Celebrate The LORD
I. THE BLOOD OF THE PASSOVER LAMB IS A PICTURE OF THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS (vv. 1–5; Exodus 12:1-14).
* + By the pronouncement of God’s Word from His messenger Moses the wrath of God was going to fall on the firstborn of every home.
* + This shows us that all are guilty of sin and need the blood of a sacrifice.
* + For the Passover it was the blood of the lamb which provided propitiation for the believing home.
* + Jesus is the PASSOVER LAMB of God and when God the Father sees the blood of His Son Jesus He sees our sins cleansed, washed away, forgiven, and us forever in His presence.
Matthew 26:28; Luke 22:20; John 6:56
II. THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD GIVES US THE PICTURE OF THE SINLESSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST (vv. 6-8; Exodus 12:15-20).
* + This feast follows the day following Passover, and last for seven days; with the seventh day being a sabbath.
* + There are far too many who would place Jesus merely in the realm of humanity.
* + The sinlessness of Jesus Christ qualifies Him to be our sin-bearer, our Redeemer, our Substitute, our Savior.
2 Cor 5:21
III. THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS GIVES US THE PICTURE OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST (vv. 9-14).
* + This is the offering feast of the harvest of the firstfruits of the wheat and the barley, and took place following the seventh day of the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
* + Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover, taking into account that the Jewish day began after the sun set.
* + We find “Firstfruits” mentioned in the New Testament by Paul the apostle writing to the church of Corinth;1 Corinthians 15:20, 23 (KJV)
IV. THE FEAST OF WEEKS [PENTECOST] IS THE PICTURE OF THE EVIDENCE OF THE LIVING LORD JESUS; HIS SPIRIT IN US (vv. 15-22).
* + Our God and Savior Jesus Christ conquered sin, death, hell and the grave and still lives, giving God the glory, and giving to all who will believe eternal life.
* + The celebration was to be counted seven sabbaths from the offering of the first fruits, or 49 days; with celebration of day 50.
* + Jesus ascended into heaven leaving this promise;
Acts 1:5, 8 (KJV)
* + Ten days following Jesus’s ascension into the heavenlies the Spirit of God came on all in the upper room (Acts 2).
* + The Holy Spirit is the power which changes the heart of a good man into the heart of a godly man.
Acts 9:1-22; 1 Cor. 12:13
Conclusion in Evening Worship –
V. THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS IS THE PICTURE OF CHRIST REGATHERING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL (vv. 23-25).
* + The Feast of Trumpets took place annually durin the month Tishri (September/October).
* + The prophets from Isaiah through Malachi ring with promises of the regathering of Israel as a nation.
* + Jesus will be the Regatherer of the children of Israel.
Matthew 24:31; Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:1-16; Ezekiel 43:1-6; 48:31-35; Malachi 4:4-6
VI. THE FEAST OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT GIVES US THE PICTURE OF JESUS’S SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH ON THE CROSS (vv. 26-32).
* + The day of atonement took place during the month Tishri (September/October).
* + Jesus, as the sinless, perfect, spotless, blemishless, Lamb of God went to the cross our sacrifice for sin, without sin, became our sin – thus the goat image – bore the wrath of Holy God upon sin, died as the penalty for our sin (Romans 6:23), was buried – thus the image of the scapegoat – carrying our sins, shame, and guilt and condemnation away.
* + Then, He arose bodily from the grave leaving all that sin, shame, guilt and condemnation cast far, far away (Psalm 103:12).
VII. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS A PICTURE OF THE REST AND REUNION WE HAVE IN JESUS CHRIST (vv. 33-44).
* + This feast also took place in the month of Tishri (September/October) on the fifteenth day would be the beginning.
* + It would seem that the whole month of Tishri is taken with celebration and worship of the LORD.
* + The life of the Christian should be a time of celebration/worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our God.
-Tim A. Blankenship