The Universal Donor
By Robert E. Coleman.
Jesus' blood matches every type, avails for every need, and is free to all who will receive it into their heart by faith.
A large sign on a street corner caught my attention. On it was a picture of an injured man receiving a blood transfusion. The caption was "Giving Blood Saves Lives."
Indeed, giving blood does save lives. It is the very means by which life is sustained. As the heart pumps this vital fluid through the body's network of arteries, capillaries, and veins, each cell is continuously supplied with food and oxygen, and waste products are eliminated. No part of the flesh can live without being nourished and cleansed by this throbbing stream of life.
Recognizing this human phenomenon, it is not strange that in the Bible blood should be associated with spiritual life. Because "the life of the flesh is in the blood," it became very naturally the means by which atonement could be demonstrated (see Lev. 17:11). Every Old Testament blood sacrifice spoke of Him who one day would give His life for the world, the incarnate Son of God.
Blood is the symbol of our Lord's outpoured life, the offering of Himself unto death on our behalf. Only as we take this fact into our heart can we truly know salvation. THE IDEAL DONOR: A little boy was told by his doctor that he could save his sister's life by giving her some blood. The six-year-old girl was near death--a victim of a disease from which the boy had made a marvelous recovery two years earlier. Her only chance for restoration was a blood transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the illness. Because the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.
"Johnny, would you like to give your blood for Mary?" the doctor asked. The boy hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he smiled, and said, "Sure, Doc, I'll give my blood for my sister." Soon the two children were wheeled into the operating room--Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and the picture of health. Neither spoke. But when their eyes met, Johnny grinned.
As the blood siphoned into Mary's veins, one could almost see new life come into her tired body. The ordeal was almost over when Johnny's brave little voice broke the silence. "Say, Doc, when do I die?" It was only then that the doctor realized what Johnny's moment of hesitation and the trembling of his lip meant. He actually thought that in giving his blood to his sister he was giving up his life! And in that brief moment he made his great decision! BLOOD BANK OF CALVARY: We hear a lot today about blood banks. They are depositories where blood taken from healthy donors is stored for future use. When an emergency arises in which a transfusion is needed, a call to the blood bank usually will bring forth the desired supply of saving fluid. This is a marvel of modern science.
But how much more wonderful is the blood bank of Calvary. There, in unlimited supply, is the incorruptible blood of the Son of God. Its life-giving power is as it was when it was given at the cross. It matches every type, avails for every need, and is free to all who will receive it into their heart by faith. If for any reason your life has not known this divine transfusion, receive it now. Make your great decision. Offer yourself to Him, even as He has given Himself to you. And in this holy outpouring of life, your heart will feel the throb of the heart of GOD.