The Passover Feast or Celebration is one of the most important events in both the Jewish and Christian calendars. In it is sealed the salvation story. The Jewish community celebrate their deliverance from Egyptian captivity, whilst the Christian community celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. Both religions view blood as central to their deliverance/salvation. From the Jewish context, God instructed every Jewish family to kill a lamb on the Passover night and then sprinkle the blood on their door posts. Exodus 12:13 says, ‘The blood will be a SIGN for you on the houses you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…..’ From the Christian context, Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new covenant and his blood which was sprinkled at the cross speaks better things than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24).
Could it be that our identity as Christians is determined by God’s signature of grace upon our lives? When our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, his last will and testament was in his last statement: TETELESTAI meaning it is finished or FULLY PAID. It is common knowledge that when something has been fully paid for, it is accompanied by a signature. The Apostle Paul rightfully illustrates this signature of grace in his epistle to the Colossians (2:14-15) ‘Having canceled/DELETED the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us: he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having DISARMED the powers and authorities, he made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross’.
From antiquity up to the modern times, a signature was known as a SEAL, a SIGN, or a MARK by an authority. Kings and nobles used SIGNET RINGS to sign documents. Accompanying that signature was the NAME, OFFICE and TERRITORY of the signatory. The signatory of grace is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. His offices include the following and many more: Lion of Judah who is the SEAL BREAKER in the book of Revelation, Alpha and Omega, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His territory is the entire universe. A signature was used to authenticate official documents, to guarantee the security of the document and to prevent unauthorised reading, altering or tempering. God’s signature on your life means that the devil cannot alter or temper with your destiny. This signature of grace is inclusive i.e. it does not discriminate. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male or female. We all have equal access to the blessing of Abraham. This signature of grace clears your past sins and failures to the point that no one will have the guts to cast the first stone upon you.
There are three things which you need to always bear in mind and also appropriate them daily in your life. Firstly, when Jesus died on the cross, he declared AMNESTY over you, thereby deleting the charge of your legal indebtedness which stood against you and condemned you. You must declare and decree: CHARGE DELETED. Secondly, Jesus’ death on the cross disarmed principalities and powers. This means that he captured and controlled the enemy hence he now holds the keys of death and hades. With keys you can SHUT OUT things and SHUT IN things. May diseases, discouragements, disappointments, depression, deprivations, dishonour be shut out of your life. You must declare and decree: ENEMY DISARMED. Finally, you must learn to sprinkle the blood of Jesus over your life. You must declare and decree: BLOOD DISPLAYED. The signature of grace is good enough for you.
THE SIGNATURE OF GRACE IS SEALED IN THE PASSOVER