by Donna Nabors
So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard. Matthew 27:66 NKJV
My driver’s license is due to renew this year, 2021, but I received a notice at the end of 2019 that I needed to have it renewed early.
There is a new Federal ID Act requiring a gold star which makes your license compliant for federal identification purposes, like flying. The last time I flew was in 2019, and the year 2020 didn’t turn out to be conducive to either getting a new one or flying. The decision I must now make is: do I wait until my license expires this summer or do it now? Do I need that gold seal of approval for federal identification?
Many documents require seals: birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates. The seal marks the document as official. When Jesus died on the cross, the chief priests and Pharisees were aware of His claim to rise again after three days. They didn’t believe Him, but to prevent rumors, they asked Pilate to secure the tomb, so no one could steal the body. Pilate provided a guard and told them to make it as secure as they knew how.
Matthew says they sealed the stone and set the guard. The chief priest most likely had his seal of authority set on the stone. He was declaring Jesus officially dead. Who would dare to question the authority it represented?
The same thing happened when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. They laid a stone over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet. God sent angels to save Daniel within a den marked with a man’s seal.
On Resurrection Sunday, God again sent angels to make null and void a man’s seal declaring Jesus dead. The angels rolled the stone away from the tomb where Jesus lay, and He walked out.
It’s in this nullified seal of man that Christ’s resurrection gives us our seal. To seal is to set a mark on something. When we are sealed, God sets His mark on us with the Holy Spirit. The authority of man, even a chief priest or a king, can be broken; but the authority of God cannot.
Ephesians 1:13 (NKJV) says we are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
Ephesians 4:30 (NKJV) says we are “sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Ranchers brand their cattle to mark those that belong to them, and God marks us, seals us, showing we belong to Him. We are sealed unto the day of redemption. Our redemption will be our resurrection when Jesus breaks man’s seal of death for good.
Don’t wait until your life’s expiration date. Be sure you are trusting in Christ and His resurrection for the Holy Spirit’s seal now.
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About the author: Donna Nabors is a wife, mom, grandma, and follower of Christ focused on filling her spiritual jewelry box. Through disappointments in life, she shares that the treasures from God’s Word are where we find the strength to stand. Donna lives in Texas, and her hobbies include antique shopping and organizing. She often jokes that her life is in an Excel spreadsheet. You can find more about Donna at donnanabors.com.
Donna’s book: Pearls: 5 Essentials for a Richer Prayer Life, outlines five elements that can lead to a richer prayer life. It focuses on how Jesus’ words, “It is better to give than to receive,” relate to prayer. Pearls demonstrates how giving to God through prayer draws you into a closer relationship with Him.
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