We had about 174 people show up to our Passover Seder Shabbat Afternoon. What an awesome time we had celebrating the physical deliverance of Israel (from Egypt) and the spiritual deliverance of the Messianic believers from bondage, suffering and sin. We have passed from death to life, from darkness to light, just as the children of Israel left Egypt (a “picture” of the world or Kingdom of Darkness) and crossed over to the Promised Land [Exodus 19:4-6; Col. 1:12-14; 1 Peter 2:9]. They were baptized (immersed) in the mikveh (Jewish immersion pool filled with water used for conversion and purification) of the Red Sea, “Sea of Reeds”, YAM SUF (1 Corinthians 10:1-4), as Yochanan [John the Baptist] immersed the house of Israel for “Repentance” (Teshuvah in Hebrew: to return back to God) in the Jordan, and we as “followers of the Messiah” are immersed in the living waters of immersion, as a witness of our identification with the Lord Yeshua [in Hebrew: means “Savior”, or “YAH is Salvation”). My heart was enriched with the family-like atmosphere of the Passover Meal that I observed, in our own synagogue this year. We are in the 21st century, but we broke bread together as if we were members of the 1st century Messianic Community of Jerusalem, started by YESHUA and His talmidim (disciples). It was like the “Agape Love Feasts” of the book of Acts. Let’s continue this passion for God as we allow Resurrection, or Feast of Firstfruits – Lev. 23:5-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-23) to revive our dead hopes and dreams, as our Messiah is celebrated as the “Firstfruits from the dead“!
1 Corinthians 15:12-23
12 But if it has been proclaimed that the Messiah Yeshua has been raised from the dead, how is it that some of you are saying there is no such thing as a resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then the Messiah has not been raised; 14 and if the Messiah has not been raised, then what we have proclaimed is in vain; also your trust is in vain; 15 furthermore, we are shown up as false witnesses for God in having testified that God raised up the Messiah, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then the Messiah has not been raised either; 17 and if the Messiah has not been raised, your trust is useless, and you are still in your sins. 18 Also, if this is the case, those who died in union with the Messiah are lost. 19 If it is only for this life that we have put our hope in the Messiah, we are more pitiable than anyone. 20 But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died. 21 For since death came through a man, also the resurrection of the dead has come through a man. 22 For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: the Messiah is the firstfruits; then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of his coming. Complete Jewish Bible
Shalom in Messiah,
Rabbi Brian & Magali Bileci