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Blogging Through the Alphabet: B is for Blood #grow4christ #abcblogging

on October 16, 2013

B is for Blood……sort of an odd thing to think about huh?  Blood….most of us don’t like blood and the mere thought can turn stomachs.  Although oddly enough some of  today’s teens and young adults (even adults my age) have some sort of morbid fascination with zombies, vampires and other cult figures.  Of course blood also saves lives and also continues to give us life – if you’re living then that means your heart is supplying your body and brain with fresh, oxygenated blood – so you can live.

This post isn’t about zombies, or vampires or even a science lesson…..

Yesterday, my oldest gave a pint of her own blood – not to be heroic but so that if, during her surgery next week, she’ll need blood she’ll receive her own.  I’m so glad that we have the ability to do this – yes, I know blood bank blood is carefully screened but still one is leery about getting someone else blood and so she waited patiently while the first nurse poked her and couldn’t get a vein.  Another nurse was called and she got it on the other arm.

But this post isn’t about my daughter donating a pint of her own blood either….

It’s about true, life saving blood – not life as we know but LIFE – blood that was drained from someone’s body, sacrificially so that you and I can live.  Watching my daughter give that pint of blood yesterday made me think about the blood that was given for me, for her, for everyone who will accept that gift.  As a mom it was hard to watch her being stuck by a needle, twice, and watch as her blood flowed forth – how much more did the Father suffer as all of Christ’s blood flowed from His body?

In the King James Version of the Bible the word blood occurs 447 times in 375 verses!  Blood is very important.  Genesis speaks of Cain and Abel, Moses and the water turned into blood, and on and on – and some point to the prophecy of what was yet to come – a sacrifice so pure that we would no longer be bound by laws of man and we would no longer have to make a trek to the Temple with our own lamb.

“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”  Luke 22:20

Jesus refers to His blood as drink in John 6:55 – if we take His gift we will thirst no more – that doesn’t mean we won’t need a drink of water after a marathon but that we won’t have an eternal thirst.  Hebrews 13:12 tells us that Christ sanctifies us through His blood – that means He has set us apart for a sacred purpose, He has set us free from sin.  His blood gave us true life.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7

While my daughter’s donation could potentially save her life, and while hundreds of other donors save other people’s lives with their donations of live-saving whole blood, platelets and plasma Jesus actually gives us life.  Not a life on earth where a mom has to see her child give her own blood, or to face a major surgery, or see her child suffer from cancer or to die from juvenile diabetes – He gives us life where there is hope, a future.  He gave all His blood – not for just one person, not for those He knew but for all of us – those who have gone before and those who have yet to come – He longs to give us a full life, an everlasting life if only we accept His gift of His blood that He spilled for us on the Cross at Calvary.

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