Friday, December 12, 2014

The Science of the Blood of Jesus

“I see a crimson stream of blood, that flows from Calvary…”
“There is power, power wonder working power in the blood, of the Lamb…”
“What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
We write hymns and song about it and we sing about it in church.  We have been taught the importance of the shedding of the blood, thru out the Bible. The necessity of the spotless sacrifice that would make the blood pure and met the demands of a perfect sacrifice.  We learn that in Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

So much has been taught on the blood of Jesus Christ, it has become so common to most Christians but I like to present one more consideration.  A scientific spin on the blood of Jesus; the component if we were to look at them under a “spiritual microscope”.  With a help of my High School Biology students, we considered what each component of the blood might represent.

There are four things that our blood contains; Plasma, Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and Platelets.  The blood affects every part of the body, without it, great damage can happen to the area cut off from this life giving flow. Even death can happen at the loss of blood.  We must have blood apart of every aspect of our lives so that we can have life.

55% of the blood content is Plasma; the plasma is 90% water, 10% nutrients.  This balance helps us to maintain proper blood pressure.  The nutrients help to regulate the water in the blood, help protect and assist the White Blood Cells in attacking foreign objects.  The plasma of Jesus is given to us in the form of Water Baptism in his name.  It also in the form of Spiritual Baptism; the Holy Ghost. It helps maintain a proper Christian Life and balancing our lives to the Word of God.

Red Blood Cells is a master of design for doing its job of carrying oxygen.  With the help of special iron contained blood proteins called hemoglobin, red blood cells can bind easily to oxygen.  As oxygen is transferred though out the body, the red blood cells will drop off oxygen; then picks up carbon dioxide that is no longer useful to the body.  The Red Blood cells of Jesus’ Blood will do the same; bring us new life to every part of us.  Removing the old and bad, which if not removed can cause damage and even death.

White Blood Cells are called the Solider Cells, they are design to fight.  Their purpose to fight off foreign objects and they will die to protect their home.  Jesus’ white blood cells do the same things in our lives.  Sin is a foreign object; God did not originally design sin to be in our lives.  We have no way of fighting or destroying sin, only the white blood cells of Jesus could do this.

The platelets’ job is to patrol the blood vessels for leaks.  These tiny disk-shaped cell fragments serve as the patch kits.  They are also first to assist in blood clotting.  When we are broken in our lives, damage by sin or harmed by this world, Jesus’ platelets come into our lives and begin to repair us.  They will clot out things that are harmful to us and keep us from losing life.

Last of all we think that Jesus had to of had O- Blood type.  O- Blood type is called the “Universal Blood Donor”, this is because O- Blood lacks antigens that other blood types contain.  If Jesus contained these antibodies and we received a “blood transfusion” from Him, our body would not accept it and considered foreign and be destroyed.  This would not help us.  The blood of Jesus would have to be free from these “tags” and accepted by all.

Without the blood of Jesus and all its components, we will die in sin.  We must ask for a “blood transfusion” in order to live.  Because only though Jesus’ blood can we remove sin from our lives.  Only though Jesus’ blood could we be restored and become new.  Only though Jesus’ blood can we receive life.  We might never sing songs about Jesus’ platelets or talk about the power in His white blood cells or poetically write about seeing a crimson stream of the red blood cells flowing from Calvary.  But when we do sing about the blood, you might have a different prospective of what the blood of Jesus might be doing in your lives.

A Fellow Follower & Science Teacher

Jacqueline Suzanne

With the help of my students, Hannah, Andrew and Paul

Graham, Keith & Parker, Graham. Biology God's Living Creation Third Edition. Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book Science Series, 2007. USA

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Answer to Why

To be a good reporter you have to remember to ask the Five Ws; Who? What? Where? When? And Why?  If you can get these basic questions answer then you generally will get all the information that is needed.  But often the reporters when covering a tragic story, can’t answer the last.  For weeks they will attempt to answer it, most often the answer to why will be left unanswered.

Why, the reason or purpose, or explanation.  It seems so simple but then how come it often left unanswered?  It seems being a Christian and serving an all knowing God, shouldn’t we know the answer?  Often people when tragedy happens, who never acknowledge God in the past, will begin to ask God, “Why?”  They will ask Christian, “Why does a loving God allow this?  Why would God let this happen?  Why?”  Even Christians will ask, “Why?” When they may not understand.  It will seem that God doesn’t answer their questions, as if He doesn’t hear them. 

If you have ever been around a young child, you will know that as they become more curious about their surroundings they will begin asking questions.  Why is the sky blue?  Why does a bird fly and a fish swim?  Why this?  Why that?  As an adult, we attempt to answer the questions as best as we can.  But some answers to “Why?” are more difficult and their young minds are unable to understand the reason to why.  The reason or purpose to the answer to why is too great, too difficult and much more complicated then they need to know.  For example, Little Jonny would like to spend the night at Bobby’s house but you won’t allow it.  Jonny wants to know why, but how can you explain to Jonny that Bobby’s father is a drunk and comes home and beats his wife.  As a good parent you would shield your child from the dangers.  This may cause some pain but will save your child from an even greater pain.

The book of Job is a story of a man who looses it all.  His family, his wealth even his health.  For 37 chapters it tells his story and how his friends and even Job question why these events happen.  Finally God had enough and began speak in Job 38, in the form of questions.  God established who He was, that it was He that laid the foundations of the earth, causes the weather and gave strength and life to the animals of the earth.  For four chapters, God declares who He is and letting Job know that He is in control. 

As Christians should we even ask God “Why?”  Yes!  God will always answer our questions, but we must be careful to listen for the answer.  It may not be what we expect and the biggest part is that we need to trust God.  So what is the answer to the question to “Why?”  The simple answer is often, “Because.”  Going back to our example earlier, instead of explaining to Jonny the dangers as an adult we may answer Jonny with, “Because” or declaring who we are, “Because I am your father/mother and I said so.”  It may be upsetting at the moment, but what we are saving our child from is much greater.  Remember we are the “Children of God” not the “Adults of God”, our understanding is much smaller then that of our heavenly Father.

How did I learn to answer to “Why?”  I had to live it; I had to learn to trust God when the pain was so deep and so strong.  I had many moments that in my short life of 29 years that brought me to the question “Why?”  I lost both my step dad and brother to suicide.  The pain was so great that I felt I had been shot also.  I had cancer that nearly took my life at only 22 years old, which took most of my 20s to recover from.  These are only a few things I experience, to many to share.  I can remember many nights staring at the ceiling of my room, crying out “Why God? Why me? Why now? Why? Why? Why?”  I couldn’t even begin to express these moments.

Each time, I was reminded that God is God.  He created everything; He is the beginning and the end.  He knows the past, present and the future.  He may answer “Why” sometimes but often especially at the moment, we have to trust Him.  Lean on Him and find comfort in the answer to “Why?” is simple “Because.”

Psalms 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God:”

 Jacqueline Suzanne