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Sunday English Service - 05 MAR 17 - The power of the blood of Jesus

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Please turn with 1 Corinthians 5. I am going to read verse 7, then I will read Exodus 12:13-14. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7: "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us."

Exodus 12:13-14 - "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance".

We have been teaching on the subject of the power of the blood of Jesus for the last four weeks and this is the fifth week we are on it. And a couple of weeks ago I begun to talk about the Passover; because if you want to understand the power of the blood of Jesus certainly you have to look at the Passover and what actually took place there, because that has more details there than anywhere else about the power of the blood of Jesus. In the Old Testament as you know the Passover, the day the people of Israel left Egypt; they were delivered from the Egyptian slavery and bondage; that whole event of the Exodus is very important - it is as important as Jesus is to the New Testament; his life, his ministry and his death and resurrection; it is so important to the New Testament; and the Old Testament this Exodus event (the Passover particularly) is a very important event, teaching us many ways in shadows - the real is Christ, that is a shadow. So many things that are already taught in shadows are not again repeated in the real, therefore we need to go to the Old Testament and learn it there. And then we come to the New Testament also there are so many things there that the New Testament has to say about the blood of Jesus and the power that is in the Blood of Jesus. So the Passover is a major event in which the power of the blood of Jesus is highlighted. After that there were certain ordinances given regarding sacrifices to be made and all the sacrifice that proceeds after that event; after that event several sacrifices were taught and people did offer sacrifices; it all showed this particular principle that is already there in Passover; that is through the blood of sacrifice there is deliverance, there is protection and there is God-provided new life or a future (brand new future).

Even before Jesus begun his ministry - you remember John the Baptist is baptizing people and Jesus came to be baptised by him, John looks at him and says, "Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world". And that language - the Jewish people that heard him that day would have clearly understood what he is talking about; he was talking about the Passover lamb: "Behold the lamb of God", he says. But what they could not understand and perceive at that time was that the Messiah that they were expecting they thought would never come in form of a lamb. They could not think of the Messiah coming in the form of a lamb that would be slain as a sacrifice upon the altar called the cross. They thought the Messiah would come as a mighty king who would unseat the Roman Emperor, deliver them from the Roman Dominion and give them a new life in that way. But least expected they saw this messiah come as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the whole world. Now Jesus in every way fulfilled what the Passover lamb depicted in pictures and shadows in the Old Testament times.
Now when we deal with the subject of the blood or the blood of Jesus, already it sounds very horrible because people don't like to see the blood or think about the blood. If you shed two drops of blood - I can see some ladies just running away from that place or turning away from that sight of it, because they can't stand to see bloodshed. But the bible is full of this theme about how the blood was shed - and without the shedding of the blood there is no remission of sin.In the Old Testament is full of sacrifices and in the New Testament there is Jesus hanging on the cross, head having the crown of thorns; so blood is flowing from his head, hands nailed; his body was beaten black and blue - you know like a ploughed field, the bible says. Blood all over, he was literally soaked in blood, with his feet nailed to the cross. So blood is everywhere - he was literally covered with blood.

Now people say, "What kind of religion is this? This is horrible. Should such thing happen in order for forgiveness of sin to take place? Why is this necessary at all? Why does the bible make so much about the blood that is shed on the cross and so on? Why so much about the sacrifice and so on?" Well we think blood shed is horrible. But the bible talks about the blood of Jesus as very precious: 1 Peter says in 18-19, that "You have been redeemed; Not with gold or silver but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ" - the blood of Jesus is called "Precious" because of what it does is, it remedies sin, it remedies the failure, it remedies the bondage, and all these things that has come as a result of sin - it does something for man that nothing else could do. That is why the blood is considered as precious, because it does what nothing in this whole world can do. No power on this earth can do this, but the blood of Jesus can do this. So the bible considers the blood of Jesus as precious - something very important. It's a theme throughout the bible. In the Old Testament like I said, full of sacrifice. In the New Testament the whole theme is about the cross of Calvary and the blood that was shed there - Jesus hung there and shed every drop of blood for the remission of our sin. We have remission of sins through his blood; and through his blood we draw near to him; we have boldness to come near to him and so on. The bible teaches about it a lot.

And then when you go to the book of Revelation it ends with the songs sung in heaven about the blood of the lamb; the Lamb of God is known as in heaven - after having been raised from the dead, exalted, glorified, sitting at the right hand of the Father, he is still remembered as the Lamb of God and the blood that he shed is still remembered; and in heaven the bible in chapter 5 I think, or 7 in Revelation it talks about how they sang a song and the theme of the song is about the blood and lamb of God that shed that blood. Isn't that something? We think blood is horrible, don't talk about it, it doesn't look very good, does not make for a good presentation of Christianity. That is why a lot of churches have left talking about the blood, and they don't singabout the blood, because it looks ugly; it doesn't make for a good fashionable thing. But the bible considers it as very valuable; Peter says, "The precious blood of Jesus is the means through which we were saved or redeemed". So we will talk about it. In this church, we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus. We are not ashamed of it; we consider it precious; because what the bible considered precious we will not call ugly. We will talk about it. Ifthe bible says it is precious, then it is precious, and lets us find out why it is precious it is and how we can apply the benefits of that blood that was shed for us. Now like I said you have to look at Passover to understand a lot of things, because it is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament cross; when it comes to the New Testament (that is why I read 1 Corinthians 7 where Paul says, Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us". So we are not making an interpretation saying the Passover lamb equals Christ in the New Testament; Paul interprets it that way: he says, "Christ our Passover" - See they had their own Passover and that Passover did something for them; for the people of Israel who were in bondage at that time. And if they received those benefits then, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. The benefits that have been received in the Old Testament times by the people of Israel when Passover was first observed, is applicable to us also. So we going to look at that and see how we can apply and receive those benefits in our day/in our lives. Now in order to understand this, we need to get into something that I talked about at the end of the last session (last Sunday), at the end I told that I came out of Pentecostal background; in the Pentecostal background there is something very special; one wonderful great truth I discoveredamong the Pentecostals is the truth about the blood of Jesus. Normally you will not find it so much outside the Pentecostal world; see there are some things very good about the Pentecostal world; you got to admit that; I come from that. Certainly, there are things I had to leave, because it is unnecessary - like I said, someone taught me many years ago, when I went to study abroad; they said, "Son, learn to eat the meat and spit out the bones". Certainly, there is meat and there is bones - and back in my day when I was growing up; not that much money then and too many people in the house; so we bought little meat and we wanted it to last for all the 15 people of us that were there (9 children, plus parents; plus some uncles and aunties and this and others coming it; because my father was a pastor). So 10, 15 people eating, we would buy some ½ a kilo, add potato with it, this and that with it, and make a big part of meat. So when you'll eatmeat, you will have to search for the meat. And they would give to you like pickles - you will just have to touch and go; that all it's for. It's not really for eating; it's like to be used as a pickle like, just keep it on the side - just to look at and smell; that is exactly what they used to say; those were days more like famine. And that produces a mentality also; so that you look at even one bone you don't want to leave it. You want to bite around all the meat that is hanging on the bone. You want to clear that; and once you clear all the meat out of it, you want to crush that bone - and make sure you get the juice out of that marrow, and not leave anything because everything is precious to you.

Now I went abroad to study and I one time working on my bone very busily - and you know, in Indian table when we eat there is a lot of noise. We are making noise; and I was making noise and eating with the bones, and one fellow said to me, "Son, why are you eating the bones? There is plenty of meat. What is wrong with you? Eat the meat as much as you want". Then only I thought: "O my God, I am in a different place". This is a situation; forget the bones, let's eat the meat. Now I guessed back then, we didn't have much teaching you see, but we did have a lot of good things in the Pentecostal circles; there's certain things that are so good. I have not left it; I keep all the good things, and this one truth is one of them, and there are many others. And the blood of Jesus is this wonderful truth; because in those days they didn't go really into the word of God and teach really; they thought anything is more like allegorical preaching; you know they just made up stories about this equals that, that equals this. You know when you put everything and cook it together it amounts to nothing - that type of thing. It was more that kind of preaching and not real teaching; really taking the word of God and interpreting.So not much to say; so when you don't have so much meat, you had some bones to fill up the part. So sermons would have a lot of bones. But even now in India we have boneless chicken; our young people don't even know what we are talking about - they think I am bone grand-daddy. This poor guy where did he come from; he must have starved back in those days they think.

Nowadays everybody eats just meat; they want boneless; I think church also needs to be boneless - we don't want any bones, we just want the meat of word of God. So this is the meat I received from the Pentecostal background; that is, they talked about experiencing the power of the blood of Jesus in this way; they had terminology for it - they talked about pleading the blood (have you ever heard about it); now pleading the blood (this morning I was talking in Tamil - it's very difficult to translate it into Tamil because plead means to beg). Now God doesn't want us to beg; he didn't shed every drop of his blood to make us beggars - to come before him begging. Then why did he shed every drop of his blood? He shed every drop of his blood, redeemed us with his precious blood, not to make us beg before him for everything, but to give us the boldness to come before him as sons and daughters and receive right royally everything that he has prepared for us. That is why the bible says in Hebrews chapter 10 - (it says), "That we can come boldly to him through the blood of Jesus Christ" - with a conscience that is clear, we can come boldly before his presence, to givethe boldness only he shed his blood, not to make us beggars. So the whole point of the Christian salvation is not to make you come to beg before God, it is to make you come boldly. So don't think pleading is bout begging.

I want to explain this terminology because this terminology could be misleading because people are already champions in begging. Now, when you use this terminology like this: "plead the blood" - they say, "Very well. Already know how to plead. Let me plead based on the blood". No, this is not about begging God mentioning the blood. No, this is more like the pleading that happens in the court of law. Am sure you have the terminology that is used in the legal circles in the court of law; when the lawyer who is fighting your case, knows the law, and he knows justice is on your side that law guarantees you certain privileges (law guarantees you certain things), and so he determines that you are on the right side of the law; the law is there for you - the law guarantees certain privileges and rights to you, therefore he goes before the judge takes the law, and pleads your case. Now what does it mean when we say, "Pleading your case" - he doesn't get up on his knees and beg the judge - certainly he shows respect and so on. But it is not about begging and crying or anything; no judge will give anything just because the lawyer cried. No judge is going to sit there and say, "How much did he cry? Did he shed more tears - then I will grant him whatever…" No, it is not about that, the court of law is based on something else. It is based on law. If you come according to the law, and side the law - and side cases in whichit was interpreted that way and show proof to say this is the how it must be understood. Bring in every proof you can; previous judgments and so on. And claim your right - and your privilege that is granted to you by the law, then the judge says, "Alright, you are right" and grants his plea - see the word "plea" is used in the Court of Law. That is the way pleading the blood matter must be understood - this terminology must be understood. So when you come before the court of heaven/when you come before God, you are not coming begging, you are not coming just crying - no, you are bold in coming before God. That is why the blood of Jesus was shed to give you the boldness; so that is not the problem. Why do plead then? You are pleading in the sense of a lawyer pleading his case in the court; you are bringing his word, you are bringing the promises - you are bringing what God has said, and more importantly you are coming on the basis of what went on the cross of Calvary- wherehe did; when God's Son died, shed every part of the blood to purchase and obtain for you this great redemption and all that belongs to you because of that work on the cross of Calvary. You come on the basis of that and you make your plea. You claim what is yours, you stand your ground; your prayers are based on that; your request before God are based on the cross, and what the blood of Jesus that was shed there, guarantees you and what it means for you and your life today. That's the way pleading of the blood matter must be understood.

So in Pentecostal circles we used to here terminology such as this: "There is victory in the name of Jesus" is something that people would saydoesn't apply in a day - Keep repeating it all the time. I have seen it, I neverunderstood that much in those days, but I could tell that these people knew something about it. Little knowledge was their concerning that; that is why they were saying it and they were seeing a lot of victory through that. But there were some people that also used it more like a magical word (or magical wand, so to speak); they would try to use that so that something would happen. That is not the way you should understand it -because that means you use the word but you don't really understand it. I would see a lot of people say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus" and then they would turn around and they would say how they are unworthy and dirt and worm and nothing; now if the blood of Jesus has been shed for you and like the bible says it washes you clean and makes you white as snow; leaves no dirt behind - how can you call yourself unworthy, dirty, filthy and no good and rotten and all that. You can't - these two things cannot go together. That betrays the fact that these people saying things because somebody else is saying it but they don't understand it; see, they are people like that I have seen. They say on one hand something about the blood of Jesus literally pleading the blood, but on the hand they would be saying things like this that completely betrays the fact that they don't even believe what the blood has done for them. What is the use of saying there is victory in the blood, when you don't even believe in that victory and show that victory in the way that you speak about your problems. So I am talking about you not using thing as a magical word that you let out every time when you are in danger or something; No, I am talking about a knowledge and how to use it effectively in your life and as confession with your heart. Feel your heart with that knowledge so that in every moment of your need this matter comes up before you, you are like that lawyer who knows what is guaranteed to you by the blood and you make your plea, and plead the blood in that situation in that way.

So I want to talk about matter of pleading the blood and how we can do that in our lives and so on. Now there are four things that took place in that ancient event of Passover in Exodus chapter 12, when the first Passover was observed. Four things that happened; and those four things have unmistakable direct application for us today; so I picked out these four things and I want to concentrate on that and I want not show you how you can look at the four things that really happened to those people and understand that that these are really four things that happen to us also. That was the shadow, ours is real; and how we can plead the blood in various situations based on the four things that we see here in the old event. So let us look at the four things quickly (that is what the sermon is about today):

Number one is: the blood provided protection - The blood of the Passover lamb provided protection. Now you remember the Passover event, we already went through it (but let me quickly in one minute say that) See, the people of Israel were in bondage in Egypt - they were slaves, troubled greatly by pharaoh and his people; they were there 430 years; out of that 70 years they were good, 360 years they went through problems - the intensity of their problem increased as the years went by. Finally, in Moses' time, it amounted to that pharaoh ordering the mid-wives to kill all the children that are born as male children; such was the persecution. Literally they were killing kids as they were born - not wanting a Jewish race; they wanted the Jewish race to be extinct in the future; because they were prospering, they are increasing in number, doing very well. So they troubled them in any way - they made them slaves, they made them work very hard, paid them very little. Just literally made them very poor and useless literally - in their poverty, in slavery they became a people that lost all hope for 360 years imagine, being in poverty and God comes to their aid. Why he comes? - Because He had made a blood covenant with Abraham their fore-father. And told Abraham that he would give a son to him (at that time Abraham was without a child). And he was literally lamenting before God; He was saying to God, "What you have given me? I have everything but my servant's children and going to possess all of my wealth - I have so much wealth; they are going to walk away with my wealth because I don't have a son.

And God comforts him saying, "No, no, there will be a son born to you and he will become your descendant and he will inherit everything - not your servant's children". And he guarantees him that a son will be born to him; and so He takes him out and shows him the stars of the sky and says, "Can you number them?" And Abraham looks at it and sure enough the answer is "No". And God says, "So will your seed be". To a childless man who is approaching 100 years of age, God tells him, "Like the stars of the sky, innumerable, so will your seed be". Second thing he guarantees him is that He shows a land - He says, "This land that you have come into - I will give you this land, not only to you but your seed - which is Isaac, the proper seed; the legitimate seed". "To you and to your seed, forever I will give you this land", God says. So two things: to a childless man, child, and a great number of descendants; and two, a land he is going to give. And Abraham says, "Wait a minute: This is too much. I don't even have one son; and you are saying you will give me a seed like the stars of the sky, and I don't own anything. I left everything and came because you called and you saidyou will give me the whole land, not just a few acres". By what can I know you will do all these things for me? So God says, "Bring some animals, and birds and all that, cut them into two pieces and lay them here." And when he cut them into two pieces and laid them, God made a covenant with him - a blood covenant; very meaningful covenant - I went through that when I talked about the blood covenant (that event inchapter 15 of Genesis is very important - God is making a blood covenant with a man). Literally God is saying, "Hey I am God, Am almighty God. My resources are available to you. I can do all things. Don't think of me in an ordinary way. You don't worry about how you don't have a child and how you are getting old and all that - because you are dealing with Almighty God, and I am entering into a Covenant with you. And I will do what I said. I will fulfill this need of your life. I will do what I said, I am able to do it; I am able to give you a child and a seed that is more than the stars of heaven and I am able to give you this land. I will do what I said". God made a blood covenant with Abraham. And when He made the blood covenant with Abraham he told him, "Your descendants, thatcome through Isaac, they will be so much in number. They will go into Egypt and there they will grow and become great in number; and they will be persecuted - they will serve, they will become slaves literally - he told them 400 years before. God told them what is going to happen to them in Egypt. They will serve them for 400 years; "They will serve" means slaves under them, and then they will be delivered (but I will bring them out with possession) - "Wealth I will bring them out", He says. God promised and so God remembered - 400 years later God looked at the calendar and said, "Well it is time. Let me go and deliver." And God comes to Moses and he meets him as he takes care of the sheep out in the wilderness. He said, "Moses come here". Through the burning bush He said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (let me introduce myself to you) I have not forgotten you people - your people's cry as reach out to me, and I have come down to deliver them. I want you to go speak to pharaoh; tell that pharaoh to let my people go. And finally after much struggle, Moses agrees to do that and goes and gets his brother Aaron - he goes before pharaoh and tells him, "Let my people go". This is what my God says. He says, "tell your God, I am not going to let them go". - because the Egyptian economy depended on these slaves - they were building big buildings and so on and these people were working for free, slave labour; cheap labour and he was not about to let them go. He said, "No! I am not going to let them go" God sent one plague after the other; starting with the soft one. And increased the intensity of the plague as pharaoh hardened his heart more and more, and more, God showed some intensity in the kind of plague that He sent. Nine plagues came and went but pharaoh would not let them go; and the tenth plague God is going to send. And in all the nine plagues that came, none of the plagues affected the Israelites; the plagues affected the lives of Egyptians only. God draw a line between the Israelites and the Egyptians and said these are my people - and these are Egyptians, these are the persecutors of my people; He drew a line. Bless them and send the plague over on them; nine times. And now the 10th plague, the biggest plague is going to come where the first born of every house is going to die; but the thing is Israelites are also living in the land. So how to tell the difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians. So to mark the difference God says, "Go get a lamb, bring that lamb. Keep it for four days, then kill that lamb and catch the blood in the basin. And take a plant called hyssop, a bunch of it, dip into it, and smear the blood on the door post and the lintel - it will be sign that you are my people. And when the destroyer comes he will not be allowed to enter into that house. The sign must beon door outside, you sit inside; if you are inside you will not be touched by the plague. This is the arrangement that God has made.

Now, God is now going to deliver about 2 million people from slavery; imagine that day all that happened; they bought the lamb, kept it for 4 days and cutting the lamb, shedding the blood; you know everything pictures Christ - it's about Christ. Why did He tell them to buy it 4 days before; and keep the lamb for 4 days? Because the lamb will come into their house - the children will love it, they will play with it and they will hate to cut it; because they love the lamb so much. I have had that problem too; I bought one lamb one time, and took it home. And I thought I will grow it, and Christmas time will kill it (or some other occasion will kill it), but my family would not allow me to kill it. They said, "No, no that is our lamb, you go buy some other lamb". I said, "I bought it to eat, make biryani". They said, "Nothing doing. Not this one. This is ours". So I had to go get something else and send it somewhere else - for biryani somewhere else. The things is; See how thoughtful God teaches it. He says, "Four days you must keep it in your home, till all the children, the whole family loves it and then kill it - to show that if you would love a lamb that has been with your family for four days, how much more God loves his only begotten son - that He would send His son and make him die on the cross of Calvary and make him shed His every drop of blood to save you and redeem you - look at what God is willing to do for you. That is the teaching there. Look at the thing that happened there - they cut the lamb, shed the blood, smeared the doorpost, and get inside the house and eat the meat of the lamb - inside. If you ask them that day they probably never understood anything that they were doing. (Probably some of them are hearing my sermon today; for the first time they are understanding what happened there) They probably had no idea of what all these is all about. They had killed some lambs before as a sacrifice; because they knew that when you were to come before God you got to admit that you are a sinner and the soul that sinned shall die - so you killed a lamb, shed the blood and showed that you were a sinner and came through the blood. That is how much they understood. But this whole process of smearing the blood of the door, sitting inside, eating the meat with your shoes on, with your clothes on and with your stick ready; all ready to go. They don't understand what this is - what this depicts, they had no idea of.

