A devotional thought from Christian George for “When I See the Blood…”
These days, vampires are all the craze. Why? Maybe it’s because vampires are normal monsters. They are intelligent, sophisticated creatures that listen to classical music and wear stylish sunglasses. Maybe it’s because, unlike werewolves, they don’t snarl or drool. Unlike zombies, they don’t make weird noises and eat brains. Vampires are quite pleasant, actually. All they require is just a little blood from your neck. It’s the only thing they need to stay alive.
Isaiah compares those who will kill the Messiah to blood-guzzling monsters who “will be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine”(Isa. 49:26, HCSB; see also Rev. 16:6). It was our sins—not the nails— that held Christ to the cross. We are the monsters. And like vampires, we, too, require blood. His blood. It’s the only source of life that will truly let us live. And here’s the best part about it. We don’t have to steal it. Jesus gives it freely. “Drink from it, all of you,” He said. “For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:27-28).
If church history has taught us anything, it’s that the atoning blood of Christ is contagious. Those who have been bitten are going to change others. That’s what Tertullian meant when he said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” And like a newly minted vampire that realizes for the first time that he is now immortal, born-again believers can be confident that they too are guaranteed eternal life. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
So, who have you “bitten” this week?
Pause and Reflect:
• Do you view your sins as mere mistakes or life-taking crimes? Whose life did you take? How can this awareness influence your attitude toward the atonement?
• Read Psalm 73:22. Before Christ came into your life, could the Psalmist’s description of himself apply also to you?
• Why is Christianity such a gory story? What happens if we ignore the reality of the brutality?