There is often a shortage of blood available in blood banks due to severe winter weather, a holiday season, and a bad flu season. If you've had a bad car accident or a couple of gunshot wounds, you're in a world of trouble. There is no fact more basic to human life - without the blood you need, you die.

We understand the need for blood to live physically, but if God didn't explain it to us, we would never understand our need for blood to live spiritually and to live eternally after we die. Hebrews 9:22 says, "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." The reason forgiveness is so critical is because that's the only way to have the sins of our life removed from God's book. There's no chance of heaven if we try to go there with our sin, and there's no way to get rid of our sin without God's forgiveness. God tells us there's no way to get that forgiveness without blood - blood that is shed for the death penalty that sin carries.

For God's ancient people, the Jews, that meant a system of regular animal sacrifices where the shedding of a substitute's blood - the blood of that animal - could provide a way to be forgiven. It was only temporary and it was very incomplete because, as God says later in Hebrews, "It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Hebrews 10:4). Then God sent to earth the only One who was perfect enough to be the substitute for all of us, shedding His blood for us. "We have been made holy" the Bible says. That means acceptable to God, "through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Hebrews 10:10).

There are some people who don't like all this talk about blood. This isn't about gore; it's about love. We just don't understand the seriousness of our condition with God. We're lifelong rebels against His rule over us. We're under an eternal death penalty that can only be paid by someone dying! If you want to see the horror of all our lies, selfishness, pride, sexual sins, and the hurting we've done, just walk up to the cross of Jesus and look at the mangled form of the Son of God. Listen as He cries, "My God, why have You forsaken Me?" That's what our sin looks like. That's what it took to pay for it. It took the blood of the Son of God.

If you're depending on anything else, no matter how spiritual or religious, to get you to God, you're not going to make it. God provided this one way for you to be forgiven and for you to live forever. The question is, have you ever been to Jesus' cross in your heart and put all your trust in the One who died there in your place? There's no reason for you to pay for your sin - not when Jesus, in His love, already paid it for you as your substitute. The Bible says, "He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world."

Have you ever put your total trust in Jesus to be your Savior, your Rescuer, and your Forgiver? If not, and if you want to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ today, why don't you tell Him that. You can say, "Jesus, I've been running my own life. I resign. I know there's a death penalty for hijacking my life from You. I believe You loved me so much that You paid my death penalty when You died on that cross. You took my hell, and I know that it took Your blood being shed for me to be right with God. Today, I'm abandoning trust in everything else and putting all my trust in You to be my personal Savior from my personal sin."

Many people have found help in beginning a relationship with Him by visiting YoursForLife.net or by calling 1-888-966-7325 (toll-free).

For you to have a relationship with your creator and for you to ever go to heaven, there's blood needed - the blood of Jesus Christ covering the sin of your life. Without the blood, we die. Life is within your reach right now, right where you are.

            

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