Today I Gave Blood

by Ron Williams, Huntsville, Alabama,
via Tabernacle (New Jersey) Church of Christ bulletin

For several years, I have been giving blood from time to time because I have O+ that is so needed in emergency situations. Usually, I give blood either at the American Red Cross center on Washington Street or at the Huntsville Hospital where I go to visit church members.

Because I was in Kenya, Africa, last year on a mission trip, I have been unable to give blood for one full year. Numerous times this past year I have been called to come and give blood only to have to tell them that I could not do so. Last Saturday, October 2, exactly one year had passed.

Today I gave blood. In doing so, it made me think about my blood compared to the blood which Jesus gave on the Cross of Calvary. Think with me for a moment:

»  I gave about a pint of my blood--Jesus gave it all (in the sense of the total sacrifice of His body for our sins).

»  My blood was hopefully without any major defects since it will be used for surgeries and such--Jesus' blood was pure and sinless and was used to atone for the sins of all the world.

»  I sat in a nice comfortable chair in a quiet, air-conditioned building with the best equipment used to ensure sanitary conditions as my blood came out--Jesus' blood was shed on an old rugged cross in the stifling heat with sinful men shouting for Him to die.

»  My blood came out of my arm via a needle--Jesus' blood came out of wounds spread over His body as He had been inhumanely beaten, whipped, and abused prior to being nailed on the cross!

»  After I gave blood, I sat around eating a snack and drinking something to give me energy to go back to my work and normal activities--Jesus' blood was shed so that He died and His body was later taken down and placed in a borrowed grave.

»  I plan to give blood again in the future so that others can benefit in a medical emergency--Jesus gave His blood ONE TIME to fulfill the needs of the entire world until He comes again!

Today I gave blood. Almost 2,000 years ago, my Savior gave His blood and the world has never been the same since. I wish all my friends could appreciate the difference His sacrifice can make in their lives!

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7).

Sign up today to give a pint of your blood and know that it will help a few. While giving, remember that Jesus' blood saves us all.

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