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The Eternal Blood Donor (Hebrews 9:12)

by Julia Bruce
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But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  –Hebrews 9:12

What’s the rarest blood type?

Have you ever given blood? We all know that being a blood donor saves lives. Yet, if a person receives the wrong type of blood, it can have the opposite affect. The more rare your blood type the harder it can be to find a donor. And even if you find the right donor, it doesn’t mean you live forever. Only One person is the eternal 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, my brother-in-law, was also the same blood type and he donated blood for me. I’m not a rare blood type. Mine is rather common. 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.” Thankfully, our eternal blood donor is always there and ready to share His life-giving blood that washes away our sin.

The “universal” 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).

The 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!

Eternal Blood is Free!

The best news is that Jesus’ blood is a free gift to all who accept it by faith. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Who can receive this free gift? John 3:16 gives us the answer: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Whosoever…that means you! Regardless of who you are or what you’ve done – you are a “whosoever!”

How do you get this free gift? Simply by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and asking Jesus to save you and cleanse you of your sin. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

So if you are in need of an eternal blood transfusion, why not ask Jesus to forgive your sins and be your Savior right now?

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