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Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Shalom Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Today marks the day of Yom Kippur, its called the Sabbath of all Sabbaths! The word Sabbath derived from Hebrew verb Shabbat means “to rest from labor”

Notice what our Lord Jesus Christ says “Come to Me (Jesus) all who labor and I will give you Rest (Sabbath)

Jesus is the literal fulfillment of the Sabbath! Many don’t understand this, but this is exactly what the Sabbaths means. The more you study the Bible , the more you see the shadows of Christ throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament) and his fulfillment. If you really want peace and rest for your soul, Come to the Lord Yeshua (Jesus), he is our Sabbath!

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

The Day of Atonement has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ as the cross. Yom Kippur allows us to reflect on our sin and realize how much we need a Savior (Messiah) Jesus took the wages of our sins upon himself, he is our atoning sacrifice. This is another example how Jesus fulfilled Yom Kippur, at the cross he was the perfect atonement, the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the word

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

Yom Kippur is all about denying yourself and cleansing yourself from sin. Jesus has called us to deny ourselves and carry our crosses, if we truly want to be his disciple. This cross that will carry is a constant reminder of how much we need a Savior and how much price that Savior (Jesus) paid for us!

 

And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’ Mark 7:6-7

I think one of the interesting things about Christianity, is Jesus came to abolish religion yet man made another religion out of his teachings.  The Pharisees were supposed to be experts of the scriptures, however they couldn’t even identify The Messiah right before their eyes.

See The Pharisees even though they loved God and the concept of  him, their hearts were far from God. Instead of them listening to the teachings of the Son of God, they judged him based on their manmade rules and opinions. They were hypocrites just as Isaiah prophesied they would be. They talked the talk but they didn’t walk the walk. Sadly we see many Christians doing the same thing today

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:38

Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. If the Pharisees really loved God they would have given Jesus a chance. Instead of condemning him because he ate with unclean hands, or scolding him because he healed the sick on the Sabbath. Or if they were truly seeking God then they would have recognized Jesus is The Messiah

But their hearts were far away from God even though they talked like holy people. Don’t allow your heart to wander from God, love him with all your heart, soul, and mind in Jesus Name Amen!

Road To The Resurrection

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17

As we begin the “Lent Season”, I like to call it the “Road to the Resurrection”,  the event that changed world forever. The moment when sin and death were abolished and defeated, the moment when the stone was rolled away from the tomb and Jesus walked out, we all now have eternal hope!

As Paul says, “if Christ wasn’t raised then your faith is worthless” meaning if the Resurrection didn’t happen then there is no Christianity. If the Resurrection didn’t happen then there is no hope to defeating sin and death. If the Resurrection didn’t happen, then Jesus would be just another prophet and not the Son of God

But on that Sunday morning, the Resurrection did happen, Jesus who suffered and died for our sins, rose again to live and reign forever. This single event changed everything! Jews and Gentiles began worshipping now on “The Lords Day” (Revelation 1:10) instead of the Sabbath Day. The curse of The Law was finally broken, as Jesus was our final atonement for our sins

Roman and Jewish Religious leaders tried to cover up this event, many people were executed , including Jesus apostles , all but John . But Jesus revealed himself to over 500 eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6) Jesus came back to his apostles and even showed them his marks from the cross. There is no doubt Christ has risen in Jesus name Amen!

Happy Sabbath Day!

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8

God has commanded us to remember the Sabbath Day and to Keep it Holy, are Christians still doing this? Many Christians will say, Yes I got to Church every Sunday, however we need to remember that the Sabbath is actually on Saturday and not Sunday.  Many Christians call Sunday the Sabbath but that is actually Biblical incorrect.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Genesis 2:2

On the 7th day God rested and created the Sabbath Day. Saturday is the 7th day of the week, which is truly the Sabbath. So what activities do you usually do on a Saturday? Do you keep it Holy?

Why do most Christians recognize Sunday as the Sabbath? Well long story short, when Rome took over Christianity, Constantine changed the Sabbath to Sunday officially to please the pagen worship on the Sun God. There are tons of websites that document this , you can research it

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Mark 2:27-28

So what did Jesus say about the Sabbath? Many claim the Sabbath doesn’t matter anymore because Jesus healed people on it. So lets break down what Jesus was saying here

The Sabbath was made for man (US) and not (US) for the Sabbath, Therefor the Son of Man (Jesus) is Lord also on the Sabbath

So what Jesus is saying, the Sabbath was made for us to observe not him. Jesus is Lord, he doesn’t need to observe the Sabbath , we do out of obedience.

So what are your thoughts? Do you truly believe your keeping the Sabbath Holy?

Jesus Heals on The Sabbath

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. Mark 3:4

The story of Jesus healing on the Sabbath shows you the hypocrisy of religion and how mislead we become by being stubborn.  Instead of people rejoicing that a sick man was healed and the fact that Jesus, the Messiah, was in there presence, they hardened there hearts to fulfill there own laws

When Jesus asked them whether its lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath nobody would answer them, because common sense would tell you since God is love, he would approve of someone being healed on the Sabbath. Why do we choose to follow ourselves instead of God? Make sure you know the doctrine you are following is of God and not Man.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Mark 3:5

Notice Jesus looked at them in anger, a lot of times people portray Jesus as weak or unpersonal. But Jesus is the Son of God, he came to Earth with a purpose. Don’t think he won’t be angered by evil, any evil is an abomination to The Lord and will truly anger him..

Jesus went ahead and healed the man to show us  “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:7) So what did Jesus mean by this? Well God created the Sabbath as a day of rest for all of us from our week of hard work, if you wish to do something Holy also on the Sabbath then its justified by God

Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. Mark 3:6

So picture this, Jesus just healed a man right before there eyes, proven he was the Messiah. Yet the Pharisees still stubborn and ego driven, decided to plot to kill Jesus instead of worship him. Are there things you are doing in your life that you know are wrong, yet decide to continue to do them because your stubborn also?

Don’t harden your hearts and be misled, follow Jesus and he will show you the truth, life, and the way in Jesus Name Amen