Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, March 23, 2018
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2018.02.25



February 25 – March 3




Scripture Passage: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.”  Leviticus 17:11


Dear Friends,


     It is that time of year of again when my physician says I need a yearly physical. Last night and this morning consisted of my fasting and going to the doctor to have my blood drawn.  I hate going without my morning coffee and food more than having to be stuck with a needle.  The instructions are simple.  Do not eat or drink anything after 10:00 P.M. the night before visiting the Phlebotomist.  I went to bed craving a snack and even woke up in the middle of the night with food on my mind.  I almost starved to death before I received my morning cup of coffee and “Pop-tart.”  Any other time I would have been fine, but just knowing I could not have any food made me want it even more.  Apparently you need eight to ten hours for your blood to cleanse itself of any impurities.  After that time, it is prepared to “tell on you,” for all the things you did or did not do.  The blood is an amazing thing.  Our red blood cells carry oxygen throughout our bodies while our white blood cells fight off infection.  The blood also contains platelets which help the blood to clump or clot when necessary.  If it gets too thick, the body uses chemicals from the foods we eat to thin it naturally.  All of this is an over simplification of the importance and function of our life-giving fluid.  I also find it amazing that one drop of blood can identify you and many of your traits.  It can also “tell on you” for participating in activities that you should not be involved in.  I am absolutely against the shedding of innocent blood – especially if it is my own. 


     From the earliest Biblical accounts the shedding of blood carried a certain religious importance as well as a severe penalty for those who shed it intentionally.  Adam and Eve’s nakedness was covered with the skin of an innocent animal.  From that time forward, it has always taken the shedding of blood for sin to be covered.  The blood of innocent animals was the essential part of every temple/tabernacle sacrifice.  Then when Jesus died on the cross, His blood not only covered our sins, it washed them away.  The ultimate sacrifice had been made once and for all.  What the blood of sacrificial animals could not do, the blood of our Savior did completely opening the way into the holy presence of God for all believers.  The writer of Hebrews emphatically declared, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.”  (Hebrews 9:22)  God refuses all other sacrificial attempts to approach Him except those which have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb.  We do not come carrying a sacrifice, He IS the sacrifice. 


     We also have the account of Cain slaying Abel.  It is the first official record of a murder being committed.  As with all murders, it was senseless.  Cain was offended because Abel’s sacrifice was accepted and his was not.  He began to feel slighted and unappreciated.  He could no longer see own his faults, but began to view his brothers holy living as a thing to be detested.  His countenance matched his anger and Abel’s innocent blood was viciously shed.  How did he kill him?  There were no guns, so the politicians and political activist could not lobby for gun control. There were only primitive knives made from stone or unrefined metal and were imperative for killing game, dressing it out and food preparation.  Something designed as a tool could have been used for a purpose other than what it had been created to do.  I personally believe he used a club or a rock to bludgeon his innocent brother to death.  The fact is that if a man’s heart is not right with God anything, including your own hands, can be used to shed blood.   So what do you lobby Congress to ban? God told Cain that his brother’s blood cried out to him from the ground.  He cursed him, deserted him, and sent him out to live as fugitive the rest of his life.  It was after this time that Biblical accounts began to appear concerning capital punishment. 


     As we live in this time of mass murders and school shootings, my heart breaks for the families of innocent victims whose blood has been shed.  Whether one or seventeen, any life lost is one too many.  The only hope we have for things to improve is for mankind’s heart to change.  Political activism, promotion of education, incarceration and even the death penalty has failed to remedy the situation.  We are worse off today socially and spiritually than we have ever been in the history of our nation.  Why don’t we take the innocent blood that has already been shed (Jesus Christs’) and apply it to our sin problem.  It is the only thing I know of that fixes everything.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny




Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny