Johnny’s sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor carefully explained to Johnny that Mary had the same serious disease from which he had recovered two years earlier, and her best chance of survival was a blood transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease.
The two siblings had the same blood type, so Johnny was the ideal donor. Johnny hesitated for a few seconds when the doctor asked him if he would give his blood for Mary. His lower lip trembled slightly, but he smiled, and said “Sure. I’ll give my blood for my sister.”
The two were wheeled into the hospital theatre for a direct transfusion. Mary was pale and thin. Johnny was robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned at his sister.
As the nurse inserted the needle into Johnny’s arm his smile faded.
He watched the blood flow into the tube.
After a while, his voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence.
“Doctor, when will I die?”
Only then did the doctor realise why Johnny had hesitated and why his lip had trembled as he agreed. Johnny had thought that giving his blood to his sister had meant giving up his life for her. Johnny had watched the blood flowing out of him and wondered how long it would take before it all drained.
The doctor quickly explained the situation to the brave little boy.
Our condition required the Lord Jesus Christ not only to give His blood,
but to die a cruel death for us.
Each one of us was born with a sinful nature
and we are sinners by nature, by choice and by practice.
The penalty for sin is death: spiritual death and physical death.
There is NOTHING that we can do to pay the penalty for our sin,
or to make amends for it or to wipe it out.
ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ,
the Creator of the universe, the sinless, perfect Son of God,
could make atonement for our sin.
ONLY He could fully represent God and fully represent man.
ONLY He was qualified because ONLY He was without sin.
1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ died for our sins
Without the shedding of blood,
there is no remission of sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For God has made Jesus, who knew no sin,
to be sin for us,
so that we could become
the righteousness of God in Him.
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life:
no one comes to the Father, except by Me.