I pray each of you are healthy, wealthy, and wise during these challenging times. As we enter the month of May, the C3 theme is “The Journey to Pentecost.” Pentecost 2020 is celebrated on May 31st, and we are going to take a journey this month to understand the power and significance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The focus last month was on “The Power of the Resurrection,” and the fulfillment of Passover by the blood of the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, Jesus Christ. I believe our Heavenly Father is pouring out His revelation during this season and we should pay attention and align with His plans and purpose as we navigate through these treacherous waters. We need the Holy Spirit to discern His revelation and empower us to walk fully in His plans.
Let us begin this journey with a brief history of the festivals of the Lord and their significance in modern times.
The Festivals of the Lord
I was raised in a Christian home and was taught the Word of God in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and other teaching. However, I cannot remember learning of the seven feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23 and their significance to the Church today. My understanding was these feasts were for the Jews and did not apply to Christians.
In my Christian journey I have developed a love of the old and new testaments, and an understanding that Jesus did not come to replace the law but to fulfill it. I have also developed an appreciation of the seven feasts of the Lord and His perfect timing and alignment with the feasts. The seven feasts are the Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. The first four feasts are the Spring feasts and were fulfilled with the first coming of Jesus. The last three feasts will be fulfilled in the future when Jesus returns.
The following is a summary of the seven feasts and the significance to the Christian:
- Passover – The Passover Lamb, Jesus was slain for the sins of the world.
- Unleavened Bread – Jesus was buried in the grave to remove our sins.
- First Fruits – Jesus was raised from the dead and is the first of the harvest.
- Pentecost – The gift of the Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus.
- Feast of Trumpets – The ascension of the Church.
- Day of Atonement – The Second Coming of Jesus.
- Feast of Tabernacles – God will tabernacle with His people forever.
This is amazing to me since the feasts were outlined by God to Moses 1500 years before the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Imagine celebrating the feasts each year without knowing the significance to the coming Messiah. Then when the Messiah did come, just as it was prophesied hundreds of years before and missing the Messiah.
The Journey to Pentecost
This year as we journey to Pentecost 2020 let us think about the price that has been paid for our freedom through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. and the gift of the Holy Spirit, which are the greatest treasures a Christian can cherish. These treasures allow us to experience the freedom we were created to enjoy and realize the potential our Creator placed in each of us. I believe this journey to Pentecost is a significant time in history and we need to fully embrace the gift and power of the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus resurrection, He spent 40 days with His disciples and His other followers before He ascended into heaven. Before His ascension, Jesus stated in Acts 1:4-8, “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized withwater, but in a few days you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel? ” He said to them: It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus was telling them to wait until they received the power of the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses. This is just as true today as it was for the disciples.
The Holy Spirit is Required
Many of us learn to depend on our gifts, talents, connections, finances, and tenacity to make things happen independent of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the promise that was provided at Pentecost after Jesus ascended to be with the Father. There are many places in the gospels that Jesus tells the disciples about the power and necessity of the Holy Spirit in our lives to dwell in us, guide us into all truth, teach us, reveal sin in our lives, tell us things to come, glorify Jesus, and empower us to accomplish the plans God has planned for us. These are the attributes we as Christians need for the wisdom and power to accomplish our assignments, and Jesus said wait for the Holy Spirit and don’t try to accomplish them on your own. However, each of us has operated according to our flesh for most of our lives, so this shift from flesh to Holy Spirit is a journey each of us must pursue, especially in the rapidly changing world in which we live.
As we journey to Pentecost 2020 join me as we look beyond these difficult circumstances and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit that enables each of us to accomplish our assignments and positively impact our culture for Christ.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.