You might be asking, “What do the ancient feasts of the Lord have to say to us?” “Why would we even think of celebrating them?” “Are we supposed to celebrate them?” “Did Jesus celebrate them?” “What do they mean, if anything at all?” …All very good questions that I have been asked since 2002 when I first began to learn about them. What relevance could these feasts from thousands of years ago possibly have today?
Each and every feast is a picture of something Jesus did during His time on earth or is going to do. When we look at the feast of Passover, we see that Christ is perfectly pictured in the symbolism of the lamb that was sacrificed for the sins of the people. The lamb had to be chosen from a specific field in Bethlehem. It had to be perfect…without spot or blemish. It was carried into Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate in the days leading up to Passover. It was to be inspected carefully before being the sacrifice for their sins. During the times of the Temple, Passover would begin at 9 AM and close at 3 PM after which, no more lambs could be sacrificed. It was then at 3 PM that a trumpet blast went out over Jerusalem to let people know that Passover had come to an end.
When we look at the life of Christ and the parallels between this perfect lamb, we see so many similarities. Christ was born in Bethlehem. He was perfect…sinless—without spot or blemish. He was carried through the Eastern Gate into Jerusalem on a donkey days before Passover (what we would call Palm Sunday). He was “inspected” by Herod and Pilate and found to not be guilty. He hung on the cross from 9 AM until he cried out, “It is finished!” at 3 PM when He died for our sins. No more lambs ever needed to be sacrificed for the forgiveness of sins. Christ paid the price for once and for all. There are so many more symbolic things and other parallels about the lamb that I can’t even begin to cover them all here.
I could also spend hours going further into detail about all the other parallels found within each of the seven the Feasts of the Lord—Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles. The symbolism found within each of these feasts is remarkable! Celebrating the Feasts of the Lord reminds us of what God has done for us through his Son and similarly, what He is going to do. I hope you’ll grab a copy of the “God’s Holy Days” DVD or the “Understanding Jesus” book to learn much more than could ever be shared here. The DVD covers the Feasts in great detail and the book covers the Feasts as well as many well-known and often misunderstood sayings at the time of Jesus.