Summary: Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins. Understanding the Blood Covenant. Why Jesus had to die for our sins.
Answers 2 Big Questions
The Most Important Concept in the Bible
Understanding the Blood Covenant
Scripture: Matthew 26:28
We sing about the blood.
We talk about the blood.
What was the uniqueness about Jesus’ blood that He could boldly stand up and say, "Because of my blood the remission or forgiveness of sin shall be brought forth"?
There was something different about His blood, but most Christians really don't know what that is.
Read: Matthew 26:28
• Jesus said His blood is the blood of the new ... what? New Testament; or New Covenant.
• There are lot of different things that happened in the Bible that most people do not understand why they transpired; at times myself included.
Why did they circumcise children in the Old Testament?
Why did they sacrifice animals in the Old Testament?
All of this is in relationship to the blood covenant.
• There is a fact I want you to realize; our Bible is divided into two parts; the Old Testament and the New Testament.
In the original languages it actually says "covenants": old covenant, new covenant.
1. A covenant is a legal binding contract.
This Bible is a legal binding contract; sent by God for mankind.
There is an old contract and a new contract, but the new covenant is not wiping out the old; instead it fulfills it.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:17 - Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
It's like a man who's written his last will and then when he's 20 years older he updates it.
He doesn't wipe it out but he fulfills it and he adds more to it.
This is what we have in the form of the Bible.
• 2. The word "covenant" when it's used in the Bible actually means "to cut" or “to draw blood”.
The old covenant established in the Old Testament was established between God and Abraham — established with blood; circumcision.
The new covenant was established between God and man through Jesus Christ — also through blood.
• There are many different types of contracts, agreements, or covenants.
One type of contract is my word; it’s a verbal contract.
Another type of contract is a written contract; I sign a paper stating that I am going to do something.
A stronger contract than a written contract is when let’s say that I am going to buy some land from you and we have four witnesses.
Then the notary comes and puts their stamp on the paper and it becomes an official paper.
That is a more serious contract.
But there's another contract that's even stronger than that; it’s called a blood contract; considered to be the strongest contract in all societies of the world.
The Bible, the Old Testament was a blood contract which is no insignificant thing.
• There are a number of reasons to enter into a blood covenant.
Maybe I am weak and you are strong.
Maybe I want your protection for my family.
Maybe I'm wealthy and you’re not so wealthy but you’re strong and then my wealth becomes some of your wealth.
In a blood covenant if you have trouble that means I have trouble.
• If you break the blood covenant what is the consequence?
In many tribes if you break it; your own people will track you down and kill you.
That's what a blood covenant is; it possesses strength to it, seriousness to it: for protection, for resources, for assistance, for relationship.
It's not a small matter when you enter into a blood covenant with somebody.
• How does it work in the Old Testament and in the New Testament in dealing with God and man?
The Bible is a blood covenant book; it’s something that God has initiated with man to help us.
If you will not interact with God.... there are serious consequences when you won't enter into a blood covenant with the One who's greater than you.
• 3. What are the consequences of not entering into a blood covenant with God through the blood of Jesus Christ?
Spiritual separation from God.
Eternal separation from God and it's not a small thing.
God sent Jesus and saw me and said, "I love you. I want to be your friend.
I want to be around you. I want to have a relationship with you.
I want to protect you. I want to help you. I want to give to you."
• This wasn't my idea; it was the Creator of the whole universe’s idea.