But we are looking back from the New Testament days; from the days after Christ and His work on the cross - we look back on the Old Testament. Now we perfectly understand: That is why I read 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" We don't have to interpret that Passover is Christ or it depicts Christ - Paul does it for us. We just go take it from there. Paul says, "You remember the Passover there, Christ is our Passover. That lamb was their Passover. For us Christ is Passover for us. In other words, "Take a good look at Passover, you will understand what Christ is all about, what he has done and what that means to you today" So what does it mean? When the Passover was killed and the blood was smeared: The first thing that was given was protection. Protection from what? Every first-born is going to die in every house; man and animals is going to die, but in the Israeli house everyone is safe, as long as they are under the blood; they go behind the door of the blood-stained door of the house and stay inside - they are safe. This is protection; protection from what? Protection not only from death on that day; from the danger that was going to come to every house on that day; but protection in our sense (looking at it now) - protection from the Judgement of God that is going to come one day; where all those that not under the blood are going to enter into second death; that is a horrible thing, an eternity without God. We are going to be spared from that, we are safe from that - that is depicted there. But also it depicts the fact that the blood of Jesus marks us as very special people; that God even protects us from our present dangers of this life; it speaks of protection in this life. Because when those people came out of that house and travelled on their way to the Promised Land - never God allowed anybody to lay their hands on them; because it was not just until they were inside that house they were ok, even when they got out of the house and came out of the land -they were under the blood's protection; the blood remained as a wall round-about them. On that day they had to remain inside the house, but after that they left; but when they left, the blood stain, or the blood mark was upon them. They were marked to show that they were God's people - that they are special. Just like in all the plagues - they plagues never touched the Israelites. He never allowed any danger to even come near them; total protection. That is why; you remember Balaam comes and wants to curse them -the king has brought him to curse them, and he opens his mouth to curse them and he could hardly get his mouth to open; and when the words finally come out, blessingwords only coming out. He is not able to curse them. He says, "How can I curse what God has blessed". God takes control of his mouth itself, and makes him speak blessings over His people. Amazing story; because they are blood marked. No danger can come upon them. God protects them; God builds a wall of protection round-about them. Now I understand what the Pentecostals meant when they said: "Keep him under the blood Lord". See, when they said, "Let them be under the blood, under the cover of the blood" - "cover him with your blood", they would pray. Those days I understood very little you know. I said, "What kind of prayer is that - "Cover him under your blood". And then they would say, "I sprinkle the blood of Jesus" (I said, "What does that mean?") That is what it means. What they are saying is, "Lord, you redeemed us by your very blood, you shed every drop of blood for us, your precious blood; sinless, holy blood was shed because you considered us precious, you shed your precious blood, gave your life. You are not going to leave us, are you? When we are in trouble you are going to protect us, you are going to shield us, you are going to guard us, you are going to raise a wall around about us; protect us from all the evil and the danger and all the works of the enemy - we count on your protection because the day that we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord, and confessed him as our Lord and thereby took that blood and smeared it on the door posts of our heart - we became (just like the people of Israel), a protected people; a blood-marked people whom God protects. That is the meaning of that; that's is protection.

Secondly; there is deliverance (the second is, Deliverance). Nowdeliverance is not an ordinary thing -consider this people; 430 years, horrible years; how long can you put up with trouble like that? How long can you live under slavery? One generation after the other, they are living under slavery - totally demoralized, completely exploited. Considered like dirt; treated like nothing. One generation after the other, they live under the agony of this slavery, and want and need, and fear and terror. You ask those people what deliverance means to them. Even today the Jewish people when they sing, they sing about that deliverance - they sing about how God delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians and pharaoh and set them free. That deliverance is the biggest thing that they have experienced. What happened in the deliverance? See pharaoh was mighty number one world power in those days; no other king could come and deliver these people in those days. These people are not powerful; they are weak people - they are just shepherds, they don't fight wars. So pharaoh completely took advantage of the situation; he was powerful, he was arrogant, he was proud; he was challenging God; he was defying God - he was the picture of the devil and what the devil is. He exercised all of his powers to keep them in place; not one could escape from there. That's how he kept everything under control. If you asked the people of Israel, they would have said, "No, no we can never come out of here. It is not easy". All around there would be military, there would be people - they will catch us, they will bring us back.And the punishment will be great; we can't escape. Nobody can deliver us. No deliverance is possible - nothing. But on the day when the blood was shed and smeared on the door-post, when the angel of death came and there was death in every house; in pharaoh's house there was also death -pharaoh for the first time in his life; his arrogant, proud, God defying man - for the first time in his life, shaken to his boots. First time in his life, he felt like he is nothing. His backbone was broken, he was in fear on that day; he gave up this whole idea of how great he is and of that on that day. He was willing to let them go; he was pleading with them to go - go please, don't even stand here; please be gone from here, so that we can be free of you and all these problems. God in one night broke the backbone of the devil that night (pharaoh that night) and delivered the people of Israel from the bondage of Egypt - in one night this happened. The guy who held on for 430 years and nobody could come against him, and win a battle against him and deliver these people; 430 years he ruled over them and dominated them; in one night God broke his backbone completely. Just made him lose all the confidence in himself and completely brought him to his knees; where he would say, "Please go".

Ever since Adam sinned, the devil has had the human race under his thumb; he has enslaved every single human being - in 1 John Chapter 5:19 says (one remarkable verse - you must know this verse), 1 John 5:19 says, "The whole world lies in the tight grip"(one translation says) -"tight grip" means a grip which will not let go - in the tight grip of the wicked one; meaning the devil - the whole world - every single human being born in this world is born in sin; therefore a slave of Satan; for how many centuries, how many hundreds of years the devil has held the human race under bondage. And I tell you on that day when Jesus died on the cross, shedding the last drop of his blood, and then we heard the Good News of the gospel preached, and we believed that Jesus shed his blood for us; that finally we can be free; that we can be delivered - that this devil that has held us under his control; under his tight grip can never again do that anymore, that his backbone is broken; we believe that and we were set free that day. The moment we put our faith in the shed blood of Jesus and confessed him as Lord; that day - anybody who has put their faith in Jesus has been set free from the power of this alien power called sin and this power called Satan; sin and Satan, we are set free from - that was 430 years, this is ever since Adam, we have been set free from. The devil has been defeated. The bible says, "He triumphed over the forces of hell. Triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary (Colossian 2:15 says) - "He triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary" - that is what the cross means; that is what the shed blood means for every believer; broke the backbone of Satan, made him paralyzed; paralyzed the powers of hell. And rose up victoriously as a man for all men to deliver us. That's deliverance.

Now I believe I am delivered. I don't have to go to deliverance meeting to be delivered. We don't need deliverance meetings; weneed deliverance preaching. We need to preach more about the deliverance that the cross of Jesus Christ has brought to us. The deliverance that has been obtained for us on the cross of Calvary through the shed blood of Jesus. Whatever happened to the people of Israel that night when the blood was smeared on their door; they were safe, protected - the next thing that happened was they came out and they walked free; no pharaoh to stop them, none of the army to stop them. They walked away free - they were delivered. And pharaoh later on changed his mind again. He pursed them to the Red Sea - wanting to go and catch them again (it doesn't take him very long to harden his mind again; he is the true picture of the devil). He comes pursuing them with his army - chasing them. What happens? These are blood-bought people. God opens the Red Sea for them, makes them walk through it; and when they try to walk through it the sea comes together and completely drowns them in it. The devil is defeated -every attempt, every effort of the devil to come and exercise his power over his people is over - he cannot do it anymore. So they come on the other side, and they sing the song Miriam and all the people of Israel, sang the song about how - (I forget the song that we used to sing, about Exodus 15) - it's about how God drowned the Egyptians and the army on their horses and their chariots in the sea; they sang and celebrated that event, from then on they kept celebrating that event because it is a great deliverance. God said to them, "The enemy that you see now, you will never see again". Totally delivered; and I tell you that is a picture of our deliverance. Devil's dominion over our lives began when Adam sinned; and everyone is born under sin and therefore dominated by the devil,slave of the devil, but when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, devil's dominion ends. So when I say there is victory in the blood of Jesus, you know what I mean - I mean the devil has no power over me anymore. I am free from his power; he cannot exercise dominion - God has broken his backbone; he can do nothing to me. I am not a Christian who is going to talk about hex and spell, and witchcraft and all that business; that is the problem. See in the Pentecostal service, I learnt a lot of good things - about the blood of Jesus. But sometimes the very same people will turn around; they will talk about, "Brother please pray, somebody has taken dirt from under my feet. They are doing something against me, and they have a preacher searching for a little a piece of something all over their house." They are all the time saying, "Victory by the blood of Jesus" but they are searching for that little piece. If there is victory in the blood of Jesus, why are you worried about that little metal piece that is somewhere there. See the two doesn't go together. What I am saying is I believe there is victory in the blood of Jesus, please understand what kind of victory.

The dominion of Satan began the day I was born; the day I was conceived, I was conceived in sin. The devil's dominion began there. When did the devil's dominion end? When I put my faith in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross; that day the devil's dominion over my life is broken. He is never to have dominion again. He can shout and scream; and act up and all that - he can come and chase, but he will be drowned, he will never make it; because the victory is mine. You got to stand like that, you see. So none of that stuff here in this church. Come to my house, search for that metal piece; you don't have time for all that. You come here and we will preach about how you were delivered. How Jesus shed his blood; how he broke the back of Satan; how Satan has no power over you anymore. That he is nothing, that you are something; that you are more than a conqueror and he is totally defeated and he has no power. That is the essence of our preaching concerning the cross. So… deliverance.

The third thing is very interesting; the third thing is (see every time we take communion, you need to remember that. You are celebrating that deliverance. When you take the cup and drink out of it, you think about the blood of Jesus; what do you say about the blood of Jesus?) That's that day, when I put my faith in the shed blood of the cross that is the day devil's dominion in my life ended. The devil is nothing to me, I have nothing to do with him - he has no power over me. (Just remember that as you take it).

Alright, third thing, the blood provided the promise of a new day, and a new life, and a new future God-provided future - new day, new life, new future; whichever way you want to call it. I like the brand new future idea. All these passed away; all things have come new - 430 years. Some of those people - all of those people that lived, they have been several generation slaves. They knew nothing other than slavery and poverty, and rolling in that fear and terror every day. They know no other kind of life, they have never seen the light of day; there was no chance. If you ask them, "Is there any hope that you will ever get out of here?"They will say, "No, it has been more than 400 years, more than 400 years, we never got out, I don't think we will ever get out. Not with this pharaoh in place. Nobody can get out, nobody can deliver us from his hands, no future for us, no bright morning for us. We don't see any light down the road. It's all darkness, no hope. Oh, how they would have longed for some hope of a better day, of a new future so that all these old things, the failures, their slavery - all their poverty; all that can be ended and that they can begin anew; that is exactly what happened. When the lamb was killed and the blood was shed and it was smeared on the door post. All they had to do was just wait; and when God said they just left on that same day; they came out, they were free, they were protected, thenthey were delivered. Now they walk free; they have a new hope, new bright new day and the have a brand new future; they are going to the Promised Land, everything is going to be well for them. They never thought in their life that this will ever happen to them, but it happened. That is exactly what the Christian life is all about.

Well there is a lot of people that say, "Well, will I ever see the light of day? Will I ever see new hope? Will I ever see better things? - I have seen only failure, I have seen only oppression, I have seen only fear, I have seen terror - I have seen only this kind of life filled with darkness. I have always wanted a new future, a brand new future; I wanted a time that I could forget the old, and be rid of the old,the memory of old, and enjoy everything that is good. Is it that ever possible? Some people have come to a conclusion; it is never possible, my whole life is ruined, I have no future, no bright things ever to happen anymore, it's all ruined - for whatever reason. I talked to one person one time; the husband divorced her; she said, "No future. How can I have a better life now? No use of talking a better tomorrow, better life. No use talking about joy, peace.And (she was) a Christian; no use talking about happiness, joy, peace. I said, where does the bible say, that "Joy and peace comes through your husband" - joy and peace comes through the Lord; when you have Jesus as your Lord you have joy and peace. Amen

New future, new life comes with the Lord Jesus Christ - no matter what has happened. No matter what failure you have gone through. No matter how much you have messed up your life already. No matter how bleak it has been in the past. God will bless your future so much; He will give you a brand new future, a Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey; a large and vast land that you would have no time to think about the past. Not even enough time to enjoy the present, how will you think about the past. In Ecclesiastes 5, the last verse you read; it says exactly that. That God's blessings when it's upon a person, he will have no time to remember the past. He will only have time to enjoy the present; the present will become so beautiful and so wonderful; your new future will become so wonderful, your new life will become so wonderful; the past is forgotten; you will have no time to think about it - you will soon forget it. Amen.

If any man being in Christ, is a new creature, old things have passed away; all things have become new. If you asked the Israelites that came out of Egypt that day, they didn't have 2 Corinthians 5:17 They would have appreciated Paul's words; and Paul having all these things in mind, that is why he says, "If any man being in Christ he is a new creature; old things have passed away. All things have become new" Paul knew what he is talking about; he says, "hey, all the old Egypt is gone, pharaoh is gone, all the slavery is gone, all that poverty is gone, all that suffering is gone - all those things are gone. The blessedness has come in" - that is what the Christian life is; we have become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

So no matter where you are at, and how bleak your circumstances are, I am saying to you, "Look at the cross of Jesus, the blood - every drop of Jesus' blood was shed, to redeem you, giving you a new life, a new future; a future like you have never imagined in your wildest dreams. It is possible, put your faith in that blood; in that forgiving flow - it is a fountain that flows always - that is ready to wash you clean and make you whole. It doesn't matter what wrong you have done and how wrong you have been or others have been; everything can be made right by the power of blood Jesus. What is the power of the blood of Jesus? It can make you forget the past; it can make up more than enough for all that is lost and lead you to your new future - that is the power of blood of Jesus.

Then finally; when they shed the blood and applied it on the door post - you know what they would saying? It was a testimony that there was a place of safety for anybody who wanted to come in from outside of the circle of death. See the Egyptians were under a judgement of death; death is going to come, for sure - firstborns are going to die in their homes, but God has revealed a way to be free from it. These Israelites knew the way. They shed the blood and they put it on their door post, they are going to go and sit in them. And people, neighbours might have asked, "What are you doing? And they must have said, "You know what is going to happen tonight? The firstborns are going to die." You think they wouldn't have believed? They saw nine plagues already; some smart Egyptians would have been there. And I can bet on it that every Israel home would probably have been packed with people, trying to get in there; because as long as they get inside that door, they are safe. A lot of people trying to get in there; because the people of Israel left Egypt, the bible says, there are a lot of people who were not Israelites that left with them. It's talking about how to treat your alien that is among you, in the bible. When they left; there was a crowd with them from Egypt that was probably Egyptian or other race that believed in the God of Israel, seeing the nine plagues and believed in the 10th plague, and got into these houses of the Israelites and saved themselves from the death that was coming, and left with them when they left.

Now what does this tell us? It tells us that we as we live in the world, our homes, our families must shine before this world in such a way- we don't have a blood mark on our door; I am not asking you to hang something there, I am not trying to tie a red ribbon or something like that there saying, "I am a Christian". Something like that. No. I am saying just by the way that we are; by the way we live out the promises of God and the blessings of God in our lives. Everybody around should know that these are different kind of people - they are different from the others in the world, they are the people that belong to God. They must desire our peace, our joy, our happiness, our victory, our success; they need to see us, go through our troubles and problems in this life, and see us go through all these things and still have peace that surpasses all understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory. And enjoy a peace that the world cannot take away. They need to see us in victory; they need to see us walking in confidence with faith; they need to see the joy and the happiness that we have as families living in this world, in the troubled world. They need to see; just imagine how the Israelihomes would have looked that day. And how the Egyptian homes would have looked; the Egyptian homes would have been lamenting in fear, people troubled, confused, don't know what to do. But the Israelites killed a lamb, shed the blood, put it on the door post, sitting very quietly; eating a good lamb something inside their house, getting ready to go for the first time free; and be free for the rest of their lives. That is the way you and I are in this world - we have a totally different posture. The way we are; the way we carry ourselves and live ourselves, is a testimony to this world. Just like the blood on the door, it's a testimony to the world: "Hey this is a very special house. You want to make it through life, you better get in there with them; you follow their God, you believe in their Jesus. You believe and follow him; there is life in it, there is joy in it, there is peace in it, there is victory in it. It is like a testimony before the whole world that this house is special house, that this family is special, that this life is special because we are children of God.

See we never caught a glimpse of these things from the Passover. What we thought was how to tell others. One fellow told me (when I first started out), He said, "Brother what you need is how to get a big horn. Four horns you need; one this way - put it at the gate; and another this way, and another facing these two directions; blast it brother let your message go throughout Purasawalkam - nobody should be able to sit in their house, they should hear this wonderful things that you are preaching. I said, "Nothing doing. They want to sleep, they want to do things, I don't want to trouble anybody". Then how will you tell them? "Well don't worry about this, I am telling the 5 or 10 people that are here about this life in Christ. And when I get these 5 or 10 people looking good, 100 will come, and when the 100 will be seen, 1000 will come". See that is how it happens - see a lot of people think; see there are a lot of people out their talking about how we are changing everybody and so on that somehow we are able to reach people and change them; I wish I could; because I would have changed the whole world. The truth is I couldn't even change myself - how can I change you, I cannot change anybody. But some of these people talk about how we are changing people. We are not changing anybody - I have never in my life changed even one person; I am just a preacher. I am just preaching about the Christ, the cross, the blood of Jesus that was shed, the power that is in the blood. The power is not in me; the power is in the blood - the power to preach only is in me. The power in the blood is different - the power is in the blood. And I preach about that; I don't change anybody. People say this: "Oh they are changing everybody". You know if we can change anybody that would have been something; every woman would have changed a drunkard husband already, if we can change people that quickly. Every man would have changed his wife who was giving him trouble. Every mother-in-law would have been changed, every boss would have been changed. The way they talk about how we are changing people, we are telling this and that - if that is possible then my God, anybody would be changed just like that. We can't change anybody; the only thing we can do is to preach - and we preach Christ and the cross, and the shed blood of Jesus. And when we preach Christ, people put their trust, because like I said, a lot of people are sitting there are thinking; "Can I have a new life, is there hope - I don't see any light ahead, I see only darkness, my life is gloomy - some people have told me 30years I have been like this, 40 years I have been like this. Is anything going to happen to me? Something better going to happen to me?" And what we do in preaching is tell them is that is the truth, "This is the truth; these people have not seen the light of the day 430 years, but in one day everything was changed; because of the blood. And I tell you, the blood of Jesus is much more powerful than the blood of that lamb that was shed on that Passover day. Just one second, everything can change; if you learn to put your faith and trust in Jesus, and his shed blood; just like that, life can change; light can come into your house, into your family, into your life; and a new day can dawn in your life. We tell them and some people believe it and they taste it, and you can't tell them it's a lie. I have never gone to anyone and said, "You come please" No, no, they tasted it.

I know one officer who sent his driver here to drop someone; his family had come, so he said, "Go drop them in church and stay there, and bring them with you back home" So he came and he was sitting there in the parking and these people came and sat in the church. And he was hearing some singing, so he thought well that sounds nice, let's go see. But once you come in things are different; don't know what is going to happen. So he came in and he completely became a believer. And few months later I went to that officer's house for something, and he said, "What did you do to this guy?" He himself is not a believer. He said, "What did you do to this guy? I sent him there to your church to bring some of my relatives, now he is going around with his bible, telling everybody about Jesus. What happened to him?" I don't even know who your driver is. I have never seen him, I have never talked to him. "Then what happened?" he said. "I don't know. You ask him". And then I went into another house to visit somebody: and 2/3 families living around in the same street, they all came because I had come there, and they all come to church -they all came and gathered in that house and I was sitting and talking to them. And I said, "How did you all come to church?" They said in the next lane there is a driver, he said he by accident came to your place, and his life was changed. And he came and told us why you are like this; you come and I will take you to a good place where your life can change. That's how we came. I didn't know - I went there for some other reason. I think for some other function or something, and these people were saying that this man had told like that. And he still going around with his bible. I didn't give him a bible; I just preached from here. You mean to tell me what he has experienced is something false; no, there is something real. I had done nothing to him. But something has happened to him, because Christ has changed him.

So what do you do my friend; I have told you four things - Protection, Deliverance, a new brand new future, God-given future. And a life that you live as a testimony before this world of the saving power of the blood of Jesus; so that all others want to come and get into your house, so that they can be safe from the power of the enemy and the devil and be saved (these four things). What do you do with that? See, this is why the pleading the blood idea is very important. You need it to in the times of danger and trouble and so on, the first thing that must come out of your heart (if your heart is filled with this truth) - is the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. You must say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus Christ". When you face trouble, when you face distress, when you face an attack of the enemy, when you face a physical attack; when you face all of these things; the first thing that must come is the name of Jesus, is the truth about the blood of Jesus - if your heart is full, it must come out. Amen.

Some years ago I was admitted in the hospital, quite had a fever; and they took me there and my blood pressure dropped, (they said to 40), so they told my son who had taken me there - took his signature and everything. And they said, "We can't do anything, if it drops any further, he could be dead". I didn't know I was in the hospital even. They took me from the house, I was alright, I was just having a little fever; got up and I felt a little uncomfortable. I told my son, and he took me to the hospital - but I sat in the car, I never remembered anything else again. They put me in the hospital, and I was laying there; and four or five doctors standing there, trying to revive me. You know I was totally unconscious. All of a sudden I opened my eyes, I realized that I was in a hospital, and I saw a thing; and this four or five doctors standing there; I realized I was in a hospital. And I knew I was in danger, and I saw my son looking through that curtain there; they had kept all of them out, and some of the staff from the church. And I looked and I knew I was in danger. The first thing that came out from me is: In the name of Jesus (I just shouted out). "In Jesus name", I said. And the doctors were so happy I was saying something finally. And one doctor said, "Come on, that's right". He got in right there with me. After that, no turning back, I got up from there. In a few days I was out. God saved me.

It's what is in your heart that will come out, in the most dangerous times of your life. So get this truth about the blood of Jesus in your heart; meditate on what happened on the cross of Calvary; meditate on the Passover - what happened there; meditate how it was the blood that was shed to you; and what happened to them is something that is real and can happen to you - their protection, their deliverance, their brand new life that they had started. It's possible for you. The blood can make your home a very special place; a blessed place that all others will find that enviable; believe that, confess that with your mouth; plead the blood, speak about the blood of Jesus. Sprinkle the blood of Jesus, every day, all the time. Whenever you feel the need, speak about it, confess it and you will see the power of the blood in your life. Amen." class="form-control valid" name="videotranscript" id="videotranscript" required>To read sermon summary, click here To read sermon summary, click here here
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Please turn with 1 Corinthians 5. I am going to read verse 7, then I will read Exodus 12:13-14. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7: "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us."

