After the recent horror of this latest mass murder, I was encouraged to see on the news the long lines of people waiting to donate their blood. Hundreds came out to help the victims and their compassion warmed my heart. Many of these volunteers were perhaps unaware that yesterday was World Blood Donor Day. This event highlights the need for donors and is held every year on June 14th. “Blood connects us all,” is their motto. And certainly, giving blood saves lives.
Today’s verse talks about the blood freely given by Another. This blood also saves lives and was given out of love and compassion for our condition. The blood of Christ saves us once for all from the eternal punishment for our sin. His blood makes it possible to walk in light rather than darkness. His blood makes it possible to walk with others in sweet fellowship, rather than discord. His blood cleanses and purifies us from sin and its consequences, in this life and in the next.
He shed His blood so I would not have to. His blood saved my life. My faith in His blood pays for of all my ugly sin (Romans 3:25). More than just a needle in the arm, His gift of blood cost Him everything; separation from the Father, the mockery and violence of others, and His life. How amazing and deep the love that motivated Him! And how unworthy I am to be a recipient of such a precious life-changing gift!
I am so grateful Lord, for that precious flow, “that makes me white as snow.”