Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Blood of Christ

I'm taking a Nutrition course this semester, and one of the things we're studying is how proteins are synthesized in the body. This necessitated a quick overview of cells and DNA. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how these microscopic cells can contain a person's DNA, but it also got me thinking about how this might relate to the blood of Christ. As I was reading in Mosiah 3:15, it says "...the law of Moses availeth nothing except it were through the atonement of his blood." Blood is what stood out to me in this verse, especially the idea that the atonement is through the blood. 
From my limited understanding, Christ's blood would carry his DNA, and His DNA would carry His genes...genes He got from both of His parents. That means that his blood would literally hold the genes of a God. 
Jesus instituted the sacrament (Lord's supper) as a symbolic way to take His blood and body into ours. Spiritually, that means that as we partake of those symbols, we are agreeing to take His blood, His DNA and genes, into our own body. This would change us at a cellular level, if it was physical blood, but being spiritual, I have to think that it also changes our spirit in some very real way. As we take the sacrament, we are literally trying to become more like Jesus, trying to change the very fabric of our being.
Another interesting fact is that donor DNA endures in blood transfusion recipients for up to seven days. Think about that, and the relevance it has to taking the sacrament. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are given the opportunity on a weekly basis to symbolically take the blood and body of Christ. Every seven days. The same amount of time that a donor's DNA would stay in a recipient's body. His sacrament gives us those seven days of having His spiritual DNA combined with ours. 
If we are repentant and sincere, His blood (even just the symbol of it) might literally be what activates the atonement in us. At-one-ment... our bodies become one with His, our wills become one with His, and our lives become one with His. Isn't that what it's all about? Becoming like Christ? It's amazing that He has provided such a simple symbolic way, that most of the world hasn't even understood the science of for millennia. 
The more I learn, the more I stand in awe of the greatness of our God. 

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