Exodus 12:13-14 - "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance".

We have been teaching on the subject of the power of the blood of Jesus for the last four weeks and this is the fifth week we are on it. And a couple of weeks ago I begun to talk about the Passover; because if you want to understand the power of the blood of Jesus certainly you have to look at the Passover and what actually took place there, because that has more details there than anywhere else about the power of the blood of Jesus. In the Old Testament as you know the Passover, the day the people of Israel left Egypt; they were delivered from the Egyptian slavery and bondage; that whole event of the Exodus is very important - it is as important as Jesus is to the New Testament; his life, his ministry and his death and resurrection; it is so important to the New Testament; and the Old Testament this Exodus event (the Passover particularly) is a very important event, teaching us many ways in shadows - the real is Christ, that is a shadow. So many things that are already taught in shadows are not again repeated in the real, therefore we need to go to the Old Testament and learn it there. And then we come to the New Testament also there are so many things there that the New Testament has to say about the blood of Jesus and the power that is in the Blood of Jesus. So the Passover is a major event in which the power of the blood of Jesus is highlighted. After that there were certain ordinances given regarding sacrifices to be made and all the sacrifice that proceeds after that event; after that event several sacrifices were taught and people did offer sacrifices; it all showed this particular principle that is already there in Passover; that is through the blood of sacrifice there is deliverance, there is protection and there is God-provided new life or a future (brand new future).

Even before Jesus begun his ministry - you remember John the Baptist is baptizing people and Jesus came to be baptised by him, John looks at him and says, "Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world". And that language - the Jewish people that heard him that day would have clearly understood what he is talking about; he was talking about the Passover lamb: "Behold the lamb of God", he says. But what they could not understand and perceive at that time was that the Messiah that they were expecting they thought would never come in form of a lamb. They could not think of the Messiah coming in the form of a lamb that would be slain as a sacrifice upon the altar called the cross. They thought the Messiah would come as a mighty king who would unseat the Roman Emperor, deliver them from the Roman Dominion and give them a new life in that way. But least expected they saw this messiah come as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the whole world. Now Jesus in every way fulfilled what the Passover lamb depicted in pictures and shadows in the Old Testament times.
Now when we deal with the subject of the blood or the blood of Jesus, already it sounds very horrible because people don't like to see the blood or think about the blood. If you shed two drops of blood - I can see some ladies just running away from that place or turning away from that sight of it, because they can't stand to see bloodshed. But the bible is full of this theme about how the blood was shed - and without the shedding of the blood there is no remission of sin.In the Old Testament is full of sacrifices and in the New Testament there is Jesus hanging on the cross, head having the crown of thorns; so blood is flowing from his head, hands nailed; his body was beaten black and blue - you know like a ploughed field, the bible says. Blood all over, he was literally soaked in blood, with his feet nailed to the cross. So blood is everywhere - he was literally covered with blood.

Now people say, "What kind of religion is this? This is horrible. Should such thing happen in order for forgiveness of sin to take place? Why is this necessary at all? Why does the bible make so much about the blood that is shed on the cross and so on? Why so much about the sacrifice and so on?" Well we think blood shed is horrible. But the bible talks about the blood of Jesus as very precious: 1 Peter says in 18-19, that "You have been redeemed; Not with gold or silver but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ" - the blood of Jesus is called "Precious" because of what it does is, it remedies sin, it remedies the failure, it remedies the bondage, and all these things that has come as a result of sin - it does something for man that nothing else could do. That is why the blood is considered as precious, because it does what nothing in this whole world can do. No power on this earth can do this, but the blood of Jesus can do this. So the bible considers the blood of Jesus as precious - something very important. It's a theme throughout the bible. In the Old Testament like I said, full of sacrifice. In the New Testament the whole theme is about the cross of Calvary and the blood that was shed there - Jesus hung there and shed every drop of blood for the remission of our sin. We have remission of sins through his blood; and through his blood we draw near to him; we have boldness to come near to him and so on. The bible teaches about it a lot.

And then when you go to the book of Revelation it ends with the songs sung in heaven about the blood of the lamb; the Lamb of God is known as in heaven - after having been raised from the dead, exalted, glorified, sitting at the right hand of the Father, he is still remembered as the Lamb of God and the blood that he shed is still remembered; and in heaven the bible in chapter 5 I think, or 7 in Revelation it talks about how they sang a song and the theme of the song is about the blood and lamb of God that shed that blood. Isn't that something? We think blood is horrible, don't talk about it, it doesn't look very good, does not make for a good presentation of Christianity. That is why a lot of churches have left talking about the blood, and they don't singabout the blood, because it looks ugly; it doesn't make for a good fashionable thing. But the bible considers it as very valuable; Peter says, "The precious blood of Jesus is the means through which we were saved or redeemed". So we will talk about it. In this church, we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus. We are not ashamed of it; we consider it precious; because what the bible considered precious we will not call ugly. We will talk about it. Ifthe bible says it is precious, then it is precious, and lets us find out why it is precious it is and how we can apply the benefits of that blood that was shed for us. Now like I said you have to look at Passover to understand a lot of things, because it is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament cross; when it comes to the New Testament (that is why I read 1 Corinthians 7 where Paul says, Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us". So we are not making an interpretation saying the Passover lamb equals Christ in the New Testament; Paul interprets it that way: he says, "Christ our Passover" - See they had their own Passover and that Passover did something for them; for the people of Israel who were in bondage at that time. And if they received those benefits then, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. The benefits that have been received in the Old Testament times by the people of Israel when Passover was first observed, is applicable to us also. So we going to look at that and see how we can apply and receive those benefits in our day/in our lives. Now in order to understand this, we need to get into something that I talked about at the end of the last session (last Sunday), at the end I told that I came out of Pentecostal background; in the Pentecostal background there is something very special; one wonderful great truth I discoveredamong the Pentecostals is the truth about the blood of Jesus. Normally you will not find it so much outside the Pentecostal world; see there are some things very good about the Pentecostal world; you got to admit that; I come from that. Certainly, there are things I had to leave, because it is unnecessary - like I said, someone taught me many years ago, when I went to study abroad; they said, "Son, learn to eat the meat and spit out the bones". Certainly, there is meat and there is bones - and back in my day when I was growing up; not that much money then and too many people in the house; so we bought little meat and we wanted it to last for all the 15 people of us that were there (9 children, plus parents; plus some uncles and aunties and this and others coming it; because my father was a pastor). So 10, 15 people eating, we would buy some ½ a kilo, add potato with it, this and that with it, and make a big part of meat. So when you'll eatmeat, you will have to search for the meat. And they would give to you like pickles - you will just have to touch and go; that all it's for. It's not really for eating; it's like to be used as a pickle like, just keep it on the side - just to look at and smell; that is exactly what they used to say; those were days more like famine. And that produces a mentality also; so that you look at even one bone you don't want to leave it. You want to bite around all the meat that is hanging on the bone. You want to clear that; and once you clear all the meat out of it, you want to crush that bone - and make sure you get the juice out of that marrow, and not leave anything because everything is precious to you.

Now I went abroad to study and I one time working on my bone very busily - and you know, in Indian table when we eat there is a lot of noise. We are making noise; and I was making noise and eating with the bones, and one fellow said to me, "Son, why are you eating the bones? There is plenty of meat. What is wrong with you? Eat the meat as much as you want". Then only I thought: "O my God, I am in a different place". This is a situation; forget the bones, let's eat the meat. Now I guessed back then, we didn't have much teaching you see, but we did have a lot of good things in the Pentecostal circles; there's certain things that are so good. I have not left it; I keep all the good things, and this one truth is one of them, and there are many others. And the blood of Jesus is this wonderful truth; because in those days they didn't go really into the word of God and teach really; they thought anything is more like allegorical preaching; you know they just made up stories about this equals that, that equals this. You know when you put everything and cook it together it amounts to nothing - that type of thing. It was more that kind of preaching and not real teaching; really taking the word of God and interpreting.So not much to say; so when you don't have so much meat, you had some bones to fill up the part. So sermons would have a lot of bones. But even now in India we have boneless chicken; our young people don't even know what we are talking about - they think I am bone grand-daddy. This poor guy where did he come from; he must have starved back in those days they think.

Nowadays everybody eats just meat; they want boneless; I think church also needs to be boneless - we don't want any bones, we just want the meat of word of God. So this is the meat I received from the Pentecostal background; that is, they talked about experiencing the power of the blood of Jesus in this way; they had terminology for it - they talked about pleading the blood (have you ever heard about it); now pleading the blood (this morning I was talking in Tamil - it's very difficult to translate it into Tamil because plead means to beg). Now God doesn't want us to beg; he didn't shed every drop of his blood to make us beggars - to come before him begging. Then why did he shed every drop of his blood? He shed every drop of his blood, redeemed us with his precious blood, not to make us beg before him for everything, but to give us the boldness to come before him as sons and daughters and receive right royally everything that he has prepared for us. That is why the bible says in Hebrews chapter 10 - (it says), "That we can come boldly to him through the blood of Jesus Christ" - with a conscience that is clear, we can come boldly before his presence, to givethe boldness only he shed his blood, not to make us beggars. So the whole point of the Christian salvation is not to make you come to beg before God, it is to make you come boldly. So don't think pleading is bout begging.

I want to explain this terminology because this terminology could be misleading because people are already champions in begging. Now, when you use this terminology like this: "plead the blood" - they say, "Very well. Already know how to plead. Let me plead based on the blood". No, this is not about begging God mentioning the blood. No, this is more like the pleading that happens in the court of law. Am sure you have the terminology that is used in the legal circles in the court of law; when the lawyer who is fighting your case, knows the law, and he knows justice is on your side that law guarantees you certain privileges (law guarantees you certain things), and so he determines that you are on the right side of the law; the law is there for you - the law guarantees certain privileges and rights to you, therefore he goes before the judge takes the law, and pleads your case. Now what does it mean when we say, "Pleading your case" - he doesn't get up on his knees and beg the judge - certainly he shows respect and so on. But it is not about begging and crying or anything; no judge will give anything just because the lawyer cried. No judge is going to sit there and say, "How much did he cry? Did he shed more tears - then I will grant him whatever…" No, it is not about that, the court of law is based on something else. It is based on law. If you come according to the law, and side the law - and side cases in whichit was interpreted that way and show proof to say this is the how it must be understood. Bring in every proof you can; previous judgments and so on. And claim your right - and your privilege that is granted to you by the law, then the judge says, "Alright, you are right" and grants his plea - see the word "plea" is used in the Court of Law. That is the way pleading the blood matter must be understood - this terminology must be understood. So when you come before the court of heaven/when you come before God, you are not coming begging, you are not coming just crying - no, you are bold in coming before God. That is why the blood of Jesus was shed to give you the boldness; so that is not the problem. Why do plead then? You are pleading in the sense of a lawyer pleading his case in the court; you are bringing his word, you are bringing the promises - you are bringing what God has said, and more importantly you are coming on the basis of what went on the cross of Calvary- wherehe did; when God's Son died, shed every part of the blood to purchase and obtain for you this great redemption and all that belongs to you because of that work on the cross of Calvary. You come on the basis of that and you make your plea. You claim what is yours, you stand your ground; your prayers are based on that; your request before God are based on the cross, and what the blood of Jesus that was shed there, guarantees you and what it means for you and your life today. That's the way pleading of the blood matter must be understood.

So in Pentecostal circles we used to here terminology such as this: "There is victory in the name of Jesus" is something that people would saydoesn't apply in a day - Keep repeating it all the time. I have seen it, I neverunderstood that much in those days, but I could tell that these people knew something about it. Little knowledge was their concerning that; that is why they were saying it and they were seeing a lot of victory through that. But there were some people that also used it more like a magical word (or magical wand, so to speak); they would try to use that so that something would happen. That is not the way you should understand it -because that means you use the word but you don't really understand it. I would see a lot of people say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus" and then they would turn around and they would say how they are unworthy and dirt and worm and nothing; now if the blood of Jesus has been shed for you and like the bible says it washes you clean and makes you white as snow; leaves no dirt behind - how can you call yourself unworthy, dirty, filthy and no good and rotten and all that. You can't - these two things cannot go together. That betrays the fact that these people saying things because somebody else is saying it but they don't understand it; see, they are people like that I have seen. They say on one hand something about the blood of Jesus literally pleading the blood, but on the hand they would be saying things like this that completely betrays the fact that they don't even believe what the blood has done for them. What is the use of saying there is victory in the blood, when you don't even believe in that victory and show that victory in the way that you speak about your problems. So I am talking about you not using thing as a magical word that you let out every time when you are in danger or something; No, I am talking about a knowledge and how to use it effectively in your life and as confession with your heart. Feel your heart with that knowledge so that in every moment of your need this matter comes up before you, you are like that lawyer who knows what is guaranteed to you by the blood and you make your plea, and plead the blood in that situation in that way.

So I want to talk about matter of pleading the blood and how we can do that in our lives and so on. Now there are four things that took place in that ancient event of Passover in Exodus chapter 12, when the first Passover was observed. Four things that happened; and those four things have unmistakable direct application for us today; so I picked out these four things and I want to concentrate on that and I want not show you how you can look at the four things that really happened to those people and understand that that these are really four things that happen to us also. That was the shadow, ours is real; and how we can plead the blood in various situations based on the four things that we see here in the old event. So let us look at the four things quickly (that is what the sermon is about today):

Number one is: the blood provided protection - The blood of the Passover lamb provided protection. Now you remember the Passover event, we already went through it (but let me quickly in one minute say that) See, the people of Israel were in bondage in Egypt - they were slaves, troubled greatly by pharaoh and his people; they were there 430 years; out of that 70 years they were good, 360 years they went through problems - the intensity of their problem increased as the years went by. Finally, in Moses' time, it amounted to that pharaoh ordering the mid-wives to kill all the children that are born as male children; such was the persecution. Literally they were killing kids as they were born - not wanting a Jewish race; they wanted the Jewish race to be extinct in the future; because they were prospering, they are increasing in number, doing very well. So they troubled them in any way - they made them slaves, they made them work very hard, paid them very little. Just literally made them very poor and useless literally - in their poverty, in slavery they became a people that lost all hope for 360 years imagine, being in poverty and God comes to their aid. Why he comes? - Because He had made a blood covenant with Abraham their fore-father. And told Abraham that he would give a son to him (at that time Abraham was without a child). And he was literally lamenting before God; He was saying to God, "What you have given me? I have everything but my servant's children and going to possess all of my wealth - I have so much wealth; they are going to walk away with my wealth because I don't have a son.

And God comforts him saying, "No, no, there will be a son born to you and he will become your descendant and he will inherit everything - not your servant's children". And he guarantees him that a son will be born to him; and so He takes him out and shows him the stars of the sky and says, "Can you number them?" And Abraham looks at it and sure enough the answer is "No". And God says, "So will your seed be". To a childless man who is approaching 100 years of age, God tells him, "Like the stars of the sky, innumerable, so will your seed be". Second thing he guarantees him is that He shows a land - He says, "This land that you have come into - I will give you this land, not only to you but your seed - which is Isaac, the proper seed; the legitimate seed". "To you and to your seed, forever I will give you this land", God says. So two things: to a childless man, child, and a great number of descendants; and two, a land he is going to give. And Abraham says, "Wait a minute: This is too much. I don't even have one son; and you are saying you will give me a seed like the stars of the sky, and I don't own anything. I left everything and came because you called and you saidyou will give me the whole land, not just a few acres". By what can I know you will do all these things for me? So God says, "Bring some animals, and birds and all that, cut them into two pieces and lay them here." And when he cut them into two pieces and laid them, God made a covenant with him - a blood covenant; very meaningful covenant - I went through that when I talked about the blood covenant (that event inchapter 15 of Genesis is very important - God is making a blood covenant with a man). Literally God is saying, "Hey I am God, Am almighty God. My resources are available to you. I can do all things. Don't think of me in an ordinary way. You don't worry about how you don't have a child and how you are getting old and all that - because you are dealing with Almighty God, and I am entering into a Covenant with you. And I will do what I said. I will fulfill this need of your life. I will do what I said, I am able to do it; I am able to give you a child and a seed that is more than the stars of heaven and I am able to give you this land. I will do what I said". God made a blood covenant with Abraham. And when He made the blood covenant with Abraham he told him, "Your descendants, thatcome through Isaac, they will be so much in number. They will go into Egypt and there they will grow and become great in number; and they will be persecuted - they will serve, they will become slaves literally - he told them 400 years before. God told them what is going to happen to them in Egypt. They will serve them for 400 years; "They will serve" means slaves under them, and then they will be delivered (but I will bring them out with possession) - "Wealth I will bring them out", He says. God promised and so God remembered - 400 years later God looked at the calendar and said, "Well it is time. Let me go and deliver." And God comes to Moses and he meets him as he takes care of the sheep out in the wilderness. He said, "Moses come here". Through the burning bush He said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (let me introduce myself to you) I have not forgotten you people - your people's cry as reach out to me, and I have come down to deliver them. I want you to go speak to pharaoh; tell that pharaoh to let my people go. And finally after much struggle, Moses agrees to do that and goes and gets his brother Aaron - he goes before pharaoh and tells him, "Let my people go". This is what my God says. He says, "tell your God, I am not going to let them go". - because the Egyptian economy depended on these slaves - they were building big buildings and so on and these people were working for free, slave labour; cheap labour and he was not about to let them go. He said, "No! I am not going to let them go" God sent one plague after the other; starting with the soft one. And increased the intensity of the plague as pharaoh hardened his heart more and more, and more, God showed some intensity in the kind of plague that He sent. Nine plagues came and went but pharaoh would not let them go; and the tenth plague God is going to send. And in all the nine plagues that came, none of the plagues affected the Israelites; the plagues affected the lives of Egyptians only. God draw a line between the Israelites and the Egyptians and said these are my people - and these are Egyptians, these are the persecutors of my people; He drew a line. Bless them and send the plague over on them; nine times. And now the 10th plague, the biggest plague is going to come where the first born of every house is going to die; but the thing is Israelites are also living in the land. So how to tell the difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians. So to mark the difference God says, "Go get a lamb, bring that lamb. Keep it for four days, then kill that lamb and catch the blood in the basin. And take a plant called hyssop, a bunch of it, dip into it, and smear the blood on the door post and the lintel - it will be sign that you are my people. And when the destroyer comes he will not be allowed to enter into that house. The sign must beon door outside, you sit inside; if you are inside you will not be touched by the plague. This is the arrangement that God has made.

Now, God is now going to deliver about 2 million people from slavery; imagine that day all that happened; they bought the lamb, kept it for 4 days and cutting the lamb, shedding the blood; you know everything pictures Christ - it's about Christ. Why did He tell them to buy it 4 days before; and keep the lamb for 4 days? Because the lamb will come into their house - the children will love it, they will play with it and they will hate to cut it; because they love the lamb so much. I have had that problem too; I bought one lamb one time, and took it home. And I thought I will grow it, and Christmas time will kill it (or some other occasion will kill it), but my family would not allow me to kill it. They said, "No, no that is our lamb, you go buy some other lamb". I said, "I bought it to eat, make biryani". They said, "Nothing doing. Not this one. This is ours". So I had to go get something else and send it somewhere else - for biryani somewhere else. The things is; See how thoughtful God teaches it. He says, "Four days you must keep it in your home, till all the children, the whole family loves it and then kill it - to show that if you would love a lamb that has been with your family for four days, how much more God loves his only begotten son - that He would send His son and make him die on the cross of Calvary and make him shed His every drop of blood to save you and redeem you - look at what God is willing to do for you. That is the teaching there. Look at the thing that happened there - they cut the lamb, shed the blood, smeared the doorpost, and get inside the house and eat the meat of the lamb - inside. If you ask them that day they probably never understood anything that they were doing. (Probably some of them are hearing my sermon today; for the first time they are understanding what happened there) They probably had no idea of what all these is all about. They had killed some lambs before as a sacrifice; because they knew that when you were to come before God you got to admit that you are a sinner and the soul that sinned shall die - so you killed a lamb, shed the blood and showed that you were a sinner and came through the blood. That is how much they understood. But this whole process of smearing the blood of the door, sitting inside, eating the meat with your shoes on, with your clothes on and with your stick ready; all ready to go. They don't understand what this is - what this depicts, they had no idea of.

But we are looking back from the New Testament days; from the days after Christ and His work on the cross - we look back on the Old Testament. Now we perfectly understand: That is why I read 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" We don't have to interpret that Passover is Christ or it depicts Christ - Paul does it for us. We just go take it from there. Paul says, "You remember the Passover there, Christ is our Passover. That lamb was their Passover. For us Christ is Passover for us. In other words, "Take a good look at Passover, you will understand what Christ is all about, what he has done and what that means to you today" So what does it mean? When the Passover was killed and the blood was smeared: The first thing that was given was protection. Protection from what? Every first-born is going to die in every house; man and animals is going to die, but in the Israeli house everyone is safe, as long as they are under the blood; they go behind the door of the blood-stained door of the house and stay inside - they are safe. This is protection; protection from what? Protection not only from death on that day; from the danger that was going to come to every house on that day; but protection in our sense (looking at it now) - protection from the Judgement of God that is going to come one day; where all those that not under the blood are going to enter into second death; that is a horrible thing, an eternity without God. We are going to be spared from that, we are safe from that - that is depicted there. But also it depicts the fact that the blood of Jesus marks us as very special people; that God even protects us from our present dangers of this life; it speaks of protection in this life. Because when those people came out of that house and travelled on their way to the Promised Land - never God allowed anybody to lay their hands on them; because it was not just until they were inside that house they were ok, even when they got out of the house and came out of the land -they were under the blood's protection; the blood remained as a wall round-about them. On that day they had to remain inside the house, but after that they left; but when they left, the blood stain, or the blood mark was upon them. They were marked to show that they were God's people - that they are special. Just like in all the plagues - they plagues never touched the Israelites. He never allowed any danger to even come near them; total protection. That is why; you remember Balaam comes and wants to curse them -the king has brought him to curse them, and he opens his mouth to curse them and he could hardly get his mouth to open; and when the words finally come out, blessingwords only coming out. He is not able to curse them. He says, "How can I curse what God has blessed". God takes control of his mouth itself, and makes him speak blessings over His people. Amazing story; because they are blood marked. No danger can come upon them. God protects them; God builds a wall of protection round-about them. Now I understand what the Pentecostals meant when they said: "Keep him under the blood Lord". See, when they said, "Let them be under the blood, under the cover of the blood" - "cover him with your blood", they would pray. Those days I understood very little you know. I said, "What kind of prayer is that - "Cover him under your blood". And then they would say, "I sprinkle the blood of Jesus" (I said, "What does that mean?") That is what it means. What they are saying is, "Lord, you redeemed us by your very blood, you shed every drop of blood for us, your precious blood; sinless, holy blood was shed because you considered us precious, you shed your precious blood, gave your life. You are not going to leave us, are you? When we are in trouble you are going to protect us, you are going to shield us, you are going to guard us, you are going to raise a wall around about us; protect us from all the evil and the danger and all the works of the enemy - we count on your protection because the day that we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord, and confessed him as our Lord and thereby took that blood and smeared it on the door posts of our heart - we became (just like the people of Israel), a protected people; a blood-marked people whom God protects. That is the meaning of that; that's is protection.

Secondly; there is deliverance (the second is, Deliverance). Nowdeliverance is not an ordinary thing -consider this people; 430 years, horrible years; how long can you put up with trouble like that? How long can you live under slavery? One generation after the other, they are living under slavery - totally demoralized, completely exploited. Considered like dirt; treated like nothing. One generation after the other, they live under the agony of this slavery, and want and need, and fear and terror. You ask those people what deliverance means to them. Even today the Jewish people when they sing, they sing about that deliverance - they sing about how God delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians and pharaoh and set them free. That deliverance is the biggest thing that they have experienced. What happened in the deliverance? See pharaoh was mighty number one world power in those days; no other king could come and deliver these people in those days. These people are not powerful; they are weak people - they are just shepherds, they don't fight wars. So pharaoh completely took advantage of the situation; he was powerful, he was arrogant, he was proud; he was challenging God; he was defying God - he was the picture of the devil and what the devil is. He exercised all of his powers to keep them in place; not one could escape from there. That's how he kept everything under control. If you asked the people of Israel, they would have said, "No, no we can never come out of here. It is not easy". All around there would be military, there would be people - they will catch us, they will bring us back.And the punishment will be great; we can't escape. Nobody can deliver us. No deliverance is possible - nothing. But on the day when the blood was shed and smeared on the door-post, when the angel of death came and there was death in every house; in pharaoh's house there was also death -pharaoh for the first time in his life; his arrogant, proud, God defying man - for the first time in his life, shaken to his boots. First time in his life, he felt like he is nothing. His backbone was broken, he was in fear on that day; he gave up this whole idea of how great he is and of that on that day. He was willing to let them go; he was pleading with them to go - go please, don't even stand here; please be gone from here, so that we can be free of you and all these problems. God in one night broke the backbone of the devil that night (pharaoh that night) and delivered the people of Israel from the bondage of Egypt - in one night this happened. The guy who held on for 430 years and nobody could come against him, and win a battle against him and deliver these people; 430 years he ruled over them and dominated them; in one night God broke his backbone completely. Just made him lose all the confidence in himself and completely brought him to his knees; where he would say, "Please go".

Ever since Adam sinned, the devil has had the human race under his thumb; he has enslaved every single human being - in 1 John Chapter 5:19 says (one remarkable verse - you must know this verse), 1 John 5:19 says, "The whole world lies in the tight grip"(one translation says) -"tight grip" means a grip which will not let go - in the tight grip of the wicked one; meaning the devil - the whole world - every single human being born in this world is born in sin; therefore a slave of Satan; for how many centuries, how many hundreds of years the devil has held the human race under bondage. And I tell you on that day when Jesus died on the cross, shedding the last drop of his blood, and then we heard the Good News of the gospel preached, and we believed that Jesus shed his blood for us; that finally we can be free; that we can be delivered - that this devil that has held us under his control; under his tight grip can never again do that anymore, that his backbone is broken; we believe that and we were set free that day. The moment we put our faith in the shed blood of Jesus and confessed him as Lord; that day - anybody who has put their faith in Jesus has been set free from the power of this alien power called sin and this power called Satan; sin and Satan, we are set free from - that was 430 years, this is ever since Adam, we have been set free from. The devil has been defeated. The bible says, "He triumphed over the forces of hell. Triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary (Colossian 2:15 says) - "He triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary" - that is what the cross means; that is what the shed blood means for every believer; broke the backbone of Satan, made him paralyzed; paralyzed the powers of hell. And rose up victoriously as a man for all men to deliver us. That's deliverance.

Now I believe I am delivered. I don't have to go to deliverance meeting to be delivered. We don't need deliverance meetings; weneed deliverance preaching. We need to preach more about the deliverance that the cross of Jesus Christ has brought to us. The deliverance that has been obtained for us on the cross of Calvary through the shed blood of Jesus. Whatever happened to the people of Israel that night when the blood was smeared on their door; they were safe, protected - the next thing that happened was they came out and they walked free; no pharaoh to stop them, none of the army to stop them. They walked away free - they were delivered. And pharaoh later on changed his mind again. He pursed them to the Red Sea - wanting to go and catch them again (it doesn't take him very long to harden his mind again; he is the true picture of the devil). He comes pursuing them with his army - chasing them. What happens? These are blood-bought people. God opens the Red Sea for them, makes them walk through it; and when they try to walk through it the sea comes together and completely drowns them in it. The devil is defeated -every attempt, every effort of the devil to come and exercise his power over his people is over - he cannot do it anymore. So they come on the other side, and they sing the song Miriam and all the people of Israel, sang the song about how - (I forget the song that we used to sing, about Exodus 15) - it's about how God drowned the Egyptians and the army on their horses and their chariots in the sea; they sang and celebrated that event, from then on they kept celebrating that event because it is a great deliverance. God said to them, "The enemy that you see now, you will never see again". Totally delivered; and I tell you that is a picture of our deliverance. Devil's dominion over our lives began when Adam sinned; and everyone is born under sin and therefore dominated by the devil,slave of the devil, but when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, devil's dominion ends. So when I say there is victory in the blood of Jesus, you know what I mean - I mean the devil has no power over me anymore. I am free from his power; he cannot exercise dominion - God has broken his backbone; he can do nothing to me. I am not a Christian who is going to talk about hex and spell, and witchcraft and all that business; that is the problem. See in the Pentecostal service, I learnt a lot of good things - about the blood of Jesus. But sometimes the very same people will turn around; they will talk about, "Brother please pray, somebody has taken dirt from under my feet. They are doing something against me, and they have a preacher searching for a little a piece of something all over their house." They are all the time saying, "Victory by the blood of Jesus" but they are searching for that little piece. If there is victory in the blood of Jesus, why are you worried about that little metal piece that is somewhere there. See the two doesn't go together. What I am saying is I believe there is victory in the blood of Jesus, please understand what kind of victory.

The dominion of Satan began the day I was born; the day I was conceived, I was conceived in sin. The devil's dominion began there. When did the devil's dominion end? When I put my faith in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross; that day the devil's dominion over my life is broken. He is never to have dominion again. He can shout and scream; and act up and all that - he can come and chase, but he will be drowned, he will never make it; because the victory is mine. You got to stand like that, you see. So none of that stuff here in this church. Come to my house, search for that metal piece; you don't have time for all that. You come here and we will preach about how you were delivered. How Jesus shed his blood; how he broke the back of Satan; how Satan has no power over you anymore. That he is nothing, that you are something; that you are more than a conqueror and he is totally defeated and he has no power. That is the essence of our preaching concerning the cross. So… deliverance.

The third thing is very interesting; the third thing is (see every time we take communion, you need to remember that. You are celebrating that deliverance. When you take the cup and drink out of it, you think about the blood of Jesus; what do you say about the blood of Jesus?) That's that day, when I put my faith in the shed blood of the cross that is the day devil's dominion in my life ended. The devil is nothing to me, I have nothing to do with him - he has no power over me. (Just remember that as you take it).

Alright, third thing, the blood provided the promise of a new day, and a new life, and a new future God-provided future - new day, new life, new future; whichever way you want to call it. I like the brand new future idea. All these passed away; all things have come new - 430 years. Some of those people - all of those people that lived, they have been several generation slaves. They knew nothing other than slavery and poverty, and rolling in that fear and terror every day. They know no other kind of life, they have never seen the light of day; there was no chance. If you ask them, "Is there any hope that you will ever get out of here?"They will say, "No, it has been more than 400 years, more than 400 years, we never got out, I don't think we will ever get out. Not with this pharaoh in place. Nobody can get out, nobody can deliver us from his hands, no future for us, no bright morning for us. We don't see any light down the road. It's all darkness, no hope. Oh, how they would have longed for some hope of a better day, of a new future so that all these old things, the failures, their slavery - all their poverty; all that can be ended and that they can begin anew; that is exactly what happened. When the lamb was killed and the blood was shed and it was smeared on the door post. All they had to do was just wait; and when God said they just left on that same day; they came out, they were free, they were protected, thenthey were delivered. Now they walk free; they have a new hope, new bright new day and the have a brand new future; they are going to the Promised Land, everything is going to be well for them. They never thought in their life that this will ever happen to them, but it happened. That is exactly what the Christian life is all about.

Well there is a lot of people that say, "Well, will I ever see the light of day? Will I ever see new hope? Will I ever see better things? - I have seen only failure, I have seen only oppression, I have seen only fear, I have seen terror - I have seen only this kind of life filled with darkness. I have always wanted a new future, a brand new future; I wanted a time that I could forget the old, and be rid of the old,the memory of old, and enjoy everything that is good. Is it that ever possible? Some people have come to a conclusion; it is never possible, my whole life is ruined, I have no future, no bright things ever to happen anymore, it's all ruined - for whatever reason. I talked to one person one time; the husband divorced her; she said, "No future. How can I have a better life now? No use of talking a better tomorrow, better life. No use talking about joy, peace.And (she was) a Christian; no use talking about happiness, joy, peace. I said, where does the bible say, that "Joy and peace comes through your husband" - joy and peace comes through the Lord; when you have Jesus as your Lord you have joy and peace. Amen

New future, new life comes with the Lord Jesus Christ - no matter what has happened. No matter what failure you have gone through. No matter how much you have messed up your life already. No matter how bleak it has been in the past. God will bless your future so much; He will give you a brand new future, a Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey; a large and vast land that you would have no time to think about the past. Not even enough time to enjoy the present, how will you think about the past. In Ecclesiastes 5, the last verse you read; it says exactly that. That God's blessings when it's upon a person, he will have no time to remember the past. He will only have time to enjoy the present; the present will become so beautiful and so wonderful; your new future will become so wonderful, your new life will become so wonderful; the past is forgotten; you will have no time to think about it - you will soon forget it. Amen.

If any man being in Christ, is a new creature, old things have passed away; all things have become new. If you asked the Israelites that came out of Egypt that day, they didn't have 2 Corinthians 5:17 They would have appreciated Paul's words; and Paul having all these things in mind, that is why he says, "If any man being in Christ he is a new creature; old things have passed away. All things have become new" Paul knew what he is talking about; he says, "hey, all the old Egypt is gone, pharaoh is gone, all the slavery is gone, all that poverty is gone, all that suffering is gone - all those things are gone. The blessedness has come in" - that is what the Christian life is; we have become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

So no matter where you are at, and how bleak your circumstances are, I am saying to you, "Look at the cross of Jesus, the blood - every drop of Jesus' blood was shed, to redeem you, giving you a new life, a new future; a future like you have never imagined in your wildest dreams. It is possible, put your faith in that blood; in that forgiving flow - it is a fountain that flows always - that is ready to wash you clean and make you whole. It doesn't matter what wrong you have done and how wrong you have been or others have been; everything can be made right by the power of blood Jesus. What is the power of the blood of Jesus? It can make you forget the past; it can make up more than enough for all that is lost and lead you to your new future - that is the power of blood of Jesus.

Then finally; when they shed the blood and applied it on the door post - you know what they would saying? It was a testimony that there was a place of safety for anybody who wanted to come in from outside of the circle of death. See the Egyptians were under a judgement of death; death is going to come, for sure - firstborns are going to die in their homes, but God has revealed a way to be free from it. These Israelites knew the way. They shed the blood and they put it on their door post, they are going to go and sit in them. And people, neighbours might have asked, "What are you doing? And they must have said, "You know what is going to happen tonight? The firstborns are going to die." You think they wouldn't have believed? They saw nine plagues already; some smart Egyptians would have been there. And I can bet on it that every Israel home would probably have been packed with people, trying to get in there; because as long as they get inside that door, they are safe. A lot of people trying to get in there; because the people of Israel left Egypt, the bible says, there are a lot of people who were not Israelites that left with them. It's talking about how to treat your alien that is among you, in the bible. When they left; there was a crowd with them from Egypt that was probably Egyptian or other race that believed in the God of Israel, seeing the nine plagues and believed in the 10th plague, and got into these houses of the Israelites and saved themselves from the death that was coming, and left with them when they left.

Now what does this tell us? It tells us that we as we live in the world, our homes, our families must shine before this world in such a way- we don't have a blood mark on our door; I am not asking you to hang something there, I am not trying to tie a red ribbon or something like that there saying, "I am a Christian". Something like that. No. I am saying just by the way that we are; by the way we live out the promises of God and the blessings of God in our lives. Everybody around should know that these are different kind of people - they are different from the others in the world, they are the people that belong to God. They must desire our peace, our joy, our happiness, our victory, our success; they need to see us, go through our troubles and problems in this life, and see us go through all these things and still have peace that surpasses all understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory. And enjoy a peace that the world cannot take away. They need to see us in victory; they need to see us walking in confidence with faith; they need to see the joy and the happiness that we have as families living in this world, in the troubled world. They need to see; just imagine how the Israelihomes would have looked that day. And how the Egyptian homes would have looked; the Egyptian homes would have been lamenting in fear, people troubled, confused, don't know what to do. But the Israelites killed a lamb, shed the blood, put it on the door post, sitting very quietly; eating a good lamb something inside their house, getting ready to go for the first time free; and be free for the rest of their lives. That is the way you and I are in this world - we have a totally different posture. The way we are; the way we carry ourselves and live ourselves, is a testimony to this world. Just like the blood on the door, it's a testimony to the world: "Hey this is a very special house. You want to make it through life, you better get in there with them; you follow their God, you believe in their Jesus. You believe and follow him; there is life in it, there is joy in it, there is peace in it, there is victory in it. It is like a testimony before the whole world that this house is special house, that this family is special, that this life is special because we are children of God.

See we never caught a glimpse of these things from the Passover. What we thought was how to tell others. One fellow told me (when I first started out), He said, "Brother what you need is how to get a big horn. Four horns you need; one this way - put it at the gate; and another this way, and another facing these two directions; blast it brother let your message go throughout Purasawalkam - nobody should be able to sit in their house, they should hear this wonderful things that you are preaching. I said, "Nothing doing. They want to sleep, they want to do things, I don't want to trouble anybody". Then how will you tell them? "Well don't worry about this, I am telling the 5 or 10 people that are here about this life in Christ. And when I get these 5 or 10 people looking good, 100 will come, and when the 100 will be seen, 1000 will come". See that is how it happens - see a lot of people think; see there are a lot of people out their talking about how we are changing everybody and so on that somehow we are able to reach people and change them; I wish I could; because I would have changed the whole world. The truth is I couldn't even change myself - how can I change you, I cannot change anybody. But some of these people talk about how we are changing people. We are not changing anybody - I have never in my life changed even one person; I am just a preacher. I am just preaching about the Christ, the cross, the blood of Jesus that was shed, the power that is in the blood. The power is not in me; the power is in the blood - the power to preach only is in me. The power in the blood is different - the power is in the blood. And I preach about that; I don't change anybody. People say this: "Oh they are changing everybody". You know if we can change anybody that would have been something; every woman would have changed a drunkard husband already, if we can change people that quickly. Every man would have changed his wife who was giving him trouble. Every mother-in-law would have been changed, every boss would have been changed. The way they talk about how we are changing people, we are telling this and that - if that is possible then my God, anybody would be changed just like that. We can't change anybody; the only thing we can do is to preach - and we preach Christ and the cross, and the shed blood of Jesus. And when we preach Christ, people put their trust, because like I said, a lot of people are sitting there are thinking; "Can I have a new life, is there hope - I don't see any light ahead, I see only darkness, my life is gloomy - some people have told me 30years I have been like this, 40 years I have been like this. Is anything going to happen to me? Something better going to happen to me?" And what we do in preaching is tell them is that is the truth, "This is the truth; these people have not seen the light of the day 430 years, but in one day everything was changed; because of the blood. And I tell you, the blood of Jesus is much more powerful than the blood of that lamb that was shed on that Passover day. Just one second, everything can change; if you learn to put your faith and trust in Jesus, and his shed blood; just like that, life can change; light can come into your house, into your family, into your life; and a new day can dawn in your life. We tell them and some people believe it and they taste it, and you can't tell them it's a lie. I have never gone to anyone and said, "You come please" No, no, they tasted it.

I know one officer who sent his driver here to drop someone; his family had come, so he said, "Go drop them in church and stay there, and bring them with you back home" So he came and he was sitting there in the parking and these people came and sat in the church. And he was hearing some singing, so he thought well that sounds nice, let's go see. But once you come in things are different; don't know what is going to happen. So he came in and he completely became a believer. And few months later I went to that officer's house for something, and he said, "What did you do to this guy?" He himself is not a believer. He said, "What did you do to this guy? I sent him there to your church to bring some of my relatives, now he is going around with his bible, telling everybody about Jesus. What happened to him?" I don't even know who your driver is. I have never seen him, I have never talked to him. "Then what happened?" he said. "I don't know. You ask him". And then I went into another house to visit somebody: and 2/3 families living around in the same street, they all came because I had come there, and they all come to church -they all came and gathered in that house and I was sitting and talking to them. And I said, "How did you all come to church?" They said in the next lane there is a driver, he said he by accident came to your place, and his life was changed. And he came and told us why you are like this; you come and I will take you to a good place where your life can change. That's how we came. I didn't know - I went there for some other reason. I think for some other function or something, and these people were saying that this man had told like that. And he still going around with his bible. I didn't give him a bible; I just preached from here. You mean to tell me what he has experienced is something false; no, there is something real. I had done nothing to him. But something has happened to him, because Christ has changed him.

So what do you do my friend; I have told you four things - Protection, Deliverance, a new brand new future, God-given future. And a life that you live as a testimony before this world of the saving power of the blood of Jesus; so that all others want to come and get into your house, so that they can be safe from the power of the enemy and the devil and be saved (these four things). What do you do with that? See, this is why the pleading the blood idea is very important. You need it to in the times of danger and trouble and so on, the first thing that must come out of your heart (if your heart is filled with this truth) - is the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. You must say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus Christ". When you face trouble, when you face distress, when you face an attack of the enemy, when you face a physical attack; when you face all of these things; the first thing that must come is the name of Jesus, is the truth about the blood of Jesus - if your heart is full, it must come out. Amen.

Some years ago I was admitted in the hospital, quite had a fever; and they took me there and my blood pressure dropped, (they said to 40), so they told my son who had taken me there - took his signature and everything. And they said, "We can't do anything, if it drops any further, he could be dead". I didn't know I was in the hospital even. They took me from the house, I was alright, I was just having a little fever; got up and I felt a little uncomfortable. I told my son, and he took me to the hospital - but I sat in the car, I never remembered anything else again. They put me in the hospital, and I was laying there; and four or five doctors standing there, trying to revive me. You know I was totally unconscious. All of a sudden I opened my eyes, I realized that I was in a hospital, and I saw a thing; and this four or five doctors standing there; I realized I was in a hospital. And I knew I was in danger, and I saw my son looking through that curtain there; they had kept all of them out, and some of the staff from the church. And I looked and I knew I was in danger. The first thing that came out from me is: In the name of Jesus (I just shouted out). "In Jesus name", I said. And the doctors were so happy I was saying something finally. And one doctor said, "Come on, that's right". He got in right there with me. After that, no turning back, I got up from there. In a few days I was out. God saved me.

It's what is in your heart that will come out, in the most dangerous times of your life. So get this truth about the blood of Jesus in your heart; meditate on what happened on the cross of Calvary; meditate on the Passover - what happened there; meditate how it was the blood that was shed to you; and what happened to them is something that is real and can happen to you - their protection, their deliverance, their brand new life that they had started. It's possible for you. The blood can make your home a very special place; a blessed place that all others will find that enviable; believe that, confess that with your mouth; plead the blood, speak about the blood of Jesus. Sprinkle the blood of Jesus, every day, all the time. Whenever you feel the need, speak about it, confess it and you will see the power of the blood in your life. Amen.

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Please turn with 1 Corinthians 5. I am going to read verse 7, then I will read Exodus 12:13-14. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7: "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us."

Exodus 12:13-14 - "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance".

We have been teaching on the subject of the power of the blood of Jesus for the last four weeks and this is the fifth week we are on it. And a couple of weeks ago I begun to talk about the Passover; because if you want to understand the power of the blood of Jesus certainly you have to look at the Passover and what actually took place there, because that has more details there than anywhere else about the power of the blood of Jesus. In the Old Testament as you know the Passover, the day the people of Israel left Egypt; they were delivered from the Egyptian slavery and bondage; that whole event of the Exodus is very important - it is as important as Jesus is to the New Testament; his life, his ministry and his death and resurrection; it is so important to the New Testament; and the Old Testament this Exodus event (the Passover particularly) is a very important event, teaching us many ways in shadows - the real is Christ, that is a shadow. So many things that are already taught in shadows are not again repeated in the real, therefore we need to go to the Old Testament and learn it there. And then we come to the New Testament also there are so many things there that the New Testament has to say about the blood of Jesus and the power that is in the Blood of Jesus. So the Passover is a major event in which the power of the blood of Jesus is highlighted. After that there were certain ordinances given regarding sacrifices to be made and all the sacrifice that proceeds after that event; after that event several sacrifices were taught and people did offer sacrifices; it all showed this particular principle that is already there in Passover; that is through the blood of sacrifice there is deliverance, there is protection and there is God-provided new life or a future (brand new future).

Even before Jesus begun his ministry - you remember John the Baptist is baptizing people and Jesus came to be baptised by him, John looks at him and says, "Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world". And that language - the Jewish people that heard him that day would have clearly understood what he is talking about; he was talking about the Passover lamb: "Behold the lamb of God", he says. But what they could not understand and perceive at that time was that the Messiah that they were expecting they thought would never come in form of a lamb. They could not think of the Messiah coming in the form of a lamb that would be slain as a sacrifice upon the altar called the cross. They thought the Messiah would come as a mighty king who would unseat the Roman Emperor, deliver them from the Roman Dominion and give them a new life in that way. But least expected they saw this messiah come as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the whole world. Now Jesus in every way fulfilled what the Passover lamb depicted in pictures and shadows in the Old Testament times.
Now when we deal with the subject of the blood or the blood of Jesus, already it sounds very horrible because people don't like to see the blood or think about the blood. If you shed two drops of blood - I can see some ladies just running away from that place or turning away from that sight of it, because they can't stand to see bloodshed. But the bible is full of this theme about how the blood was shed - and without the shedding of the blood there is no remission of sin.In the Old Testament is full of sacrifices and in the New Testament there is Jesus hanging on the cross, head having the crown of thorns; so blood is flowing from his head, hands nailed; his body was beaten black and blue - you know like a ploughed field, the bible says. Blood all over, he was literally soaked in blood, with his feet nailed to the cross. So blood is everywhere - he was literally covered with blood.

Now people say, "What kind of religion is this? This is horrible. Should such thing happen in order for forgiveness of sin to take place? Why is this necessary at all? Why does the bible make so much about the blood that is shed on the cross and so on? Why so much about the sacrifice and so on?" Well we think blood shed is horrible. But the bible talks about the blood of Jesus as very precious: 1 Peter says in 18-19, that "You have been redeemed; Not with gold or silver but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ" - the blood of Jesus is called "Precious" because of what it does is, it remedies sin, it remedies the failure, it remedies the bondage, and all these things that has come as a result of sin - it does something for man that nothing else could do. That is why the blood is considered as precious, because it does what nothing in this whole world can do. No power on this earth can do this, but the blood of Jesus can do this. So the bible considers the blood of Jesus as precious - something very important. It's a theme throughout the bible. In the Old Testament like I said, full of sacrifice. In the New Testament the whole theme is about the cross of Calvary and the blood that was shed there - Jesus hung there and shed every drop of blood for the remission of our sin. We have remission of sins through his blood; and through his blood we draw near to him; we have boldness to come near to him and so on. The bible teaches about it a lot.

And then when you go to the book of Revelation it ends with the songs sung in heaven about the blood of the lamb; the Lamb of God is known as in heaven - after having been raised from the dead, exalted, glorified, sitting at the right hand of the Father, he is still remembered as the Lamb of God and the blood that he shed is still remembered; and in heaven the bible in chapter 5 I think, or 7 in Revelation it talks about how they sang a song and the theme of the song is about the blood and lamb of God that shed that blood. Isn't that something? We think blood is horrible, don't talk about it, it doesn't look very good, does not make for a good presentation of Christianity. That is why a lot of churches have left talking about the blood, and they don't singabout the blood, because it looks ugly; it doesn't make for a good fashionable thing. But the bible considers it as very valuable; Peter says, "The precious blood of Jesus is the means through which we were saved or redeemed". So we will talk about it. In this church, we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus. We are not ashamed of it; we consider it precious; because what the bible considered precious we will not call ugly. We will talk about it. Ifthe bible says it is precious, then it is precious, and lets us find out why it is precious it is and how we can apply the benefits of that blood that was shed for us. Now like I said you have to look at Passover to understand a lot of things, because it is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament cross; when it comes to the New Testament (that is why I read 1 Corinthians 7 where Paul says, Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us". So we are not making an interpretation saying the Passover lamb equals Christ in the New Testament; Paul interprets it that way: he says, "Christ our Passover" - See they had their own Passover and that Passover did something for them; for the people of Israel who were in bondage at that time. And if they received those benefits then, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. The benefits that have been received in the Old Testament times by the people of Israel when Passover was first observed, is applicable to us also. So we going to look at that and see how we can apply and receive those benefits in our day/in our lives. Now in order to understand this, we need to get into something that I talked about at the end of the last session (last Sunday), at the end I told that I came out of Pentecostal background; in the Pentecostal background there is something very special; one wonderful great truth I discoveredamong the Pentecostals is the truth about the blood of Jesus. Normally you will not find it so much outside the Pentecostal world; see there are some things very good about the Pentecostal world; you got to admit that; I come from that. Certainly, there are things I had to leave, because it is unnecessary - like I said, someone taught me many years ago, when I went to study abroad; they said, "Son, learn to eat the meat and spit out the bones". Certainly, there is meat and there is bones - and back in my day when I was growing up; not that much money then and too many people in the house; so we bought little meat and we wanted it to last for all the 15 people of us that were there (9 children, plus parents; plus some uncles and aunties and this and others coming it; because my father was a pastor). So 10, 15 people eating, we would buy some ½ a kilo, add potato with it, this and that with it, and make a big part of meat. So when you'll eatmeat, you will have to search for the meat. And they would give to you like pickles - you will just have to touch and go; that all it's for. It's not really for eating; it's like to be used as a pickle like, just keep it on the side - just to look at and smell; that is exactly what they used to say; those were days more like famine. And that produces a mentality also; so that you look at even one bone you don't want to leave it. You want to bite around all the meat that is hanging on the bone. You want to clear that; and once you clear all the meat out of it, you want to crush that bone - and make sure you get the juice out of that marrow, and not leave anything because everything is precious to you.

Now I went abroad to study and I one time working on my bone very busily - and you know, in Indian table when we eat there is a lot of noise. We are making noise; and I was making noise and eating with the bones, and one fellow said to me, "Son, why are you eating the bones? There is plenty of meat. What is wrong with you? Eat the meat as much as you want". Then only I thought: "O my God, I am in a different place". This is a situation; forget the bones, let's eat the meat. Now I guessed back then, we didn't have much teaching you see, but we did have a lot of good things in the Pentecostal circles; there's certain things that are so good. I have not left it; I keep all the good things, and this one truth is one of them, and there are many others. And the blood of Jesus is this wonderful truth; because in those days they didn't go really into the word of God and teach really; they thought anything is more like allegorical preaching; you know they just made up stories about this equals that, that equals this. You know when you put everything and cook it together it amounts to nothing - that type of thing. It was more that kind of preaching and not real teaching; really taking the word of God and interpreting.So not much to say; so when you don't have so much meat, you had some bones to fill up the part. So sermons would have a lot of bones. But even now in India we have boneless chicken; our young people don't even know what we are talking about - they think I am bone grand-daddy. This poor guy where did he come from; he must have starved back in those days they think.

Nowadays everybody eats just meat; they want boneless; I think church also needs to be boneless - we don't want any bones, we just want the meat of word of God. So this is the meat I received from the Pentecostal background; that is, they talked about experiencing the power of the blood of Jesus in this way; they had terminology for it - they talked about pleading the blood (have you ever heard about it); now pleading the blood (this morning I was talking in Tamil - it's very difficult to translate it into Tamil because plead means to beg). Now God doesn't want us to beg; he didn't shed every drop of his blood to make us beggars - to come before him begging. Then why did he shed every drop of his blood? He shed every drop of his blood, redeemed us with his precious blood, not to make us beg before him for everything, but to give us the boldness to come before him as sons and daughters and receive right royally everything that he has prepared for us. That is why the bible says in Hebrews chapter 10 - (it says), "That we can come boldly to him through the blood of Jesus Christ" - with a conscience that is clear, we can come boldly before his presence, to givethe boldness only he shed his blood, not to make us beggars. So the whole point of the Christian salvation is not to make you come to beg before God, it is to make you come boldly. So don't think pleading is bout begging.

I want to explain this terminology because this terminology could be misleading because people are already champions in begging. Now, when you use this terminology like this: "plead the blood" - they say, "Very well. Already know how to plead. Let me plead based on the blood". No, this is not about begging God mentioning the blood. No, this is more like the pleading that happens in the court of law. Am sure you have the terminology that is used in the legal circles in the court of law; when the lawyer who is fighting your case, knows the law, and he knows justice is on your side that law guarantees you certain privileges (law guarantees you certain things), and so he determines that you are on the right side of the law; the law is there for you - the law guarantees certain privileges and rights to you, therefore he goes before the judge takes the law, and pleads your case. Now what does it mean when we say, "Pleading your case" - he doesn't get up on his knees and beg the judge - certainly he shows respect and so on. But it is not about begging and crying or anything; no judge will give anything just because the lawyer cried. No judge is going to sit there and say, "How much did he cry? Did he shed more tears - then I will grant him whatever…" No, it is not about that, the court of law is based on something else. It is based on law. If you come according to the law, and side the law - and side cases in whichit was interpreted that way and show proof to say this is the how it must be understood. Bring in every proof you can; previous judgments and so on. And claim your right - and your privilege that is granted to you by the law, then the judge says, "Alright, you are right" and grants his plea - see the word "plea" is used in the Court of Law. That is the way pleading the blood matter must be understood - this terminology must be understood. So when you come before the court of heaven/when you come before God, you are not coming begging, you are not coming just crying - no, you are bold in coming before God. That is why the blood of Jesus was shed to give you the boldness; so that is not the problem. Why do plead then? You are pleading in the sense of a lawyer pleading his case in the court; you are bringing his word, you are bringing the promises - you are bringing what God has said, and more importantly you are coming on the basis of what went on the cross of Calvary- wherehe did; when God's Son died, shed every part of the blood to purchase and obtain for you this great redemption and all that belongs to you because of that work on the cross of Calvary. You come on the basis of that and you make your plea. You claim what is yours, you stand your ground; your prayers are based on that; your request before God are based on the cross, and what the blood of Jesus that was shed there, guarantees you and what it means for you and your life today. That's the way pleading of the blood matter must be understood.

So in Pentecostal circles we used to here terminology such as this: "There is victory in the name of Jesus" is something that people would saydoesn't apply in a day - Keep repeating it all the time. I have seen it, I neverunderstood that much in those days, but I could tell that these people knew something about it. Little knowledge was their concerning that; that is why they were saying it and they were seeing a lot of victory through that. But there were some people that also used it more like a magical word (or magical wand, so to speak); they would try to use that so that something would happen. That is not the way you should understand it -because that means you use the word but you don't really understand it. I would see a lot of people say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus" and then they would turn around and they would say how they are unworthy and dirt and worm and nothing; now if the blood of Jesus has been shed for you and like the bible says it washes you clean and makes you white as snow; leaves no dirt behind - how can you call yourself unworthy, dirty, filthy and no good and rotten and all that. You can't - these two things cannot go together. That betrays the fact that these people saying things because somebody else is saying it but they don't understand it; see, they are people like that I have seen. They say on one hand something about the blood of Jesus literally pleading the blood, but on the hand they would be saying things like this that completely betrays the fact that they don't even believe what the blood has done for them. What is the use of saying there is victory in the blood, when you don't even believe in that victory and show that victory in the way that you speak about your problems. So I am talking about you not using thing as a magical word that you let out every time when you are in danger or something; No, I am talking about a knowledge and how to use it effectively in your life and as confession with your heart. Feel your heart with that knowledge so that in every moment of your need this matter comes up before you, you are like that lawyer who knows what is guaranteed to you by the blood and you make your plea, and plead the blood in that situation in that way.

So I want to talk about matter of pleading the blood and how we can do that in our lives and so on. Now there are four things that took place in that ancient event of Passover in Exodus chapter 12, when the first Passover was observed. Four things that happened; and those four things have unmistakable direct application for us today; so I picked out these four things and I want to concentrate on that and I want not show you how you can look at the four things that really happened to those people and understand that that these are really four things that happen to us also. That was the shadow, ours is real; and how we can plead the blood in various situations based on the four things that we see here in the old event. So let us look at the four things quickly (that is what the sermon is about today):

Number one is: the blood provided protection - The blood of the Passover lamb provided protection. Now you remember the Passover event, we already went through it (but let me quickly in one minute say that) See, the people of Israel were in bondage in Egypt - they were slaves, troubled greatly by pharaoh and his people; they were there 430 years; out of that 70 years they were good, 360 years they went through problems - the intensity of their problem increased as the years went by. Finally, in Moses' time, it amounted to that pharaoh ordering the mid-wives to kill all the children that are born as male children; such was the persecution. Literally they were killing kids as they were born - not wanting a Jewish race; they wanted the Jewish race to be extinct in the future; because they were prospering, they are increasing in number, doing very well. So they troubled them in any way - they made them slaves, they made them work very hard, paid them very little. Just literally made them very poor and useless literally - in their poverty, in slavery they became a people that lost all hope for 360 years imagine, being in poverty and God comes to their aid. Why he comes? - Because He had made a blood covenant with Abraham their fore-father. And told Abraham that he would give a son to him (at that time Abraham was without a child). And he was literally lamenting before God; He was saying to God, "What you have given me? I have everything but my servant's children and going to possess all of my wealth - I have so much wealth; they are going to walk away with my wealth because I don't have a son.

And God comforts him saying, "No, no, there will be a son born to you and he will become your descendant and he will inherit everything - not your servant's children". And he guarantees him that a son will be born to him; and so He takes him out and shows him the stars of the sky and says, "Can you number them?" And Abraham looks at it and sure enough the answer is "No". And God says, "So will your seed be". To a childless man who is approaching 100 years of age, God tells him, "Like the stars of the sky, innumerable, so will your seed be". Second thing he guarantees him is that He shows a land - He says, "This land that you have come into - I will give you this land, not only to you but your seed - which is Isaac, the proper seed; the legitimate seed". "To you and to your seed, forever I will give you this land", God says. So two things: to a childless man, child, and a great number of descendants; and two, a land he is going to give. And Abraham says, "Wait a minute: This is too much. I don't even have one son; and you are saying you will give me a seed like the stars of the sky, and I don't own anything. I left everything and came because you called and you saidyou will give me the whole land, not just a few acres". By what can I know you will do all these things for me? So God says, "Bring some animals, and birds and all that, cut them into two pieces and lay them here." And when he cut them into two pieces and laid them, God made a covenant with him - a blood covenant; very meaningful covenant - I went through that when I talked about the blood covenant (that event inchapter 15 of Genesis is very important - God is making a blood covenant with a man). Literally God is saying, "Hey I am God, Am almighty God. My resources are available to you. I can do all things. Don't think of me in an ordinary way. You don't worry about how you don't have a child and how you are getting old and all that - because you are dealing with Almighty God, and I am entering into a Covenant with you. And I will do what I said. I will fulfill this need of your life. I will do what I said, I am able to do it; I am able to give you a child and a seed that is more than the stars of heaven and I am able to give you this land. I will do what I said". God made a blood covenant with Abraham. And when He made the blood covenant with Abraham he told him, "Your descendants, thatcome through Isaac, they will be so much in number. They will go into Egypt and there they will grow and become great in number; and they will be persecuted - they will serve, they will become slaves literally - he told them 400 years before. God told them what is going to happen to them in Egypt. They will serve them for 400 years; "They will serve" means slaves under them, and then they will be delivered (but I will bring them out with possession) - "Wealth I will bring them out", He says. God promised and so God remembered - 400 years later God looked at the calendar and said, "Well it is time. Let me go and deliver." And God comes to Moses and he meets him as he takes care of the sheep out in the wilderness. He said, "Moses come here". Through the burning bush He said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (let me introduce myself to you) I have not forgotten you people - your people's cry as reach out to me, and I have come down to deliver them. I want you to go speak to pharaoh; tell that pharaoh to let my people go. And finally after much struggle, Moses agrees to do that and goes and gets his brother Aaron - he goes before pharaoh and tells him, "Let my people go". This is what my God says. He says, "tell your God, I am not going to let them go". - because the Egyptian economy depended on these slaves - they were building big buildings and so on and these people were working for free, slave labour; cheap labour and he was not about to let them go. He said, "No! I am not going to let them go" God sent one plague after the other; starting with the soft one. And increased the intensity of the plague as pharaoh hardened his heart more and more, and more, God showed some intensity in the kind of plague that He sent. Nine plagues came and went but pharaoh would not let them go; and the tenth plague God is going to send. And in all the nine plagues that came, none of the plagues affected the Israelites; the plagues affected the lives of Egyptians only. God draw a line between the Israelites and the Egyptians and said these are my people - and these are Egyptians, these are the persecutors of my people; He drew a line. Bless them and send the plague over on them; nine times. And now the 10th plague, the biggest plague is going to come where the first born of every house is going to die; but the thing is Israelites are also living in the land. So how to tell the difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians. So to mark the difference God says, "Go get a lamb, bring that lamb. Keep it for four days, then kill that lamb and catch the blood in the basin. And take a plant called hyssop, a bunch of it, dip into it, and smear the blood on the door post and the lintel - it will be sign that you are my people. And when the destroyer comes he will not be allowed to enter into that house. The sign must beon door outside, you sit inside; if you are inside you will not be touched by the plague. This is the arrangement that God has made.

Now, God is now going to deliver about 2 million people from slavery; imagine that day all that happened; they bought the lamb, kept it for 4 days and cutting the lamb, shedding the blood; you know everything pictures Christ - it's about Christ. Why did He tell them to buy it 4 days before; and keep the lamb for 4 days? Because the lamb will come into their house - the children will love it, they will play with it and they will hate to cut it; because they love the lamb so much. I have had that problem too; I bought one lamb one time, and took it home. And I thought I will grow it, and Christmas time will kill it (or some other occasion will kill it), but my family would not allow me to kill it. They said, "No, no that is our lamb, you go buy some other lamb". I said, "I bought it to eat, make biryani". They said, "Nothing doing. Not this one. This is ours". So I had to go get something else and send it somewhere else - for biryani somewhere else. The things is; See how thoughtful God teaches it. He says, "Four days you must keep it in your home, till all the children, the whole family loves it and then kill it - to show that if you would love a lamb that has been with your family for four days, how much more God loves his only begotten son - that He would send His son and make him die on the cross of Calvary and make him shed His every drop of blood to save you and redeem you - look at what God is willing to do for you. That is the teaching there. Look at the thing that happened there - they cut the lamb, shed the blood, smeared the doorpost, and get inside the house and eat the meat of the lamb - inside. If you ask them that day they probably never understood anything that they were doing. (Probably some of them are hearing my sermon today; for the first time they are understanding what happened there) They probably had no idea of what all these is all about. They had killed some lambs before as a sacrifice; because they knew that when you were to come before God you got to admit that you are a sinner and the soul that sinned shall die - so you killed a lamb, shed the blood and showed that you were a sinner and came through the blood. That is how much they understood. But this whole process of smearing the blood of the door, sitting inside, eating the meat with your shoes on, with your clothes on and with your stick ready; all ready to go. They don't understand what this is - what this depicts, they had no idea of.

But we are looking back from the New Testament days; from the days after Christ and His work on the cross - we look back on the Old Testament. Now we perfectly understand: That is why I read 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" We don't have to interpret that Passover is Christ or it depicts Christ - Paul does it for us. We just go take it from there. Paul says, "You remember the Passover there, Christ is our Passover. That lamb was their Passover. For us Christ is Passover for us. In other words, "Take a good look at Passover, you will understand what Christ is all about, what he has done and what that means to you today" So what does it mean? When the Passover was killed and the blood was smeared: The first thing that was given was protection. Protection from what? Every first-born is going to die in every house; man and animals is going to die, but in the Israeli house everyone is safe, as long as they are under the blood; they go behind the door of the blood-stained door of the house and stay inside - they are safe. This is protection; protection from what? Protection not only from death on that day; from the danger that was going to come to every house on that day; but protection in our sense (looking at it now) - protection from the Judgement of God that is going to come one day; where all those that not under the blood are going to enter into second death; that is a horrible thing, an eternity without God. We are going to be spared from that, we are safe from that - that is depicted there. But also it depicts the fact that the blood of Jesus marks us as very special people; that God even protects us from our present dangers of this life; it speaks of protection in this life. Because when those people came out of that house and travelled on their way to the Promised Land - never God allowed anybody to lay their hands on them; because it was not just until they were inside that house they were ok, even when they got out of the house and came out of the land -they were under the blood's protection; the blood remained as a wall round-about them. On that day they had to remain inside the house, but after that they left; but when they left, the blood stain, or the blood mark was upon them. They were marked to show that they were God's people - that they are special. Just like in all the plagues - they plagues never touched the Israelites. He never allowed any danger to even come near them; total protection. That is why; you remember Balaam comes and wants to curse them -the king has brought him to curse them, and he opens his mouth to curse them and he could hardly get his mouth to open; and when the words finally come out, blessingwords only coming out. He is not able to curse them. He says, "How can I curse what God has blessed". God takes control of his mouth itself, and makes him speak blessings over His people. Amazing story; because they are blood marked. No danger can come upon them. God protects them; God builds a wall of protection round-about them. Now I understand what the Pentecostals meant when they said: "Keep him under the blood Lord". See, when they said, "Let them be under the blood, under the cover of the blood" - "cover him with your blood", they would pray. Those days I understood very little you know. I said, "What kind of prayer is that - "Cover him under your blood". And then they would say, "I sprinkle the blood of Jesus" (I said, "What does that mean?") That is what it means. What they are saying is, "Lord, you redeemed us by your very blood, you shed every drop of blood for us, your precious blood; sinless, holy blood was shed because you considered us precious, you shed your precious blood, gave your life. You are not going to leave us, are you? When we are in trouble you are going to protect us, you are going to shield us, you are going to guard us, you are going to raise a wall around about us; protect us from all the evil and the danger and all the works of the enemy - we count on your protection because the day that we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord, and confessed him as our Lord and thereby took that blood and smeared it on the door posts of our heart - we became (just like the people of Israel), a protected people; a blood-marked people whom God protects. That is the meaning of that; that's is protection.

Secondly; there is deliverance (the second is, Deliverance). Nowdeliverance is not an ordinary thing -consider this people; 430 years, horrible years; how long can you put up with trouble like that? How long can you live under slavery? One generation after the other, they are living under slavery - totally demoralized, completely exploited. Considered like dirt; treated like nothing. One generation after the other, they live under the agony of this slavery, and want and need, and fear and terror. You ask those people what deliverance means to them. Even today the Jewish people when they sing, they sing about that deliverance - they sing about how God delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians and pharaoh and set them free. That deliverance is the biggest thing that they have experienced. What happened in the deliverance? See pharaoh was mighty number one world power in those days; no other king could come and deliver these people in those days. These people are not powerful; they are weak people - they are just shepherds, they don't fight wars. So pharaoh completely took advantage of the situation; he was powerful, he was arrogant, he was proud; he was challenging God; he was defying God - he was the picture of the devil and what the devil is. He exercised all of his powers to keep them in place; not one could escape from there. That's how he kept everything under control. If you asked the people of Israel, they would have said, "No, no we can never come out of here. It is not easy". All around there would be military, there would be people - they will catch us, they will bring us back.And the punishment will be great; we can't escape. Nobody can deliver us. No deliverance is possible - nothing. But on the day when the blood was shed and smeared on the door-post, when the angel of death came and there was death in every house; in pharaoh's house there was also death -pharaoh for the first time in his life; his arrogant, proud, God defying man - for the first time in his life, shaken to his boots. First time in his life, he felt like he is nothing. His backbone was broken, he was in fear on that day; he gave up this whole idea of how great he is and of that on that day. He was willing to let them go; he was pleading with them to go - go please, don't even stand here; please be gone from here, so that we can be free of you and all these problems. God in one night broke the backbone of the devil that night (pharaoh that night) and delivered the people of Israel from the bondage of Egypt - in one night this happened. The guy who held on for 430 years and nobody could come against him, and win a battle against him and deliver these people; 430 years he ruled over them and dominated them; in one night God broke his backbone completely. Just made him lose all the confidence in himself and completely brought him to his knees; where he would say, "Please go".

Ever since Adam sinned, the devil has had the human race under his thumb; he has enslaved every single human being - in 1 John Chapter 5:19 says (one remarkable verse - you must know this verse), 1 John 5:19 says, "The whole world lies in the tight grip"(one translation says) -"tight grip" means a grip which will not let go - in the tight grip of the wicked one; meaning the devil - the whole world - every single human being born in this world is born in sin; therefore a slave of Satan; for how many centuries, how many hundreds of years the devil has held the human race under bondage. And I tell you on that day when Jesus died on the cross, shedding the last drop of his blood, and then we heard the Good News of the gospel preached, and we believed that Jesus shed his blood for us; that finally we can be free; that we can be delivered - that this devil that has held us under his control; under his tight grip can never again do that anymore, that his backbone is broken; we believe that and we were set free that day. The moment we put our faith in the shed blood of Jesus and confessed him as Lord; that day - anybody who has put their faith in Jesus has been set free from the power of this alien power called sin and this power called Satan; sin and Satan, we are set free from - that was 430 years, this is ever since Adam, we have been set free from. The devil has been defeated. The bible says, "He triumphed over the forces of hell. Triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary (Colossian 2:15 says) - "He triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary" - that is what the cross means; that is what the shed blood means for every believer; broke the backbone of Satan, made him paralyzed; paralyzed the powers of hell. And rose up victoriously as a man for all men to deliver us. That's deliverance.

Now I believe I am delivered. I don't have to go to deliverance meeting to be delivered. We don't need deliverance meetings; weneed deliverance preaching. We need to preach more about the deliverance that the cross of Jesus Christ has brought to us. The deliverance that has been obtained for us on the cross of Calvary through the shed blood of Jesus. Whatever happened to the people of Israel that night when the blood was smeared on their door; they were safe, protected - the next thing that happened was they came out and they walked free; no pharaoh to stop them, none of the army to stop them. They walked away free - they were delivered. And pharaoh later on changed his mind again. He pursed them to the Red Sea - wanting to go and catch them again (it doesn't take him very long to harden his mind again; he is the true picture of the devil). He comes pursuing them with his army - chasing them. What happens? These are blood-bought people. God opens the Red Sea for them, makes them walk through it; and when they try to walk through it the sea comes together and completely drowns them in it. The devil is defeated -every attempt, every effort of the devil to come and exercise his power over his people is over - he cannot do it anymore. So they come on the other side, and they sing the song Miriam and all the people of Israel, sang the song about how - (I forget the song that we used to sing, about Exodus 15) - it's about how God drowned the Egyptians and the army on their horses and their chariots in the sea; they sang and celebrated that event, from then on they kept celebrating that event because it is a great deliverance. God said to them, "The enemy that you see now, you will never see again". Totally delivered; and I tell you that is a picture of our deliverance. Devil's dominion over our lives began when Adam sinned; and everyone is born under sin and therefore dominated by the devil,slave of the devil, but when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, devil's dominion ends. So when I say there is victory in the blood of Jesus, you know what I mean - I mean the devil has no power over me anymore. I am free from his power; he cannot exercise dominion - God has broken his backbone; he can do nothing to me. I am not a Christian who is going to talk about hex and spell, and witchcraft and all that business; that is the problem. See in the Pentecostal service, I learnt a lot of good things - about the blood of Jesus. But sometimes the very same people will turn around; they will talk about, "Brother please pray, somebody has taken dirt from under my feet. They are doing something against me, and they have a preacher searching for a little a piece of something all over their house." They are all the time saying, "Victory by the blood of Jesus" but they are searching for that little piece. If there is victory in the blood of Jesus, why are you worried about that little metal piece that is somewhere there. See the two doesn't go together. What I am saying is I believe there is victory in the blood of Jesus, please understand what kind of victory.

The dominion of Satan began the day I was born; the day I was conceived, I was conceived in sin. The devil's dominion began there. When did the devil's dominion end? When I put my faith in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross; that day the devil's dominion over my life is broken. He is never to have dominion again. He can shout and scream; and act up and all that - he can come and chase, but he will be drowned, he will never make it; because the victory is mine. You got to stand like that, you see. So none of that stuff here in this church. Come to my house, search for that metal piece; you don't have time for all that. You come here and we will preach about how you were delivered. How Jesus shed his blood; how he broke the back of Satan; how Satan has no power over you anymore. That he is nothing, that you are something; that you are more than a conqueror and he is totally defeated and he has no power. That is the essence of our preaching concerning the cross. So… deliverance.

The third thing is very interesting; the third thing is (see every time we take communion, you need to remember that. You are celebrating that deliverance. When you take the cup and drink out of it, you think about the blood of Jesus; what do you say about the blood of Jesus?) That's that day, when I put my faith in the shed blood of the cross that is the day devil's dominion in my life ended. The devil is nothing to me, I have nothing to do with him - he has no power over me. (Just remember that as you take it).

Alright, third thing, the blood provided the promise of a new day, and a new life, and a new future God-provided future - new day, new life, new future; whichever way you want to call it. I like the brand new future idea. All these passed away; all things have come new - 430 years. Some of those people - all of those people that lived, they have been several generation slaves. They knew nothing other than slavery and poverty, and rolling in that fear and terror every day. They know no other kind of life, they have never seen the light of day; there was no chance. If you ask them, "Is there any hope that you will ever get out of here?"They will say, "No, it has been more than 400 years, more than 400 years, we never got out, I don't think we will ever get out. Not with this pharaoh in place. Nobody can get out, nobody can deliver us from his hands, no future for us, no bright morning for us. We don't see any light down the road. It's all darkness, no hope. Oh, how they would have longed for some hope of a better day, of a new future so that all these old things, the failures, their slavery - all their poverty; all that can be ended and that they can begin anew; that is exactly what happened. When the lamb was killed and the blood was shed and it was smeared on the door post. All they had to do was just wait; and when God said they just left on that same day; they came out, they were free, they were protected, thenthey were delivered. Now they walk free; they have a new hope, new bright new day and the have a brand new future; they are going to the Promised Land, everything is going to be well for them. They never thought in their life that this will ever happen to them, but it happened. That is exactly what the Christian life is all about.

Well there is a lot of people that say, "Well, will I ever see the light of day? Will I ever see new hope? Will I ever see better things? - I have seen only failure, I have seen only oppression, I have seen only fear, I have seen terror - I have seen only this kind of life filled with darkness. I have always wanted a new future, a brand new future; I wanted a time that I could forget the old, and be rid of the old,the memory of old, and enjoy everything that is good. Is it that ever possible? Some people have come to a conclusion; it is never possible, my whole life is ruined, I have no future, no bright things ever to happen anymore, it's all ruined - for whatever reason. I talked to one person one time; the husband divorced her; she said, "No future. How can I have a better life now? No use of talking a better tomorrow, better life. No use talking about joy, peace.And (she was) a Christian; no use talking about happiness, joy, peace. I said, where does the bible say, that "Joy and peace comes through your husband" - joy and peace comes through the Lord; when you have Jesus as your Lord you have joy and peace. Amen

New future, new life comes with the Lord Jesus Christ - no matter what has happened. No matter what failure you have gone through. No matter how much you have messed up your life already. No matter how bleak it has been in the past. God will bless your future so much; He will give you a brand new future, a Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey; a large and vast land that you would have no time to think about the past. Not even enough time to enjoy the present, how will you think about the past. In Ecclesiastes 5, the last verse you read; it says exactly that. That God's blessings when it's upon a person, he will have no time to remember the past. He will only have time to enjoy the present; the present will become so beautiful and so wonderful; your new future will become so wonderful, your new life will become so wonderful; the past is forgotten; you will have no time to think about it - you will soon forget it. Amen.

If any man being in Christ, is a new creature, old things have passed away; all things have become new. If you asked the Israelites that came out of Egypt that day, they didn't have 2 Corinthians 5:17 They would have appreciated Paul's words; and Paul having all these things in mind, that is why he says, "If any man being in Christ he is a new creature; old things have passed away. All things have become new" Paul knew what he is talking about; he says, "hey, all the old Egypt is gone, pharaoh is gone, all the slavery is gone, all that poverty is gone, all that suffering is gone - all those things are gone. The blessedness has come in" - that is what the Christian life is; we have become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

So no matter where you are at, and how bleak your circumstances are, I am saying to you, "Look at the cross of Jesus, the blood - every drop of Jesus' blood was shed, to redeem you, giving you a new life, a new future; a future like you have never imagined in your wildest dreams. It is possible, put your faith in that blood; in that forgiving flow - it is a fountain that flows always - that is ready to wash you clean and make you whole. It doesn't matter what wrong you have done and how wrong you have been or others have been; everything can be made right by the power of blood Jesus. What is the power of the blood of Jesus? It can make you forget the past; it can make up more than enough for all that is lost and lead you to your new future - that is the power of blood of Jesus.

Then finally; when they shed the blood and applied it on the door post - you know what they would saying? It was a testimony that there was a place of safety for anybody who wanted to come in from outside of the circle of death. See the Egyptians were under a judgement of death; death is going to come, for sure - firstborns are going to die in their homes, but God has revealed a way to be free from it. These Israelites knew the way. They shed the blood and they put it on their door post, they are going to go and sit in them. And people, neighbours might have asked, "What are you doing? And they must have said, "You know what is going to happen tonight? The firstborns are going to die." You think they wouldn't have believed? They saw nine plagues already; some smart Egyptians would have been there. And I can bet on it that every Israel home would probably have been packed with people, trying to get in there; because as long as they get inside that door, they are safe. A lot of people trying to get in there; because the people of Israel left Egypt, the bible says, there are a lot of people who were not Israelites that left with them. It's talking about how to treat your alien that is among you, in the bible. When they left; there was a crowd with them from Egypt that was probably Egyptian or other race that believed in the God of Israel, seeing the nine plagues and believed in the 10th plague, and got into these houses of the Israelites and saved themselves from the death that was coming, and left with them when they left.

Now what does this tell us? It tells us that we as we live in the world, our homes, our families must shine before this world in such a way- we don't have a blood mark on our door; I am not asking you to hang something there, I am not trying to tie a red ribbon or something like that there saying, "I am a Christian". Something like that. No. I am saying just by the way that we are; by the way we live out the promises of God and the blessings of God in our lives. Everybody around should know that these are different kind of people - they are different from the others in the world, they are the people that belong to God. They must desire our peace, our joy, our happiness, our victory, our success; they need to see us, go through our troubles and problems in this life, and see us go through all these things and still have peace that surpasses all understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory. And enjoy a peace that the world cannot take away. They need to see us in victory; they need to see us walking in confidence with faith; they need to see the joy and the happiness that we have as families living in this world, in the troubled world. They need to see; just imagine how the Israelihomes would have looked that day. And how the Egyptian homes would have looked; the Egyptian homes would have been lamenting in fear, people troubled, confused, don't know what to do. But the Israelites killed a lamb, shed the blood, put it on the door post, sitting very quietly; eating a good lamb something inside their house, getting ready to go for the first time free; and be free for the rest of their lives. That is the way you and I are in this world - we have a totally different posture. The way we are; the way we carry ourselves and live ourselves, is a testimony to this world. Just like the blood on the door, it's a testimony to the world: "Hey this is a very special house. You want to make it through life, you better get in there with them; you follow their God, you believe in their Jesus. You believe and follow him; there is life in it, there is joy in it, there is peace in it, there is victory in it. It is like a testimony before the whole world that this house is special house, that this family is special, that this life is special because we are children of God.

See we never caught a glimpse of these things from the Passover. What we thought was how to tell others. One fellow told me (when I first started out), He said, "Brother what you need is how to get a big horn. Four horns you need; one this way - put it at the gate; and another this way, and another facing these two directions; blast it brother let your message go throughout Purasawalkam - nobody should be able to sit in their house, they should hear this wonderful things that you are preaching. I said, "Nothing doing. They want to sleep, they want to do things, I don't want to trouble anybody". Then how will you tell them? "Well don't worry about this, I am telling the 5 or 10 people that are here about this life in Christ. And when I get these 5 or 10 people looking good, 100 will come, and when the 100 will be seen, 1000 will come". See that is how it happens - see a lot of people think; see there are a lot of people out their talking about how we are changing everybody and so on that somehow we are able to reach people and change them; I wish I could; because I would have changed the whole world. The truth is I couldn't even change myself - how can I change you, I cannot change anybody. But some of these people talk about how we are changing people. We are not changing anybody - I have never in my life changed even one person; I am just a preacher. I am just preaching about the Christ, the cross, the blood of Jesus that was shed, the power that is in the blood. The power is not in me; the power is in the blood - the power to preach only is in me. The power in the blood is different - the power is in the blood. And I preach about that; I don't change anybody. People say this: "Oh they are changing everybody". You know if we can change anybody that would have been something; every woman would have changed a drunkard husband already, if we can change people that quickly. Every man would have changed his wife who was giving him trouble. Every mother-in-law would have been changed, every boss would have been changed. The way they talk about how we are changing people, we are telling this and that - if that is possible then my God, anybody would be changed just like that. We can't change anybody; the only thing we can do is to preach - and we preach Christ and the cross, and the shed blood of Jesus. And when we preach Christ, people put their trust, because like I said, a lot of people are sitting there are thinking; "Can I have a new life, is there hope - I don't see any light ahead, I see only darkness, my life is gloomy - some people have told me 30years I have been like this, 40 years I have been like this. Is anything going to happen to me? Something better going to happen to me?" And what we do in preaching is tell them is that is the truth, "This is the truth; these people have not seen the light of the day 430 years, but in one day everything was changed; because of the blood. And I tell you, the blood of Jesus is much more powerful than the blood of that lamb that was shed on that Passover day. Just one second, everything can change; if you learn to put your faith and trust in Jesus, and his shed blood; just like that, life can change; light can come into your house, into your family, into your life; and a new day can dawn in your life. We tell them and some people believe it and they taste it, and you can't tell them it's a lie. I have never gone to anyone and said, "You come please" No, no, they tasted it.

I know one officer who sent his driver here to drop someone; his family had come, so he said, "Go drop them in church and stay there, and bring them with you back home" So he came and he was sitting there in the parking and these people came and sat in the church. And he was hearing some singing, so he thought well that sounds nice, let's go see. But once you come in things are different; don't know what is going to happen. So he came in and he completely became a believer. And few months later I went to that officer's house for something, and he said, "What did you do to this guy?" He himself is not a believer. He said, "What did you do to this guy? I sent him there to your church to bring some of my relatives, now he is going around with his bible, telling everybody about Jesus. What happened to him?" I don't even know who your driver is. I have never seen him, I have never talked to him. "Then what happened?" he said. "I don't know. You ask him". And then I went into another house to visit somebody: and 2/3 families living around in the same street, they all came because I had come there, and they all come to church -they all came and gathered in that house and I was sitting and talking to them. And I said, "How did you all come to church?" They said in the next lane there is a driver, he said he by accident came to your place, and his life was changed. And he came and told us why you are like this; you come and I will take you to a good place where your life can change. That's how we came. I didn't know - I went there for some other reason. I think for some other function or something, and these people were saying that this man had told like that. And he still going around with his bible. I didn't give him a bible; I just preached from here. You mean to tell me what he has experienced is something false; no, there is something real. I had done nothing to him. But something has happened to him, because Christ has changed him.

So what do you do my friend; I have told you four things - Protection, Deliverance, a new brand new future, God-given future. And a life that you live as a testimony before this world of the saving power of the blood of Jesus; so that all others want to come and get into your house, so that they can be safe from the power of the enemy and the devil and be saved (these four things). What do you do with that? See, this is why the pleading the blood idea is very important. You need it to in the times of danger and trouble and so on, the first thing that must come out of your heart (if your heart is filled with this truth) - is the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. You must say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus Christ". When you face trouble, when you face distress, when you face an attack of the enemy, when you face a physical attack; when you face all of these things; the first thing that must come is the name of Jesus, is the truth about the blood of Jesus - if your heart is full, it must come out. Amen.

Some years ago I was admitted in the hospital, quite had a fever; and they took me there and my blood pressure dropped, (they said to 40), so they told my son who had taken me there - took his signature and everything. And they said, "We can't do anything, if it drops any further, he could be dead". I didn't know I was in the hospital even. They took me from the house, I was alright, I was just having a little fever; got up and I felt a little uncomfortable. I told my son, and he took me to the hospital - but I sat in the car, I never remembered anything else again. They put me in the hospital, and I was laying there; and four or five doctors standing there, trying to revive me. You know I was totally unconscious. All of a sudden I opened my eyes, I realized that I was in a hospital, and I saw a thing; and this four or five doctors standing there; I realized I was in a hospital. And I knew I was in danger, and I saw my son looking through that curtain there; they had kept all of them out, and some of the staff from the church. And I looked and I knew I was in danger. The first thing that came out from me is: In the name of Jesus (I just shouted out). "In Jesus name", I said. And the doctors were so happy I was saying something finally. And one doctor said, "Come on, that's right". He got in right there with me. After that, no turning back, I got up from there. In a few days I was out. God saved me.

It's what is in your heart that will come out, in the most dangerous times of your life. So get this truth about the blood of Jesus in your heart; meditate on what happened on the cross of Calvary; meditate on the Passover - what happened there; meditate how it was the blood that was shed to you; and what happened to them is something that is real and can happen to you - their protection, their deliverance, their brand new life that they had started. It's possible for you. The blood can make your home a very special place; a blessed place that all others will find that enviable; believe that, confess that with your mouth; plead the blood, speak about the blood of Jesus. Sprinkle the blood of Jesus, every day, all the time. Whenever you feel the need, speak about it, confess it and you will see the power of the blood in your life. Amen." class="form-control valid" name="videotranscript" id="videotranscript" required>To read sermon summary, click here To read sermon summary, click here here
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Please turn with 1 Corinthians 5. I am going to read verse 7, then I will read Exodus 12:13-14. First I will read 1 Corinthians 5:7: "Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us."

