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THE LORDS DAY | FESTIVALS

JAMES 1:27: Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Christian Holidays

In the course of time the Feasts of the Most High were almost abandoned by the church which at about the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine was made up of predominantly Gentile converts. The sacred Feasts of the Most High were replaced by Pagan holidays which were incorporated into Christian worship and given Christian names: Sunday, Christmas, Easter, Ash Wednesday, the Feast of the Nativity of St John, Whitsun, Halloween, Lady Day, and the Feast of the Assumption etc. All these so-called Christian festivals are nothing more than Pagan festivals in disguise! No amount of ecclesiastical argument can hide the fact that nowhere in Holy Scripture is their observance commanded. They are heathen festivals through and through and the unholy spirit that motivates their celebration is still apparent in our time. Hundreds of years ago these festivals of paganism caused a mighty split in the early church. That split continues to this day.

However, it is not my purpose today to analyze and speak about Pagan festivals. Visit any reference library and you will soon discover the heathen origins of Christendom's popular celebrations. Suffice it to say that most Christians have little idea of how wrong they are, or of how grievous is their sin, when they celebrate Sunday, Christmas and Easter etc. Woe to them if they continue to do this after learning the facts. But woe especially to those religious leaders who continue to keep their flocks in blissful and dangerous ignorance I say - Woe to them!

The Passover

Read Exodus Chapters12 & 13 

The Week of Unleavened Bread, also called the Passover Week, is a memorial of Freedom through the power of Almighty God and the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ the Lamb of God. Freedom from: Satan's Slavery / Servitude / Oppression / False Teaching / Hypocrisy / Bitterness / Envy / Fear

 And all the sins which so easily enslave us

Ancient Israel was freed from Egyptian slavery on the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread. Remember that fact. To begin with let us understand certain words that come to mind when we talk of freedom. They are slave, bondman, bond-servant, and servant.
The word 'slave' appears only twice in the Bible; once in each Testament (Jer.2:14, Rev.18:13). The word 'slave' means: 'a person who is the property of another and obliged to work very hard for no wage other than food and a little clothing.' Slaves have no rights or privileges. They are in the same category as domestic animals; kept only for work.

Bondman: Another Bible word for a slave is bondman. This word appears five times in the Old Testament and once in the New.

Gen: 44:33 now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

Deut: 15:15 and thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

Deut: 16:12: And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

Deut: 24:18 but thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

From these verses we can see that slaves and bondmen have no freedom whatsoever. They must do what their masters demand. They cannot do as they please.
Bondservant: This is another word akin to a slave.

Lev.25:39: And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: 40: But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubilee:
We can see from this verse that bondservants do not receive wages. They are not hired servants; but are similar to slaves and bondmen.

Servant: A servant is someone who works for wages; someone who is free to go at will if the job doesn't suit him/her.

 Jesus THE REDEEMER: Except for the redeemed of the LORD, the whole human race is in slavery; bond-servants to Satan and sin. It's ironic, but sin does pay a wage. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death! Freedom from sin is only possible through (Jesus).

He alone is able to free the slaves of sin and its horrible result - eternal death! Once delivered from death, believers are no longer referred to as slaves in the 'Real Bible, the Authorized King James Version.' Alas the modern translations still refer to believers as 'slaves.' A tragic mistake! John 8:31-

 HOW DID JESUS CHRIST MAKE FREEDOM POSSIBLE?
Jesus made freedom possible by purchasing us from Satan and setting us free. He bought us back from slavery with his own blood; that was the price He paid. It's like buying a caged bird and then setting it free. Just as ancient Israel was physically redeemed and saved by displaying the blood of a literal lamb on the lintel of his house, so too, but in an infinitely greater and eternal way, the people of God are redeemed by the blood of JESUS , the Passover Lamb of God. That's right: we are purchased, redeemed, ransomed, bought back from Satan, by the blood of the Lamb of God; by the blood of the Son of God! We were like lepers, caged birds, slaves in Egypt, brute beasts, with no hope of freedom or life everlasting till Jesus shed his blood and set us free.

Acts: 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased
WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.
Eph.1:7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Also Col.1:14)
Rom: 5:9 much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

POWER IN THE BLOOD ?
In the Bible the disease of leprosy symbolizes sin's dominion over a healthy body. Slowly, remorselessly leprosy eats away the nervous system and the healthy flesh is literally worn away and the leper finally dies. When in ancient Israel a leper was miraculously cleansed, which happened very seldom in those days, he/she was required to go through an amazing ritual involving blood. The symbolic ceremony is described in Leviticus 14:1-32.

THE PASSOVE LAMB OF GOD?
The Messiah (Jesus Christ) is the real Passover Lamb of God. Faith in Him is absolutely necessary for salvation.
Please read Exodus 12:1 -17
Heb.11: 28 through faith he (Moses) kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Power in the Blood ?
Just as a child in its mother's womb or at its mother's breast, feeds off its mother, in a far more miraculous way we believers live by the nourishment we obtain from God Himself. Note these words in St John 6:53-56

Sons/Daughters of God ?
The next stage higher up the ladder of freedom is that believers 'become sons and daughters of God!'
And finally 'sons and daughters of God' this is a privilege which is absolutely impossible to fully appreciate in this life. But, no doubt, as eternity unravels we will begin to see just what it means to be a 'son or daughter of the Almighty God.'
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Rom. 8:14: for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
1st John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
We shall be like Him! Oh the wonder of this verse. Spend time thinking about it.

 ARE YOU AFRAID?
Are you afraid that amid life's awful strife, its stress and strain, its physical and mental pain you cannot cope? Are you afraid?

Are you afraid that in the world you really roam alone? And that the entire grind will find you shorn and torn from everything that holds out hope.

Are you afraid that greed and gain with speed insane is gulping down the good, as though it could, or even should - destroy the earth? Are you afraid?

Are you afraid that in this race you're out of place; that you belong - not with the strong who throng the track, but with the weak who at the back somehow seek to withdraw, from all this silent war? Are you afraid?

Are you afraid to breathe your last or has death cast a darkening shadow on your soul? Are you afraid that sin without - within - has cheated you in life from getting to your goal? Are you afraid?

Marvel of the universe, could I include it in this verse the remedy for fear. Yes, "Have Faith in God and Fear Not" For soon the tangle of life's knot he will undo for you.
Then like a ransomed ship you'll set out free! Cut loose from the moorings of fear you'll sail right out to sea. Piloted and full of faith, you'll ride the roaring waves. You'll live above the splashing sound of a world so full of slaves - Slaves of Fear!

Have you dear friend accepted freedom from slavery, from sin and fear? Or are you still desperately trying to cope with life's impossibly heavy burdens and its leprous grip on your soul?

My dear friend, The time has come to let go of doubt and to believe the Almighty God and His Son.

The time has come to accept their free offer of mercy, salvation and eternal life, made possible by the blood of the Passover Lamb of God.

The time has come to place your faith in Jesus the Savior; to declare before men and angels that you believe the Everlasting Gospel and that you want to live for all time. Oh how true is the passage which says:

John 3:16 -18For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18: He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Do not waste your time worrying about what your friends or neighbors may say. Now is the time for you to believe the Gospel, expressed in the verses above. I again invite you to believe the Almighty God and accept freedom today. Tomorrow may be eternally too late!
The First Day of Unleavened Bread is a memorial of freedom from slavery and sin. No soul alive can afford to ignore God's amazing offer of freedom. Come dear reader - be done with slavery forever. Believe the Gospel and become a son or daughter of the Almighty God. No privilege could be greater; and it’s yours for the taking.

God bless you.
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