Yesterday our daughter Kate went through a stem cell transplant. I knew and still know little about this entire process, but I am amazed at the whole idea. Transplants are not all the same and ones like Kate’s are autologous, taking her own stem cells. Then what happened yesterday is called a “RESCUE”, because the chemotherapy given in the days prior to this is so strong it would practically destroy every cell in her body. So without this rescue, Kate would be in BIG trouble. So that’s why celebrated yesterday, it truly was a big day!
Yet, for some going through transplant this is literally a life and death rescue. This day is not only celebrated as a big day but as a second birth. These recipients receive a blood rescue that hopefully brings them from death to life. Many of these rescued ones then for the rest of their lives rejoice every year at their 2nd birth.
I don’t know if I have ever personally witnessed such a profound earthly illustration of Jesus’ blood rescue from our disease of sin. As desperately as my daughter and countless others struggling with diseases like cancer and leukemia are dependent upon a rescue, all of us are ultimately hopeless without Christ’s rescue. In light of the plague of sin from our first birth everyone one of us needs this rebirth that truly gives life, Jesus stated it in this way:
John 3:“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
So then, the blood that Jesus willingly sacrificed on the cross purchased for us the great privilege of rescue, the opportunity to truly live!
Here are a few other passages that speak to this…
Ephesians 1:7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…
Colossians 1:19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.