Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blood ...

It's the topic of one of my favorite internet videos (BLOOD!) ... it is running through your thousands of miles of arteries and veins right now, about 5 liters per minute - carrying signals and nutrition to your cells and toxins and waste away. It leaves notoriously hard-to-remove stains. If it stops moving, you will die within minutes.

No - despite the fact that I can't spend much time in the sun - I've not become a vampire. I've just had blood on my mind the last few days for several reasons, one of which was that I donated for the first time last week. When I was in college, it seemed the blood drives were always during finals - and I felt I needed all my blood at that time. As it turns out - getting rid of some didn't affect me nearly as badly as I had feared. My only experience in losing blood had been so unpleasant, I was afraid I'd feel that way again (grey in color, short of breath, etc).

At first I felt like patting myself on the back - especially since my blood type is O-negative (the universal donor - anyone can accept my blood). And while blood donation is important and saves lives ... I realized there is a blood donation that does so much more...

If you think about it - Jesus made the ultimate blood donation. Before He gave His life on the cross so that His blood could make us pure before a Holy God ... sacrifice was demanded to cover our transgressions.

I don't know about you - but if I try to add up how many spotless doves, first born calves, and pure white sheep it would take to cover my every sin ... well, I honestly don't like to think about it. Its overwhelming! I don't know that enough acceptable sacrifices exist to cover all our sins (or perhaps even my own).

But the blood of )ne man - God's son ... is enough to cover all the sins of anyone who ever has or ever will live. Not only to cover up our sins - but to make us pure enough to be in the presence of a God who created the universe - known and beyond. We can't even begin to understand Him - but He loves us enough to let His own son spill that precious life-giving substance for anyone who would accept it.

We don't even have to be a specific type of person. Jesus' blood is more universal than O-negative ever could hope to be. While the blood I donated last week may extend someone's life on Earth - and that's a good thing - Jesus' blood can give life eternally.

Maybe that isn't news to you - but I just love how God reminds me all the time, through surprising ways, just how much He loves every single one of us.

1 comment:

  1. 'But the blood of one man - God's son ... is enough to cover all the sins of anyone who ever has or ever will live. Not only to cover up our sins - but to make us pure enough to be in the presence of a God who created the universe - known and beyond. We can't even begin to understand Him - but He loves us enough to let His own son spill that precious life-giving substance for anyone who would accept it.'

    Stated like a professional preacher.:)

    Well done.

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