Power in the blood?

May 12, 2014 by

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Power in the blood? Is there power in the blood? (Cramer Avenue column by Sarah Kehrberg, April 14). The real power, I believe, is in the life lived — the unspeakable love for the world, the cosmos, for us — that drove Jesus to teach and live the kingdom of heaven on earth with such unyielding persistence that the stare of death in his face could not stop him. He continued his life-giving, death-defying ministry to the end as he voluntarily laid down his life for us all. Such active, forgiving, unconditional love “demands my soul, my life, my all.” If the Romans had electricity and had executed Jesus in an electric chair without spilling a drop of blood, his atoning work would not have lost one iota of its effectiveness. So when we Christians must write, speak or sing about blood, let’s be sure everyone knows we are doing so metaphorically.

John Asa Hertzler
Harrisonburg, Va.

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