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04.09.17 | by Ray Jones


    Physician Horace Smith describes the importance of human blood: “Each drop of human blood contains over 5 million red cells … In an average lifetime, a person's red cells arranged in single file would reach from the earth to the sun and back five times! Our bodies contain approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels … Through this delivery system, blood provides everything our cells need to live, and they take away waste that would poison us. At the cellular level, capillaries are so small that they are about the size of a single red blood cell … To connect with all the cells in the body, capillary walls cover an area of about 70,000 square feet … The circulatory system is the epitome of consistency. Every day, the heart beats 100,000 times, and over an average lifespan, this amazing machine beats 2.5 billion times, pumping 60 million gallons of blood. During this time, the heart never takes time off. We can't afford for it to take a break—even a few minutes without blood supply causes severe brain damage or death. Virtually all other cells in the human body are stationary, but blood is mobile tissue, carrying nutrients to every part of the body … protecting us from harm and healing our wounds.”

    No wonder the Old Testament says that "The life of every creature is its blood" (Lev. 17:14).

    Today, we understand the significance of this truth even more deeply. There are no cells in the human body that can live without continual contact with life-giving blood. Every type of cell, from the ones that survive only moments to those that live for many years, owes its life to the flow of blood. All three types of cells in human blood—red cells, white cells, and platelets—perform functions that are essential to life.

    In a similar way, the Bible says that sin had corrupted our spiritual blood system resulting in our death and separation from God, and requiring a spiritual payment and transfusion. The writer of Hebrews put it this way… According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Heb. 9:22) We were helpless to remedy our condition, but thanks be to God that through the blood of Christ on the Cross, Jesus became our payment and our purifier. Life is in the blood and eternal life and spiritual life is found in the blood shed by Christ for us!

    Today is Palm Sunday, it commemorates the final week of Christ’s work on earth, and it gives us the opportunity to worship and celebrate the Cross, the Blood, and the Empty Tomb. I have listed several key events to help us do just that… DON’T MISS ANY!

    Today join us at 4:00 PM for our choir, orchestra, and cast… as they share the Easter message, “Forever Changed”--through praise and song.

    Good Friday Luncheon… Join us this coming Friday for lunch (11:30-12:30) and reflection on the Cross in the fellowship hall. No reservation necessary and feel free to invite your guests.

    Good Friday Evening… Join our Contemporary Worship band at 6:30 PM for a worshipful evening “Celebrating the Good News of Jesus”.

    All culminating on Easter Sunday Morning… with a powerful worship victory celebration on the Resurrection!

    *Let the celebration begin today, in this place and in your heart… and remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray