27th September 2017

A Blood Brother 

“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”
Hebrews 2:11 (NIV)

A ‘blood brother’ can refer to one of two things: a male related by birth, or two or more men not related by birth who have sworn loyalty to each other. This is in modern times usually done in a ceremony, known as a blood oath, where having each person make a small cut, usually on a finger, hand or the forearm, and then the two cuts are pressed together and bound, the idea being that each person’s blood now flows in the other participant’s veins. The act may carry a risk due to blood-borne diseases. [i] It seems a barbaric practice from ancient times, certainly disapproved by medical practitioners today for obvious reasons. However, the practice demonstrated a sincere motivation, loyalty and closeness between friends.

Jesus Christ became our brother and best friend by the outpouring of His blood for us. He asked for no blood of ours—His blood atoned for our sins. The blood of Christ is the basis of the New Covenant. On the night before He went to the cross, Jesus offered the cup of wine, symbolic of blood, to His disciples and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:30).

Jesus Christ, our elder brother, has redeemed us. We read in Hebrews 9:12, “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is our blood brother. No need for bizarre ritual, just an open believing heart in our Lord Jesus. He has pledged Himself to us for all times in Hosea 2:19-20, “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and in justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness.” 

Let us praise God for His love and mercy, for the blood of His Son Jesus Christ which has saved us from ourselves.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for enduring the cross, for bleeding to death for us so that our sins may be forgiven. We who are completely unworthy thank you.
Amen
 

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_brother

 

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