Have you ever had a blood brother or sister? As kids, we sometimes cut ourselves until we bled and then pressed the cuts together in an oath of loyalty and commitment.
I recall feeling challenged by this activity. Did I really want to cut myself (which hurts) and create a blood bond with someone? Would I actually stay loyal?
On the night Jesus was betrayed he broke bread and drank wine with his disciples, entering into a blood covenant with them. Unlike our childish acts of mixing our blood, Jesus doubled down and shed his blood not just for his closest friends and followers but for all of humanity all the way till the end of time.
He gave up his precious life and established a blood covenant with us so that we could enjoy the rewards of living with him for all of eternity.
When we participate in communion in our churches we commemorate this promise given freely by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As believers, we have a lot to be thankful for.
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10: 14
Love and blessings,
photo: (Perth Bible College, August 2019)