The only option was a blood transfusion! Our daughter-in-law began to hemorrhage after her second son was born in 2004. The doctors had been trying to stop the bleeding since she delivered our grandson. The medication finally succeeded after several hours, but our daughter-in-law had lost so much blood they felt she needed a blood transfusion. The birth of our grandson was joyous, though our celebration was cut short. He had been born at 7 p.m. but it was midnight before our daughter-in-law was stabilized. We left the hospital weary and uneasy because of our concern for her health and well-being. The doctors would make their decision the next morning based on her blood count.
I could not sleep, although I was exhausted after a long day and late night. The gamut of emotions had drained my mind and body. I prayed my daughter-in-law would not require a blood transfusion but the doctors seemed adamant about her need for several pints of blood. Screening for blood purity had begun to improve over the last 10 years, but there were still cases of people contracting serious diseases or infections from donated blood. I wrestled with the thought of her receiving a blood transfusion from a stranger and kept praying against the need for one.
Tossing and turning for over an hour, I cried out to the Lord for peace and a word from Him on the matter. The answer was not exactly what I had prayed, but with God’s revelation the peace flooded my mind and heart. The Lord assured me our daughter-in-law would receive a blood transfusion but He promised she would be fine. His word was profound: “Your husband has been donating his blood monthly for years. He has given over a gallon of blood to others which was pure, free of disease and contaminants. What he has given freely to others your daughter-in-law will receive. She will be given pure, uncontaminated blood.” I wept.
Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled: God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside), [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” AMPV. Emphasis mine. Although the context of this scripture is in regard to true salvation, the principles of God’s Word regarding sowing and reaping are His law and they are irrevocable! The Lord spoke that promise to me and the peace of God filled the room. I slept the rest of the night undisturbed.
The next morning we arrived at the hospital. The doctors had already begun giving our daughter-in-law the two pints of blood she needed. I felt such amazement and peace that the Lord had prepared for this need years before, prompting my husband to give his blood for others’ lives. Someone visiting in the hospital room mentioned concerns about the blood transfusion and I could see my daughter-in-law’s face turn fearful. I was quickly able to pull down the words of doubt and concern by speaking the word the Lord had given me the night before. His peace came into that hospital room and hovered over us all. It has been 12 years since that happened and my daughter-in-law is healthy and strong. She was given the gift of pure blood.
Two thousand years ago, the entire world was given the opportunity to receive a blood transfusion and it is continually offered to all who will receive it. It was the gift of clean, pure blood. It was not only pure, it was sinless, holy, and divine blood. Isaiah 53:6 describes the condition of mankind and why we needed a blood transfusion. “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord had made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.” AMPV. See 1 Peter 2:24-25. Paul addressed the same principle in Romans 3:23 which declares, “No distinction is made: all have sinned and lack God’s glory.” The New Jerusalem Bible. Conditions were placed upon man’s behavior when God established His covenant with him. God declared blessings upon those who obeyed His covenant but curses would be upon all who rebelled against Him and His word. Those curses occurred because of the fall of man and still affect all who do not trust in the Lord.
Sin exacted a stiff penalty upon Adam and Eve and all their descendants (the whole world). Because the wages of sin is death, both physical and spiritual, Adam and Eve lost their created right to dwell in the Lord’s presence of holiness. See Genesis Chapter 3 and Romans 6:23. They were not created to know good and evil. God placed them in the garden, clothed them with His glory and they abided in the holy presence of God. Their rebellion opened their eyes to evil which also opened the door to death. It also closed the door to the Lord’s intimate presence in their lives. Their nakedness exposed the fact that they had sinned. The first generation after Adam and Eve introduced death when Cain, their son, killed his brother Abel. Now, their only remedy for sin was through the shedding of pure, undefiled blood. Hebrews 9:22 states, “[In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.” AMPV.Life is in the blood and therefore, there cannot be life without the blood: physically or spiritually. This created a dilemma for mankind, but God had already prepared the remedy. The blood of animals temporarily “covered” man’s sin, but God’s perfect plan was to completely eradicate it! The pure blood necessary for man’s atonement had to come through a sinless man. See Romans 5:12-14. There was only One candidate Who met the criteria for the sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus was born to a virgin by the Holy Spirit. It was a supernatural conception which gave Him both the blood of man and God. He lived a holy life and kept the law of God, therefore, His blood was sinless pure and holy. His blood was enough to cover every man, woman and child that had ever been or would ever be born in the entire world. Jesus’ pure blood had a miraculous effect on all mankind and our relationship with God. His blood sacrifice provided:
- Redemption: His blood redeemed the world from the authority of Satan changing it back to the authority of God for all who believed. It was the perfect ransom for our bondage to a sinful life. “[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 AMPV. Our debt of spiritual death was removed by our appropriate application of the Blood of Jesus. Repentance of our sin/sins and faith in Jesus’ blood sacrifice to atone us is required to receive this gift of redemption.
- Forgiveness: Through our repentance and faith in Jesus’ blood sacrifice, God has forgiven all our sins and transgressions: past, present and future (when confessed and repented). Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive out sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” 1 John 1:9 AMV. Our sins are remembered no more and we have been given a new beginning.
- Justification: All charges for violating God’s Law of moral, ethical and spiritual principles were acquitted for all who believe in the power of Jesus’ blood sacrifice. The penalty should have been our death. Instead, because Jesus substituted Himself in our place, all who believe in His sacrifice become reconciled to God and are called to be a child of God. Romans 5:1 “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” NKJV.
- New Creation: Jesus described our conversion as being born again. See John 3:1-5. The power of sin was broken and freedom from guilt and shame became available to all who would call upon the name of Jesus for their salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].” AMPV. Just as the natural blood in our bodies gives us life and pulses that life throughout our body, Jesus’ blood gives us spiritual life which transforms us into new creatures in Christ Jesus.
- Access to God: Jesus’ death and resurrection removed the veil which kept us from having the same access Adam and Eve had with God before they sinned. Ephesians 3:12 “In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom without fear).” AMPV. The Lord is close to those who love Him. He dwells in our hearts and we become the temple of His presence giving Him full freedom to transform our lives according to His will.
- Healing/Deliverance: The blood of Jesus was used to break the power of the curse. His blood was not simply for our salvation. It also purchased our right to be healed and delivered of physical and mental oppression of the devil. Isaiah 53:4-5 proclaims, “Surely He hath borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” AMPV.
When Jesus’ blood seeped into the ground in Jerusalem and at Golgotha, the entire force of heaven’s power crushed every work of darkness. It ratified God’s covenant while destroying every curse and hold the devil had on all who received Jesus’ blood sacrifice for mankind. Faith in the power of the Blood of Jesus and the authority of the Name of Jesus is our defense against all the works of the devil and our assurance of a victorious life.
The New Covenant God established now guarantees full victory in every area of our lives when we walk in the righteousness and holiness His blood purchased for us. We must trust and believe in what He accomplished for our benefit without doubting or wavering. His blood calls us to become pure and holy as He is. His blood demands us to not only be transformed but to also be transformers who change the world. His blood was not just shed for us, but for all; and His blood compels us to tell the world they have been given the gift of pure, sinless and holy blood.