March 2, 2015
Lenten, Part 1
In several weeks, we will be honoring the crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus). On the Christian calendar this is done on Good Friday, but more accurately it should be on the Jewish calendar on the 14th day of the first month, also known as the month of Nisan, which begins the Passover season at sundown. It is also the night of the Seder Meal. The Seder Meal is when Yeshua took the piece of matzah called the afikomen and broke it and said, "This is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." One half of the afikomen is wrapped in a white napkin and is hidden until later in the Seder. Then He took the cup which is called the Cup of Redemption and said, "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood."
Paul tells us that Yeshua is our Passover Lamb and that we are to keep the feast with unleavened bread, for we are now unleavened. Leaven represents sin. The day after the crucifixion begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This is why we Christians should be celebrating these feast days. Why? Because Yeshua died for our sins and now we should be unleavened (without sin). Romans 6 tells us that we should now be dead to sin because our old self has been crucified with Him.
Over the next several weeks, we want to take a closer look at all of this because Lent is not about giving up cake and cookies, but about giving up the sins that keep us from walking in newness of life.