His Blood Was Spilled
In my 28 years in the ministry, it had never happened to me ... until Sunday, July 27, 2014. On that day, I stepped up to the sacrament table and poured the wine into the glasses as I have done on so many occasions.
This Sunday, as I moved the glasses into position on the table, one of them suddenly tipped right over, banging loudly against the table and spilling the wine across the white cloths. It was dripping off the sides of the table and onto the rug.
My first thought was that I didn't want this incident to break the spirit of what we were doing and take attention away from the Lord's sacrifice, so I asked that we not jump in to clean up the mess.
Then, something very special occurred. It started with comments from the congregation as they observed the spilled wine dripping down: "It's just like the blood of Christ that was spilled for us!" As the Spirit of God swept through the room, some of our members began sobbing; some fell to their knees and praised God for the blood of Christ that was spilled to pay for our sins.
As we collectively discussed the incident later, some of those who were observing expressed a feeling that the glass may have had help going over, as they didn't see me collide with the glass such that it could have gone over so forcefully. Regardless of how it happened, it was one of the most powerful remembrances of the Lord's sacrifice I have ever witnessed, and the moment is etched indelibly in the minds of those who were present.
Praise God for the spilled blood of Christ, the price paid for our salvation!
"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." – Matthew 26:28
"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." – John 19:34
"We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." – Ephesians 1:7
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?" – 1 Corinthians 10:16
"This do in remembrance of me." – Luke 22:19
One of our members was so moved by this event that he was inspired to write and record a song in the days that followed. The chorus of the song goes like this:
His Blood was spilt, the Bridge was built for you, for me
To Cross with Jesus into eternity
Jesus shed His Blood, precious soul-saving blood for you, for me
His Blood was spilt, the Bridge was built for you and for me
Listen to the full song below. (Those of you reading via email need to click on the title of this post to hear it.)
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