Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Preciousness Of Jesus And His Blood

As this month of July comes to a close, so also does the month dedicated to Our Lord's Precious Blood. In looking for something to post here, I came across something rather unexpected~ a sermon given by American Evangelist and revivalist, John Wilbur Chapman. 
I am usually a little overly cautious when it comes to reading protestant writers only because they do not hold the same belief about the Real Presence that Catholics do. However in reading this one sermon, I did not find anything to go against Catholic belief, in fact much of the sermon is Scripture based. While there were one or two points with which I may have taken issue, it is still worth reading. I think what struck me most about it was the passion and conviction with which he spoke, and while Mr. Chapman may not have believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, we can apply much of this sermon to our own lives and faith.
I especially liked this excerpt from the end:

"Nobody is too sinful. Nobody is too far away. The precious blood of Christ can cleanse and save unto the uttermost. Nothing less than his blood can do this. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
I can say no more. With all my heart I wish that I might. I can only add this. I love Him. I love Him. He is to me as real as you are. I love Him. I want you to love Him. I want you to take Him. I know that there are people who want to say this evening — "Pray for me." Lift up your hand to express this desire of your heart."
You can read the entire sermon here.
Thank You, dear Jesus for shedding Your Precious Blood in Your Passion and Death, and for offering it to us each day in the Eucharist.

1 comment:

Colleen said...

I love him, I love him. So beautiful. God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.