In the next few months, thousands of people in the areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda will experience living in tents because they have lost their homes. They hope that they can rebuild their homes. But ultimately, their hope is the Word of God who assumed human flesh to “pitch his â€œtentâ€ and tabernacle with His people forever.
On the Day of Atonement, we see that no one is exempted from sinâ€”the people, the priests, and everything that man touches are unclean. The whole tabernacle is stained by sin. And sin is what makes us and the whole creation groan with typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The good news is that Christ is the merciful, pre-eminent watchman. He knew judgment was coming upon sinners, and he sounded the gospel trumpet of forgiveness. But he himself provided the way of forgiveness when he took the blood of sinners upon his own head.
This gospel united all those 3,000 who believed into one â€œbody and one Spirit… one hope… one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.” They started speaking one language, as it were, the language of salvation in Christ Jesus alone.
The firstfruits of a harvest that was picked by a farmer as the best crop in his whole field was a foretaste of a great harvest. Jesus, raised from the dead by God the Father and the Holy Spirit, is the firstfruits of a great harvest of believers. Since the resurrection of Christ, a great multitude of souls have been harvested by the apostles and ministers who have gone out into the whole world to preach the true gospel.
The day after he was crucified, the start of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ lay in a tomb, removing all the old sinful leaven of all believers, signifying a new life of holiness as God’s holy nation, the church.
Exodus 12:21-27; Leviticus 23:4-8; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 Peter 1:18-20 (text) Â© October 6, 2013Â â€¢ Download this sermon (PDF) BBeloved congregation of Christ: We come now to the Feast of Passover, the first of seven feasts that God appointed for Israel in Leviticus 23. Many evangelicals would ask, Why study the Feast of Passover? […]
When Christ returns from heaven, he will complete his sacrifice on the Passover, remove the leaven of sin, and carry his people to his heavenly kingdom as firstfruits. He will gather his people in a final, great harvest gathering of souls. On that day, a final trumpet will sound to announce the great news that the Day of Atonement from sin is consummatedâ€”sin and death will be no more. And God’s people will finally dwell in the new heaven and earth, where God will dwell with them as their God.