"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Friday Forum: Do you trust the blood of Christ?

Lately I have been approached by many different people who have been asking me this question.  It comes in the form of “Do you believe in Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross for your sins?” or “Do you know that Christ shed His blood on the cross for your sins?”  Everyone means well as they desire to represent the Gospel in a sentence (or in this case, a question), yet Christ’s blood accomplishes more for us than simply clearing the slate of our sins to allow us to go to heaven when we die.

Those who have contemplated the power of the blood of Christ attribute many attributes so present in the blood of Christ:

Blood of the New Covenant
Price of our redemption
Fountain of divine grace
Source of eternal life
Reparation of our souls
Pledge of everlasting happiness
Purification of our souls
Healing Balm for our wounds
Remission of our sins
Infinite Ransom paid for our souls
Hope of the poor
Solace of the afflicted
Support of the weak
Joy of the just
Refuge for all Christians
Light of all Angels
King of Patriarchs
Desire of Prophets
Strength of Apostles
Hope of Martyrs
Justification of Virgins
Crown of the blessed

Moreover, Christ’s saving work, even to the point of shedding His blood, does not occur exclusively on the Cross.  Yes, Christ certainly bled on the cross.  And Christ equally certainly bled when the solider pierced His side.  He bled when He submitted to being crowned with thorns.  He bled when He interceded for us in the Garden.  And raised as a faithful, observant Jew who fulfilled every aspect of the Law on our behalf, He shed His blood at His circumcision.

This same Christ invites us to partake of the life-giving power of His blood.  He gave it to us again when He said, “Take, eat; this is my body” and “Drink of it all of you; this is my blood.”

And so yes, I trust the blood of Christ.  Through it, the Divine Physician of our Souls and Bodies administers His healing medicine and unites us to Himself.  Through it, our Resurrected Christ raises us up with Himself.  Through that which was shed striking the face of the Earth, Christ redeems all of creation.  The full magnitude of all that Christ accomplished through offering His blood for the life of the world goes beyond my wildest dreams and far beyond anything I could ever hope to understand.

O most merciful Redeemer, through Your Precious Blood, purify our souls from all stain of sin, and grant that we, ever increasing in gratitude and love towards You, may become more fervent in seeking purity of heart, and may at the last be counted worthy to enter into that inheritance which You have purchased for us with Your Precious Blood. For You live and reign in a Kingdom without end, amen.

May those who seek redemption come to trust in the fullness of the Precious Blood of Christ.

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3 responses

  1. Deeper, richer understanding of Christ’s kenosis, incarnation, and atonement. Thanks for this contribution.

    14 May 2010 at 6:40 pm

    • By God’s grace! Thanks for the encouragement Roger!

      14 May 2010 at 10:59 pm

  2. Chelsea Frew

    Thank you, I needed to be reminded of all he has done and the importance of the Eucharist. You are a blessing to us all.

    15 May 2010 at 12:32 pm

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