Do You Know What The Most Essential Day Of The Year Is In God’s Eyes?
From God’s viewpoint, what do you think is the most essential day of the year?
Well to get God’s perspective, we should check out his word in the Bible. It may amaze you to know that there is only one day in the Bible that we are advised to keep in mind.
The day was Nissan 14th on the Jewish calendar, the day of the Jewish Passover. Jesus was in an upper room with his disciples. After dismissing Judas Iscariot, (John 13:27) Jesus passes the bread and the white wine to his disciples and states, “Keep doing this in remembrance of me” Luke 22:19. To understand why this is the only day Jesus asked us to remember, we need to take a look at what God had actually done over the centuries leading up to that night. Understanding what the Passover suggests and considering what Jesus did and stated on that night is also extremely important.
For over 15 centuries the country of Israel observed the Passover as God commanded Moses (Ex 12:14). The night of their Exodus from Egypt was a very essential night. Jehovah was going far for himself as the only real God (Exodus 3:15; 6:3; 9:13; 12:12) by humiliating the gods of Egypt. Nine plagues had already been released on Egypt. Only one last plague was required to prove Egypt’s useless gods could not save them. This last plague would bring the most powerful nation worldwide to its knees and persistent Pharaoh would finally set God’s individuals totally free (Exodus 11:1). This would reveal that Jehovah is the God of salvation, however, to be saved there was something the Israelites needed to do first.
The directions provided by Israel that night are extremely considerable and can help us to better appreciate the Ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:1). Let’s read it together.
Speak to the entire assembly of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month they are to take for themselves each one a sheep for the ancestral house, a sheep to a house… The sheep should prove to be sound, a male, a year old, for YOU. YOU may pick from the young rams or from the goats… And they must take some of the blood and splash it upon the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway belonging to the houses in which they will eat it… And the blood must serve as YOUR sign upon the houses where YOU are; and I must see the blood and pass over YOU, and the plague will not come on YOU as a ruination when I strike at the land of Egypt. – Exodus 12:3, 5, 7, 13
From this passage, we can see that the blood was to serve “as an indication”. This would secure God’s people from the judgment that was going to be executed on the Egyptians. “And I must pass through the land of Egypt on this night and strike every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I shall execute judgments. I am Jehovah.” (Exodus 12:12). The blood sprinkled on the doorpost was a prophetic representation of Christ’s Ransom sacrifice. This is why the scriptures state “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed” (1Corinthians 5:7). By putting faith in Christ’s Ransom sacrifice we can be passed over when God judges this world (2 Thessalonians 1:7 -9).
By studying the Hebrew Scriptures we can learn more about how God has set out his strategy over countless years to bring deliverance to the world. The Bible book of Galatians assists us to value the function of the law which was given to Moses. It says that it was a “tutor leading to Christ”. The Passover belonged of that “tutor” due to the fact that we can learn more about Christ from it. The scripture goes on to state, “we are no longer under a tutor” (Galatians3:24 -25). This implies that we are no longer under the law which God gave to Moses. We are no longer under obligation to bear in mind either the Passover or the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16 -17).
Jesus made that clear on the night he passed the wine and the bread and said, “Keep doing this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). Unleavened bread was utilized in the Passover event. After he gave it to his apostles he said, “This indicates my body which is to be given up YOUR behalf” (Luke 22:19). Leaven typically represents sin in the Bible (Luke 12:1, 1 Corinthians 5:6 -8). Christ lacked sin, so unleavened bread is a fitting sign of his body. After passing the bread, Jesus next introduces something new.
He passes a cup of wine and says, “This cup implies the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in YOUR behalf.” The wine here represents Christ’s shed blood through which he introduced a “new covenant”.
A covenant is a solemn agreement. This new covenant changed the old covenant that God made with the Nation of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai (Galatians 3:13; 4:21 -31). The observance of the Memorial of Christ’s death would replace Passover. When year on what was formerly Passover day (Nisan 14 on the Jewish calendar), it would therefore take location.
In Luke Chapter 22 verse 29 Jesus assists us to comprehend what this new covenant suggests when he tells his apostles, “I make a covenant with YOU, just as my Dad has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom”. Jesus was designated to be King of God’s Kingdom and here Jesus is describing that those who are a part of this new covenant would also rule with him in heaven. This new covenant is “for a kingdom”.
You might be stunned to understand that Jesus was not the very first one in the scriptures to discuss the new covenant.
Over 600 years previously a prophecy was written in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 31 verses 31-34. The revelation specified that there was going to be a new covenant that would replace the old one. The covenant God made with the nation of Israel was one they could not strictly follow. The apostle Paul described it was provided to them to help them recognize their sin (Galatians 3:19). The new covenant which was established by virtue of Christ’s blood was needed for persons to be declared righteous and to serve as a kingdom of priests (Rom 8:30). This is all explained in the scriptures.
And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth -Revelations 5:9,10
The nation of Israel had been originally chosen to receive the special privilege of becoming “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). The problem was they were disobedient and they refused to accept the Messiah. For that God deserted them as his chosen nation (Luke 13:34 -35). Now chosen individuals who come from every nation would get that advantage and this would be enabled through Christ’s shed blood.
Yes, these kings and priests will have the advantage of judgment with Christ from Paradise over the earth. They will bring tremendous blessings to all of obedient mankind and even the animals will be at peace with us and with each other (Isaiah 11:6 -9). Take a look at the condition God’s Kingdom will bring us.
With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” – Revelations 21:3-5
This is the pledge we find in God’s word. It is the Good News of the Kingdom that Jesus preached and advised his disciples to inform others about (Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 16:16 -17). When Jehovah God delivered the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt through Moses, he stated he did it “for the sake of revealing you my power and in order to have my name declared in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
Jesus made God’s name understood. Quickly, through Christ Jesus, Jehovah will reveal his power once again to deliver his individuals out from a world loaded with suffering. Before he does, Jesus’s prophecy recorded at Matthew 24:14 should be satisfied, “this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the occupied earth for a witness to all the nations, and then completion will come.”
Those who are part of the new covenant take the lead in this. 1 Peter 2:9 states, “But YOU are “a picked race, a royal priesthood, a holy country, an individual for special ownership, that YOU must declare abroad the excellencies” of the one that called YOU out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Jesus is called the “Amen” which signifies agreement or achievement. The scriptures inform us that Christ Jesus is the “Amen” because all of God’s guarantees will be fulfilled by means of him. His ransom sacrifice works as a warranty (2Corinthians 1:20). Not surprising that Christ asked us to keep in mind the Memorial of his death. No day is more important to God, his Son, and us.
I make a persistent effort to follow the example of the apostle Paul who according to Acts Chapter 17 “reasoned from the scriptures” and “shown by reference” the things he taught. In the book of John, Jesus stated that even he did not “mention his own creativity” which anybody who did “seeks his own glory” rather than the splendor of God.