Blood and Life, Blood Nose

Have you ever felt that the association of blood as a representation of Jesus in Christianity is slightly distasteful? Well, you are not alone. Many of us may have felt this because we were so used to correlate blood with trauma and death. The only time we are conscious of our own blood is when we see it; and that usually means something is not well. We have been conditioned to perceive blood very negatively; something essential and critical, but something not very pleasant. Many people are in fear at the sight of blood; and no thanks to Hollywood, blood is often seen as a gross aftermath of horror and death. There is just something horribly wrong and unnatural watching the thick red fluid of life pour out uncontrollably from a living body.

However, as uncomforting as one may feel, Christianity is based firmly on blood. In Old Testament, blood sacrifices were comprehensively recorded. In the New Testament, the word “blood” occurs 3 times more than the “cross” of Christ and 5 times more than the word “death”; and that goes to show the importance blood continue to have within the new covenant.

Blood and Life, Blood Spatter

I used to attend a very traditional church where the emphasis is re-living of the final agony of Jesus Christ on the cross every time Holy Communion is served. Tense moments of checking and re-checking ourselves to make sure we had confessed all our sins before we are entitled to partake of His body and His blood; so we will not “eat our own sins”. The gloomy theme of death hanged heavily and precariously. Many times I just have to let the elements passed me by because I always deemed myself too unworthy to partake; needless to say I subsequently slipped spiritual.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.   John 6:53-54

You see, we tend to focus on the blood of Christ shed based on death, but we have to see from Jesus’ perspective instead, that His blood is shared based on life; that we may have eternal life! Jesus didn’t go to the cross so that He can taste death, He went to the cross so we can taste life! In Genesis 4, The blood of Abel that cries out to Father God for justice and vengeance (Heb 12:24), but the blood of Jesus Christ cries out that justice has been served! The judgment for our sins has been served on Christ on the cross. The blood of Jesus cries out the covenant and forgiveness of sins between God and his people. The blood is not poured out in sadness and tears but in celebratory triumphant and victory!

Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”  Matthew 26:27-29

Blood and Life, life. line. (in the blood)

Life is in the blood (Lev 17:11/Lev 17:14/Deut 12:23). Blood signifies life, not the absence of it. Rarely do everyday people see the dramatic power blood giving life. Jesus’ blood on the cross was shed not for death, but for life. Not only does the blood wash us from our sins but also by ‘drinking’ His blood, like blood transfusion, we inherit His blood in us, giving us life, all that we need and every good thing that is pleasing to Him.

Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.  
Hebrews 13:20-21

When we see the bread and cup signifying His body and His blood, we should remember Him not with death, but with life!

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