When Tiger Woods was caught in his sin
He held a press conference, confessing and promising to change.
He longed to save his marriage and keep his children.
He promised to return to his Buddhist faith,
and try, with all his might, to live up to its standards.
Brit Hume of Fox News watched him with compassion
and then made a bold statement that caused a media frenzy,
as headlines everywhere said:
Brit Hume Says Tiger Woods Needs Jesus!
Here is the statement Brit made that surprised his fellow panelists:
Here are just a few of the angry media responses.
Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution asserted that “faith is a private matter between that person and God, and is not a matter to be judged by some pompous TV anchor.”
Kathy Grossman of USA TODAY said Hume was “talking trash.”
John Farrell of U. S. News and World Report said “what a stupid thing to think.”
And bloggers went crazy with comments like:
“I’ve said it before, there was a very good reason why Rome threw them to the lions.”
Britt did not back down.
Because He knows that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.
No other remedy.
No relief in anything else.
No forgiveness without the shedding of blood.
Yes, it seems strange to the world.
C. S. Lewis said one of the reasons he believed is that it was strange —
not something a man dreaming up a religion would decide.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that without suffering, there is no true forgiveness.
We know that is true if we have ever truly forgiven.
Someone has to pay.
In world religions, individuals supposedly find forgiveness by doing good works.
But we are so weak, we cannot keep it up.
In Christianity, Christ paid with His own precious blood.
And oh — there is power in the blood.
I didn’t truly understand it when I first heard it,
but in His grace He helped me respond
I had tried to get out from under my burden
A burden I didn’t even fully realize I was carrying.
I tried so hard to undo my wrongs,
and to live a righteous life,
but I could not — and the burden was breaking me.
The day I knelt and thanked Him for dying for me,
like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress, my burden fell off and
I KNEW IT WHEN IT WAS GONE!
YES, TIGER WOODS NEEDS JESUS.
BECAUSE WE ALL DO.
WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS OF SIN.
I love this version of There is Power in the Blood for Kristen Getty. Sing it with her in praise to the One who loved you so.
It is easy to be bullied and to hesitate talking about the blood. Billy Graham was when asked to come to Cambridge. Keller tells this powerful story at the end of this week’s sermon — I hope you won’t miss it.
We must not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of salvation.
We must not be ashamed of Jesus, for no man comes to the Father but by Him.
We must not be ashamed of the blood, for without it, there is no forgiveness of sin.
FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION THERE IS AN INSISTENCE
ONLY THE BLOOD WILL SPARE US
ONLY THE BLOOD WILL CAUSE HIS WRATH TO PASS OVER US
ONLY IN THE BLOOD IS THEIR FORGIVENESS FOR SINS
THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. Can you share a sentence testimony about the power of the blood in your life?
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study
3. Read Hebrews 9:11-14. There are four ways that the blood of Christ offered a more perfect sacrifice than that of goats and bulls. I’ll do the first and see if you can complete them. I used ESV.
A. Instead of coming to an earthly tabernacle made with hands, Christ appeared before God at a heavenly tabernacle (vs. 11)
B. (vs. 12) Instead of the blood of animals, Christ entered by __________________________________.
C. (vs 13) Instead of coming year after year, Christ secured an ___________________________.
D. (vs 14) Instead of just sanctifying the flesh, Christ’s blood has the power to purify our _________________.
4. Share a time when you were acutely aware that you no longer felt guilty — not because of your “dead” works, but because of what Christ did for you at the cross. You can share when you were saved from the penalty of sin, or a more recent time, when you sensed His cleansing of a sin.
5. Martin Luther said the default mode of the human heart is good works. What can you learn from this that will help you today? (See 1 John 1:7-9)
6. Read Hebrews 10:11-18
A. The sacrifices of the priests were a shadow of what was to come — but they could not do the most important thing. What was that, according to verse 11?
B. Find a meaningful phrase or two in verse 12 and explain why you chose it.
C. What time is Christ waiting for, according to verse 13?
D. What did Christ accomplish, according to verse 14?
E. In what ways is the new covenant different than the old covenant? Find at least two.
7. Read Hebrews 10:19-23 and explain what this could mean for you on this day — how you might apply it.
8. Read Hebrews 10:24-25
A. Our “meeting together” on this blog is a different kind of fellowship, but it has been fellowship indeed. What does this passage tell us to do and why?
B. What kind of responses from the other bloggers have stirred you up to love and to do good works?
Thursday-Friday Listen to “The Sacrifice” by Keller. It is 7th in the series, if you bought it, or you can purchase it individually here: Link
9. What notes do you have from the sermon?
10. What was the point of Keller’s story of Billy Graham at Cambridge? What did you think of that?
11. What is your take-a-way and why?