Blood…the sight of it makes some people become light headed and feel as though they are going to faint. Diabetics like me, see our own blood several times each day and don’t give it a second thought. Surgeons, nurses, and hospital staff see other people’s blood on a daily basis without any problem. So we see that the sight of blood affects a variety of people in various ways.
Then there is a group of people that not only want to not see blood…they don’t even want to think about it or hear it mentioned…ever. Many in the religious world are that way. They’re squeamish when it comes to blood. They have joined ranks together and formed a denomination of their own making so they can avoid it altogether. They have hymnbooks in which the word “blood” can not be found, they make no mention about it when preaching from their pulpits, and they don’t teach about it in their Bible studies. If it were possible and could be made intelligently feasible, they’d probably have their own version of the Bible printed up without the word “blood” in it as well.
But like it or not, we serve a God which has always had a use for blood. His use: “it is blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11)
Blood then: Under the Old Covenant, God’s people, the children of Israel, were never to consume the blood of any manner of flesh (sacrificed or otherwise) and if they did, they would be considered unclean and be “cut off”(no longer be a part of the Nation of Israel). However, if they disobeyed this mandate, there was a ceremony they could go through to become clean again, i.e., they were to wash their clothes, bathe themselves in water, and would remain unclean until evening. But…if they did not go through this cleansing ceremony… they would not only be “cut off” but they would “bear their iniquity.” (Remain unclean, and if they died, they’d do so in their sin) (Leviticus 17:10-16)
Blood now: Jesus is our New Covenant. (Isaiah 42:1-7)(Isaiah 49:1-8)(Matthew 12:16-21)(Luke 4:16-21)(Ephesians 2:13-15) And under our New Covenant, God’s people who are now called Christians (Acts 11:26) (Acts 26:28) (1Peter 4:16) are to follow the instructions of Jesus concerning the consumption of blood. His instructions were very different from that of His Father’s to the Israelites. Different Covenant…different instructions. His instruction (commandment i.e. “this do”) to the Christian is to drink blood…His blood. (Matthew 26:27-28)
Jesus made a statement early in His ministry that was considered a “hard saying.” Here’s some of what He said; "Verily, Verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.” (Emphasis mine) (John 6:53) And wouldn’t you know it’s considered a “hard saying” yet today. But…it’s only a “hard saying” because people complicate it and make it hard. His disciples knew nothing of the Lord’s Supper at the time He said these words and couldn’t conceive in their wildest imagination what He was talking about. But it all came together for them a few years later in the upper room when He offered them some bread and told them it was His body and to eat it, and He offered them the cup and told them it was His blood, His blood of the New Covenant and to drink it. If you’ve read the story you probably noticed that they didn’t cock their heads to one side and look at Him as if they didn’t know what He was talking about…instead, they took the bread and readily ate it and they took the cup and they readily drank it, and without question. They ate and drank without uttering, “This is a hard saying.”
Many Christians today make it so hard by contesting, “The fruit of the vine” was in the cup…not blood.” Well, these same Christians probably believe every miracle that Jesus performed except for one, His first one…turning water into wine. For me it’s pretty simple, if He can turn water into wine, which He can and He did, then why is it not possible for Him to turn “the fruit of the vine” into blood? I say, He can and He does.
When we read the words of Jesus, we need to put complete trust in what He says to the point to where if we were reading a passage of Scripture and it said, “Your name, get up and run through yonder wall,” that we would immediately get up and take off running and expect Him to have made a hole in the wall by the time we reach it. (I heard that in a sermon one time)
I take Communion as Jesus offered it in the Scriptures, and here’s why. “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.” There is life in the blood. I choose life. How about you?