When you were a child did you ever prick your finger with a needle or a pocketknife, as I have done, so that you could be someone’s “blood brother”? Funny thing is that it was always with one or another of my cousins so we already WERE blood brothers!
Somehow the exchanging of blood made it a real promise keeper and you just knew that promise would last forever. That was usually until one or the other of us got mad and just forgot the whole thing, then at a later time did it all over again. I guess we watched too many “Cowboy and Indian” movies where they would quit being enemies and become, Blood Brothers!
My son-in-law and grandson have diabetes and they have to prick their finger several times a day to “check their blood” to see if they are either too low which calls for a snack, or too high which calls for a shot of insulin. When someone is going to have an operation, the hospital types their blood so that if they need a transfusion, they will be prepared with the proper type of blood. When my sister was born she had positive blood and my mother was negative, which caused her to become very ill and the solution was to be given a transfusion of blood, which saved her life, with much prayer of course!
The wrong kind of blood put into your body will kill you rather than save you. “OK,” I hear you saying, “We had our biology lesson for the day, what’s your point?” Read this scripture from Leviticus 17:11 for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life that makes purification possible. This scripture shows us how blood was used to purify a person from their sins. It had to be an animal that was pure that was killed for the atonement. The Priest would open the animal and even cut into its bones to make sure it’s marrow was pure, all for the cleansing of sin.
Before the foundation of the world, Jesus was the Lamb, the perfect lamb that was being prepared to shed His blood for the remission, or forgiveness, of our sins. Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Jesus was explaining to His disciples the importance of taking the “bread and the wine” which represented His body and blood, in remembrance of Him. He said that every time we do it we remember His death, burial and resurrection! We call it Communion.
You don’t have to wait for a church service to do it, although it is important to receive it with your church family, but I am talking about doing it every morning, as you are getting ready for the day. I take a little grape juice and a bit of bread or cracker and thank God for sending Jesus to die for my sin, heal me from sickness and save my immortal soul from hell. If you do this, you will make sure that you remember Him on a daily basis and you just feel better all day long! Give it a try; you will see the difference the “blood” makes in your life!
Remember that the nails that pierced Jesus’ hands were a lot bigger than the pin pricks in our own, and yet He became a REAL Blood Brother to us!