pasach) you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt” (Exodus 12:13).
The blood of the animal saved the Israelites – not by its own merit, but because it pointed to the advent of the blood of the Divine Lamb! As the destroyer passed by the homes whose door posts were smeared with the blood of the lamb, so, likewise the devil now must flee from the souls sealed by the blood of Jesus the Passover Lamb.
Jesus as the Passover or Paschal Lamb
Jesus is the Passover Lamb that had been sacrificed (1 Corinthians 5:7). He interposes himself to redeem his people from their bondage to sin, just as the Passover lamb was interposed to redeem the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Jesus identifies his blood with the institution of a new covenant.
‘Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)
The power of the Blood of the Divine Lamb
Do you desire to learn the real power of Most Precious Blood of O. L. Jesus Christ? Look and see whence it fist runs and from what source it flows. It comes from the cross itself! Its origin is in the Lord’s side! Let us find there a magnificent treasure and have the joy of discovering shining riches! Let us experience the fruits of the Sacraments – the secret of such a great mystery! The blood and water which flow from the side of Christ symbolize baptism and the mysteries of the altar.
St. Augustine says: “The side of Christ was ‘opened’ – not wounded or struck. It was opened to signify the door of life, opening to let the Sacraments of the Church flow out!” No one can enter into Christ the true life without the Sacraments!
The sacraments do all that the blood does
Blood gives life. It vivifies, purifies, protects and nourishes the body.
The red corpuscles: carry the vital oxygen and vivifies the cells.
The white corpuscles: provide immunity to fatal diseases (save cells from death).
The platelets: make clots at injured sites to protect the body from loss of blood.
The plasma: transports Harmons, nourishes the body and removes waste matters.
Thus; the Sacraments – by the Blood of Christ vivify, purify protect and nourish our soul. That is why St. Paul says: “How much more shall the blood of Christ cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God!” (Heb. 9: 14)
Why then hesitate to make use of the power of the most precious blood of Christ? Why waiver to live in him and bear much fruit?
The Practice of Devotion to the sacred Heart of Jesus
The devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a devotion of affinity and intimacy with the Divine. It is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking the heart of the resurrected body – as the representation of the love of lamb of God – Jesus Christ, which is his heart, pierced on the cross, and which pours continually the most precious blood of Christ in the form of the Sacraments.
This devotion consists in attending Holy Mass and receiving Holy Communion in reparation for those who do not receive Our Lord, who do not love Him and who wound Him by their sinful lives.
The Promise Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary:
“I promise you, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments, My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in their last moment.”
The effects of this devotion:
The most salvific effect of this devotion is to earn the merit of infinite value – by shedding our own blood – the “martyrdom” for the same cause, which is: sanctification and salvation of sinful mankind!
Apocalypse. 7: 9 – 17. “I saw a great multitude …. Clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands …. Who are they? And whence come they? … These are they who come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the “Blood of the Lamb!” …. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”