A while back, I had a conversation with a Jewish person about Passover. They were sharing with me how they celebrated Passover and what scripture and prayers were said during their Passover celebration. They asked me one simple question — “why don’t Christians celebrate Passover?” My immediate thought was that Christians do not celebrate Passover because it is a Jewish celebration, but before I spoke, I began to think about the “Last Supper”. The Last Supper was Jesus celebrating Passover with His apostles, both Jew and Gentile.
I began to think more about this. Many Christians tour Israel to become more familiar with the Bible and times as they were in both the Old and New Testament. Journey of Faith is going to do the same in 2015. We are going to take the entire year to study and observe some of the celebrations that we read of in the Old Testament. No, we are not converting to Judiasm, but I believe that it is important that we take our own “trip to Israel” and gain a better understanding of the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 16:16 states, “16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.” This is one of many scriptures that discusses the festivals and celebrations that Israel was to observe.
I would like to invite you to join us in 2015 as Journey of Faith begins “A Year of Festivals” to study, observe and understand the festivals and celebrations of Israel. No, we might not be able to go to Israel, but what is stopping Israel from coming to us? I hope that you will prayerfully consider joining us in 2015!