Today was a first for me. After some positive peer pressure from my wife and a church member, I made my way into the blood donation bus. I must say, the “mental” was much worse than the physical. It is a simple procedure that, once commenced, only takes a few minutes.
As I reflect on the experience, I noticed three principles that spoke powerfully to me concerning what my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, did for me in shedding His blood for us on the cross of Calvary.
I. The PURPOSE of the Donor
The simple purpose of the blood donor is to impart life to someone in medical need. God has never placed me on the “needing” end for blood, but the member of my church that always takes the time to donate was on the needing end at a point in her life and was helped by someone’s time and investment of blood.
The purpose, then, at its core is the impartation of life. God’s Word says in Leviticus 17:11, “The life of the flesh is in the blood.” That flesh is nothing more than fashioned skin and bone is clearly seen in the Bible. Man needs more than flesh, bone, tendon and organs- he needs that which brings those things to life.
This is the thought expressed upon the creation of man in Genesis chapter number two. God took dust in His hands, molded and fashioned it, then “…breathed into [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life…” and man became a living soul. It was the opinion of Dr. M.R. DeHaan that Genesis 2:7 speaks of blood being imparted to Adam. Whether or not that be true, what is true is that the life of the flesh is in the blood.
According to statistics from the American Red Cross,
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
Simply put, the purpose of the donor is to impart life.
Jesus Christ came to the earth to give His life and blood for the impartation of life to man. God had declared that Adam and Eve upon their sin in the Garden of Eden, had plunged themselves and the entire human race into sin (Romans 5:12). “Death passed upon all men,” because of the sin of Adam. As it were, the human race was made incurably ill by the blood of sinful Adam. Romans three and verse twenty-three says, “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
However, Jesus Christ came to the earth to shed His precious blood for our sins. It was His spotless blood, untainted by human depravity (seeing He was the sinless Son of God, Hebrews 2:14, I Timothy 2:5) that cures this sinful condition and washes us from our sins (Ephesians 1:7).
II. The PAIN of the Donor
Let me say quickly, the pain was minimal. When asked in my life what I am allergic to, I normally respond, “Pain and needles!” There is a level of discomfort involved, but these minor discomforts pale in comparison with the great pain of our Redeemer. You see, I was brought into friendly confines, made comfortable upon a padded chair, entreated kindly, given water and juice to drink and even rewarded for my donation. However, our blessed Lord was not treated with kindness. He was brutally and savagely beaten by sinful hands. He was spit upon, cursed, plucked, scourged, ridiculed and rejected. We might spend so great a time reflecting upon the pain of our Heavenly Donor.
Jesus Christ, however, was not murdered. He was not slain. His blood was not spilled out on the cross. He willingly gave Himself. He humbly yielded to the hands of sinful men, so that sinful men might come to yield their hearts to a Sinless God.
Vance Havner used to say, “Salvation is free. but it is not cheap; it cost God His Son and the Son His life.”
Oh, how He suffered for you and me!
III. The PLEASURE of the Donor
After the needle is removed, you see your blood handled with great care so that it might be used to the benefit of someone in need. Like a woman freed from her labor pains, she rejoices in holding the newborn child and immediatley forgets her travail.
Calvary may not seem like a place for rejoicing, but it is. It may not seem like a Mountain of Pleasure, but, indeed, it is! You may pass by the Old Rugged Cross and be repulsed by the sight of blood and the sounds of agony. If these are your perceptions, you have missed the great purpose of the cross.
The Bible says in Isaiah fifty-three, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.”
While Jesus looked at the cross, He also looked past it! He saw rejoicing, glory and exaltation. He saw your salvation and mine! “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND IS SET DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD.” (Hebrews 12:2).
IV. The PERSONS of the Donor
Using this as a learning experience, I asked where my blood might be used. I was told that it would be used in the state of Florida, most likely locally. Also, within a few days I will have the opportunity to go to their website and search for my blood type, which I do not happen to know.
As I sat there, watching my blood flow through the i.v., a great thought of Christ filled my heart. My blood will be used locally, not across America or overseas. I also considered the fact that there would be millions of people, because of my blood type as conflicting with their’s, that could not be benefited by my donation.
Consider, my friend, that Jesus Christ’s blood has no small district in which it might be effectual. Consider that the blood of our blessed Lord is able to save all that come to Him for salvation. Jesus Christ is a universal Donor! The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7). Allow me to say, there is no limitation of atonement pertaining to His blood. The writer of Hebrews said, “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25). There is no ethnicity that cannot be cleansed by His blood. There is no community where His blood cannot wash away sin. There is no person that Jesus Christ would not wash with His own precious blood. Jesus Christ can save ANYBODY ANYWHERE!
I, then, invite you today to trust Jesus Christ alone as your personal Saviour. Ask Him this moment to wash you from your sins in His blood. Reject water baptism, church membership and the good works that you might do, and receive that which God hath chosen for your salvation. The Bible says, “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Revelation 1:5).
Thank God for the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which was God’s purpose, wrought by God’s pain and for God’s good pleasure.