Thursday, February 11, 2016

Feasts, Old and New - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35

During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this True Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt

By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God… a fresh start… the fulfillment of God’s original promise. Galatians 3:26-27 MSG

In the Old Testament, God commands Israel to observe many major holy days and requires particular ritual and religious practices. God’s promises to the Israelites unfold, and year after year within these celebrations, with each feast, His chosen people offer reverence and remembrance for God’s protection, God’s power, God’s provision. Today, faithful Jews still observe these sacred days giving honor and praise to God’s faithfulness.

In the New Testament, when the first century church begins, no requirements or lists of specific holy days or religious sacrifices appear. God’s promise is fulfilled. Jesus becomes the Blood of the Lamb from Passover, His Grace our atonement for sin. With His crucifixion, Jesus’ death rends the veil of the Holy of Holies within the temple, reveals the Mercy Seat, forever offering direct access to God. Old Testament law leads New Testament people into a relationship with Christ. Today, Christians know the presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit, and we feast on Living Bread.

Lamb of God, Your mercy falls gently around me. Restore my hope when fatigue wins, rescue my faith when doubt persuades. The law exposes my needs and my inabilities. Lord, always give us this bread.” - dho

Focus Point: Today, Christians know the presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit, and we feast on Living Bread.

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