For the first time in almost fifty years I have experienced the Passover in isolation. Not, you’ll notice, alone, for we are never alone who know Yahshua as our perfect Passover Lamb. Afterwards, across the nation, we linked hearts and voices to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Some did that singly, some via WhatsApp, in pairs or groups; others were in family groups, or connected online through Zoom or Skype. There are reports coming in from everywhere of time well spent, of blessings received and of a distinctive and inspiring feast. Yahweh was not in lockdown and He visited us! How awe-inspiring and utterly beautiful!
We spent our feast in the Portrait Gallery of the apostle John. His gospel of twenty-one chapters gives us twenty-one amazing pictures of Yahshua, each one highlighting a special aspect of His life, character or work. Our concentration was around the things He declared about Himself, those powerful ‘I AM’ statements that are comforting and enlightening.
During this feast there is an extra celebration. It happens on ‘the day after the Sabbath’ and is a celebration of the firstfruits of the crop [Leviticus 23:9-11]. The first day of the week [Sunday] is the day that Yahshua was resurrected [Mark 16:2]. The apostle Paul thrills me as he clarifies this connection with the feasts, “But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died” [1 Corinthians 15:20, Complete Jewish Bible]. Thus Yahshua, identified as ‘the Lamb’ by John the Baptist [John 1:29] and acknowledged as being ‘without sin’, i.e. ‘unleavened’, in Hebrews [4:15], completes the entire picture of deliverance which was foreshadowed by this feast.
My heart delights in the knowledge that the whole plan of Redemption was laid out, by Yahweh, during the time of Moses [Leviticus 23:4-44]. He didn’t need to keep it ‘under wraps’ in case of sabotage; it has never been a closely guarded strategy. Yahweh has no anxieties about His plan being overturned, side-swiped or cancelled. “As I have planned,” He declares, “so it will be” [Isaiah 14:24]. Nothing takes Him by surprise. His word stands forever; we can trust Him.