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!