Donating blood is not something I enjoy doing! That is why I am so impressed by James Harrison, an Australian man who has been donating blood every week for the last 60 years! At 81 he has decided to stop, but not until he had saved the lives of 2.4 million babies! No wonder he is called the “Man with the Golden Arm.” His blood has unique disease-fighting anti-bodies that have helped pregnant women. These were women with a condition where their blood attacked their unborn baby’s blood cells. His blood was truly a gift of life!
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.
He shed His blood so I would not have to. His blood saved my life. My faith in His blood pays for all of 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!
Lord, how grateful I am for Your gift of life!