The Value of Jesus’ Blood

molecule of hemoglobin

This guest post from my friend Todd Hansen is a meditation for Easter.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

If you’re not a biochemist, what do you see in the image above? Recalling high school chemistry, you might note that it’s a molecular combination of various elements, including iron and oxygen. In a deeper view, it’s a diagram of hemoglobin, which comprises 95% of the most precious jewel ever to exist on planet Earth — human blood. And while this is a picture of every human’s blood, let’s think more specifically about the blood of Jesus.

I have, honestly, always been slightly uncomfortable with Jesus’ blood. The hymn that asks whether I’ve been washed in the blood of the Lamb, referencing Revelation 7:14, is unnerving. I’d prefer to think of the Passion as slightly less gory, and the blood-letting of my Lord as symbolic rather than actual. But the truth is that lots — maybe most — of his blood was shed, poured out, running down his face and arms and legs, finding its way to the ground, perhaps pooling there, absorbed into the soil, ignored by those who watched. Out of his veins and arteries, it dried up and broke down, and the essential elements of which it was made are still in existence, part of some other molecule.

But — each drop, each molecule of that blood, was currency of the rarest kind. Paul reminds us in this passage that each drop of that blood was used to redeem — to buy back — to actually purchase forgiveness for we who had squandered our inheritance on sin.

In this sense, no combination of elements has ever had more value. The millions of us who have been rescued — for eternity — by this purchase means that each drop is worth maybe a thousand lives. And this spending spree was not rash or impulsive, but accomplished “in all wisdom and insight,” carefully planned from eternity past (Ephesians 1:4). The incalculable richness of God’s grace, lavishly spent but by no means exhausted, is still buying lives today, and still covering every debt we incur.

Jesus, we have grown too familiar with your story after 2000 years of telling it. Renew our astonishment, renew our gratitude — permit us the grace to be undone by what you’ve done and rejoice today in the price that was paid for our adoption. To the praise of your glory, Lord Jesus!

Amen. Amen.

Todd Hansen is my brother in Christ, my friend, a deacon at Rockpoint Church, and the owner of Fresh Start Builders in Stillwater, MN.

Dr. Scott Yorkovich is a leadership coach and consultant. He works with individuals, small and medium organizations, and ministries. Contact him at ScottYorkovich[at] with your questions.

Image available at Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Image modified for size and space.

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