Chag Sameach (Joyous Festival) to my Jewish Friends and Have a Blessed Easter to my Christian Friends. I’m writing this on Saturday, April 20th, the Second Day of Passover and the Middle Day of Easter Season, 2019.
As I understand it, Passover is a 8 Day Festival that brings people and especially Families together at Seder Dinner to “retell” the story of the Miracle of G/d’s Delivering the people of Israel from their long period of Slavery in Egypt over 3,000 years ago.
Easter is a 3 Day period of time that brings friends and Families together to remember the planned and voluntary Sacrifice and Death of Jesus, His burial and His resurrection which Deliver His believers from their bondage to sin.
Jews and Christians have so much in common. We are the only people in Creation who Worship the One, True, Living G/d. The Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those of us who take our faith seriously believe in a G/d who cares for and loves us. One who gave us the system of “Sacrifice” that provides for the forgiveness of our sin. For without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
We derive the basics of our Faith from a Book that was written thousands of years ago, almost exclusively by Jews, as G/d moved them to think and write. He told us to continually remind our Children of the things He has done for us – not the things we have done for Him. Our Jewish friends read the Torah, Psalms, Proverbs and the Prophets that point to the Day when Messiah will come to Save us. My Christian friends read those same books and we believe Messiah has come and is coming again.
In Isaiah 55: 8 to 13 we read: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”