According to “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” doctors in the 18th century sometimes prescribed epileptics to drink the blood of executed criminals to be cured of their condition. In the church, we talk of drinking the blood of Jesus. It was so much a part of Christian vocabulary that early opponents of Christianity thought they were cannibals. While we do not drink the blood of Christ in a literal sense, we are reminded through the Lord’s Supper that we can internalize and benefit from the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
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