Words from the Heart for Monday February 22nd, 2021
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)
AB-negative blood is the rarest of blood types in Canada – only 0.5% of Canadians share this blood type. While it is rare, those with AB-negative blood can receive red blood cells from donors with any other Rh negative blood type. Donors who are AB-negative are the universal platelet and plasma donors because these blood components can be transfused to any patient. Because of this, those with AB-negative blood who become regular donors are much appreciated by Canada Blood Services.
If you have ever spent time in a hospital you will know how often they take blood samples. It is obvious that blood is a river of life that surges within us, and a blood test reveals how healthy we are. Blood has enormous importance in the practice of medicine. Clinicians examine it more often than any other tissue trying to determine the cause of a disease in their patients. It isn’t just modern scientists that understand this. Leviticus 17:11 says “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Life is the blood. Sin brought about our death and has severed our relationship with our Creator. We need new life so that our relationship with God can be restored. In order for that to happen, the blood of a perfect One would need to be shed. In 1 Corinthians 11:25 we read: “In the same way, after supper [Jesus] took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Our life is in the blood of Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.