Cincinnati, Ohio is the home of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. It's also my hometown. So you are probably wondering, what do the Cincinnati Reds have to do with the red blood of Jesus and a red Bible?
You might be thinking that for some baseball fans the game is a type of “religious experience.” And perhaps you are right. Many faithful fans attend games at least once a week. And in between the games, there are often reading (or watching) commentaries to learn more. Then of course there are also those painful losses. They might even feel a little bit “bloody” sometimes.
But it’s not the “religious experience” that these three B’s have in common. Nor is it the color red that links them together. Read on to find out what connects the red blood, the red Bible and Reds Baseball.
The Red Blood
In the Bible the color red represents blood and redemption. The life of man is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) and Christ’s blood atonement is necessary for the redemption of man. Without blood there is no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22) and only Jesus’ pure, sinless blood could pay the penalty for man’s sins and wash them away.
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." (Revelation 1:5)
"For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But [redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1 Peter 1:18-19)
"And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled." (Colossians 1:20-21)
(From the article, "The Meaing of Colors in the Bible.")
One day all knees will bow to Jesus and proclaim Him Lord, but only those who have been washed in His blood will belong to the family of God. Redemption is the most important thing in all the world and it is the greatest need in every person’s life. It’s not something we do. It’s something Jesus has done for us. He paid for our sins with His precious red blood. Oh what a gift!