ORIGINALLY POSTED 01 JUNE, 2008
The emergence of a Messianic community that advocates, or at the very least, is more highly conscious of the promised restoration of Israel and the Hebraic Roots of the faith, asks questions that most as of today are not aware of—much less prepared to answer. Non-Jewish Believers, for example, entering into today’s Messianic movement and becoming Torah obedient, are not supposed to become Messianic so that they can feel “born again again.” They are also not designed to fill a void in people’s hearts that they feel has been missing in their faith. Being spiritually regenerated can only be provided by the redeeming work of Yeshua the Messiah! The promised restoration of God’s people, rather, should give all people within the maturing Messianic movement a vision and focus for the future as we determine the mission that God has for us as His people as originally given to Ancient Israel.
The Spring holiday season is a very busy time for those in today’s Messianic movement, beginning with Purim, continuing to the week of Passover and Unleavened Bread, and then culminating with Shavuot or Pentecost. This broad season is one of the most demanding for Messianic Believers, not only as it concerns the many things to celebrate and reflect upon, but also as we strive to exhibit a positive testimony to both the Jewish and Christian communities: to Jewish people remembering the Passover and deliverance of Ancient Israel from Egypt, and to Christians memorializing the death and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
The Messianic Spring Holiday Helper is a valuable compilation of resources designed to assist you, your family, and your Messianic fellowship for this season. We have included a wide selection of articles discussing the different salvation historical themes from the Spring season. The significance of Purim is addressed. The role that the Passover and the Exodus play, and how they relate to our redemption in the Messiah, is described. We go into great detail discussing the Last Supper, and the death and resurrection of the Messiah. We consider what it means to observe Shavuot as a time for both the giving of the Torah (Law) and the Holy Spirit. We offer a fair-minded and loving way to communicate to those who observe an Easter holiday often separated from anything in the Tanach or Old Testament. A selection of FAQs on the Spring holidays has been provided, as are some delicious recipes, and an educational Passover haggadah you can use for your home or congregation.
Let the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper be a resource of great blessing to you during this sacred season!