Every couple of months I look for an opportunity to be a blood donor. I don’t mind the stick of the needle and I get a free cholesterol check as well. I was chatting with the guy who was taking my blood and we began to discuss the benefits of being a blood donor. He described for me how regular blood donors have less occurrences of certain types of diseases. As my pint of blood collected in the bag I realized that the greatest benefits of this blood will be realized by someone else. My blood donation could quite possibly save someone’s life.
Have you ever thought that the greatest blood donor of all time was our Lord Jesus Christ? He bled while giving His life for the sins of the world on the cross. All through the Old Testament every animal that was sacrificed to cover sins looked forward to the one great sacrifice of Christ on the cross. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. Also 1 John 1:7 tells us: “…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin”. We are redeemed, we are forgiven, we are justified, we are cleansed, and we are made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection secures our pardon. But we must choose to accept that pardon. Just as the children of Israel had to apply the blood of the lamb as protection from the death angel we must personally accept Jesus as our Savior.
In two months I will find another Big Red Bus and give my pint of blood. Perhaps it may save someone’s life. But only the blood of Jesus can save our soul. Our Savior is always looking for those who will receive the greatest sacrifice of all. He gave His blood for you, will you accept Him?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation