The focus of the Feast
Written by Bill Bradford
The focus of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread is a time to learn more of God's plan and the process which brings us closer to our God given goal. The message God sent Jesus to bring was the message of the soon coming Kingdom of God to this earth, and with it, the promise of entry into that Kingdom as a child born of God. All of God's Holy Feastivals have to do primarily with that message of Christ.
The Kingdom of God has always existed. God's annual Feasts described in Leviticus 23 tell of the plan He embarked on before anything was created - to bring others into his family. His family will be of His kind, the God kind, and the object of God creating everything, including the angels, was to bring "many sons to glory".
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Heb. 2:10).
God sent this message through Jesus Christ. God also sent Him to come to this earth to die for our sins – the starting point of achieving this most wonderful objective.
The Passover represents this beginning - the beginning of our journey toward the Kingdom of God - by releasing us from the power of the devil and sin. The Feast of Unleavened Bread of seven days pictures the process of leaving sin and this world behind and growing in God's mind though Jesus Christ. Eating unleavened bread for seven days represents coming out of sin and coming out of this world by being sustained by the very mind of Christ residing within us through the Holy Spirit.
God's message to Ancient Israel was clear - move toward the promised land under the leadership and provision of the Rock, who is Christ. The message to us is also clear. Keep moving each day, week, month and year, inevitably toward the time when we are welcomed into the Kingdom of God through a resurrection of the dead when Jesus Christ returns the second time. Jesus Christ brought this message 2000 years ago. He died and was raised so that we would believe that message. He lives now to do his workmanship in us. He is the author and finisher of our faith and if we yield our will to His, He will defeat sin in us. During the Feast of Unleavened Bread we are to eat plenty of unleavened bread and live by the bread of life - Jesus Christ every day of our lives (Gal 2:20).
Easter The Rest of the Story
Many believing Christians celebrate Easter as a way to honour Jesus Christ's resurrection. But Easter is a day with very different roots—stretching long ago into pre-Christian paganism. The Bible alone has the truth of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, and it shows a different set of celebrations—the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread—that give us the real story that Easter doesn't tell us.
THE GOOD NEWS Magazine Jesus Christ in the Biblical Festivals September-October 2014
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