If you are reading this, you have blood in your body. Contrary to what some loyal sports fans say, it’s a shade of red for all of us too. The human body contains approximately 6 quarts (or 5.6 liters) of blood. In one day your blood travels nearly 12,000 miles. However, that same blood that is in us can also be lost. Lose half of your blood or more, and your physical life becomes endangered. That’s the model. Blood is really important.
However, blood is messy. I don’t do so well at the sight of a lot of blood. Some of us do better than others. We usually take care when blood appears. Blood can come slowly and very little or faster with a very lot. How would you have done at the crucifixion scene of Jesus? How would you have done at the mess leading up to it? He lost enough blood to end his physical life. He was beaten and carried through the streets. He had a crown of thick thorns placed on his head that made him bleed from there too. He was not given a transfusion or an extra pint. He died slowly and painfully as a sacrifice for you!
Certainly, the message remains clear. We understand the value of shed blood in the example of our soldiers’ sacrificial living. We understand that example through others who have given their lives for the sake of saving another’s life . Salvation came through sacrifice. You cannot save yourself eternally and spiritually, so Jesus shed his blood for you physically. Soldiers die for freedom that is often abused. Jesus died once and for all people whether they accept the message of it or not. Blood is precious. Hebrews 9: 26- 28 speaks to this “But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. “