I just realized that my valentines day will be spent at the doctors office offering a sacrifice of blood to see if I’m still alive and kicking or if I’ll have to be jump started to get through the week. Yep, they are going to want to see some blood. It will probably be just a finger stick, but blood no less. If I were attentive to my weight and my exercise they probably wouldn’t be asking for blood, but since I’ve failed to give those things up, I have to give up the blood. But, it reminds me that the greatest Valentine gift ever was a sacrifice of blood. It was much like this situation. Man had failed to do what God had asked him to do, and yet God love him so much that a sacrifice of blood had to be given in order to save his life. No, it wasn’t exactly at Valentine’s Day, but in some ways it was the same. He loved us so much that he had give up a precious gift to let us know He loved us and that He Himself was love. A gift greater than any other gift a man can offer; the gift of life.
So, God gave his only son, and He bled and died for the love and the life of each of us. The stress was so great that as knealt prayer He sweated blood from his brow, and then He gave more blood as the thorns pierced Him and the blood ran down His Holy face. He was beaten within an inch of His life with the cat of nine tails, leaving a trail of blood from the flesh that was barely hanging on His body as He carried His own cross to calvary. And at the cross, blood and water ran down from his side as He was pierced with a spear and hung there bleeding His life away for you and for me.
During this Valentines week, as we think about our loved ones and what gift we can provide for them, we need to think of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us. The ultimate gift of life and blood. Every red heart and red symbol during this special time of celebrating love should remind us of His commands for us. ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind, and Love your neighbor (your friends, your family, even your enimies) as you love yourself.” Be thankful for what He has done for you and for me and share in His gift of Love. Wayne