How often do you hear blood referred to as the "Gift of Life?" It is something all of us have and most can give to save the life of another. Have you ever given blood? Let's compare our blood donation with that of Jesus.

  Our pint is a donation after which we enjoy a snack and soon resume our normal daily activities. When Jesus gave His it was a sacrifice after which He "cried out with a loud voice and breathed His last" (Mark 15:37). We give what we can easily spare and replace and yet Jesus gave His very life. We usually go to a hospital or a clinic in a very sterile and comfortable environment to give blood. Jesus was beaten, scourged and nailed to a rough log. A fairly painless needle in the arm is the method for which our blood is drawn. Jesus' was by nails, whips, and a spear.

  In a matter of minutes the whole process is over and we are on our way with words of thankfulness. Jesus suffered for hours as life slowly seeped out of His body at the hands of thankless men. While we "give" our blood away the recipient is charged for it. Jesus "gave" His blood and those who receive it do so free of charge. What a measureless gift!

  The gift of our blood will eventually be out-of-date if not used in a timely manner. Jesus' blood is as fresh today as it was nearly 2000 years go when it was given; and will be until He returns. Our blood may be rejected because of disease or contamination. A multitude of tests are performed on each sample to prove its viability. Jesus' sacrifice was "precious, without spot or blemish." It was and always will be perfect.

  One pint of our blood can save three lives. A drop of Jesus' can save the world. Blood has to be matched to type for the recipient; Jesus' blood knows no limits. There is no replacement for blood. Scientists, engineers, and medical specialists have teamed up to make replacement limbs, joints, and even hearts, but nothing has been developed to replace blood. Nothing can replace the blood of Jesus as a redemption price for our souls.

  The precious nature of blood can easily be seen in our physical bodies. Throughout scripture we see the redeeming nature of blood in the sacrifices for sin and sanctification. Jesus' blood was the ultimate and final payment for man's eternal salvation. Jesus made a blood donation for you! Will you accept it?

  "And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." - Hebrews 9:22