Exodus 12:13-14 - "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance".

We have been teaching on the subject of the power of the blood of Jesus for the last four weeks and this is the fifth week we are on it. And a couple of weeks ago I begun to talk about the Passover; because if you want to understand the power of the blood of Jesus certainly you have to look at the Passover and what actually took place there, because that has more details there than anywhere else about the power of the blood of Jesus. In the Old Testament as you know the Passover, the day the people of Israel left Egypt; they were delivered from the Egyptian slavery and bondage; that whole event of the Exodus is very important - it is as important as Jesus is to the New Testament; his life, his ministry and his death and resurrection; it is so important to the New Testament; and the Old Testament this Exodus event (the Passover particularly) is a very important event, teaching us many ways in shadows - the real is Christ, that is a shadow. So many things that are already taught in shadows are not again repeated in the real, therefore we need to go to the Old Testament and learn it there. And then we come to the New Testament also there are so many things there that the New Testament has to say about the blood of Jesus and the power that is in the Blood of Jesus. So the Passover is a major event in which the power of the blood of Jesus is highlighted. After that there were certain ordinances given regarding sacrifices to be made and all the sacrifice that proceeds after that event; after that event several sacrifices were taught and people did offer sacrifices; it all showed this particular principle that is already there in Passover; that is through the blood of sacrifice there is deliverance, there is protection and there is God-provided new life or a future (brand new future).

Even before Jesus begun his ministry - you remember John the Baptist is baptizing people and Jesus came to be baptised by him, John looks at him and says, "Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world". And that language - the Jewish people that heard him that day would have clearly understood what he is talking about; he was talking about the Passover lamb: "Behold the lamb of God", he says. But what they could not understand and perceive at that time was that the Messiah that they were expecting they thought would never come in form of a lamb. They could not think of the Messiah coming in the form of a lamb that would be slain as a sacrifice upon the altar called the cross. They thought the Messiah would come as a mighty king who would unseat the Roman Emperor, deliver them from the Roman Dominion and give them a new life in that way. But least expected they saw this messiah come as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the whole world. Now Jesus in every way fulfilled what the Passover lamb depicted in pictures and shadows in the Old Testament times.
Now when we deal with the subject of the blood or the blood of Jesus, already it sounds very horrible because people don't like to see the blood or think about the blood. If you shed two drops of blood - I can see some ladies just running away from that place or turning away from that sight of it, because they can't stand to see bloodshed. But the bible is full of this theme about how the blood was shed - and without the shedding of the blood there is no remission of sin.In the Old Testament is full of sacrifices and in the New Testament there is Jesus hanging on the cross, head having the crown of thorns; so blood is flowing from his head, hands nailed; his body was beaten black and blue - you know like a ploughed field, the bible says. Blood all over, he was literally soaked in blood, with his feet nailed to the cross. So blood is everywhere - he was literally covered with blood.

Now people say, "What kind of religion is this? This is horrible. Should such thing happen in order for forgiveness of sin to take place? Why is this necessary at all? Why does the bible make so much about the blood that is shed on the cross and so on? Why so much about the sacrifice and so on?" Well we think blood shed is horrible. But the bible talks about the blood of Jesus as very precious: 1 Peter says in 18-19, that "You have been redeemed; Not with gold or silver but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ" - the blood of Jesus is called "Precious" because of what it does is, it remedies sin, it remedies the failure, it remedies the bondage, and all these things that has come as a result of sin - it does something for man that nothing else could do. That is why the blood is considered as precious, because it does what nothing in this whole world can do. No power on this earth can do this, but the blood of Jesus can do this. So the bible considers the blood of Jesus as precious - something very important. It's a theme throughout the bible. In the Old Testament like I said, full of sacrifice. In the New Testament the whole theme is about the cross of Calvary and the blood that was shed there - Jesus hung there and shed every drop of blood for the remission of our sin. We have remission of sins through his blood; and through his blood we draw near to him; we have boldness to come near to him and so on. The bible teaches about it a lot.

And then when you go to the book of Revelation it ends with the songs sung in heaven about the blood of the lamb; the Lamb of God is known as in heaven - after having been raised from the dead, exalted, glorified, sitting at the right hand of the Father, he is still remembered as the Lamb of God and the blood that he shed is still remembered; and in heaven the bible in chapter 5 I think, or 7 in Revelation it talks about how they sang a song and the theme of the song is about the blood and lamb of God that shed that blood. Isn't that something? We think blood is horrible, don't talk about it, it doesn't look very good, does not make for a good presentation of Christianity. That is why a lot of churches have left talking about the blood, and they don't singabout the blood, because it looks ugly; it doesn't make for a good fashionable thing. But the bible considers it as very valuable; Peter says, "The precious blood of Jesus is the means through which we were saved or redeemed". So we will talk about it. In this church, we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus. We are not ashamed of it; we consider it precious; because what the bible considered precious we will not call ugly. We will talk about it. Ifthe bible says it is precious, then it is precious, and lets us find out why it is precious it is and how we can apply the benefits of that blood that was shed for us. Now like I said you have to look at Passover to understand a lot of things, because it is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament cross; when it comes to the New Testament (that is why I read 1 Corinthians 7 where Paul says, Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us". So we are not making an interpretation saying the Passover lamb equals Christ in the New Testament; Paul interprets it that way: he says, "Christ our Passover" - See they had their own Passover and that Passover did something for them; for the people of Israel who were in bondage at that time. And if they received those benefits then, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. The benefits that have been received in the Old Testament times by the people of Israel when Passover was first observed, is applicable to us also. So we going to look at that and see how we can apply and receive those benefits in our day/in our lives. Now in order to understand this, we need to get into something that I talked about at the end of the last session (last Sunday), at the end I told that I came out of Pentecostal background; in the Pentecostal background there is something very special; one wonderful great truth I discoveredamong the Pentecostals is the truth about the blood of Jesus. Normally you will not find it so much outside the Pentecostal world; see there are some things very good about the Pentecostal world; you got to admit that; I come from that. Certainly, there are things I had to leave, because it is unnecessary - like I said, someone taught me many years ago, when I went to study abroad; they said, "Son, learn to eat the meat and spit out the bones". Certainly, there is meat and there is bones - and back in my day when I was growing up; not that much money then and too many people in the house; so we bought little meat and we wanted it to last for all the 15 people of us that were there (9 children, plus parents; plus some uncles and aunties and this and others coming it; because my father was a pastor). So 10, 15 people eating, we would buy some ½ a kilo, add potato with it, this and that with it, and make a big part of meat. So when you'll eatmeat, you will have to search for the meat. And they would give to you like pickles - you will just have to touch and go; that all it's for. It's not really for eating; it's like to be used as a pickle like, just keep it on the side - just to look at and smell; that is exactly what they used to say; those were days more like famine. And that produces a mentality also; so that you look at even one bone you don't want to leave it. You want to bite around all the meat that is hanging on the bone. You want to clear that; and once you clear all the meat out of it, you want to crush that bone - and make sure you get the juice out of that marrow, and not leave anything because everything is precious to you.

Now I went abroad to study and I one time working on my bone very busily - and you know, in Indian table when we eat there is a lot of noise. We are making noise; and I was making noise and eating with the bones, and one fellow said to me, "Son, why are you eating the bones? There is plenty of meat. What is wrong with you? Eat the meat as much as you want". Then only I thought: "O my God, I am in a different place". This is a situation; forget the bones, let's eat the meat. Now I guessed back then, we didn't have much teaching you see, but we did have a lot of good things in the Pentecostal circles; there's certain things that are so good. I have not left it; I keep all the good things, and this one truth is one of them, and there are many others. And the blood of Jesus is this wonderful truth; because in those days they didn't go really into the word of God and teach really; they thought anything is more like allegorical preaching; you know they just made up stories about this equals that, that equals this. You know when you put everything and cook it together it amounts to nothing - that type of thing. It was more that kind of preaching and not real teaching; really taking the word of God and interpreting.So not much to say; so when you don't have so much meat, you had some bones to fill up the part. So sermons would have a lot of bones. But even now in India we have boneless chicken; our young people don't even know what we are talking about - they think I am bone grand-daddy. This poor guy where did he come from; he must have starved back in those days they think.

Nowadays everybody eats just meat; they want boneless; I think church also needs to be boneless - we don't want any bones, we just want the meat of word of God. So this is the meat I received from the Pentecostal background; that is, they talked about experiencing the power of the blood of Jesus in this way; they had terminology for it - they talked about pleading the blood (have you ever heard about it); now pleading the blood (this morning I was talking in Tamil - it's very difficult to translate it into Tamil because plead means to beg). Now God doesn't want us to beg; he didn't shed every drop of his blood to make us beggars - to come before him begging. Then why did he shed every drop of his blood? He shed every drop of his blood, redeemed us with his precious blood, not to make us beg before him for everything, but to give us the boldness to come before him as sons and daughters and receive right royally everything that he has prepared for us. That is why the bible says in Hebrews chapter 10 - (it says), "That we can come boldly to him through the blood of Jesus Christ" - with a conscience that is clear, we can come boldly before his presence, to givethe boldness only he shed his blood, not to make us beggars. So the whole point of the Christian salvation is not to make you come to beg before God, it is to make you come boldly. So don't think pleading is bout begging.

I want to explain this terminology because this terminology could be misleading because people are already champions in begging. Now, when you use this terminology like this: "plead the blood" - they say, "Very well. Already know how to plead. Let me plead based on the blood". No, this is not about begging God mentioning the blood. No, this is more like the pleading that happens in the court of law. Am sure you have the terminology that is used in the legal circles in the court of law; when the lawyer who is fighting your case, knows the law, and he knows justice is on your side that law guarantees you certain privileges (law guarantees you certain things), and so he determines that you are on the right side of the law; the law is there for you - the law guarantees certain privileges and rights to you, therefore he goes before the judge takes the law, and pleads your case. Now what does it mean when we say, "Pleading your case" - he doesn't get up on his knees and beg the judge - certainly he shows respect and so on. But it is not about begging and crying or anything; no judge will give anything just because the lawyer cried. No judge is going to sit there and say, "How much did he cry? Did he shed more tears - then I will grant him whatever…" No, it is not about that, the court of law is based on something else. It is based on law. If you come according to the law, and side the law - and side cases in whichit was interpreted that way and show proof to say this is the how it must be understood. Bring in every proof you can; previous judgments and so on. And claim your right - and your privilege that is granted to you by the law, then the judge says, "Alright, you are right" and grants his plea - see the word "plea" is used in the Court of Law. That is the way pleading the blood matter must be understood - this terminology must be understood. So when you come before the court of heaven/when you come before God, you are not coming begging, you are not coming just crying - no, you are bold in coming before God. That is why the blood of Jesus was shed to give you the boldness; so that is not the problem. Why do plead then? You are pleading in the sense of a lawyer pleading his case in the court; you are bringing his word, you are bringing the promises - you are bringing what God has said, and more importantly you are coming on the basis of what went on the cross of Calvary- wherehe did; when God's Son died, shed every part of the blood to purchase and obtain for you this great redemption and all that belongs to you because of that work on the cross of Calvary. You come on the basis of that and you make your plea. You claim what is yours, you stand your ground; your prayers are based on that; your request before God are based on the cross, and what the blood of Jesus that was shed there, guarantees you and what it means for you and your life today. That's the way pleading of the blood matter must be understood.

So in Pentecostal circles we used to here terminology such as this: "There is victory in the name of Jesus" is something that people would saydoesn't apply in a day - Keep repeating it all the time. I have seen it, I neverunderstood that much in those days, but I could tell that these people knew something about it. Little knowledge was their concerning that; that is why they were saying it and they were seeing a lot of victory through that. But there were some people that also used it more like a magical word (or magical wand, so to speak); they would try to use that so that something would happen. That is not the way you should understand it -because that means you use the word but you don't really understand it. I would see a lot of people say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus" and then they would turn around and they would say how they are unworthy and dirt and worm and nothing; now if the blood of Jesus has been shed for you and like the bible says it washes you clean and makes you white as snow; leaves no dirt behind - how can you call yourself unworthy, dirty, filthy and no good and rotten and all that. You can't - these two things cannot go together. That betrays the fact that these people saying things because somebody else is saying it but they don't understand it; see, they are people like that I have seen. They say on one hand something about the blood of Jesus literally pleading the blood, but on the hand they would be saying things like this that completely betrays the fact that they don't even believe what the blood has done for them. What is the use of saying there is victory in the blood, when you don't even believe in that victory and show that victory in the way that you speak about your problems. So I am talking about you not using thing as a magical word that you let out every time when you are in danger or something; No, I am talking about a knowledge and how to use it effectively in your life and as confession with your heart. Feel your heart with that knowledge so that in every moment of your need this matter comes up before you, you are like that lawyer who knows what is guaranteed to you by the blood and you make your plea, and plead the blood in that situation in that way.

So I want to talk about matter of pleading the blood and how we can do that in our lives and so on. Now there are four things that took place in that ancient event of Passover in Exodus chapter 12, when the first Passover was observed. Four things that happened; and those four things have unmistakable direct application for us today; so I picked out these four things and I want to concentrate on that and I want not show you how you can look at the four things that really happened to those people and understand that that these are really four things that happen to us also. That was the shadow, ours is real; and how we can plead the blood in various situations based on the four things that we see here in the old event. So let us look at the four things quickly (that is what the sermon is about today):

Number one is: the blood provided protection - The blood of the Passover lamb provided protection. Now you remember the Passover event, we already went through it (but let me quickly in one minute say that) See, the people of Israel were in bondage in Egypt - they were slaves, troubled greatly by pharaoh and his people; they were there 430 years; out of that 70 years they were good, 360 years they went through problems - the intensity of their problem increased as the years went by. Finally, in Moses' time, it amounted to that pharaoh ordering the mid-wives to kill all the children that are born as male children; such was the persecution. Literally they were killing kids as they were born - not wanting a Jewish race; they wanted the Jewish race to be extinct in the future; because they were prospering, they are increasing in number, doing very well. So they troubled them in any way - they made them slaves, they made them work very hard, paid them very little. Just literally made them very poor and useless literally - in their poverty, in slavery they became a people that lost all hope for 360 years imagine, being in poverty and God comes to their aid. Why he comes? - Because He had made a blood covenant with Abraham their fore-father. And told Abraham that he would give a son to him (at that time Abraham was without a child). And he was literally lamenting before God; He was saying to God, "What you have given me? I have everything but my servant's children and going to possess all of my wealth - I have so much wealth; they are going to walk away with my wealth because I don't have a son.

And God comforts him saying, "No, no, there will be a son born to you and he will become your descendant and he will inherit everything - not your servant's children". And he guarantees him that a son will be born to him; and so He takes him out and shows him the stars of the sky and says, "Can you number them?" And Abraham looks at it and sure enough the answer is "No". And God says, "So will your seed be". To a childless man who is approaching 100 years of age, God tells him, "Like the stars of the sky, innumerable, so will your seed be". Second thing he guarantees him is that He shows a land - He says, "This land that you have come into - I will give you this land, not only to you but your seed - which is Isaac, the proper seed; the legitimate seed". "To you and to your seed, forever I will give you this land", God says. So two things: to a childless man, child, and a great number of descendants; and two, a land he is going to give. And Abraham says, "Wait a minute: This is too much. I don't even have one son; and you are saying you will give me a seed like the stars of the sky, and I don't own anything. I left everything and came because you called and you saidyou will give me the whole land, not just a few acres". By what can I know you will do all these things for me? So God says, "Bring some animals, and birds and all that, cut them into two pieces and lay them here." And when he cut them into two pieces and laid them, God made a covenant with him - a blood covenant; very meaningful covenant - I went through that when I talked about the blood covenant (that event inchapter 15 of Genesis is very important - God is making a blood covenant with a man). Literally God is saying, "Hey I am God, Am almighty God. My resources are available to you. I can do all things. Don't think of me in an ordinary way. You don't worry about how you don't have a child and how you are getting old and all that - because you are dealing with Almighty God, and I am entering into a Covenant with you. And I will do what I said. I will fulfill this need of your life. I will do what I said, I am able to do it; I am able to give you a child and a seed that is more than the stars of heaven and I am able to give you this land. I will do what I said". God made a blood covenant with Abraham. And when He made the blood covenant with Abraham he told him, "Your descendants, thatcome through Isaac, they will be so much in number. They will go into Egypt and there they will grow and become great in number; and they will be persecuted - they will serve, they will become slaves literally - he told them 400 years before. God told them what is going to happen to them in Egypt. They will serve them for 400 years; "They will serve" means slaves under them, and then they will be delivered (but I will bring them out with possession) - "Wealth I will bring them out", He says. God promised and so God remembered - 400 years later God looked at the calendar and said, "Well it is time. Let me go and deliver." And God comes to Moses and he meets him as he takes care of the sheep out in the wilderness. He said, "Moses come here". Through the burning bush He said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (let me introduce myself to you) I have not forgotten you people - your people's cry as reach out to me, and I have come down to deliver them. I want you to go speak to pharaoh; tell that pharaoh to let my people go. And finally after much struggle, Moses agrees to do that and goes and gets his brother Aaron - he goes before pharaoh and tells him, "Let my people go". This is what my God says. He says, "tell your God, I am not going to let them go". - because the Egyptian economy depended on these slaves - they were building big buildings and so on and these people were working for free, slave labour; cheap labour and he was not about to let them go. He said, "No! I am not going to let them go" God sent one plague after the other; starting with the soft one. And increased the intensity of the plague as pharaoh hardened his heart more and more, and more, God showed some intensity in the kind of plague that He sent. Nine plagues came and went but pharaoh would not let them go; and the tenth plague God is going to send. And in all the nine plagues that came, none of the plagues affected the Israelites; the plagues affected the lives of Egyptians only. God draw a line between the Israelites and the Egyptians and said these are my people - and these are Egyptians, these are the persecutors of my people; He drew a line. Bless them and send the plague over on them; nine times. And now the 10th plague, the biggest plague is going to come where the first born of every house is going to die; but the thing is Israelites are also living in the land. So how to tell the difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians. So to mark the difference God says, "Go get a lamb, bring that lamb. Keep it for four days, then kill that lamb and catch the blood in the basin. And take a plant called hyssop, a bunch of it, dip into it, and smear the blood on the door post and the lintel - it will be sign that you are my people. And when the destroyer comes he will not be allowed to enter into that house. The sign must beon door outside, you sit inside; if you are inside you will not be touched by the plague. This is the arrangement that God has made.

Now, God is now going to deliver about 2 million people from slavery; imagine that day all that happened; they bought the lamb, kept it for 4 days and cutting the lamb, shedding the blood; you know everything pictures Christ - it's about Christ. Why did He tell them to buy it 4 days before; and keep the lamb for 4 days? Because the lamb will come into their house - the children will love it, they will play with it and they will hate to cut it; because they love the lamb so much. I have had that problem too; I bought one lamb one time, and took it home. And I thought I will grow it, and Christmas time will kill it (or some other occasion will kill it), but my family would not allow me to kill it. They said, "No, no that is our lamb, you go buy some other lamb". I said, "I bought it to eat, make biryani". They said, "Nothing doing. Not this one. This is ours". So I had to go get something else and send it somewhere else - for biryani somewhere else. The things is; See how thoughtful God teaches it. He says, "Four days you must keep it in your home, till all the children, the whole family loves it and then kill it - to show that if you would love a lamb that has been with your family for four days, how much more God loves his only begotten son - that He would send His son and make him die on the cross of Calvary and make him shed His every drop of blood to save you and redeem you - look at what God is willing to do for you. That is the teaching there. Look at the thing that happened there - they cut the lamb, shed the blood, smeared the doorpost, and get inside the house and eat the meat of the lamb - inside. If you ask them that day they probably never understood anything that they were doing. (Probably some of them are hearing my sermon today; for the first time they are understanding what happened there) They probably had no idea of what all these is all about. They had killed some lambs before as a sacrifice; because they knew that when you were to come before God you got to admit that you are a sinner and the soul that sinned shall die - so you killed a lamb, shed the blood and showed that you were a sinner and came through the blood. That is how much they understood. But this whole process of smearing the blood of the door, sitting inside, eating the meat with your shoes on, with your clothes on and with your stick ready; all ready to go. They don't understand what this is - what this depicts, they had no idea of.

