Kemosabe, who is your blood brother?

Kemosabe is the term of endearment used by the fictional Native American Tonto (and sometimes by the Lone Ranger himself) in the radio and television program The Lone Ranger, it is said to mean “trusty scout” or “faithful friend”, having said that, when you were a child did you prick your finger with a needle or a pocketknife? At one time or another I have used both of those instruments to draw blood so that I could be “blood brothers” with someone. Funny thing is that it was always one or another of my cousins so we already WERE blood brothers! Somehow the exchanging of blood made sure you were truly going to keep the promise and by doing that you were assured that the promise would last forever, at least until one or the other of us got mad and just forgot the whole thing and then at a later time did it all over again. I’m thinking we watched too many “Cowboy and Indian” movies!

My fourteen year old grandson has diabetes and has to prick his finger several times a day to “check his blood” to see if he is either too low which calls for a snack (he is always happy for that), or too high which calls for a shot of insulin.

When someone is going to have an operation the hospital checks their blood to see what type it is so that if a transfusion is needed they will be prepared. When my sister was born she had positive blood and my mother was negative, because of that she became very ill and she had to be given a transfusion of blood each day for three days that 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?”

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 which 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 the importance of taking the “bread and the wine” which represented His body and blood, in remembrance of Him to His disciples. 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, 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!

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