On November 26, 2008, a gang of terrorists stormed the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, India. After the carnage had left 200 people dead, a reporter interviewed a guest who had been at the hotel for dinner that night. The guest described how he and his friends were eating dinner when they heard gunshots. Someone grabbed him and pulled him under the table. The assassins came striding through the restaurant, shooting at will, until everyone (or so they thought) had been killed.
Miraculously, this man survived. When the interviewer asked the guest how he lived when everyone else at his table had been killed, he replied, “I suppose because I was covered in someone else’s blood, and they took me for dead.”*
As we go through Lent, we need to remind ourselves that this life of faith we live is a gift because someone else shed their blood. Because of our sin, all of us deserve to die. But because we are covered with the blood of Jesus our savior, we live. We live, not because of our goodness or even because we try to be good, but simply because His blood is on us.
How is that blood get on us? By faith. The Scripture is clear that if we believe He died for us, then His blood is on us.
“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! ” Romans 5:9 (NIV84)
*Ravi Zacharias, Has Christianity Failed You? (Zondervan, 2010), p. 42;