The Cleansing Power Of Blood
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53-58)
These radical words of Jesus came at the height of his popularity and marked the turning point in his public acceptance. Put-off by the idea of ‘consuming his flesh and blood’, many of Jesus’ followers began to desert him.
When I first encountered this passage, I found it very difficult to fathom the concept of ‘eating Jesus’ flesh’ and ‘drinking his blood’ to remain in Him. The sight of blood is squeamish to many, let alone tasting and drinking it.
Yet medically, blood signifies life & rejuvenation, not death. Blood feeds and sustains every cell in our body with its precious nutrients. Blood carries away the chemical by-products that would interfere with bodily processes.
Without the cleansing process of the blood flow, our bodies will be flooded with toxins, rendering the kidneys, spleen and liver useless. When blood seeps away, life falters.
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:27-29)
After we are baptised into Christ, His blood will flow through us, cleansing us from toxins (our sins) continually.
Along with the same concept, God commands us to repent for our own sake, not to punish us, but to free us from the harmful effects of accumulated ‘toxins’.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22)
When Jesus invites us to drink his blood to remain in Him, He is inviting us to utilise the cleansing power of blood to have a direct communion with God.
No longer are we separated from God – as symbolised by the thick temple veil mentioned in verse 20. We do not need to approach Him in the Most Holy Place with a ritually purified high priest on the Day of Atonement.
Instead, the Lord's Supper commemorates Jesus’ sacrifice as continuous and complete. The wine that we partake symbolises the blood that carries away waste and bathes every cell in our bodies with the nutrients of life, making us wholesome and pure in God’s sight!
Danny works in the finance industry and is a father of 3 children. Together with his wife, Pei Ling, he has been mentoring youths of the Central Christian Church for the past two decades.
From Left to Right:
Danny, Keira, Jojo (Josiah), Pei Ling, Titus
(Picture Credit: Chan Pei Ling)