Words from the Heart for Friday February 16th, 2018
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
I Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)
The Precious Blood of Christ
How much is a soul worth? How much are you worth to God? This scripture tells us the answer. He has given the precious blood of Christ as the payment for us. The highest price has been paid for us and we are worth more than any amount of gold or silver.
Every unit of donated blood in Canada is collected by Canadian Blood Services and sent to their production laboratory, where it is first assessed for suitability. A process called centrifugation separates the blood into red blood cells, plasma and—depending on hospital requirements—platelets and cryoprecipitate. Each unit of blood undergoes leukoreduction, a filtration process that removes white blood cells and reduces the chance of side effects such as chill or fever that could be harmful to a donation recipient.
We live in a generation that is experiencing the greatest transfer of money in history. Everything we have worked for over our lives is eventually passed on to the next generation. We pass on something else as well – our sinful nature. Every child born is born in sin and from their first breath needs a Saviour. The apostle Peter speaks about this in 1 Peter 1:18-19: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” We inherited an “empty life” Peter says, but God set about to provide everything necessary for us to be redeemed. And it was a high price that God paid – it cost the life of His Son, Jesus. He had introduced temple sacrifices that would point to the final great sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Life is in the blood, and our eternal life is secure through the blood of Jesus shed for us on the cross.
These have been words from the heart.