This past Saturday I did something I’d never done before. To understand the significance of my first ever blood donation you must understand some of my personal background issues. When I was probably 10 or 11 years old I passed out on several occasions when I received shots. These early childhood experiences instilled in me a deep fear of needles. That fear was very significant because when I was a teen, deeply enslaved in the drug culture of the mid 70’s, this fear probably saved my life. I was with people who used and shared needles. I never did that, not because I was afraid of the drugs, but because I was fearful of passing out in front of my friends. What could be more embarrassing then passing out in front of my (supposed) friends? Praise be to God who gave me a fear that very well may have saved my life.
As far as giving blood on Saturday went, the experience itself was painless, well almost painless. Once I made the decision to donate, a wave of freedom swept over as I had victory over an area from my past that had kept me from donating blood all these years. When I think of the life giving power of blood, I am reminded of the most precious blood that was ever sacrificed. I speak of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist introduced Messiah to his people in the 1st chapter of John’s gospel with the words “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. When I look up the word blood in my exhaustive concordance I see a whole page of Scripture references containing the word “blood”. Blood being shed from the innocent on behalf of the guilty is a profoundly important principle. I think it started when God made coats of skin to cloth Adam and Eve when they sinned in the Garden of Eden.
In the New Testament the writer of Hebrews in the 9th chapter tells us “and according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (v. 22, NASB). All of this points us back to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. My experience of giving blood was almost painless, Jesus’ certainly was not. Jesus was tortured, beaten, scourged, crowned with thorns and finally crucified. His blood was shed everywhere these things were done to Him, the precious Lamb of God.
What was the purpose of all His blood being shed? We see a great summary verse in Paul’s letter to the Colossians when in the 1st chapter we read, “and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven”, (v.20 NASB). Jesus’ blood covers all my sin and transgressions. What an amazing and humbling thought that the shed blood of Christ makes my salvation a reality. What an awesome reason to love and bow down to worship and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He sacrificed the most precious thing, His precious blood for our salvation. What am I willing to sacrifice for Him?
All for Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo