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Cleansed with Blood

I realise that Christmas is only a week away and blood isn't the usual Christmas topic but this morning in my prayer room I was struck with an insight.  One part of my prayer time is with a goblet of grape juice ("wine"), which represents, which is, the blood of Christ.  But what does it mean?  What am I doing when I drink that cup?

Blood has always been the spiritual cleanser.  God accepted Abel's gift of a slain lamb on the altar but did not accept Cain's gift of fresh produce.  That gift or more precisely God's acceptance of it cost Abel his life!  The patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all made blood sacrifices or offerings to God.  In the days of Moses, that requirement was codified with more specific instructions.  Blood sprinkled on people and their clothes was an act of cleansing, purifying, a sign of the covenant that made them a different and separate people from those around them.  Today, if we get even a drop of blood on our clothes we wash it …