Rosh Hashanah begins at dusk on September 16 and ends at dusk on the 18th. Will Jesus fulfill this festival like He did three others?
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Jesus fulfilled three festivals at His death, resurrection, and the sending of the Holy Spirit.
- Feast of Unleavened Bread, which began with the Passover meal. From my research, I believe that this meal may have happened on what we call Tuesday evening at sundown, which is when the Jewish new day begins. That Wednesday (which began the night before) was the first day of a week-long observance called Feast of Unleavened Bread, which commemorated the Exodus from Egypt by the Israelites some 1500 years before. On Wednesday afternoon at 3:00, Jesus died on the cross for us as our Passover Lamb (Matthew 27:45). 3:00 was the very time that the lamb was sacrificed in the temple (Mark 15:42-43 and The Passover Lamb). To me, it is important that Jesus be in the tomb three days and three nights because of His own prophecy in Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Kinda hard to get around it, huh?
- The Feast of Firstfruits, which is actually a floating festival because it is a regular Sabbath and falls right after the Passover and during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus rose from the dead and appeared on that Sabbath! He is the Firstfruits of all who will rise from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). From this Sabbath, we count seven full weeks (49 days) to the 50th day, which is Pentecost, or, the Feast of Weeks.
- The Feast of Pentecost (Weeks)- As mentioned, it happens 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits when the Barley harvest begins. When the barley is taken in and stored, the men are required to appear in Jerusalem for the festival, which is why there were so many people there in Acts 2–and from so many places (Acts 2:9-11). Jesus even had the disciples wait 10 days until the festival before He sent power from on high: the promised Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:3). Jesus fulfilled the festival to the day!
Now, do you see why I get excited each Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year)? It’s the Feast of Trumpets and is the next Festival in the Jewish calendar! In fact, 1 Corinthians 15:52 gives us this next description, “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” This last trumpet speaks of the several trumpet (ram’s horn, or shofar) blasts that are blown at the festival to announce it’s beginning. I am looking forward to hearing that trumpet sound!
“If not this year, then the next IN JERUSALEM.”
Abba, I am looking forward to Your Coming. May we worship You as our Risen and Returning LORD today. Even so, come, LORD Jesus. Amen. (Rev. 22:20)