“These are the feasts of the Lord”—Leviticus 23:4
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
Feast of Passover. Christ is our Passover. “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7).
Feast of Unleavened Bread. Christ is our Sinless Savior. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
Feast of First Fruits. Christ is the First fruit of Resurrection. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3, 4).
Feast of Pentecost. Christ is our Pentecost, our Full Harvest, because He fulfilled the Law.
According to Jewish tradition, Pentecost marked the time when God first revealed the Law to Israel at Mount Sinai. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Matt. 5:17). Christ did fulfill the Law and cried, “Telelestai, it is finished!” Now it can be said that “Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11).
Steven J. Cole notes six ways Christ is “All in All.”
Christ is the image of the invisible God, the fullness of deity in bodily form.
Christ created all that exists.
Christ is eternal and in Him all things hold together.
Christ is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead.
Christ will come to have first place in everything.
Through Christ, the entire creation will be reconciled to God.
When the Day of Pentecost is studied, do not forget Christ of whom Jesus preached and made central in His message.
In 1982, David Wilkerson spoke against a Christless Pentecost. “Let me show you three ways in which we are making Christ a stranger in our midst! May the Holy Spirit take away our spiritual blindness so we can once again see Him as He really is – LORD OF ALL!
We Make Christ A Stranger By Giving the Holy Spirit Pre-Eminence Over Him!
Christ Is Made A Stranger When People Praise Him, But Will Not Pray to Him!
Christ Is Made A Stranger in Our Midst When We Want His Power More Than His Purity!
Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana, “head of the year”).
According to the Old Testament, there were four distinct uses for a trumpet in Israel. The trumpet was used for a signal to gather for worship. “Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land” (Lev. 25:9). The trumpet was used as an alarm for military conflict. “O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war” (Jer. 4:19).
The trumpet was used to indicate the victory of battle. Trumpets blew and the walls of Jericho fell down (Joshua 6:5). Israel defeated Moab. The enemy died “with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet” (Amos 2:2).
The trumpet was used to praise God. “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp” (Psalm 150:3).
At least thirty-three times during His life, Jesus heard the sound of trumpets at least once a year during the Feast of Rosh Hashana. Each trumpet blast spoke of Him for Christ is the Head of the Church. He is the Head of the New Creation. Christ is the One who maketh all things new (Rev. 21:5). The trumpet sound heard on the Day of Atonement spoke of Him, the One who should come to cover our sins, and take them away in His own body. The trump sound shall accompany the Lord at His parousia, His Second Advent (1 Thess. 4:16). Find Christ in the Feast of Trumpets.
Feast of Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Christ is our Atonement. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24)
Feast of Tabernacles (Booths). Christ is the One we Remember. “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).