Today is my 61st birthday. Happy birthday Rick.
So, a few weeks ago I went to my Doctor for a checkup. He checked me out, looked me over, listened to my heart and lungs, and everything else that Doctors do. Then he sent me to the lab for blood work. That’s what they call it: Blood Work.
I had the follow-up visit yesterday. Results: I’m healthy. Not perfect, but not bad. He reviewed my blood pressure, heart rate, and the blood work. He graded me:
- Cholesterol: A+ (it was 118)
- Blood pressure: A+ (it was 122/82)
- Heart rate: A+ (it was 78)
- Blood sugar: A+
- PSA: A+
- Liver function: A+
- Kidney function: A+
And so on.
It was a good report and I felt great about it. In fact, I was feeling medically smug, and was mentally patting myself on the back. I thought, “Rick, you’re as healthy as Superman! A 61-year-old Superman, but healthy.”
Then he said, “Rick, you need to lose 40 pounds, I want you to change your eating habits and get fit. No fad diets, just hard work and discipline. It’s your assignment for the next year.”
Suddenly, I wasn’t Superman, but aging, overweight, and not invincible.
So, its back to the gym every morning. It’s stretching, lifting, and cardio. It’s healthier, greener foods, and fewer, healthier calories.
The Spiritual Side
Jesus did some bloodwork. It’s called Calvary, the cross, the Roman execution for the worst criminals, and it was bloody. Not to mention the scourging and the crown of thorns.
In Judaism, a sacrifice was an offering to God. The blood of a lamb and the lamb itself were offered to the Lord in supplication for their sin.
John recorded, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
- By his stripes, we are healed.
- By his sacrifice, we are forgiven.
- By his blood, we are cleansed.
- By his death, we are redeemed.
- By his resurrection, we are made new.
In Jesus, the weight of my sin was taken away. He put it on himself.
Happy Birthday Rick