Robert T. Cobb, administrator for NewsforChristians.com, gave the account of a California train that was derailed on Jan. 26, 2005, killing 11 people and injuring over 200. One of those 200 was passenger John Phipps, a 44-year-old man. Phipps was the man who, though pinned in the wreckage of the train, scrawled out a message in his own blood to his wife and children.
As he regained consciousness, he saw he was bleeding profusely. An upended train seat sat right above him. Thinking he might be dying, he wrote this message: "I (heart symbol) my kids. I (heat symbol) Leslie."
"I've always told my wife and kids I loved them," Phipps later said. "I didn't plan it. I didn't say, 'I have to have a last word.' I just wrote it without thinking."
His rescuers came on the scene minutes later and saw the message.
"I've seen some gruesome things on this job, but that moved me. My only thought was, I have to get that seat to his wife and kids," Fire Captain Robert Rosaris said.
"Hallmark will never top that," Phipps' wife commented.
This story of John Phipps and his message written in his own blood is a moving one, especially at this time of year when we celebrate human love on Valentine's Day. There is another moving love story written in blood I want us to think about. That love is the love of Jesus Christ for a lost world. John 3:16 -- "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Let's look at this gift of love written in blood.
Christ's blood pictures God's love. His death shows us love's duty. "He gave" willingly, sacrificially, lovingly. Christ's death shows us love's determination. Jesus makes it clear that His purpose is to die for sinners. Christ's death shows us love's depth. How far will a person go for love? Jesus' love for us took Him all the way to the cross.
Christ's blood proves God's love. God loved us so much that he gave His only Son. Christ proved His love through His blood sacrifice. John 15:13 says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. "Jesus laid down His life for friends and enemies alike.
Chris's blood promises God's love. John Phipps' message in blood was not a promise but a declaration. It only dealt with the present. The blood Jesus Christ shed for us not only affected the present, but also the future.
Whoever you may be that is reading this article, I want to make it extremely clear: Jesus shed His blood for you. He came to save you. Won't you accept His love written in blood?
Pastor Jerry Scott
Olivet Free Will Baptist Church