Today, I’m thinking about the needless blood that has been shed in our country. Blood shed by criminals. Blood shed by rioters and looters. Blood shed accidently and inadvertently. And sadly blood shed by reckless, rouge and sometimes racist cops.
We often lament that an innocent person’s life was taken. I understand the context of that statement. We’re saying he didn’t deserve to die in that situation. However, there was only ONE person who actually died an innocent death. He was Jesus of Nazareth.
The Bible affirms that Jesus was sinless. Holy. Harmless. Without spot or blemish.
So why was His blood shed?
“The blood was shed to unite us to God,” affirmed Andrew Murray in The Power of the Blood of Christ.
Think about what the blood of Christ does:
Jesus’ blood justifies us with God. (Rom. 5:9)
Jesus’ blood forgives our sins (Eph. 1:7)
Jesus’ blood cleanses us of sin’s stain. (I Jn 1:7)
Jesus’ blood empowers us to overcome the enemy. (Rev. 12:11)
Jesus’ blood affords fellowship with God. (Eph. 2:13)
Jesus’ blood frees us from a guilty conscience. (Heb 10:22)
Jesus’ blood provides peace with God. (Isa 53:5: Eph. 2:13-14)
Who enjoys these privileges and prerogatives?
Everyone who’s washed by the blood of Jesus (Rev. 1:5) in compliance with the Gospel’s call. Everyone. Jew. Gentile. Black. White. Asian. Indian. And Hispanic.
Now, think about this. When it comes to human blood, you can’t distinguish between race or ethnicity. The Bible affirms, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth” (Ax. 17:26). If you get a blood transfusion, you don’t know whose blood you received. It’s all human blood.
Today, when we come to communion and remember “the blood of the cross,” brethren of all races, with the same blood, commune with Christ at the Supper. Our skin color makes no difference. Not to Him. And it shouldn’t to us.
Oh, we come with different backgrounds, customs, educational levels, experiences, political beliefs, and socio-economic positions. But we’re together. One in Him. And enjoy a commonality in Christ of spiritual blessings.
Today. Let’s remember what really matters. And focus on what makes us more alike, rather than those outward manifestations that define our differences.
We are united by blood. Ours. And His.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman