Resurrection before death. That’s a silly thought, isn’t it? As silly as it sounds, it is reality based on actual occurrences today. And there’s two sides to it. I know that doesn’t seem to make sense, but please give me a moment to explain.
Did you know that this year Easter is almost a month before Passover? You may say, “Who cares!” Right? I’ll explain why I believe we all should care.
As a youngster growing up and into my teenage years I knew only of Easter. Of course, I had heard of Passover, but I never gave it much thought. Passover was just some ‘Old Testament’ thing. However, there came a time when I found out where it actually was in the Scriptures. I discovered that it was much more than an isolated historical event and how important it truly is. Then came the depth and richness of it all when it became clear are actually two biblical holy days (“holidays”) (Passover, First Fruits) that encompass the actual death and resurrection of Jesus (Yeshua), the Messiah! It was nothing short of mind-blowing! In fact, one of the most tangible and touching encounters I have ever had with my Creator happened during Passover. I was forever affected by what happened (that’s a story for another day).
When Israel was about to be finally delivered from Egypt, God said this to Moses, “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.” (Exodus 12:14, speaking of Passover) Notice the words “lasting ordinance.” And God goes on to say that this is to take place at a very specific time, the 14th day of the 1st month (on His calendar). For many of us it comes as a surprise to know that God actually has a calendar He gave to His people. As for that calendar, did you know that the first month on the biblical calendar is not even here yet? That means that Passover, according to when God said it is to be done, is not until next month.
That then raises a very important and intriguing question, the one alluded to above; can we really celebrate the resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) if biblical day of his death is still nearly a month from now?
The reality is that the biblical holidays are not important to most believers. But there is exciting and good news! That reality is changing, and it is doing so at an increased pace! He is truly causing an awakening in our days and it is manifest by making these days known to His people and showing them they are, and always have been for them. In a way we can say He is resurrecting these things (even though they’ve always been there) while we are alive, and we have the opportunity to know of and experience them before our days come to an end. We are blessed to be alive during the days when that which we thought was not for us (dead) is being resurrected and shown to be so full of meaning and life.
Yeshua came that ALL might be reconciled to the Father. Our identity is intimately intertwined in Him. As such, the things that were important to Him are to be important to us. It was Yeshua who said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt. 16:24) And it was John who said, “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:6)
Yeshua celebrated the Passover. Paul even told the Corinthians to do so. Will this be the year you discover the beauty and reality of this appointed time? We pray that is certainly the case!
If you’d like to know more about Passover and the other biblical holidays we’d love to hear from you and will do whatever we can to encourage you in your walk with our King.
Coastlands Congregation of Messiah