Summary: Our blood is imperfect but Jesus blood is life-saving and flawless. Rejection as a blood donor for the Red Cross showed me this lesson. Edited article for ethoughts weekly at wit4life.com
This week I decided to give blood. It seems at lot has changed since the last time I gave "the gift of life”, as the Red Cross puts it. The reasons for rejecting donors seem even more endless than before. The checklist is over 40 questions long! First they gather my identity statistics. Then they stab me for my hemoglobin test; and then they ask me a battery of questions. It’s for good reason of course, but now I will never wonder why we have continual blood shortages!
With a concerned look the Red Cross interviewer leaves my table with a huge manual and begins speaking with her supervisor. I wait hoping my blood was good enough for them. She returns with bad news. I am officially “differed indefinitely” from giving blood. It turns out in 1999 the FDA passed a regulation that sates no blood can be accepted from donors who have stayed in the United Kingdom for more than three months between the years of 1980-1996. The reason: Mad Cow’s disease!
Apparently I’m “at risk” becuase of my study abroad for four months in my junior year of college. This does not bode well for my hypochondriac tendencies! Every headache will carry a significant amount of dread with it. (Just kidding!) Until the FDA changes their ruling my blood is worthless to anyone else.
In sharp contrast Jesus’ blood is worth more than we can even fathom for all mankind. It is worth more because it has eternal ramifications. In Hebrews we read about its perfection:
Hebrews 9:14 “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”
Our human blood can be incredibly flawed or diseased, just like the rest of us. We are totally imperfect right down to our blood cells. Spiritually as well, our blood can in no way buy us into God’s good graces. But that is exactly what Jesus blood can do for us.
Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his (Jesus’) blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
I’m not sure I like this kind of rejection of my blood by the Red Cross. But, I guess it’s better than being turned away for being bitten by a monkey while in Africa, like my friend was. That’s a good deal more humiliating. Plus, I keep thinking what on earth provoked that monkey?
People may reject human blood because it is imperfect to help someone physically, but to reject the unblemished blood of Jesus spiritually speaking is very grave indeed. We have a lot at stake. In everyway Jesus’ blood IS “THE gift of life” but only to those who believe.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Accepting His blood sacrifice is the only thing that can reconcile us to God, but we must first admit we have sins to confess. We must realize our imperfection. We must swallow our pride. It is an act of yielding and confessing that brings us forgiveness and purification.