Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Healing Blood, Dangerous Blood, Beautiful Blood

"What's this one?" I asked as I stooped to pluck a small white flower.  We had moved into a new home and a lady from our church was pointing out different flowers to me.  I'm terrible at floral gardening and trying to remember all the names is always difficult.  As I pulled on the stem and root, a reddish substance came off on my hand.

"That's bloodroot. It always blooms in the spring, around Easter, and has reddish orange roots that twist and wind their way underground.  The flower opens with the light of day and closes as night falls.   If you break open the stem, a bloodlike fluid oozes out... hence the name blood root."

Bloodroot.  I thought it appropriate that it blooms during this time of the year.  A reminder of the sacrifice made for us.

Healing Blood ~

Bloodroot has multiple healing powers and has been used for bronchitis, extreme sore throats, and skin disorders. 

Christ's death and bleeding on the cross brings healing to us.  His resurrection heals us of the ultimate pain when we accept him.  His oozing wounds, dripped blood for my sins.

Isaiah 1:18 ~

"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD.  "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

Isaiah 53:5 ~

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

Dangerous Blood

You have to be careful with bloodroot.  Taken in too high dosages or without proper supervision it is extremely dangerous and can cause death.

The shedding of Christ's blood is a dangerous issue because it involves change.  When we accept Him, he expects us to follow Him, even to suffering and death.  Death of ourselves, death of our desires, death of our selfishness.  Following Christ is not to be taken lightly.  In order to grow spiritually, you must die.

1 Peter 2:21-24 ~

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
 Christ's blood is dangerous.

Beautiful Blood.

Bloodroot has small white blossoms that open at the dawn of each day and close at dusk.  They are small petals, but there is a beauty about them.

Christ's broken body and shed blood is beautiful.  Beautiful because it whitewashes our sins when we confess them.  Beautiful because each drop of that dripping blood falls and cleans away each drop of my sin.  His bleeding out wipes away my tears and gives me hope.  His blood gives me purity.

Hebrews 9:14 ~

Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Healing blood.  Dangerous blood.  Beautiful blood.

Blood poured out for me.  Blood poured out for you.