by Kathi Pelton
For only the second time this century, Good Friday and the first night of Passover will coincide. While Christians around the world will be remembering the “Lamb that was slain” to set us free from the captivity of slavery to sin, the Jews will be gathering around that table to remember the blood of the lamb that was put upon the doorposts and their freedom from the captivity of Egyptian slavery.
For months the word, “convergence” has been coming out of my mouth as I witness divine convergences emerging everywhere. Yet, the greatest convergence ever known to mankind is that which converged the hopeless depravity of man (and sin) with the perfect hope of the shed blood of Jesus that cleanses our sin. His blood has become our freedom from captivity and slavery!
When we read about the terrible conditions that the Jewish people endured, enslaved in Egypt for 400 years, it is almost unthinkable. From heavy labor in despicable conditions, to the killing of their first born sons, they had all but lost hope.
Sin is the same kind of slavery! It causes men and women to take on such a heavy load (yoke) and brings death to every good thing. Sin causes even the most wealthy to live in vile conditions from which no money can set them free.
Good Friday is the day we remember the price that was paid, not in money, but in blood and in love, to set us free. It cost Him everything and cost us nothing but our “Yes!” We will declare, “I believe and I receive the blood that sets me free.”
Let us pray for the Jewish people around the world, that today as they sit down for their Passover meal that their eyes would be opened to see the true Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. As these two days that represent freedom from captivity converge, let us declare over all who are still in slavery to sin and the captivity of the world: FREEDOM!
Roar out the good news! Don’t hold back but allow the sound of freedom and the sound of salvation become the sound of chains falling to the floor. Roar it over your family, roar it over your city, roar it over your nation, and roar it over all of creation!
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’” John 8:34-36
The blood that was shed by our Messiah became the ink that signed our adoption papers. We are no longer slaves but now we are sons. Our “yes” and His blood become the grace that puts us in family and restores to us the full inheritance of a son, and to the Son His full inheritance in us.
This is a very Good Friday! Our Passover Lamb has redeemed us and sets us free from the slavery of sin. May His blood be placed upon the “doorpost” of every person that has yet to come to the knowledge of the cross. Pray and decree the blood of the Lamb over all that you are carrying.
The blood of Jesus speaks a better word over their life and over your life!
“You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24
Today there is a better word being spoken over your life and over your loved ones. Where you have cried out for vengeance begin to cry out for the blood that speaks forgiveness and releases the new covenant. There is power in the blood!
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