During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. – Hebrews 5:7-9
I had some blood work done at a local clinic as part of a health checkup with my doctor. As some of my blood was drawn for testing, it got me thinking a bit.
About 2,000 years ago, God’s eternal Son, Jesus Christ, had some blood work done, too. This wasn’t done at a health clinic, but on a wooden cross. Jesus’ blood wasn’t taken out of him by a nurse’s needle; his blood was drawn by his heavenly Father’s just will. Jesus poured out his blood, not for the sake of his health and wellbeing, but for the spiritual health and wellbeing of the entire sinful human race. Jesus’ blood wasn’t like mine, sinful and only human; his blood was holy, divine and precious because he was and is true God and true man at the same time. I had some of my blood drawn a bit reluctantly (I hate needles!), hoping that it will lead to a longer, healthier life for me on this earth. Jesus shed his blood, without complaint or objection, to give unending life in heaven to all who obediently trust in him as this world’s only Savior from sin, death and eternal damnation in hell.
Contrary to popular belief and theory, there aren’t many ways to heaven, nor are there many saviors for people to trust in. Jesus is the only true Savior our world will ever have. The Bible declares that Jesus is the only source of eternal salvation for all, and that includes you. It doesn’t matter how often you have sinned. It doesn’t matter how “big” or “large” your sins are. The blood of Jesus was shed for you to purify you from all guilt and wrongdoing. In God’s eyes you are completely forgiven and cleansed from the stain of your sin.
During this Holy Week we again are reminded of the love of our Father through His Son Jesus Christ who shed his blood for us all. “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Friend, this is the good news God wants you to believe with all your heart. This is the good news God wants you to share with all, too.
Prayer: Chief of sinners though I be, Jesus shed his blood for me,
Died that I might live on high, Lives that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine, I am his and he is mine. Amen.