Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Blessed by Blood - Martin Wiles

But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. Exodus 12:23 NLT

If I see blood, I just might not see anything else.

Needles I don’t like. And when those needles deliver blood—or more than likely take blood—I like them even less. A simple finger prick to check my blood sugar is enough to send me to the floor if I’m not already lying down. Which is why I normally tell nurses to let me lie down while they do what they have to do. Most say, “Oh, you’ll be alright.” And then they find out differently. “Oh, you don’t look so good,” they remark. And I want to say, “I told you so.”

After a stint in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer wherein I had to have blood given—and after having aged a bit and having doctors take blood to check various things—I’ve learned to stay upright when I see the blood, at least most of the time. Having to give my wife a shot for arthritis has helped to. Who would have thought I’d ever administer an injection?

Blood blesses, although the sight of it can sometimes make me see stars. Blood blessed the children of Israel who had languished in Egyptian slavery for 400 years. Deliverance neared, but in order to escape the final plague—the death angel passing through the land and killing all the firstborn children and animals—they had to smear blood on the doorframes of their homes. When the angel saw the blood, he would pass over.

The Passover—as God named the celebration—gave an early picture of what Jesus would do thousands of years later through His death on the cross. As the blood on the doorframes saved the Israelites in a particular home, so Christ’s blood saves us when we apply it to our lives through repentance and belief.

When Christ sprinkles our hearts with His blood, we enjoy guilt-free living. We know our sins—past, present, and future—are forgiven and no longer held against us. Instead of making me pass out, this blood revives my soul, and can yours.

Blood might not be the most pleasant subject, but it carries life within it—physical and spiritual. Have you been blessed by Christ’s blood?

Prayer: Father, thank You for the blood shed by Your Son for our salvation.

Tweetable: What does blood do for you? 

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