Wednesday Evening, we begin the celebration of the last three of the seven Feasts, beginning with Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), which is this Wednesday. The ten days that follow (known as The Ten Days of Awe) are a time given to reflection, repentance, and restoration, by Jews around the world, as they prepare for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
On Yom Kippur, the High Priest would go into the Holiest of Holies (the only time he was allowed to during the entire year), and make atonement for Israel’s sins. The blood of sacrifice (both for his sins and Israel’s) would be seen by God; and He would cover their sins done in ignorance. Five days later came Succot (Feast of Tabernacles).
Feast of Tabernacles, a seven/eight day feast, (the most joyful celebration) was a celebration of harvest and God’s sovereignty! This year, we are having our POWER Conference during the four days of this Feast.
Jesus was given the High Priesthood, through inheritance by God, after His resurrection. His Priesthood, according to the order of Melchizedek, whose name means “King of Righteousness and King of Peace.” Jesus, as High Priest, offered His own blood as a perfect sacrifice, having cleansed our conscience from sin “once and for all.”
Having cleansed our conscience from sin, Jesus now lives to make intercession for us. His intercession brings ever increasing salvation into the entirety of our lives. A clear conscience, glorification in Christ, union and communion with God in Christ.
Jesus’ active role, as High Priest in intercession, is bringing us into continual encounters with Him. His new appearances in our lives bring perfection, as we experience Jesus more and more inside His word, inside the Holy Spirit, and in the Presence behind the veil. Here, Jesus our forerunner, has entered for us, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. There is eternity before us to experience all that Jesus has given us through His Kingly – High Priestly role.
Wednesday, lets enter together into the New Year (7:00 pm in the Sanctuary) anticipating a new and fresh encounter with Jesus, the High Priest of our confession. To enjoy Jesus during these Feasts, may I suggest fellowshipping with Him inside of the book of Hebrews.