12th April 2011
Do Something Amazing–Give Blood!
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”
Leviticus 17:11 (NKJV)
“Do something amazing, give blood” says an advertisement by the UK’s National Blood Service aimed at recruiting healthy donors to give a pint of blood to help others. After tests and questions to establish a donor’s health and suitability, a slight pin prick as a needle and tubing is inserted into a donor’s vein and, under the care of a nurse to maintain the donor’s well-being, a donation of one pint is made after which the donor is given refreshments, including fluid to prevent shock, prior to the journey home.
Leviticus 17:11 is echoed in Hebrews 9:22, “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” But why did Jesus have to suffer and die? Romans 3:23 and 6:23 tell us, “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God”; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” John Chapter 1 says that the Word of God, by whom God created all things, became flesh and blood and tabernacled among us as Jesus—the ultimate Passover Lamb (1Corinthians.5:7). Jesus tells us in John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”
As Creator God in the flesh, Christ Jesus’ life was of infinitely greater value than the sum of all humanity who have lived or ever will live, and thus only his vicarious sacrifice for our sins, in our stead, is good enough to make justification, atonement, reconciliation for ALL humanity.
Just contrast the caring environment in which blood donors give their pint today with the conditions in which our Lord and Saviour poured out His blood in mortal agony on His altar (the cross) in front of brutal roman soldiers and mocking locals. Since one of Christ’s names is The Truth, the expression In Vino Veritas (In Wine There Is Truth) takes on deeper meaning when we take internally Christ’s blood of the new covenant symbolised by red wine. Donor/recipient blood group compatibility issues do not arise, Christ’s blood is suitable for ALL ! The stupendous work of God doesn’t stop there, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:8-10). As Our Lord and Saviour Himself says in John 14:19, “…because I live, you will live also.”
Merciful Father, thank you for your only begotten son, our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, the supreme blood donor. Please help us to allow the resurrected Jesus Christ to live, be seen and heard, in us and to transform us into His image from within by your Holy Spirit.
Study by John Armstrong