Today’s Reading: Ephesians 1:7 The Message
7 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!
Have you had to have a major surgery? Last fall, while waiting in the pre-op holding area, I had to sign a form release for permission to receive blood in the event I would lose too much blood during the surgical procedure. Blood is a precious commodity to the health of our bodies and without enough of it, we die.
This morning, I arrived to the church just as the pianist was finishing her beautiful praise medley to honor our risen Lord. I looked up at the cross, draped in a white sash. I could smell the fragrance of the Easter lilies wafting around the sanctuary. I knew the blood He shed on the cross over two thousand years ago was still giving new life to people all over the world. I came today to receive His free blood transfusion in my life.
Before I became severely anemic, I regularly donated blood to The American Red Cross®. I was told at the blood bank that for every pint I gave, my gift could potentially save three people from an untimely death. Blood donations are not always the easiest to give. Some folks get sick and dizzy; others pass out at the sight of blood. I found it was a privilege to give something that someone else might need in a medical emergency. I often thought about what it would be like if my child was in a terrible car accident and, upon arriving to the emergency room, there was no extra supply of blood to treat him. Would he die there because there was no blood available for him?
The Father gave Moses life-giving law, who then instructed the people to sacrifice the blood of an unblemished lamb as a means for atonement of their sins. Yet, it took something far greater than an animal to completely cover the sins of the whole world. This is why Jesus came; His blood for you and for me is unending; there is enough to cover your sins and mine. His death and resurrection is the only blood transfusion you need to receive new life and freedom from sin and death forever. The never-ending supply continues to give to all who will receive Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.
The gift of human blood is a priceless gift to someone who is physically dying. The gift of Christ’s blood is a priceless gift to someone who is dying in their sins, forever separated from the Father’s love. Would you like to receive a free blood transfusion today? You do not need a medical insurance card to receive His precious gift of new life. The cost was completely paid for on Calvary by the only One who could give it – God Himself. Come and experience a brand new life today at the foot of the cross. May you find healing and wholeness in Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever! Tell everyone you know, free blood transfusions are available for the taking today!
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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