by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries
The Rarest blood donor
Have you ever given blood? Recently, my husband had surgery and the hospital staff asked the question: “If you needed a blood transfusion to save your life, would you accept it and give us permission to give you blood?” Well, my first reaction was “Of course!” But then there are those that, for whatever reason, would answer no to that question and refuse blood from any blood donor.
Years ago when I was in a car accident and doctors were considering surgery, they began looking to relatives to donate blood. My dad had the same blood type, but had cancer so they couldn’t use his. My younger sister had the same blood type, but she was pregnant, so they couldn’t use hers. Her husband was also the same blood type and he donated blood for me. I’m not a rare blood type. However, the rarest type is AB negative and only 1 in 167 people (0.6% of the population) have it. On a bloodmobile sign one day was the following statement: “The rarest blood type is the one that’s not there when you need it.”
A universal blood donor
On the other hand, a person with O-negative is considered a universal donor because it can be mixed with any other blood type and have the ability to save lives. However, it’s life saving power is only temporary because everyone is appointed to die at some point (Hebrews 9:27)
An eternal blood donor
There is yet another supply of blood and it has power to give eternal life and is available to everyone – simply for the asking. 1 John 1:7 tells us, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Adam and Eve are the only humans that ever had a choice to live or die. They were told not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil for in the day they did eat of it they would die. When they chose to eat it, they chose death and that meant death for every person throughout history. Jesus also had a choice and He chose death – but His death would give us the choice to choose eternal life by faith in Him or eternal separation by rejecting Him.
In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed on the altar by a priest so that the people could have forgiveness of sin but it had to be done over and over again. It was the death of Jesus and the shedding of His blood that satisfied our sin debt to a holy God as the payment of our sins. Because Christ choose death, we can choose to cry out in faith to God, repent of our sin, ask for His forgiveness and find salvation and eternal life. Through His blood that cleanses us from all sin, He gives us eternal life – now that’s a blood transfusion!
Consequences of rejecting the eternal blood donor
Just as my husband had to acknowledge he was willing to accept a blood transfusion to save his live, so must every single person choose for themselves if they will accept the eternal blood transfusion that Jesus offers us. To reject Jesus’ gift of eternal life comes with eternal consequences – eternal death and separation from God in Hell. If you have not said yes to Jesus’ gift of eternal life, He is asking you today, “Will you choose to accept eternal life through the blood I shed for you?” What is your answer?
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