Friends, we have entered the season of Jewish spring feasts, as Passover week (including the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruits) began Monday evening. (See a 2017 calendar of Jewish holy days.) In all, there are 7 major feasts that the Lord commanded in Leviticus and elsewhere: 3 in the spring, 1 in late-spring/early-summer, and 3 in the fall. Jews around the world still commemorate those feasts, looking back to their escape from Egyptian bondage.
Christians, however, understand that those feasts, instituted by God, reveal His Son, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), for indeed Jesus is the fulfillment of every Jewish feast!
Then, if Jesus fulfilled the feasts, should Christians celebrate them? The answer is: celebrate if you wish, but not out of obligation! There are incredibly rich lessons to learn in celebrating the Jewish feasts, but Christians must not be overcome by “obligation” or legalism in observing the feasts.
Malcolm Hedding from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem identifies 5 “renewal principles” in celebrating the feasts, and tells us why Christians can find joy in doing so. Take a moment to read Days of Celebration.
If you are new to the idea of Jewish feasts, or simply don’t know what they are all about, but wish to learn, here is an overview of the 7 feasts. Perhaps this year your celebration is simply learning more about them!
Chag Pesach Sameach! (Happy Passover Festival)