Blood That Is Thicker Than Skin

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by Precarious Yates

Why does Jesus’ blood speak a better word that Abel’s? I mean, we know He’s the Son of God, but is there another reason it’s better?

When Cain killed Abel, Abel’s blood cried out from the ground. Perhaps it wasn’t crying for revenge, but it was at least crying out for justice.

The cry for justice is something that stirs at the very depths of us. It’s a yearning for fairness, an emotion that cries out for everything to be turned right again. How many of you who are parents have had children say, “That’s not fair!” before they turn five?

What Cain did to Abel was not fair. It was not right. And Abel wasn’t wrong when he cried out for justice.

But the blood of Jesus speaks a better word.

What word is that?

Mercy!

As I write this, the people of Tulsa, OK, are reeling from the death of another young black man at the hands of police officers.

As I write this, there is breaking news that a republican representative and his aides have been shot.

No doubt, by the time this is published, people will still be deeply affected by this news or something else that has occurred.

The whole nation of America seems to be a tinderbox right now. Is there anything that can turn the tide?

I don’t know. But I do know that blood needs to be thicker than skin. All of us who are connected by the blood of Jesus, all of us who are washed in His forgiveness and sanctified by His grace need to stand side by side in prayer, in fellowship, and in the work of the gospel, regardless of race. Regardless of skin color. Regardless of what happened last week. Or this morning.

Let’s allow what binds us together be stronger than anything that could tear us apart. Let’s be ready to bring the words that speak louder than cries for justice:

Mercy.

Forgiveness.

Everlasting life for all who believe in Jesus.

Things might get worse. It might get darker. So let’s shine brighter. Together.

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20

God bless you!

Precarious Yates

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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