Originally scheduled for September 16
Those of you who are regular blood donors at
the Red Cross are familiar with the questionnaire that must be
filled out every time you give blood. It has grown in length over
the years, as new threats to the purity of the blood supply in
America have arrived. It starts off with a number of questions about
your general health, followed by some questions about medications
that you might be taking. Some of those medications can bar you from
giving blood. You wouldn’t want a blood transfusion full of blood
Then there comes the strange series of
questions that all begin the same way: “Have you ever, even once,
had sex…”. That’s sex with various people, in various ways.
Sometimes reading that questionnaire can give you the impression
that your sex life is obviously somehow defective if you haven’t
done at least some of these things. You wonder sometimes whether or
not they’re going to ask you if you have ever had sex with a
giraffe. Then you wonder how you would do such a thing.
If you look at it from the other end of the
process, however, it becomes quite a bit clearer. Imagine that you,
or one of your children, needed to receive a blood transfusion.
There are all sorts of diseases and medical conditions that can
result from a blood transfusion if the blood has not been properly
screened. You would want that blood transfusion to be pure. You
would not at all be happy with being told you had a one in 100
chance of contracting some disease because of the transfusion.
Purity is the only real solution.
In a very real sense, Christ is our “blood
donor.” Through his blood we are changed. For example:
His blood cleanses us from all sin (1st
By his blood we have redemption
By his blood we have justification
By his blood we have reconciliation,
peace with God (Colossians 1:20).
All these things we received through Christ by
his shedding blood on the Cross. But this was only possible because
he was our sacrificial lamb, a sacrifice “without spot or blemish”
(1st Peter 1:9). It is that purity that was necessary for
As you partake today, remember that the
elements of communion, bread and the fruit of the vine, seem to be
ordinary things. But there is a difference between what a thing is,
and what it is made of. Communion is made of these elements — but it
is the body and blood of Christ. That blood was pure beyond the
measure of man, for Christ was the sinless man. Therefore, as you
partake today, examine yourself. See if you are living the life he
has commanded you to live. In remembrance of him you are taking into
yourself a high and holy thing. Do not do this lightly; do not do
this mechanically. Rather, after introspection, do this in a worthy
manner, knowing that you are taking in the body and blood of Christ
— pure, for your purification.