Jesus Himself is the culmination and fulfillment of the Scripture, the Law, the prophets and the feasts. When the Scripture says that Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us, it means that the Passover has culminated in Him. He IS our Passover.
“Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
—1 Corinthians 5.7,8
Jesus Himself, in His Own Body, subsumes that event. He Himself takes the wrath of God for our sins, bringing forgiveness for sin through His Own death, and brings us to God. He Himself is our joy and delight and rejoicing. He Himself is God to be worshiped and praised and blessed to the ages as God. He Himself is the culmination of all things. He Himself is Life. Everything points to Him. If we feast, it is in direct reaction to Him. If we are followers of Jesus, this is Who He must be to us.
“You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have everlasting life. And they are the ones witnessing concerning Me. And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
— John 5.39,40
Come to Jesus for Life.
Anything else is merely a shadow. Don’t settle for a shadow now that the Real Thing has become manifest.
“Let no man therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth. If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, “Don’t handle, nor taste, nor touch” (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.”
We would NEVER dare to say such things if we were talking about a man. What man could fulfill the law or embody the Passover or have within himself all the fulness of the Godhead bodily? No man could qualify! We are not “merely” or “haphazardly” setting aside centuries of law or tradition based on the word of some man who has passed in and out of history like a vapor. No, we are accepting that GOD HIMSELF has come and PERSONIFIED and CULMINATED all things in HIMSELF.
God has done this. He Himself has made a “new and living way.” God has superseded His own things and brought all things near to Himself through the PERSONHOOD of His Son Jesus/Yeshua, His Anointed One.
Now — at this point — we have no option to turn back to THINGS that are not HE HIMSELF. Every turning aside to things is an increase in distance AWAY from Father God Himself. This must not be. Father God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts crying, Abba, Father! That Spirit longs to be closer to Father God! Father God has “brought us near” by the blood of His Son. He has tangibly revealed Himself and caused His living Spirit to remain with us. Father God, by His Son, abides with us and we abide with Him. That abiding, that closeness, that tender love, is the eternal design of Almighty and Most High God for eternity — to love and be one with His Family. Enter in to Him!!! Accept nothing less and nothing “like” it. Anything that is LIKE Him is not HE HIMSELF, but rather shadows of the reality.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you! Come to Father God through Jesus.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man of the two, making peace; and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby.”
“Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by the way which HE dedicated for us, a NEW and LIVING way, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and having our body washed with pure water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope unyieldingly. For he who promised is faithful.”
“A man who disregards Moses’ law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has TRODDEN UNDER FOOT the SON OF GOD, and has counted the BLOOD OF THE COVENANT with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance belongs to Me,” says the Lord, “I will repay.” Again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”