“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.” Leviticus 17:11

Dr. Samuel Weinstein is the chief of pediatric cardio-thoracic surgery for a children’s hospital in the Bronx, New York. In May of 2006, he traveled to El Salvador to provide life-saving operations for poor children. One of the children who desperately needed heart surgery was 8-year-old Francisco Fernandez.

Dr. Weinstein and his team began operating on Francisco shortly before noon. Twelve hours later, the procedure took a deadly turn.

Suddenly, there was a lot of bleeding, and Francisco needed blood. They couldn’t find blood to give him because Francisco’s blood type was B-negative, which – according to the American Red Cross – is present in only 2 percent of the population. Only one other person in the room had blood type of B-negative – Dr. Weinstein.

He stepped down from the operating table, set aside his scalpel, took off his gloves, and began washing his hands and forearm. Then, in the corner of an unfamiliar operating room, the prestigious doctor from one of the most advanced hospitals in the world sat down to give away his own blood.

When he had given his pint, Dr. Weinstein drank some bottled water and ate a Pop-Tart. Then, 20 minutes after stepping away from the table, he rejoined his colleagues. After watching his own blood begin circulating into the boy’s small veins, Dr. Weinstein completed the operation that saved Francisco’s heart – and his life!

Give thanks for the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for your sin and mine.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!