I was a little nervous going into the Blood Center yesterday. I shouldn’t have been, though. I have great veins, and I’m not afraid of needles. And … this wasn’t my first rodeo. But it had been a while since I last gave. When you go to the Blood Center, if your blood is not up to par, they send you home. I was sick for a while last year, and I had it in my head that my blood might not meet the standard.
Of course that was almost a year ago. I’m healthy and have been taking supplements. Worry was not my friend. 😉 Turns out, I’ve got great blood! I was able to give!
Israel was my phlebotomist. 🙂 We had a great talk about blood. I asked him if he was aware of the verse in the Bible that said, life is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11).
He said, “Oh, yes!” Then he told me, “There is no synthetic substitute for it.”
Did you catch what Israel said? There is no substitute for blood!There is no substitute for blood!
When a person is losing blood or not able to make blood, they must have a fresh infusion of the life-giving serum–or they will die. Not just any blood will do. Life-saving blood is healthy–rich in nutrients.
When you need blood, nothing else except good, healthy blood can be used in its place.
It’s the same for us. Our sins, which separate us from God, can only be paid for with the blood of Jesus.
Nothing else can be used in its place. There is no substitute for His blood!
His pure blood, is the only thing that cleanses us from our sin.
But if we walk in the light, as he [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)
Interestingly, Isaiah brings a twist to this thought.
Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. (Isaiah 18:7)
Our sins, which are scarlet and red like crimson, are washed white with the pure, red blood of Christ.
Two of Christendom’s favorite hymns are based on these verses.
“Nothing But the Blood”
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
“Whiter Than Snow”
Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole, I want Thee forever to live in my soul;
Break down every idol, cast out every foe; Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow
Whiter than snow; yes, whiter than snow; Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
When we realize that we have messed up–that we have sinned–we want to be clean. We want to put it behind us with a fresh start. Jesus gives us just that.
There is no substitute for His blood!
Susan B Mead says
Dianne, I’m your neighbor at Arabah’s linkup today – and literally just returned from Israel last night! And I’m a medical technologist by degree.
Loved your “there is no substitute for blood” statement. Not just the liquid serum, but the blood, the very cells of LIFE! Amen!
May I invite you to share at DanceWithJesus Linkup? SusanBMead.com/blog every Friday.
Hugs! Love your words!
Dianne Thornton says
Thanks, Susan! to give proper credit … ISRAEL said “there is no substitute for blood” … and I unashamedly STOLE IT! 🙂 Blood is amazing! Thanks for visiting today. I’ll hop on over to your place in a bit! ((hugs))
Dianne, I absolutely LOVE this awesome amazing truth! There is nothing better for us but the blood of Jesus! Thank you such a powerful amazing truth!! God Bless you! So glad to have gotten to know you better from CBB + I also saw you on Friday’s are for Faith + Friends Blog Hop! Many many Blessings!!
Betsy de Cruz says
Dianne, you’re preachin’ it, Sister! I appreciate this reminder that there’s no substitute for the blood of Jesus covering our sins. So important to remember. There is power in his blood. Love that old hymn, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
Dianne Thornton says
Johanna, I’ve been supremely blessed by the community in my blogging groups. CBB is very special. Looking at your post reference, I need to check out your post. We have an Aldi’s here, but I’ve never been. It’s just off my beaten path. But I’ve heard so many good things about it. Thanks for visiting.
Dianne Thornton says
That’s a good one, too, Betsy!, Have a great day!!