Dear friends, Christians from around the world have gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles! What a great time of rejoicing they are having.
Zechariah 14:16 tells us that there will come a time when all nations will go up to Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Those fortunate enough to be in Jerusalem this week have simply beat the rest of us to the occasion! Blessings to them!
Understand, however, that these are Christians celebrating a festival that God commissioned for His people, the Jews, in Leviticus 23:33-43. They were to wave an offering before the Lord in rejoicing of the harvest (similar to our Thanksgiving in America), but they also celebrated the fact (and still do today!) that God brought them out of Egyptian bondage. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, where God met with them in the tabernacle! They were redeemed from slavery, and today we are redeemed from slavery to sin because God has “tabernacled” among us!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. …And the Word became flesh, and dwelt [tabernacled] among us.
~John 1:1-2, 14
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives [tabernacles] in me.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple [tabernacle] of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God.
~1 Corinthians 6:19
Yes, as believers we celebrate the feast a bit differently than our Jewish friends. However, we can never lose sight of the fact that Christianity is rooted in Judaism. Be reminded that the writers of the Word of God were Jewish, the disciples were Jewish, and even Jesus Himself was Jewish!
During the feast celebration hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, there is always a parade of nations, and that took place on Tuesday night. I invite you to watch the parade of nations and be amazed at what countries are represented in Jerusalem this week. Also, the message given by Executive Director, Jurgen Buhler, is a well-timed message to the church. Watch it in increments if you’d like, but I encourage you to join the festivities through the wonders of internet! Enjoy!