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Anticipating the Spring Feast

by Anthony Wasilkoff
Photo by Михаил Павленко on Unsplash
 

As winter draws to a close and spring begins to make its appearance, we realize that the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread are but a short time away. Preparing for and then observing the annual festivals brings our attention back to God’s wondrous plan of salvation like nothing else does. How grateful we are for this vital review our Heavenly Father has generously made available to mankind, especially to those whom He has mercifully called.

As early as the Garden of Eden, the Lord God gave an indication of the divine purpose He had in mind for human beings. Humans were not placed on earth merely to have as pleasant an experience as possible for as long as possible. Genesis 3:15 states, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

The “Seed” of the woman was a reference to the coming Son of God, the promised Messiah. The term “seed” is often used in the Holy Scriptures as a reference to the coming Christ. Some authorities describe this passage in Genesis as the “first gospel” because it describes that the Lord God is going to send the Promised One to affect salvation for sinful humanity. This verse depicts Christ’s crucifixion as His heel being bruised. Although He suffered terribly and paid an enormous price, His injury was only temporary (1 Corinthians 15:20). By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ vanquished the Adversary. Since that time, Satan’s fate has been sealed and it is only a matter of time until it is implemented (Revelation 20:1-3).

Romans 6:4 tells us, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” When we were baptized we embarked on a brand new spiritual journey that will eventually lead us to the very Kingdom of God. The newness of the baptism experience is inspiring to behold especially as we observe new people being baptized just prior to the Passover season each year. At the same time, the Passover observance grants us a type of regeneration tantamount to baptism whereby we renew our covenant with God the Father through Christ’s sacrifice thus renewing our covenant and recommencing our walk with refreshed commitment.

When we depart at the conclusion of the Passover Service, we should leave quietly and soberly, but with much inner joy and a feeling of awe for God’s plan. We should also feel cleansed and encouraged by the immeasurable love God the Father and His Son have for Their children.

Soon we will be partaking of unleavened bread for seven days. Each year we must reacquaint our taste buds with the nuances of bread devoid of all leavening agents. The exercise is highly experiential and designed to remind us of the need to live an unleavened (sinless) life all year round. Exodus 13:8-10 states, “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt. It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.’” And so, as members of the Church of God, we will be doing this very thing this year with the very same objective in mind!

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