Thursday, February 14, 2008

Red + Blood = Love

I love the color red!

I love it’s boldness!

I love that it is uninhibited!

I love that it makes a statement!

I love that it is romantic!

I am usually drawn to the red sofas in the furniture store. (someday) I love red roses, red poppies, and red tulips. I have some red plates, a red can opener, and I have been admiring a friends red pots and pans hanging in her kitchen for weeks.

Red is such a fun color! It is beautiful and bold at Christmas and soft and romantic on Valentine’s Day. It is patriotic and heart-felt on the 4th of July and oh so breathtaking when the leaves turn a deep rich shade of it in the fall.

But red represents something else for those who are believers in Jesus Christ. It represents His blood. Not just any blood. It is the blood that was shed on a cross for my sins and for yours too!

It is rich, bold, uninhibited, romantic, and has made such a huge statement in my life. I can barely sing about it in church without the tears streaming down my face. I know of its power personally!

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." Ephesian 1:7

Today red will be used in many ways. It will be the primary color in cards and notes exchanged between lovers, friends, and kids at school. Red roses will be sent to sweethearts from florists on every corner. Red heart shaped boxes will appear from behind someone’s back into the hands of another filled with something sweet. All of which are expressions of love!

But I want to be reminded of another expression of love. There is absolutely nothing I can do to earn this love or change this love, or even repay this love.

It is perfect love shown to me when Jesus opened his arms and allowed his very own flesh to be nailed to a cross. RED, rich life giving blood had already been shared in amounts beyond what is imaginable even before one strike of the nail.

Yet he continued, went to the cross and shed His blood for me and for you.

We have been given the greatest gift of love!

The red blood of Jesus Christ!


Deidre said...

I can so relate to this post. I have red all over my home because it's my favorite color (even my sofa), but I believe I'll look at it all differently now. Thank you!

Mocha with Linda said...

Love this! So glad I RED it! :-)

Have a beautiful Valentine's Day, knowing you are loved by the King of Kings!

Linda said...

What a uniquely, beautiful post for this day Chris. Yes - it is a precious color and a pricless love gift. Thank you for this word.
Happy Valentine's Day!

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Kelly said...

Love these thoughts, Chris. I am reminded of an old Petra song--The Coloring Song. It says, "Red is the color of the blood that flowed down the face of someone who loved us so." Happy Valentine's!

Judy said...

I too love red. I have always been drawn to it. I even am blessed to have a red washer and dryer! This is an awesome post! Thanks for shedding this "light" on my fave color!

Christine said...

I love this post- what wonderful word pictures you've created! I'm going to link to this (albeit a day late!). Thanks, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Lisa Spence said...

What a picture of God's demonstration of His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died...

Thanks for the (red) reminder!