April 16, 2017
SEASON OF PASSOVER
BY PS. HENRY PILLAI
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK: ROMANS 6:1-14
This is the most important week in the Christian calendar. It’s not about Easter eggs and bunnies. That is pagan! Even the word “Easter” is a name of Lucifer. It is not even found in the Bible. But it is a celebration of Passover! When the death angel passes over us and as a result we pass over from death to LIFE! Everything that was dead, being REVIVED!
Jesus knew that He was going to be the Passover lamb, where He will have to give His life; He will be blindfolded, kicked, slapped, spat on, whipped, nailed and crucified. Everything possible would be done to Him. He knew what He was going to go through yet He went boldly like a King! He went as the Messiah, the Anointed One! He came to face the Cross gloriously! He knew what was ahead yet He came in Triumph! Beloved, what is challenging you? What death is ahead of you? What cross is ahead of you? If you know the Master, you also can walk to it triumphantly, gloriously knowing after they have finished with you, you will rise again! When you walk with Christ, you will Rise Again!
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”. Then He said, “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” Beloved, God is inviting you today, especially during this season as the world has now come into a time of great turmoil. In the midst of all this darkness and discouragement, your light will shine because no amount of darkness can put out a single light! Not only does light give light but light gives sight, light removes fear. But salt fights corruption, salt prevents decay, salt brings taste, salt can thaw ice. Light and salt work very quietly but very powerfully. That’s what God entrusts you and I to be! The Bible also says, ‘Salt your speech.’ Even when you speak, make sure it is pleasant to hear. Make sure it’s preserving. Make sure it’s a blessing. That it does not bring corruption, it does not bring decay but will preserve. Ask yourself beloved, are you what God is expecting of you?
Deliverance – A Sign and Wonder of God!
Passover celebrates Redemption by the Blood of the Passover lamb.
For Israel, the blood of a spotless Passover lamb redeemed them from the power of Egypt. For Christians, the blood of Jesus, our Passover Lamb, redeems us from the power of sin and Satan! Redemption is the starting point of a walk with God! That’s why Passover is the first of God’s yearly appointed times.
But Passover is not just about redemption, it’s also about Deliverance! Deliverance is “the action of being Rescued or Set Free.” Israel was in desperate need of deliverance! They had been in Egypt for 430 years and they had multiplied greatly but a Pharaoh arose who feared them and wanted to destroy them!
Pharaoh’s solution : to enslave them and work them to death!
God had a solution too : Passover
Israel was enslaved and oppressed but God had incredible plans for them. The key to their deliverance was Passover. The first step in Passover was judging the gods of Egypt. So God released His judgment. He did that through a series of 10 Plagues. They were power encounters with the demonic structures of Egypt designed to break their hold! These plagues were an incredible Sign and Wonder!
The last plague was death of Egypt’s firstborn! Even Pharaoh’s first-born son died! The ultimate confrontation with Egypt’s gods! Pharaoh, the god-king could not even protect his own son! Pharaoh finally decided to let the people of Israel go! It was a Sign and a Wonder! Through great Signs and Wonders, God brought the land of Egypt to its knees! Yet, to the Israelites, the greatest sign and wonder was yet to come.
To Israel, the greatest sign and wonder was when Moses led them out of Egypt! As they walked out of Egypt, they knew they were FREE! Years of oppression had Ended! And that’s an experience God wants for YOU! Israel had an enemy named Pharaoh. But you have an enemy also! His name is Satan and he wants to DESTROY you! You have lived your life under his oppression. Some have been consumed by sickness and pain. Some have lived under grinding poverty. Some have had your children taken captive. Maybe you’ve had your marriage destroyed. Some are paralyzed by depression, fear & anxiety. That was Never God’s Plan For You!
Growing up in Egypt, it would have been easy for the Israelites to assume that the oppression of slavery had to be accepted. “That’s just how things are”. That’s what many Christians do! They experience Satan’s oppression in their life and assume that’s just how things are. But that was Never God’s Will For You! God wants you to be FILLED with overflowing LIFE! Jesus said, “I have come that they might have LIFE, and have it more abundantly!” He describes that flow of life as a surging river. “He who believes in Me, out of his innermost being will flow RIVERS of living water!” He wants the Holy Spirit to be like a Refreshing River in your innermost being! God’s goal for your life: WHOLENESS! That is your call and your DESTINY in God! Your Heavenly Father wants you to live a life of purpose and fulfillment, experiencing a continual flow of His LIFE!
God has given you everything you need to Walk in Freedom! God has given you ARMOUR. God has given you STRONG ALLIES. God has given you the POWER of the Holy Spirit. God has given you AUTHORITY and because of that, you don’t have to live under oppression! You Can Be Delivered! Deliverance is a gracious gift of God. It’s a Sign and a Wonder! If you are being oppressed by the enemy, that’s what God wants to do for You!
Passover is the season for Deliverance! God wants You to be FREE!