But we are looking back from the New Testament days; from the days after Christ and His work on the cross - we look back on the Old Testament. Now we perfectly understand: That is why I read 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" We don't have to interpret that Passover is Christ or it depicts Christ - Paul does it for us. We just go take it from there. Paul says, "You remember the Passover there, Christ is our Passover. That lamb was their Passover. For us Christ is Passover for us. In other words, "Take a good look at Passover, you will understand what Christ is all about, what he has done and what that means to you today" So what does it mean? When the Passover was killed and the blood was smeared: The first thing that was given was protection. Protection from what? Every first-born is going to die in every house; man and animals is going to die, but in the Israeli house everyone is safe, as long as they are under the blood; they go behind the door of the blood-stained door of the house and stay inside - they are safe. This is protection; protection from what? Protection not only from death on that day; from the danger that was going to come to every house on that day; but protection in our sense (looking at it now) - protection from the Judgement of God that is going to come one day; where all those that not under the blood are going to enter into second death; that is a horrible thing, an eternity without God. We are going to be spared from that, we are safe from that - that is depicted there. But also it depicts the fact that the blood of Jesus marks us as very special people; that God even protects us from our present dangers of this life; it speaks of protection in this life. Because when those people came out of that house and travelled on their way to the Promised Land - never God allowed anybody to lay their hands on them; because it was not just until they were inside that house they were ok, even when they got out of the house and came out of the land -they were under the blood's protection; the blood remained as a wall round-about them. On that day they had to remain inside the house, but after that they left; but when they left, the blood stain, or the blood mark was upon them. They were marked to show that they were God's people - that they are special. Just like in all the plagues - they plagues never touched the Israelites. He never allowed any danger to even come near them; total protection. That is why; you remember Balaam comes and wants to curse them -the king has brought him to curse them, and he opens his mouth to curse them and he could hardly get his mouth to open; and when the words finally come out, blessingwords only coming out. He is not able to curse them. He says, "How can I curse what God has blessed". God takes control of his mouth itself, and makes him speak blessings over His people. Amazing story; because they are blood marked. No danger can come upon them. God protects them; God builds a wall of protection round-about them. Now I understand what the Pentecostals meant when they said: "Keep him under the blood Lord". See, when they said, "Let them be under the blood, under the cover of the blood" - "cover him with your blood", they would pray. Those days I understood very little you know. I said, "What kind of prayer is that - "Cover him under your blood". And then they would say, "I sprinkle the blood of Jesus" (I said, "What does that mean?") That is what it means. What they are saying is, "Lord, you redeemed us by your very blood, you shed every drop of blood for us, your precious blood; sinless, holy blood was shed because you considered us precious, you shed your precious blood, gave your life. You are not going to leave us, are you? When we are in trouble you are going to protect us, you are going to shield us, you are going to guard us, you are going to raise a wall around about us; protect us from all the evil and the danger and all the works of the enemy - we count on your protection because the day that we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord, and confessed him as our Lord and thereby took that blood and smeared it on the door posts of our heart - we became (just like the people of Israel), a protected people; a blood-marked people whom God protects. That is the meaning of that; that's is protection.

Secondly; there is deliverance (the second is, Deliverance). Nowdeliverance is not an ordinary thing -consider this people; 430 years, horrible years; how long can you put up with trouble like that? How long can you live under slavery? One generation after the other, they are living under slavery - totally demoralized, completely exploited. Considered like dirt; treated like nothing. One generation after the other, they live under the agony of this slavery, and want and need, and fear and terror. You ask those people what deliverance means to them. Even today the Jewish people when they sing, they sing about that deliverance - they sing about how God delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians and pharaoh and set them free. That deliverance is the biggest thing that they have experienced. What happened in the deliverance? See pharaoh was mighty number one world power in those days; no other king could come and deliver these people in those days. These people are not powerful; they are weak people - they are just shepherds, they don't fight wars. So pharaoh completely took advantage of the situation; he was powerful, he was arrogant, he was proud; he was challenging God; he was defying God - he was the picture of the devil and what the devil is. He exercised all of his powers to keep them in place; not one could escape from there. That's how he kept everything under control. If you asked the people of Israel, they would have said, "No, no we can never come out of here. It is not easy". All around there would be military, there would be people - they will catch us, they will bring us back.And the punishment will be great; we can't escape. Nobody can deliver us. No deliverance is possible - nothing. But on the day when the blood was shed and smeared on the door-post, when the angel of death came and there was death in every house; in pharaoh's house there was also death -pharaoh for the first time in his life; his arrogant, proud, God defying man - for the first time in his life, shaken to his boots. First time in his life, he felt like he is nothing. His backbone was broken, he was in fear on that day; he gave up this whole idea of how great he is and of that on that day. He was willing to let them go; he was pleading with them to go - go please, don't even stand here; please be gone from here, so that we can be free of you and all these problems. God in one night broke the backbone of the devil that night (pharaoh that night) and delivered the people of Israel from the bondage of Egypt - in one night this happened. The guy who held on for 430 years and nobody could come against him, and win a battle against him and deliver these people; 430 years he ruled over them and dominated them; in one night God broke his backbone completely. Just made him lose all the confidence in himself and completely brought him to his knees; where he would say, "Please go".

Ever since Adam sinned, the devil has had the human race under his thumb; he has enslaved every single human being - in 1 John Chapter 5:19 says (one remarkable verse - you must know this verse), 1 John 5:19 says, "The whole world lies in the tight grip"(one translation says) -"tight grip" means a grip which will not let go - in the tight grip of the wicked one; meaning the devil - the whole world - every single human being born in this world is born in sin; therefore a slave of Satan; for how many centuries, how many hundreds of years the devil has held the human race under bondage. And I tell you on that day when Jesus died on the cross, shedding the last drop of his blood, and then we heard the Good News of the gospel preached, and we believed that Jesus shed his blood for us; that finally we can be free; that we can be delivered - that this devil that has held us under his control; under his tight grip can never again do that anymore, that his backbone is broken; we believe that and we were set free that day. The moment we put our faith in the shed blood of Jesus and confessed him as Lord; that day - anybody who has put their faith in Jesus has been set free from the power of this alien power called sin and this power called Satan; sin and Satan, we are set free from - that was 430 years, this is ever since Adam, we have been set free from. The devil has been defeated. The bible says, "He triumphed over the forces of hell. Triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary (Colossian 2:15 says) - "He triumphed over them through the cross of Calvary" - that is what the cross means; that is what the shed blood means for every believer; broke the backbone of Satan, made him paralyzed; paralyzed the powers of hell. And rose up victoriously as a man for all men to deliver us. That's deliverance.

Now I believe I am delivered. I don't have to go to deliverance meeting to be delivered. We don't need deliverance meetings; weneed deliverance preaching. We need to preach more about the deliverance that the cross of Jesus Christ has brought to us. The deliverance that has been obtained for us on the cross of Calvary through the shed blood of Jesus. Whatever happened to the people of Israel that night when the blood was smeared on their door; they were safe, protected - the next thing that happened was they came out and they walked free; no pharaoh to stop them, none of the army to stop them. They walked away free - they were delivered. And pharaoh later on changed his mind again. He pursed them to the Red Sea - wanting to go and catch them again (it doesn't take him very long to harden his mind again; he is the true picture of the devil). He comes pursuing them with his army - chasing them. What happens? These are blood-bought people. God opens the Red Sea for them, makes them walk through it; and when they try to walk through it the sea comes together and completely drowns them in it. The devil is defeated -every attempt, every effort of the devil to come and exercise his power over his people is over - he cannot do it anymore. So they come on the other side, and they sing the song Miriam and all the people of Israel, sang the song about how - (I forget the song that we used to sing, about Exodus 15) - it's about how God drowned the Egyptians and the army on their horses and their chariots in the sea; they sang and celebrated that event, from then on they kept celebrating that event because it is a great deliverance. God said to them, "The enemy that you see now, you will never see again". Totally delivered; and I tell you that is a picture of our deliverance. Devil's dominion over our lives began when Adam sinned; and everyone is born under sin and therefore dominated by the devil,slave of the devil, but when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, devil's dominion ends. So when I say there is victory in the blood of Jesus, you know what I mean - I mean the devil has no power over me anymore. I am free from his power; he cannot exercise dominion - God has broken his backbone; he can do nothing to me. I am not a Christian who is going to talk about hex and spell, and witchcraft and all that business; that is the problem. See in the Pentecostal service, I learnt a lot of good things - about the blood of Jesus. But sometimes the very same people will turn around; they will talk about, "Brother please pray, somebody has taken dirt from under my feet. They are doing something against me, and they have a preacher searching for a little a piece of something all over their house." They are all the time saying, "Victory by the blood of Jesus" but they are searching for that little piece. If there is victory in the blood of Jesus, why are you worried about that little metal piece that is somewhere there. See the two doesn't go together. What I am saying is I believe there is victory in the blood of Jesus, please understand what kind of victory.

The dominion of Satan began the day I was born; the day I was conceived, I was conceived in sin. The devil's dominion began there. When did the devil's dominion end? When I put my faith in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross; that day the devil's dominion over my life is broken. He is never to have dominion again. He can shout and scream; and act up and all that - he can come and chase, but he will be drowned, he will never make it; because the victory is mine. You got to stand like that, you see. So none of that stuff here in this church. Come to my house, search for that metal piece; you don't have time for all that. You come here and we will preach about how you were delivered. How Jesus shed his blood; how he broke the back of Satan; how Satan has no power over you anymore. That he is nothing, that you are something; that you are more than a conqueror and he is totally defeated and he has no power. That is the essence of our preaching concerning the cross. So… deliverance.

The third thing is very interesting; the third thing is (see every time we take communion, you need to remember that. You are celebrating that deliverance. When you take the cup and drink out of it, you think about the blood of Jesus; what do you say about the blood of Jesus?) That's that day, when I put my faith in the shed blood of the cross that is the day devil's dominion in my life ended. The devil is nothing to me, I have nothing to do with him - he has no power over me. (Just remember that as you take it).

Alright, third thing, the blood provided the promise of a new day, and a new life, and a new future God-provided future - new day, new life, new future; whichever way you want to call it. I like the brand new future idea. All these passed away; all things have come new - 430 years. Some of those people - all of those people that lived, they have been several generation slaves. They knew nothing other than slavery and poverty, and rolling in that fear and terror every day. They know no other kind of life, they have never seen the light of day; there was no chance. If you ask them, "Is there any hope that you will ever get out of here?"They will say, "No, it has been more than 400 years, more than 400 years, we never got out, I don't think we will ever get out. Not with this pharaoh in place. Nobody can get out, nobody can deliver us from his hands, no future for us, no bright morning for us. We don't see any light down the road. It's all darkness, no hope. Oh, how they would have longed for some hope of a better day, of a new future so that all these old things, the failures, their slavery - all their poverty; all that can be ended and that they can begin anew; that is exactly what happened. When the lamb was killed and the blood was shed and it was smeared on the door post. All they had to do was just wait; and when God said they just left on that same day; they came out, they were free, they were protected, thenthey were delivered. Now they walk free; they have a new hope, new bright new day and the have a brand new future; they are going to the Promised Land, everything is going to be well for them. They never thought in their life that this will ever happen to them, but it happened. That is exactly what the Christian life is all about.

Well there is a lot of people that say, "Well, will I ever see the light of day? Will I ever see new hope? Will I ever see better things? - I have seen only failure, I have seen only oppression, I have seen only fear, I have seen terror - I have seen only this kind of life filled with darkness. I have always wanted a new future, a brand new future; I wanted a time that I could forget the old, and be rid of the old,the memory of old, and enjoy everything that is good. Is it that ever possible? Some people have come to a conclusion; it is never possible, my whole life is ruined, I have no future, no bright things ever to happen anymore, it's all ruined - for whatever reason. I talked to one person one time; the husband divorced her; she said, "No future. How can I have a better life now? No use of talking a better tomorrow, better life. No use talking about joy, peace.And (she was) a Christian; no use talking about happiness, joy, peace. I said, where does the bible say, that "Joy and peace comes through your husband" - joy and peace comes through the Lord; when you have Jesus as your Lord you have joy and peace. Amen

New future, new life comes with the Lord Jesus Christ - no matter what has happened. No matter what failure you have gone through. No matter how much you have messed up your life already. No matter how bleak it has been in the past. God will bless your future so much; He will give you a brand new future, a Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey; a large and vast land that you would have no time to think about the past. Not even enough time to enjoy the present, how will you think about the past. In Ecclesiastes 5, the last verse you read; it says exactly that. That God's blessings when it's upon a person, he will have no time to remember the past. He will only have time to enjoy the present; the present will become so beautiful and so wonderful; your new future will become so wonderful, your new life will become so wonderful; the past is forgotten; you will have no time to think about it - you will soon forget it. Amen.

If any man being in Christ, is a new creature, old things have passed away; all things have become new. If you asked the Israelites that came out of Egypt that day, they didn't have 2 Corinthians 5:17 They would have appreciated Paul's words; and Paul having all these things in mind, that is why he says, "If any man being in Christ he is a new creature; old things have passed away. All things have become new" Paul knew what he is talking about; he says, "hey, all the old Egypt is gone, pharaoh is gone, all the slavery is gone, all that poverty is gone, all that suffering is gone - all those things are gone. The blessedness has come in" - that is what the Christian life is; we have become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

So no matter where you are at, and how bleak your circumstances are, I am saying to you, "Look at the cross of Jesus, the blood - every drop of Jesus' blood was shed, to redeem you, giving you a new life, a new future; a future like you have never imagined in your wildest dreams. It is possible, put your faith in that blood; in that forgiving flow - it is a fountain that flows always - that is ready to wash you clean and make you whole. It doesn't matter what wrong you have done and how wrong you have been or others have been; everything can be made right by the power of blood Jesus. What is the power of the blood of Jesus? It can make you forget the past; it can make up more than enough for all that is lost and lead you to your new future - that is the power of blood of Jesus.

Then finally; when they shed the blood and applied it on the door post - you know what they would saying? It was a testimony that there was a place of safety for anybody who wanted to come in from outside of the circle of death. See the Egyptians were under a judgement of death; death is going to come, for sure - firstborns are going to die in their homes, but God has revealed a way to be free from it. These Israelites knew the way. They shed the blood and they put it on their door post, they are going to go and sit in them. And people, neighbours might have asked, "What are you doing? And they must have said, "You know what is going to happen tonight? The firstborns are going to die." You think they wouldn't have believed? They saw nine plagues already; some smart Egyptians would have been there. And I can bet on it that every Israel home would probably have been packed with people, trying to get in there; because as long as they get inside that door, they are safe. A lot of people trying to get in there; because the people of Israel left Egypt, the bible says, there are a lot of people who were not Israelites that left with them. It's talking about how to treat your alien that is among you, in the bible. When they left; there was a crowd with them from Egypt that was probably Egyptian or other race that believed in the God of Israel, seeing the nine plagues and believed in the 10th plague, and got into these houses of the Israelites and saved themselves from the death that was coming, and left with them when they left.

Now what does this tell us? It tells us that we as we live in the world, our homes, our families must shine before this world in such a way- we don't have a blood mark on our door; I am not asking you to hang something there, I am not trying to tie a red ribbon or something like that there saying, "I am a Christian". Something like that. No. I am saying just by the way that we are; by the way we live out the promises of God and the blessings of God in our lives. Everybody around should know that these are different kind of people - they are different from the others in the world, they are the people that belong to God. They must desire our peace, our joy, our happiness, our victory, our success; they need to see us, go through our troubles and problems in this life, and see us go through all these things and still have peace that surpasses all understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory. And enjoy a peace that the world cannot take away. They need to see us in victory; they need to see us walking in confidence with faith; they need to see the joy and the happiness that we have as families living in this world, in the troubled world. They need to see; just imagine how the Israelihomes would have looked that day. And how the Egyptian homes would have looked; the Egyptian homes would have been lamenting in fear, people troubled, confused, don't know what to do. But the Israelites killed a lamb, shed the blood, put it on the door post, sitting very quietly; eating a good lamb something inside their house, getting ready to go for the first time free; and be free for the rest of their lives. That is the way you and I are in this world - we have a totally different posture. The way we are; the way we carry ourselves and live ourselves, is a testimony to this world. Just like the blood on the door, it's a testimony to the world: "Hey this is a very special house. You want to make it through life, you better get in there with them; you follow their God, you believe in their Jesus. You believe and follow him; there is life in it, there is joy in it, there is peace in it, there is victory in it. It is like a testimony before the whole world that this house is special house, that this family is special, that this life is special because we are children of God.

See we never caught a glimpse of these things from the Passover. What we thought was how to tell others. One fellow told me (when I first started out), He said, "Brother what you need is how to get a big horn. Four horns you need; one this way - put it at the gate; and another this way, and another facing these two directions; blast it brother let your message go throughout Purasawalkam - nobody should be able to sit in their house, they should hear this wonderful things that you are preaching. I said, "Nothing doing. They want to sleep, they want to do things, I don't want to trouble anybody". Then how will you tell them? "Well don't worry about this, I am telling the 5 or 10 people that are here about this life in Christ. And when I get these 5 or 10 people looking good, 100 will come, and when the 100 will be seen, 1000 will come". See that is how it happens - see a lot of people think; see there are a lot of people out their talking about how we are changing everybody and so on that somehow we are able to reach people and change them; I wish I could; because I would have changed the whole world. The truth is I couldn't even change myself - how can I change you, I cannot change anybody. But some of these people talk about how we are changing people. We are not changing anybody - I have never in my life changed even one person; I am just a preacher. I am just preaching about the Christ, the cross, the blood of Jesus that was shed, the power that is in the blood. The power is not in me; the power is in the blood - the power to preach only is in me. The power in the blood is different - the power is in the blood. And I preach about that; I don't change anybody. People say this: "Oh they are changing everybody". You know if we can change anybody that would have been something; every woman would have changed a drunkard husband already, if we can change people that quickly. Every man would have changed his wife who was giving him trouble. Every mother-in-law would have been changed, every boss would have been changed. The way they talk about how we are changing people, we are telling this and that - if that is possible then my God, anybody would be changed just like that. We can't change anybody; the only thing we can do is to preach - and we preach Christ and the cross, and the shed blood of Jesus. And when we preach Christ, people put their trust, because like I said, a lot of people are sitting there are thinking; "Can I have a new life, is there hope - I don't see any light ahead, I see only darkness, my life is gloomy - some people have told me 30years I have been like this, 40 years I have been like this. Is anything going to happen to me? Something better going to happen to me?" And what we do in preaching is tell them is that is the truth, "This is the truth; these people have not seen the light of the day 430 years, but in one day everything was changed; because of the blood. And I tell you, the blood of Jesus is much more powerful than the blood of that lamb that was shed on that Passover day. Just one second, everything can change; if you learn to put your faith and trust in Jesus, and his shed blood; just like that, life can change; light can come into your house, into your family, into your life; and a new day can dawn in your life. We tell them and some people believe it and they taste it, and you can't tell them it's a lie. I have never gone to anyone and said, "You come please" No, no, they tasted it.

I know one officer who sent his driver here to drop someone; his family had come, so he said, "Go drop them in church and stay there, and bring them with you back home" So he came and he was sitting there in the parking and these people came and sat in the church. And he was hearing some singing, so he thought well that sounds nice, let's go see. But once you come in things are different; don't know what is going to happen. So he came in and he completely became a believer. And few months later I went to that officer's house for something, and he said, "What did you do to this guy?" He himself is not a believer. He said, "What did you do to this guy? I sent him there to your church to bring some of my relatives, now he is going around with his bible, telling everybody about Jesus. What happened to him?" I don't even know who your driver is. I have never seen him, I have never talked to him. "Then what happened?" he said. "I don't know. You ask him". And then I went into another house to visit somebody: and 2/3 families living around in the same street, they all came because I had come there, and they all come to church -they all came and gathered in that house and I was sitting and talking to them. And I said, "How did you all come to church?" They said in the next lane there is a driver, he said he by accident came to your place, and his life was changed. And he came and told us why you are like this; you come and I will take you to a good place where your life can change. That's how we came. I didn't know - I went there for some other reason. I think for some other function or something, and these people were saying that this man had told like that. And he still going around with his bible. I didn't give him a bible; I just preached from here. You mean to tell me what he has experienced is something false; no, there is something real. I had done nothing to him. But something has happened to him, because Christ has changed him.

So what do you do my friend; I have told you four things - Protection, Deliverance, a new brand new future, God-given future. And a life that you live as a testimony before this world of the saving power of the blood of Jesus; so that all others want to come and get into your house, so that they can be safe from the power of the enemy and the devil and be saved (these four things). What do you do with that? See, this is why the pleading the blood idea is very important. You need it to in the times of danger and trouble and so on, the first thing that must come out of your heart (if your heart is filled with this truth) - is the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. You must say, "Victory in the blood of Jesus Christ". When you face trouble, when you face distress, when you face an attack of the enemy, when you face a physical attack; when you face all of these things; the first thing that must come is the name of Jesus, is the truth about the blood of Jesus - if your heart is full, it must come out. Amen.

Some years ago I was admitted in the hospital, quite had a fever; and they took me there and my blood pressure dropped, (they said to 40), so they told my son who had taken me there - took his signature and everything. And they said, "We can't do anything, if it drops any further, he could be dead". I didn't know I was in the hospital even. They took me from the house, I was alright, I was just having a little fever; got up and I felt a little uncomfortable. I told my son, and he took me to the hospital - but I sat in the car, I never remembered anything else again. They put me in the hospital, and I was laying there; and four or five doctors standing there, trying to revive me. You know I was totally unconscious. All of a sudden I opened my eyes, I realized that I was in a hospital, and I saw a thing; and this four or five doctors standing there; I realized I was in a hospital. And I knew I was in danger, and I saw my son looking through that curtain there; they had kept all of them out, and some of the staff from the church. And I looked and I knew I was in danger. The first thing that came out from me is: In the name of Jesus (I just shouted out). "In Jesus name", I said. And the doctors were so happy I was saying something finally. And one doctor said, "Come on, that's right". He got in right there with me. After that, no turning back, I got up from there. In a few days I was out. God saved me.

It's what is in your heart that will come out, in the most dangerous times of your life. So get this truth about the blood of Jesus in your heart; meditate on what happened on the cross of Calvary; meditate on the Passover - what happened there; meditate how it was the blood that was shed to you; and what happened to them is something that is real and can happen to you - their protection, their deliverance, their brand new life that they had started. It's possible for you. The blood can make your home a very special place; a blessed place that all others will find that enviable; believe that, confess that with your mouth; plead the blood, speak about the blood of Jesus. Sprinkle the blood of Jesus, every day, all the time. Whenever you feel the need, speak about it, confess it and you will see the power of the blood in your life. Amen.

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