Exodus 12:13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you.
This is the command God gave to Moses on the first Passover, the night before Israel triumphantly marched out of Egypt.
Pharaoh, the most powerful man in the world, had stubbornly resisted Moses and God through nine plagues. But this was the final plague that would bring the gods of Egypt to their knees. (Exodus 12:12)
God instructed every Israelite family to take a lamb, smear its blood over the doorposts as a sign and protection against the angel of death.
I can just imagine what some families were thinking – "let's smear as much blood over the door and the walls as we can, just to make sure the angel of death sees the blood". But the truth is, just a sprinkling of blood, even just a drop was enough. All of Israel would have been doing this in faith. It would have seemed a little foolish and many probably did it in fear and trembling wondering what it would do. But all they needed to do was smear that blood on the doorpost – whether they understood it or not and that blood was going to protect them and bring them deliverance. Why, because God gave His Word!
And it is the same when it comes to the blood of Jesus today.
This event in the Old Testament was a sign. A powerful sign that pointed to an event that would bring deliverance for all humanity. It points to Jesus upon the cross. The blood and the body of the lamb brought Israel deliverance from Pharaoh, sickness, and disease. Likewise, Christ’s broken body and blood bring you deliverance from sin and sickness today – if you put your faith in Him and His work on the cross.
Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, powerfully connected His death to the first Passover, what we call the Last Supper. Jesus took the bread, broke it and declared “this is my body which is broken for you”. He poured the wine which represented His blood and “poured out for many”.
Today, this is celebrated as Holy Communion. But don’t just celebrate it. Every time you partake of the bread and the cup, remember what it truly represents:
- The bread represents Christ’s broken body, so you can be whole. If sickness, disease, curses or addictions have over-powered you, have faith in the broken body of Jesus as you take the bread, to break the power of these over your life.
- The wine/juice represents the blood of Jesus. That blood saved Israel and it saves you from eternal death today. If that blood can save you from eternal death, it can save and protect you from anything in this temporal world. Have faith as you drink that cup, it is God’s protection and deliverance for you and your family.
See the blood of Jesus as your true source of protection in this life. See Jesus' broken body as your true source of health in this life. No evil, plague or disaster will come upon your family because of the powerful blood of Jesus.