Spring Christian Tradition Holidays
Nisan 5779 / April 2019
Hag sameakh (Joyful holiday) and greetings, dear family and friends in Messiah!
JOIN ME AND OTHERS IN THE SPRINGTIME 2019/ 5779 BIBLE-BASED HOLIDAYS!!!
“I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, niv
I extend to you my love and encouragement, and a reminder for the wonderful Bible-based Christian holydays in this April 2019. Please try to make it a special spiritual time. Do something special for your relationship with our El Shaddai (God Almighty) and Yeshua ha Meshiakh (Jesus the Messiah), in observing and celebrating these wonderful and inspiring holidays. It is now the first month, the month Nisan, in the Biblical Israelite calendar religious year.
There are actually six holydays in this season: three are holidays commanded in the Torah (Law of Moses), and three come from Christian tradition based on the New Testament and the events of Yeshua (Jesus). In this present post, I enjoy sharing with you some devotional thoughts on the three Christian tradition holydays of this month. We have a separate page you can read for the three Hebrew Bible holydays. Please consider and enjoy the spiritually edifying and uplifting truths here presented. Seek Adonai Elohim (Lord God) and Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and grow in your wisdom and knowledge of Him. Please join me and other believers in this blessed and worshipful month.
The full set of six holidays (holy days), taken all together, present wonderful meaning for us if we recognize and appreciate their timing and inter-relationship, for this the first month of the Biblical Israelite religious/spiritual calendar year. Consider Elohim’s (God’s) message in these six holidays for the purpose of His sincere people entering their new religious/spiritual year in a powerful way with Him.
Sadly, many Christian churches simply ignore or reject much of this, because they wrongly think that much of the Torah (Law of Moses) is obsolete and useless to us as Christians. These same believers may claim Yeshua-Jesus as their Lord and model but ignore that Yeshua-Jesus himself observed and celebrated the Hebrew Bible holydays (e.g. Matt. 26:17-19; John 7:1-10; 10:22-23) that Adonai Elohim (Lord God) commanded. For example, Yeshua’s (Jesus’) last supper with His twelve disciples was their celebration of the Passover dinner (Luke 22:1, 7-8).
In strictly using the Biblical Israelite calendar day which goes from sunset to sunset, the three New Testament Christian holydays we now consider can be as follows:
(April 13-14. 6 pm to 6 pm)
Crucifixion Day (Good Friday)
(April 18-19. 6 pm to 6 pm)
Resurrection Day Sunday
(April 20-21. 6 pm to 6 pm)
We begin our new religious Biblical calendar year with the memorial event of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) popular welcome into Jerusalem a few days before His betrayal and crucifixion. This day is popularly now called Palm Sunday because the crowd of Jerusalem welcomed Yeshua (Jesus) with waving palm and other leafy branches, an ancient symbol of honoring a king or high official.
For Yeshua’s (Jesus’) followers, this occasion reminds us of our opportunity and challenge to begin each spiritual year by welcoming and submitting to Yeshua as our humble (riding a donkey) King, Prophet, Teacher, and Messiah; dedicating ourselves to not become Yeshua’s (Jesus’) betrayer like Judas Iscariot or denier this year. We welcome Yeshua (Jesus) our humble King in establishing His rule and kingdom on earth among us and within us for this spiritual year. With Palm Sunday we start our new religious year with praise and honor of our lasting King and submission to Him. (read Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; John 12:12-19).
Crucifixion Day (Good Friday)
We as Elohim’s (God’s) and Yeshua’s (Jesus’) redeemed people should start our new spiritual/religious year bearing in mind Elohim’s (God’s) creation principle that humility must come before honor (Prov. 15:33). In Adonai’s (Lord’s) economy, humility must come first, before His blessings of this new year can be fully experienced and appreciated. Therefore, we start the spiritual/religious year with valuing the severe humility of the Cross. We have opportunity and challenge to give honor and respect to Yeshua (Jesus) for his willing humble crucifixion.
We also have opportunity to abnormally humble ourselves to Elohim (God). In doing unusual humility (symbolic of death to self on our own cross), we do our small humble part to embrace Elohim’s (God’s) full authority and power over us to rule us, to forgive our sins, and redeem us this year. We can find varied ways to deny ourselves in order to have unusual humility on this holyday, such as: fasting from food and different normal things, have a special Sabbath rest day from work, do sacrificial good deeds to the needy, forgive our enemies, etc. If we as sincere believers in Yeshua (Jesus) will abide intimately in Him, and the spirit of Yeshua (Jesus) abide in us, then Yeshua’s Crucifixion Day in figurative meaning represents our own special annual willing and humble crucifixion day under Elohim (God).
Traditionally this holyday is called Good Friday, a name that does not reveal the unusual humble meaning that we seek. The name Good Friday is effective if referring to the awesome spiritual good that was accomplished by Yeshua’s (Jesus’) crucifixion. (read Luke 22:39-23:56; John 18:1-19:42; Phil. 2:1-8).
Resurrection Day Sunday
The Day of First Fruits and Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Resurrection Day are normally on the same calendar day; but not in this year’s unusual coordination of the Jewish and Christian calendars. There is an overlap, yet a distinction, in meaning between the two holydays.
We as El Shaddai’s (God Almighty’s) and Yeshua’s (Jesus’) redeemed people should start our new spiritual/religious year by privately and publicly acknowledging and confessing Yeshua (Jesus) as our pioneer leader into blessed and victorious salvation and eternal life (cf. John 14:3; 17:3). As sincere believers in Yeshua (Jesus), we should spiritually abide intimately in Him, and Yeshua abide spiritually in us. Pioneer Yeshua (Jesus), by His resurrection, leads us into new and victorious spiritual and lasting life. We continue to share in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) eternal life by our redemptive faith in Him. We give praise and glory and honor to Elohim (God) for His raising of Yeshua (Jesus) to lasting life!
Yeshua’s (Jesus’) real historical resurrection and our faith in it are essential; without these, Yeshua’s crucifixion is meaningless and Christianity is mostly meaningless. Yeshua’s (Jesus’) real historical resurrection also symbolizes our own revival (present and future) into faith-filled, hopeful, and purposeful life this year, new divine blessings for us this year, and new divine victories we can share in this year. Resurrection Day Sunday is truly a time to rejoice!
We need not call this holyday Easter, because that name is of Old English pagan origin and does not reveal the wonderful life-uplifting Biblical meaning that we seek and embrace in faith. (read John 20:1-21:22; Acts 5:20; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Cor. 15).
I hope from this brief account above that you see the Spring Bible-based Christian holidays are much more majestic and profound than most people, including some Christians, think and understand. These holydays are truly inspiring and enlivening divinely worshipful appointed times, and are much more than dates on the calendar to have off from job work. These holydays are spiritual events and much more than an excuse to have wild college Spring party time or silly church Easter egg games or watching the city Easter Rabbit parade.
These Christian spiritual holy days are much more than a person smugly thinking he makes God happy by attending church on Easter each year. Elohim (God) and Yeshua (Jesus) deserve better than that!
These Christian holy days are much more than just ancient traditions.
These Christian holy days are much more than another nice occasion to profit from holiday sales.
I hope you see the vital life-uplifting meaning in this set of holidays that combine together in this first month of the new Biblical Israelite and Christian religious year. This set of holy days work together to get Elohim’s (God’s) people started in a renewing and blessed atmosphere for this spiritual year. Please sincerely join with me in all these holidays and experience the resulting blessings this year. Amen
Blessed Palm Sunday!
Blessed Crucifixion Day!
Blessed Resurrection Day Sunday!