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Why celebrate?

Easter is coming which also means that this week is Passover week. I love celebrating the Old Testament feasts as part of my inheritance as a child of God! There is great joy and even revelation when commemorating such celebrations because we are also celebrating their fulfillment through Jesus.

Passover was instituted as a remembrance for the children of Israel of their miraculous rescue from Egypt. But it is a powerful example of fulfilled prophecy and foreshadows Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It is no coincidence that Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection took place during Passover.

 Mark 14: 1 – It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest Him by stealth and kill Him. (ESV)

Mark 14: 16 – And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover. (ESV)

God makes such intricate and amazing connections in His Word. Nothing happens by chance!  Did you know that John the Baptist prophetically called Jesus the “Lamb of God” long before His crucifixion took place? This was long before anyone made that connection!

John 1: 29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Passover is the celebration of God’s love and power in delivering His people out of the hand of their enemy. Yet every aspect pointed to Jesus! He is our sacrificial lamb and the early church would have understood this and celebrated it with renewed understanding! Some people erroneously think the early church discarded all their old customs because they were no longer necessary, but in fact, they embraced them even more because they understood the significance and the fulfilment!

That is just one reason why celebrating Passover (and other Biblical celebrations) is so exciting! We begin to see and understand more and more how intricately God has woven everything together!

If you’d like to know more, why not join me in my devotional series DIVINE APPOINTMENTS: Daily Devotionals Based on God’s Calendar. Each “season” includes aspects of the Old Testament celebrations as well as notes on each month of the Jewish year which corresponds to one of the twelve tribes. There is no much to discover! As Christians, this knowledge is part of your inheritance as a child of God because you have been grafted in!

Romans 11: 17 – 18 – But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.


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