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Author: InfoPlease.com / Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 4:16
Source: “Blood Types” published InfoPlease.com, retrieved 5/9/15

If you ever find yourself, either by virtue of illness or injury, in need of a blood transfusion, you’d better hope your local blood bank has a good supply of a compatible blood type.

According to INFO PLEASE:

Human blood is grouped into four types: A, B, AB, and O. Each letter refers to a kind of antigen, or protein, on the surface of red blood cells. For example, the surface of red blood cells in Type A blood has antigens known as A-antigens.

Each blood type is also grouped by its Rhesus factor, or Rh factor. Rhesus refers to another type of antigen, or protein, on the surface of red blood cells. The name Rhesus comes from Rhesus monkeys, in which the protein was discovered.

Blood is either Rh positive (Rh+) or Rh negative (Rh-). About 85% of Americans have Rh+ blood.

Blood types become very important when a blood transfusion is necessary. In a blood transfusion, a patient must receive a blood type that is compatible with his or her own blood type—that is, the donated blood must be accepted by the patient’s own blood. If the blood types are not compatible, red blood cells will clump together, making clots that can block blood vessels and cause death.

Type O Negative blood is considered the “universal donor” because it can be donated to people of any blood type.

Application:

Has your life ever left you drained and depleted, in need of a transfusion? Whether you’ve lost your boyfriend, your job, your health, or your fortune, God can replenish any loss. He is the only “universal donor”–capable of meeting any need!

It has been said that God can take the place of anything, but nothing can take the place of God. No matter who you are or what you’re going through, a fully compatible love that meets all need is waiting in endless supply.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16).

Additional Application:

The person with O Negative blood provides an important picture of the redemptive role of Christ. Jesus shed His own blood in exchange for the salvation of every nation, tribe, tongue and blood type. That makes Him the ultimate “universal donor.”

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).

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