Blood is thicker than family
PerfectWord.org, Featured Blog by Kevin Geoffrey
A Special Passover Message
The cup of the blessings that we bless—is it not the sharing of the blood of the Messiah? And the bread that we break—is it not the sharing of the body of the Messiah? Because there is one bread, we, the many, are one Body, for we all share of the one bread. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, mjlt)
Often times, when we find ourselves in trouble, we look to family to bail us out. Conversely, when a close family member needs us, we rush to their aid; or when there is a conflict between two events, and one of them involves family, we choose their event—because that’s what family does. This is what we mean when we invoke the old adage, “Blood is thicker than water.” Friends may come and go, we say, but family is forever.
Yet the original meaning of this expression may actually mean the exact opposite—that it’s not familial blood that binds us so permanently, but rather the bond that is forged when two parties ceremonially exchange each other’s blood to seal a promise; that is, they make a blood covenant. And there has never been more precious covenant blood exchanged than that of the Lamb of God—our Master, the Messiah Yeshua.
His is no ordinary blood covenant with us—its height, depth, width and breadth we can hardly fathom. So what could the blood of the Messiah possibly accomplish that the blood of our relatives can’t even approach?
Let there be no doubt: only the blood of the Messiah Yeshua has been “poured out… for release from sins” (Matit’yahu 26:27). It is “through His own blood” that He “acquired” us (Acts 20:28) and made us His. “How much more, then, having now been declared righteous in His blood, will we be saved through Him” (Romans 5:9)!
Indeed, it is only through Yeshua that all things have been “reconcile[d] to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His execution stake” (Colossians 1:20). In Yeshua alone do “we have the redemption through His blood and the release from our missteps, according to the riches of His unmerited favor” (Ephesians 1:7).