A Rarity: 40 in 7.125 billion

incognitoSince his last name is unknown, I’ll call him Incognito—Thomas Incognito. Because he is one of the 40 people in a world of 7.125 billion to have a very rare blood type, he is an anonymous celebrity in the field of hematology and has been called the “man with the golden blood.”

The blood that flows through the veins of Thomas is classified as Rh null, and it’s extremely rare; compatible for anyone with a rare blood type; and it’s precious for those needing a transfusion. For some people, Thomas’ blood can be the difference between life and death.

Thomas Incognito may be the “man with the golden blood,” but as a human there is a limit to what he can do and to how many people he can help. There is only one other person who has lived that had blood rarer than the blood of Thomas. Jesus is His name, and His blood is the difference between life and death:

• Acts 4:12: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
• 1 Peter 1:18-19: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
• 1 John 1:7 “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

While I’m thankful for people like Thomas Incognito—people who give of themselves to benefit the lives of others, I do not have the words to fully express my gratitude and praise to God for the eternal benefits of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

A fitting conclusion to my thoughts are two lines from an old hymn by William Cowper: “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.”