When I see the blood ...

'When I see the blood I will pass over you." ~ Exodus 12:13

God looked upon the blood and was reconciled.  Israel was safe.

God looked upon the blood of Christ and was reconciled.  You and I are safe.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about death, blood and salvation.  Just this morning my mother and I talked about two of her brothers who have passed away and them not knowing the Lord.

I've only walked with the Lord for 20 years.  I didn't grow up in a Christ-centered home.  Not even a religious home, really.  A good moral home, yes. In fact, my father instilled in me at a very early age that "Good girls didn't have sex outside of marriage or before they were married."

"A good girl," that's exactly how I wanted my father to see me.  Even up until he died, a week ago, I wanted him to see me as good.  It was good with a flare though.  I always told him that I wasn't perfect, that I was a sinner.

After I accepted Christ {through my now husband} immediately my boy friend and I began witnessing to my parents.  Neither were interested in hearing what we had to say.

My mother who knew Scripture verses very well would become offended when I told her she was separated from God and would proudly show her Bible knowledge by quoting Scripture.  My father would listen and then explain how the white man wrote the Bible to keep the Black man down—keep their slaves obedient.

I'm happy to report that he stopped believing that many years ago and both he and my mother came to know Christ as their Savior.

Though my father never attended church, he enjoyed listening to and watching Dr. Charles Stanley with In Touch Ministries.  One does not need church to accept Jesus into their life, though the Bible does tell us not to forsake the coming together with other believers to build up and encourage one another.  Attending church is not needed for salvation.

The blood is what is needed to be saved from eternal damnation— separation from God.  But any blood won't do.  It must be the blood from the unblemished lamb of God: Jesus Christ.

"The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."  This is what God told the Hebrews the night when He 'passed over' their homes.

By placing the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes their sons were safe.  The lamb had to be killed in order to get the blood that would protect them.  This is the foreshadowing of Jesus Christ.  The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Let me ask you this dear reader: "Does the blood of Jesus cover you?"

Does it cover you so that death will not befall you?

Does the blood of Jesus cover you so that when God sees it, He will pass over you?

Does it cover you so that death will have no victory over you?

Does it cover you so that to be absent with the body is to be present with the Lord?

Death has no sting, no victory for the child of the Living God.

My father accepted Christ, but he did not pray the sinners prayer with my husband or me.  Not that my husband and I didn't try.  We prayed for him and with him constantly.  In 2004 while driving on the highway his car stalled.  

After helping him with his physical need, an unknown stranger helped him with his spiritual depravity and witnessed to him.  It was then that my Daddy prayed the sinners prayer and asked God to come into his life.

I still remember getting his phone call and the excitement he felt when he said, "Guess what girl?  I got saved today." 

When God saw the blood of the lamb sprinkled over my Daddy, God knew that my father was one of His own.  

And I ... I ponder on this truth as I wander through my mind ... for the Christian: "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."  My father is with the Lord 'cause He—the Lord, saw the blood.

To see the tract that I used to witness to my parents please click here: Billy Graham Association, Steps to peace with God.

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