This feast is the insurance policy for the Bride of Christ
Pentecost is not just a feast in remembrance of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, but it is also a feast that helps us to be expectant about the future. It holds a promise.
The feast of Pentecost is connected with the ancient Hebrew wedding ritual. In essence, this earthly wedding ceremony – in its original form – is a shadow of a heavenly blueprint of the covenant between the heavenly Bridegroom and the earthly Bride . Paul compares the community of followers of Christ also with a bride.
On Passover Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. It is a new beginning for humanity. Through His death and resurrection, His followers may also be brought back to life. We follow Him in death, so that we may live with Him. But in essence, this also means: I no longer live, but He lives in Me.
Good Friday isn’t considered a cheerful day by Christians. We realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross and gave His blood for the salvation of sinners. But there is also a sense of tremendous gratitude because Christians know why Jesus died on the Cross and what happened a few days later just outside of Jerusalem.
Without a historical understanding of Passover, you can regard the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a dramatic event on a random day. Just a day in history when the people and leaders decided to crucify Him who was without sin. Jesus, being the victim of human misunderstanding. An event like this could easily have taken place a week later or earlier. But not on God’s Calendar! For precisely this reason the Old Testament Feast of Pesach – through both timing and rituals – is the ultimate and powerful proof that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
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