Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:6–8): “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (Jn. 6:35). Jesus was free of sin and a living sacrifice, suitable before the Lord to be pierced for our transgressions.
Application: Jesus is the unleavened bread. As His disciples, we are to be free of sin and flee from it. When we fall into sin because of our fallen nature, we have the blood of Jesus to cleanse us, if we repent and confess our sins to Him (1 Jn. 1:8–10). We are to eat unleavened bread as His body at communion: “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:6b–8).
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Feast of Firstfruits (Lev. 23:10): “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). In the Father’s eyes, Jesus is the first among His brothers and sisters (which is His Church, saved and adopted by His blood) to be resurrected into life. Those who believe in Him will be resurrected with Him (1 Cor. 15:51–52).
Application: We need to put Jesus and serving God first in our lives. All other preoccupations should come next; otherwise, they will take the place of God and become our idols.
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Passover (Lev. 23:5): “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29) Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God, whose blood is holy and powerful enough to redeem us from the power of sin and satan.
Application: Jesus’ blood was spilled for the forgiveness of our sins, removing our curses, healing our bodies, and rebirthing our dead spirits (born-again experience). We are to drink wine, which symbolizes His blood, to remember His suffering and what He has done for us. We no longer need to bring animal sacrifices to wash away our sins. Instead, when we repent, His blood washes away our sins.
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“We need to pay attention to the Lord’s feasts and even celebrate them in the light of the New Testament, for they signify events that are directly related to us. These seven feasts are represented as the seven lamp lampstand: “. . . there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left” (Zech. 4:2b–4).
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I want to wish everyone a happy New Year and God’s blessings! Regardless of our age, God is blessing us with one more year in our lives to be with our loved ones and a chance to bring more fruit for His Kingdom.
The Apostle Paul, has said the following: “I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:26-27). Christians should live a focused life and be goal oriented in their deeds and thoughts. Peter tells us to “gird up the loins of your mind” (1 Peter 1:13). That is a suggestion to not slack off.
The proverb about the talents illustrates Jesus’ stand towards lazy Christianity. We need to be actively working on our spiritual growth. We also need to be engaged in the use of our God given talents for His glory. Our talents can be our families and children. What is your situation in this area? How much do you fast, pray and read the Bible? Do you have any plans to make changes in those areas in the New Year?
I encourage you to bring much fruit for the Lord and people around you in this coming year! May all your resolutions be accomplished! I leave you with this following verse to ponder on: “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).
A Prayer for a New Year: “Dear God, please work in me both to will and to do things for Your good pleasure. Help me to do all things without complaining and disputing. Thank you.” (Prayer based on Philippians 2:13-14)
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Relationships and You
Have you been having difficulties with your relationships? One of the famous characters of the Bible, Jacob was not by any means an exception. He had to return to his homeland after working many years for Laban. While his brother, Esau, was coming to meet him with 400 men, Jacob used his wisdom to ease the tension of this strenuous relationship by being humble and sending Esau expensive gifts. Jacob then bowed to the ground seven times while approaching his brother and humbly calling himself a servant.
Perhaps, we should rethink our ways and approaches in our relationships. Humbleness and the right words can do wonders. Jesus concept of turning the other cheek is nothing more than a proposal of a warless way to handle situations around us. Perhaps, next time we feel like going on strike and prove our rights, we should restrain ourselves with the perfection of our heavenly Father, for He sends rain and sun to both the just and the unjust.
Read: Genesis 32, 33 & Matthew 5:38-48