Monday, January 11, 2010

Christ's Blood Type


I've had this dream twice now. A dream about how we let others blood stand in the way of Christ. There are so many blood types out there, but not one has been poured out for everything we've EVER done wrong.



A WORLD FULL OF BLOOD TYPES TO LOOK TO


There are many types of blood out there that we look to for answers. Often the ones we look to most are right in front of us. They are the preachers or teachers. They are the Sunday School leaders and Youth Ministers that seem to ROCK our Christian world. They are often the pillars of faith...authors, speakers, leaders, musicians.... we observe while thinking, "I could never be as influential as he or she is". They are often our parents, family, and friends who have set such a wonderful example.

It's easy to get off track and focus on those in front of us, feeling like they can lead the way...like they can bridge the gap of our understanding.

The problem with this is that their pedestal is marred. Their blood type is that of the rest of humanity. They will fail... and often, when one of these spiritual mentors fail, people will walk away....from Christ....from the Church. You see we're looking to a human blood type to lead us to our promise of Salvation. The only one that can lead us is Jesus Christ crucified. I think Paul said it best when he wrote to the Church in Corinth in I Corinthians 1:12-17.

"What I mean is this: One of you says, 'I follow Paul'; another, 'I follow Apollos'; another, 'I follow Cephas'; still another, 'I follow Christ.' Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power."


LOOKING TO OURSELVES


Another stumbling block that causes us to fumble the ball , stares back at us from the mirror every morning. Heavy, thin, angular, round....the face that stares back at us also has a blood type distinctly human.


At times we look to ourselves as a source of salvation. We think that if we "do" enough, work enough, go to Church enough, or even read the Bible and pray enough, we will earn what Christ has freely given to those who follow Him. We attempt to take away value from the blood of Christ and mix it in with the value we place on our thoughts and actions. It doesn't mix well. Our blood cannot earn the mended chasm that Christ's death put into play. Our actions, purity, thought, or lives cannot reach such a pinnacle of "rightness" that we obtain salvation on our own merits. Our own blood type cannot equal that of Christ.


THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST


As I picture these vials of blood setting on the counter of a crisp, antiseptically clean room, I think of how little this blood actually means. This blood is important to be able to function as a human, but since our walk here on earth is temporary....it has limited use.

The blood flowing through Christs' veins has a life giving essence. It is pumping life into each of our eternal systems. It's salvation lies in the fact that this blood stopped, it stopped pumping for us and it began again in order to finish the plan of His Father...to complete salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome Kat!! Needed this today! I'm going to have Lex read this too.

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