Got Blood?

He gave blood – not through plastic tubes, but torn flesh; not pierced with sterile needles, but iron spikes; not lying on a reclining cot, but hanging on a rough wooden cross.  Jesus gave not only His blood; Jesus gave His life.

Have you ever donated blood?  If so,

  • Because of giving blood, you suffered a moment of pain, 10-15 minutes of discomfort, and may experience a day of weariness – Jesus suffered hours of excruciating pain, humiliation, and increasing weakness.
  • You gave blood until the bags were full – Jesus gave blood until He died.
  • Your blood may save three lives. Jesus’ blood has already saved millions.
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My first time donating blood, in Woodstock, NB, 2006

But how, you ask?  How could one man’s blood be so significant?  And what would possess a man to suffer such things and to give His very lifeblood?  Jesus died because you are in critical spiritual condition, and His blood is the only thing that can save your life.

In the Bible, the one true God reveals Himself to man.  God is perfect, without limits, eternal, almighty, unchangeable, all-knowing, just, merciful, and loving.  In Isaiah 45:12, God says, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it…”As our Creator, God is the one who sets the standards of right and wrong.  In the Bible, God explains that He Himself is the standard for perfection and righteousness.  We owe Him our obedience – to disobey is to break His law and sin against Him.  But each one of us has a sinful nature, a will which sets itself against God.

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned.”  Since everyone sins, it doesn’t seem like a big deal until we examine the consequences.  According to Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death…”  Because you have sinned against God you will die someday, not only physically, but also spiritually.  Your sin separates you from God and His heaven; you will live forever in hell, a place of continual torture and agony, utterly isolated from everyone.  Isn’t there anything you can do about your critical condition?  No, there is nothing you can do about your sin.

However, God loves you.  He longs for you to know Him, worship Him, and live with Him in heaven someday.  But because of His holiness and justice, God cannot just let you off the hook for your sin.  Sin demands payment.  Hebrews 9:22 tells us the price: “…without the shedding of blood is no forgiveness.”

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8   God sent His son Jesus Christ to earth.  Jesus never sinned, yet gave His life for the sins of the whole world.  Three days after dying, Jesus came alive again, showing His power to forgive sin and avert the death penalty for mankind.  But the blood Jesus shed for you does you no good unless you receive it.  Let me tell you how.

Acts 16:31  “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”  What does it mean to believe?  1.  Admit that you are a sinner and need forgiveness. 2. Believe that Jesus shed His blood for you and rose from the dead. 3. Choose Jesus as your Lord – just like receiving a blood transfusion involves risk, receiving Jesus’ blood and forgiveness involves both the blessings and the costs of living for Him.

If you believe, “you will be saved.”  This is God’s guarantee, and everything God says is absolutely trustworthy.  Jesus’ blood will wash your sin away. 1 John 1:7b“…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” You will be saved from sin and hell, able to know God and have a lifelong friendship with Him.

Please don’t wait.  You may never have another opportunity, and without Jesus’ blood, you will die.  But just like a doctor would never force a dying person to have a blood transfusion against his or her will, Jesus would never force His blood on you.  He gave His blood, and offers it everyone, but the choice is yours.  Got blood?  If not, why wait?  Won’t you believe today, and receive the blood Jesus gave for you?

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