revjoaquinwillisweb.gifWhat does it mean to be ‘covered’? It is to be blanketed, made secure, put under protective wraps, or sheltered.  Why would one want to be covered?  Babies respond instinctively to being enfolded and shielded from harm, sensing the presence of love.  In Jesus’ final hours of tribulation, at a last supper, He provided His disciples a new covering, a covenant to be signed and sealed in His blood.

Jesus gave traditional Passover a new meaning. In Exodus (12: 7, 13), we read, “And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will Passover you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” The Egyptians were without protection, but the people of Israel who put the blood of an innocent lamb on their dwellings were safe.

The blood, according to Revelation (13:8), represents the Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Judgment in this form during Noah’s time was avoided, owing to the covering of Christ’s Blood.  The act of using lamb’s blood required an act of obedience, a visible demonstration of faith. 

In times of danger, sickness, spiritual warfare, disease, or pending death, we need to cry out for the protection and covering of Jesus’ blood.  Through His Blood, we can remain safe. We must employ spiritual “vigilance” to avoid becoming a spiritual “victim.” 

In Joshua (2:12-13), we find Rahab, the harlot who was about to become a victim during Israel’s attack on Jericho. She had earlier hidden spies and, in response to her pleas for safety, the spies yielded.  “They told her to bind a scarlet cord and put it in the window so that we will know, and she and her household were spared,” Joshua (2:18-21). We, too, should internalize the faith of Rahab.  If a harlot’s faith (who had no covenant with God or with Jesus) brought God’s protection, surely believers in the New Covenant can rejoice in the protection of His Blood. 

We must be on guard.  Peter tells us,  “Be sober, be vigilant; because the adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour…resist him, be steadfast in the faith,” I Peter (5:8-9).  We must be alert to evil, secure that our faith and the covering of His Blood will thwart every attack.  The power of the Blood is made manifest when we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior. When we are threatened, we must cry out for the covering of His Blood, trusting in its power.  We must spread and display Jesus’ blood over the boundaries of our lives. In any place where the devil would find an opening, we need the covering of Jesus’ Blood.

To be victorious, give bold testimony, proclaiming your redemption through the Blood of the Lamb.  In Psalm (107:2), King David said, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!” In the name of Jesus, we must plead the covering of Jesus’ Blood for our healing from sickness. In the name of Jesus, we must sprinkle the covering of His Blood on ourselves. In His name, we must draw a blood line around our church, around our house, our families, and our property, covering them all with His Blood.

In the name of Jesus we must cover all our problems and bind them with the power of Jesus’ blood. There is wonder-working power in the precious Blood of the Lamb.  There is no plea that we need make to gain entrance into the presence of God, save to say, “I am redeemed, and ‘“Covered by the Blood.’”

The Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis is pastor of the Church of the Open Door at 6001 NW 8th Ave., Miami.  To contact the church, call 305-759-0373 or email the pastor at