Where do you stand today? What is going on in your life right now? Do you feel like you have gone so far down the wrong path that there is no way you could turn back now? Are you trying to fill that void in your heart and nothing is fulfilling you? Have you accepted Christ, but have walked away from Him? Look at your life right now; where are you? No matter how far you walk away from Jesus, He is still standing right behind you with His arms open wide. He is waiting to give you a life beyond your dreams. He is waiting for you to accept Him.There were seven places where blood was spilled from Jesus’ body and each time He bled, yours and our sins were being covered.
1st place: John 19:1 “So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.” Jesus bled from His back.
Have you turned your back to the Lord? Have you walked away from Him and decided to do your own thing? Are you doing whatever you want to do, not caring what anyone thinks or says? Are you focused on having sex outside of marriage, getting drunk, doing drugs, or becoming wealthy? And are you doing everything you can to achieve these desires? Understand, a life that seeks after these things will end in destruction. The Lord bled from His back, knowing that you may one day turn your back on Him. He covered your sins, you are forgiven! You are able to turn right back around and He will be standing right in front of you.
2nd place: John 19:2 “And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…” Jesus bled from His head.
What goes on inside of your mind? What are you usually thinking about? How much you desire to please the Lord? Or are you thinking about the guy you really like or how much you don’t like this guy or that girl? Are your thoughts fixated on who is talking about you behind your back or are you thinking about what party you plan on going to this coming up weekend? Do you think about your parents and how much you love them? Or do you think about how unfair you think they are? What is it that your mind dwells on? The Lord bled from His head, knowing that someday you will have impure thoughts. He covered those sins, you are forgiven! Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything that is praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place: John 19:17-18 “And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull…where they crucified Him…” When Jesus was crucified, they drove the nails into each one of his hands and each one of His feet into the cross. Then they stood the cross upright and He hung there, nailed to the tree, waiting to die. Jesus bled from His right hand, from His left hand, from His right foot, and from His left foot.
Where have your hands been? Have you hit a person before? Have you stolen something before? Have you used your hands to pour that bottle of alcohol into your mouth or have you used your hands to smoke that joint or take those drugs? Jesus bled from both of His hands, knowing that someday you might use your hands against Him. He covered those sins, you are forgiven!
Where have your feet run to? Have you walked away from the Lord? Have you run down the path toward destruction? Have you found yourself in a situation that you thought would never happen? Jesus bled from each one of His feet, knowing that someday you might run far away from Him. He covered those sins, you are forgiven!
7th place: John 19:34 “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” Jesus bled from His heart.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” Who has your heart? Are you holding onto it, looking for someone to give it to? Do you follow what your heart says? Our hearts are wicked and they will lead us into destruction. Have you given your heart completely to a guy and now wish you hadn’t? The Lord wants your heart. He wants you to give it to Him. Jesus bled from His heart, knowing that it is deceitful and desperately wicked; knowing that someday you might give it to someone else. He covered those sins, you are forgiven!
His heart had burst. He ultimately died of a broken heart. All of the sins that you and I have committed He died for. Our sins sent Him to the cross. Jesus has died for every sin that you and I will ever commit. And he died with you on His mind! He loves you so much and He desires to give you eternal life. If you are thinking that you have gone too deep and there is no way back, understand that that could never be more farther than the truth. You can come back! You can repent for your sins, because Jesus has already washed them clean. He bled so you wouldn’t have to.
by Nicole Leitz