John 13:1 -
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
You may wonder why for a scripture like John 13:1 I gave a title like 'Celebrate Him'.
There are some things which great theologians and biblical historians ignored, which has caused many confusions and (wrong statutes) traditions to be followed by Christians.
Again and again many scripture in the Gospels Jesus Himself speaks about Moses writing all about Him and He fulfilled everything that Moses wrote.
In today's scripture we see Jesus knew He was the Passover Lamb and it was time for Him to be a sacrifice for the people to pass over from mercy to grace, from the later rain to the former rain (before sin, man did not need rain for the plants received water from the ground).
Every part of the Pascal sacrifice was fulfilled in Jesus. He was arrested and kept under observation for 5 days, killed the night before the Passover (the special/high Sabbath John 19:31 - this was not the weekly Sabbath and was on a Friday therefore Jesus died on a Thursday). But in the name of tradition lies covers the eyes of the people and deceives them from following statutes and coming to truly know the Passover Lamb - Jesus Christ.
The feast of the Unleavened Bread was what Jesus celebrated as the Last Super [there was no lamb at the table which was a must for the main Passover) which was 7 days before the Passover and that too has been corrupted in the name of traditions. Since people do not understand this, we have Christians using wafer and leaven bread and breaking them as the Body of Christ broken for us, again corrupting statutes in the name of tradition.
Every sacrifice written in the book of Moses concerning the healing of man was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Even if one had not been fulfilled there would have been no hope for us.
God was not fool to give such details in the book of Moses to be celebrated as statutes for the Passover or any festival or the design of the Tabernacle and Ark. Every detail lets us know more of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
Like the Passover also the other festivals were all about Jesus Christ (His resurrection, receiving of His Spirit and even His birthday all were celebrated in the book of Moses) and when we understand them will we know the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord instructed not to keep His statutes but instructed to follow His statues and keep His Commandments. When we follow we do have authority or control to twist turn or modify anything, we just need to follow as instructed.
So let us as Christians not celebrate any traditional festival but let us celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ and by it know Him more and more.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, the deceiver has blinded the eyes of your people with traditions, preventing them from knowing You. These traditions have made them feel they are following You but in reality they are following vanity. Although the Israelites left Egypt but the gods and understandings of Egypt did not leave them but pursued them through the wilderness. Lord we pray your people forsake the traditions of man and follow your statutes, keep your Word thus come to know You and have authority over the carnal nature of Adam...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Luke 24:27 - And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:44 - And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
John 1:45 - Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
John 3:14 - And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John 5:46 - For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
John 19:31 - The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Genesis 2:5 - And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Matthew 26:17 - Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.
6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.
13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.
14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
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