GodReflection: Share It Again
In my family I was among those who were among the first generation to be raised off the farm. My birthplace wasn’t exactly the big city although we enjoyed streets, blocks, neighbors, and grocery stores.
My dad’s cousin Bill couldn’t get the farm out of his blood, so he and his wife raised their family of four boys and a girl on a farm in a fertile valley a few miles northwest of our little desert town.
Periodically, Cousin Bill would pick up his telephone and set a day for us to visit his farm. It was time to butcher a chosen animal or two for the family freezers. Dad would always take my brother and me to witness the process.
As I reflect upon those occasions, they involved nothing less than the sacrifice of an animal. Take my word for it. I will spare you from the details. The cost of how beef, lambs, and pork arrive on the family table was a bloody and gruesome lesson for a young boy.
There was no doubt life was in the blood. In a most practical sense, their life blood was lost to sustain life at our table. It was from the centuries-old visual of animal sacrifice that God chose to communicate how much he loved his creation. He would come to earth as a helpless baby, live a perfect life, and be abused by the very human beings he had created.
Lovingly, he became the sacrificial lamb that willingly allowed sin to drain the blood of life from his body. That sacrificial blood filled his pen and bears witness with his signature to his gracious declarative gift. Jesus hung in my place on a cross for my sin. All heaven declared life is in the blood.
That is precisely what gives value to my contract with Jesus. He signed it with his blood. Validation flows from hundreds of eyewitnesses. They know Jesus’ blood fills the pen. His signature is what I needed to cleanse me of sin.
My contract with Jesus brings renewed assurance for my daily faith walk. Our legal document is packed with Holy Guarantees.
- Jesus guarantees my sin is forgiven.
- He gives me Holy Help to navigate life.
- Jesus promises restored perfection of all creation (that includes me).
- I agree to walk by faith.
- I repent of my self-sufficiency.
- I died in baptismal water and was raise to life in Jesus.
- Jesus guarantees it all with his blood.
Jesus’s signature is strong. His own red blood from the quill remains bold and clear. It is easy to read: Jesus The Christ Son of God (risen from the grave). His grace filled signature covers all my sin. It covers every misstep whether intentional or not. He reads my heart not the list of my mistakes.
Look at the contract you made with Jesus. His blood red signature is honored by the Holy. If you have not signed a contract—all heaven yet pleads for you to accept Jesus’ signature and place your own by his as your gift of submission. If you have signed a contract with Jesus, do you trust his signature to a greater or lesser degree than you did when you formed the agreement?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on It’s Hard to Believe but Jesus Signed for Me with Blood.