Blood gives life. We’re having a blood drive at my company in a couple of weeks. I’m a little nervous about it myself. I’ve never given blood before. I’ve had blood tests in the past and  one time I actually passed out BEFORE the needle hit my arm. I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to do it or not.

But knowing I can give someone else a better chance to live should spur me to action.

Blood is an interesting substance. I don’t know all the medical details, but I know this, Cain killed Abel because he brought a blood offering (at least that is why I think Abel’s sacrifice was more pleasing to God). Later, Abraham was going to offer his own son Isaac as an offering. Fortunately for Isaac, God provided a ram.

Then, the blood of a spotless lamb sprinkled over the doorposts of a household protected the occupants from the most dreaded of the plagues–death of the first born.

Once the tabernacle had been built, people came to have sins forgiven by the shedding of the blood of animals.

So, you see, it’s all about the blood. But the sacrifice had to be made over and over.

Until…

Jesus came.

He became the spotless lamb–the sacrifice that takes away the sins of the world. This time it was once and for all. It didn’t have to happen over and over again.

Some expected the Messiah to be a great warrior–a superhero to squash the enemy. But the Messiah was the ultimate sacrifice. THE Blood Donor for a dying world.

Pardon me while I paste a large chunk of scripture here. I think it tells what I’m trying to say much better:

Hebrews 9:19-28 

19When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e] 21In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

 23It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.