These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations (meetings), which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.(Leviticus 23:4)
The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas awaits. Thanksgiving has its roots in the Mayflower and Christmas in the manger. However, if you were to walk around the streets of our social behavior, a much different story is being told. Thanksgiving is associated with the turkey, family gatherings and a day off. Christmas on the other hand speaks of presents, decorations,, traveling and oh yes, friends and family. Santa has been taught to infants and adults alike. This enabling him to become a household name. So what has happened?
The holidays or seasons talked about in the above Scriptures, refer to seven holy days or feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Harvest, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. All these feast or holidays were lacking one very important entity, Jesus!
Beloved, should our holiday season omit the same? Should Jesus be obscured or only an image in our thoughts? What a most marvelous season to show off the greatest gift of all; eternal life in Christ Jesus! After all isn't he the reason for the season? Praise the Lord!
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
As I read this Scripture, I am persuaded that our heavenly Father means business. When I think of the love shown to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus, I am moved with conviction and commitment. His love then permeates and marinades my soul. I then see a new man living inside of me, the son of God, Jesus himself! Has this not happen to all of us? Has the King of Kings and Lord of lords truly taken up residence in our hearts? How can we tell if this has taken place and truly the resident authority in our life is the son of God.
We are the body of Christ serving, caring and loving as the master himself; would he have been on the earth today. The pages of time will engulf our deeds into the years of forgetfulness, but God will never forget the labor of love to this loss and dying world. Jesus can never forget! So shall your reward be great. Praise the Lord
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
When we read this Scripture from the book of Revelation, our hearts seem to flutter with joy and excitement. The Lord Jesus is on his throne, beautiful, glorious and magnificent in every way. The four and twenty elders are worshiping him; expressing the overwhelming desire of their hearts as the words in verse 11 come alive. There crowns of gold are cast before our Lord as rose petals. With adoration and desires of affectionate love, Jesus is worshiped!
How can it be otherwise in the kingdom of God, heaven and paradise; all enemies are now out of the picture. Worship of the expression of heart are freely given in an atmosphere of love. Father God has succeeded in swallowing up all the crimes of Eden and Jesus is the reason for all this success.
Can you imagine that! What a day that will be to behold; the Lord Jesus Christ in all his glory, proceeding out of the Father. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
So what is the conclusion of the whole matter? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Fear him and keep his commandments. Your eyes shall then behold the King of Kings and Lord of lords in all his beauty. Praise the Lord!
And Jesus said unto them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." (Acts 1:7)
We seem to be living in a time when questions like these surface frequently: What do all these world events mean? Why are there more and more bad things happening? Is the end near? And so on.
There once was a man who had two sons. He was very gentle in character and believed in rewarding instead of punishing to promote discipline. One day he purchased a brand-new car and realized that his garage needed cleaning. So he started to clean and move items himself. One of the items he found in the garage was an old "for sale sign." He had a thought. Placing the for sale sign by the front of the garage; he called his two sons and said, "boys someday this garage and all that is in it will be yours. I need it cleaned so I can put in the brand-new car I have purchased. He then divided the workload up giving each boy the responsibility of one half of the garage. As he left to go and pick up his purchase, he shouted out, "I will be back around evening with the new car." Both boys started their tasks. As items were moved back and forth pass the for sale sign, thoughts filled their minds. Nevertheless to say, only one boy was ready when the new car arrived.
Don't be misled by signs. Jesus said, as he was leaving this earth to receive the kingdom meant for us; "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." (Acts 1:8 a) Be a doer of the work and the word; not a forgetful hearer! Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder