by Robert Brow  (www.brow.on.ca)       Aurora, Ontario     May 2008

Long before modern science discovered this, the Jewish priests knew
that "the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11).
Medical science can replace more and more parts of the body, but when
our blood stops doing its work we are dead. This is why we describe
murder as bloodshed, there are blood feuds and blood baths, and wars
are fought with blood and sweat and tears. The Romans devised
crucifixion as a slow very painful way to drain away a person's blood.
But in times of persecution we say it is the blood of the martyrs that
is the seed of the church. And these days we give blood to save the
life of others. The night before Jesus died he said "This is my blood
of the covenant, which is poured for many for the forgiveness of sins"
(Matthew 26:28). Which is why the early Christians wrote and sang
about the blood of Jesus being shed for them.

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