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Jewish feasts provide link to Christian heritage

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Most Christians know little about our Jewish heritage. Little is known of the seven Jewish feasts that were celebrated in the spring and in the fall.

Hidden in the spring feasts are foreshadowing’s of the first coming of the Messiah.

This year, Passover, Pesach for Jewish observers, comes on April 20. For the Jew, this is a remembrance of how “the Angel of Death” passed over, and they were delivered from 400 years of bondage in Egypt.

For the Christian, this is a reminder of how Jesus delivered us from the bondage of sin and death.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, beginning the day after Passover, reminds both Jews and Christians that God expects us to live holy and righteously before Him (leaven was symbolic of sin).

The Feast of First Fruits begins the day after Unleavened Bread. This was the first harvest of the year in Israel, the barley harvest. It reminds both Jews and Christians everything we have is from God.

For the Christian, this is the day Jesus arose from the grave and opened the gates of Heaven allowing the “First Harvest of Saved Souls” to be brought in.

Beginning with First Fruits as Day 1, Day 50 (June 9 this year) is Shavuot, or what

Christians call Pentecost. For the Jew, it is a time to celebrate God’s goodness in delivering them from Egypt into a bountiful land of plenty.

For Christians, it is symbolic of the great numbers that will believe in Jesus as Savior because of the power of the Holy Spirit given to believers working through the church.

Celebrating these Jewish feasts in Christian churches would encourage Jews to come and see what Christian heritage is really all about. They would find, to their surprise, Christians share much Jewish history.