In the blood there is life.  This includes both our natural and spiritual life.  Where it is cold blooded, and I know some cold blooded people, or warm blood life is in the blood.

When you were conceived there is an automatic genetic connection between you and your parents.  The great debate today is trying to resolve the question about where life really begins.  Is it at conception as some people think or pre-embryo as others think?  What do you think about the issue of right to life?  Do the unborn carry a set of “Bill of Rights?”  These are issues that continue to be debated by Christians and the medical profession, politicians and educators.

Let be clear about one thing, when you were born a human rights covenant was in effect.  You’re loving parents provided and cared for your welfare to assure your survival.  This may be over simplification but I hope you will agree with me today that they did the best they knew how; considering all they had to go through.  The evidence of their good job is that we are here today.  They kept the covenant agreement to love and protect.  Somebody ought to say amen.

Not only are we in covenant with our parents, but also with our sisters, brother, aunts and uncles, grand’s and great grand’s.  Let us not forget cousins, nieces and nephews.

Blood relationships are very important.  There is a truth that “blood is thicker than water.”  Am I right about that “Blood?”  Blessed is the family that prays together because they will stay together. 

I was talking to a fellow the other day that tried to show me how he was related to a friend of mine.  He said something like this, “I am related to your friend, because my grandma’s sister’s ex-husband niece was married to your friend’s cousin before she died.” 

Listen, it seems we all want to be related when it suits us and where benefits will be derived.  Ask any of those people that have hit the jackpot for a few million dollars how many so called new blood relatives showed up at their doorstep that they never knew before. 

Now that we have examined aspects of the natural and physical side of a blood covenant let us look at how God established His “Fatherly Covenant” with us. 

Please read:  (1Samuel 4-6} “The Art of the Covenant”

Hebrews 9 

 1.  Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.   2.  For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.

 3.  And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

 4.  Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;   5.  And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

 6.  Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.   7.  But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:   8.  The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:   9.  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;   10.  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Hebrew 10:

3.  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

 4.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

 5.  Wherefore when Christ cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:   6.  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.   7.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

10.  By (Christ) the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   *12.  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;   13.  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.   14.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.   15.  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,   16.  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;   17.  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

 18.  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.   19.  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,   20.  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;   21.  And having an high priest over the house of God;

Hebrew 9:

 14.  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 15.  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Matthew 27:

51.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;   52.  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,   53.  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

I hope today there was a quickening in you and the veil of your understanding opened so you might come forth out of sleep about your spiritual linage and family. 

Jesus Christ has proven He is worthy to be our “Big Blood Brother” and has forever sealed those that are called and offers it to you today.  Does your blood-line include Jesus?

Preached by; Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.

I.C.U., Ministries, Inc., October 5, 2008