Jesus' Blood Test

by J. Grant Swank, Jr.

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I was in a hurry. Nevertheless, my three-year-old, Heidi, decided that it was time to have a conversation. I did not give heed, but this did not stop Heidi. Instead, I heard her talking to herself, "I guess Daddy is deaf today. He won't talk to me."

I knew then that my schedule could wait. "What do you want?" I asked.

"What does the bread mean, Daddy?" "The bread?"

"Yes, like you have in commom-onion, you know!" she exclaimed. "Oh, you mean communion."

"Yeah, comm-om-onion. What does it mean?" "You tell me, " I prodded.

"It means Jesus' body. Remember, Daddy?" "That's right," I affirmed.

"And what does the juice mean?" I played along with the game, recalling that I had gone through this same series with her several weeks before.

"Come on, Daddy, what does it mean?" she begged.

"Well, you tell me."

"It means Jesus' blood test!" she exclaimed.

I laughed, but she asked seriously, "Why are you laughing?"

"You said that the juice represents Jesus' blood test. You mean that the juice represents His blood, not His blood test," I corrected.

Then I realized that God had just taught me a lesson-a new one concerning the meaning of communion. The blood indeed represented Jesus' blood test!

And so He endured that test, even to "the death of the cross." Thanks be to God eternally that Jesus passed the blood test to secure salvation for all who live by its power.

Another layer of meaning of God's communication. And I had almost missed it.

J. Grant Swank, Jr. pastors New Hope Church in Windham, Maine

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