Blood that Cleanses and Condemns

“Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”Matthew 27:25 

This very same crowd, who only four days earlier praised Jesus Christ with shouts of, “Hosanna to the Son of David” (Matthew 21:9), were shouting that Christ should be killed (Matthew 27:22-23). In just four short days they went from, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest,” to “Let him be crucified. 

Quite often, the very same providential act that blesses one person curses another. One circumstance may build the faith of a saint saved by God’s grace, while those very same circumstances harden the heart of the sinner who hates God utterly. It’s no different for such weighty matters as the blood of Jesus Christ. Though the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary provides justification for some, that same shed blood renders judgment upon others; though the precious blood cleanses some from their sins, the very same shed blood of Christ condemns others for their sins. 

The value that the heavenly Father places upon the precious offering of Christ’s blood is of such infinite worth that God has decreed that every sinner who believes by faith has forgiveness of sins, past, present, and future, by that shed blood. Yet, because Christ’s shed blood is so infinitely and eternally valuable, the sinner that mocks, scoffs at, or casually disregards Christ’s atoning death, has committed a thought so despicably evil and so incredibly wicked that eternity in the foulest torment is still a more merciful punishment than they deserve. 

How precious is Christ’s blood to you?

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. This is a very beautiful devotional, brother Jon.

    Early this morning I was thinking about the words to the hymn, “There is a Fountain.” (My grandmother used to sing it in Spanish!)

    There is a fountain filled with blood
    drawn from Emmanuel’s veins
    and sinners plunged beneath that flood
    lose all their guilty stains

    The only hope that vile sinners, like me, have is in the precious blood of the Lamb! And precious it is! May it always be so!


    • Jon J. Cardwell

      Thank you, sister. Rachel has been practicing that hymn on guitar all week, along with two others, for the song portion of our worship tomorrow. That blood indeed is precious and powerful.

  2. How wonderful!

    May the Lord bless Sovereign Grace tomorrow! And, may He bless Rachel as she plays unto the Lord!

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