Friday, March 30, 2018

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Good Friday/Passover

Friday, March 30, 2018

"Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." (John 19:30)

GOOD FRIDAY: The day our Lord hung on the Cross for three hours, from noon to three. A day of solemn remembrance.

PASSOVER begins tonight at sundown. Another time of solemn remembrance, when Jews around the world keep the Torah by hosting seder dinners.

This Special Edition of The Daily Brief will honor all who observe these traditions today. Shalom . . .


"It . . . is . . . finished . . ."

Holy Week: Day Six

Holy Week: Day Six

Good Friday

> > > Please read I Corinthians 15: 44-49

Good Friday celebrates the day our Lord died for our sins on the cross. I have often sat by the hour and tried to imagine the agony and suffering He went through because of our sins. At one point He said from the cross, "It is finished" (John 19:30). He meant that God had accepted His work on the cross as the penalty for our sins. Christ's death on our behalf is the reason God can forgive us and still be just. And His death teaches us the depth and breadth that there should be in our forgiveness of one another.

While that holy Friday was tremendous, it was only a prelude to Sunday morning when He was raised from the dead. Godly women had come to see His tomb, but angels made the glorious announcement, "He has risen!" (Luke 24:6). His resurrection guaranteed that we, too, will be raised, if we are believers and obeyers of His Word.

A Question to Ponder:

As you celebrate the truth that Jesus came from Heaven to redeem you, are you reflecting His likeness to those around you?

Our guide to our devotions was written by Billy Graham, and is titled "Victory: Preparing for Resurrection Sunday." Published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, this special devotional for Holy Week can be found online by going here:
[Please note: this is not a direct link to the BGEA site. To read all of Billy Graham's Easter Devotionals, you will need to cut and paste this PDF site into your own browser.]

Today's Hymn

Today's Hymn: And Can It Be that I Should Gain?

"The angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, 'Arise up quickly.' And his chains fell off from his hands." (Acts 12:7)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, 1738.

Music: Thom­as Camp­bell, 825

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain-
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

'Tis mystery all: th'Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father's throne above
So free, so infinite His grace-
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race:
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray-
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th'eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th'eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

> > > To listen to this magnificent hymn being sung by a congregation in England, please go here.
[Editor's note: Be sure to read the commentaries on the site below the hymn. Here is one example:]
What a wonderful rendition of this great hymn! What I especially love here is the expressions of some of the people where it obvious they know about what and Whom they sing!


Honoring PASSOVER:

"Chag Sa'meyach"!!

Teachings to Give Us Insight on this Very Special Day

'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance." (Exodus 12:14)

Did you know that The Last Supper, recorded in the New Testament, was in truth a Passover Seder? On the night before our Lord was crucified, He led His disciples in a seder meal, according to the dictates of Torah. And now, when we look carefully, we can see Christ's presence in the Passover seder.

The three articles below help us to understand the full meaning of the Passover meal, the Seder, as well as bring insights to help us observe Passover traditions in our day.


(1 Cor. 5:7; Ex. 12: 1-4)

Pastor Carolyn Sissom
Eastgate Ministries
Katy, Texas

In this teaching, Pastor Sissom goes into great detail to show us how Christ is shown in Passover. To read her sermon, please go here.


A detailed article, written by Pastor Eric Teitelman, House of David Ministries

You will be blessed as you take time to ponder this beautiful teaching! Go here!

III. 7 Passover Traditions Anyone Can Adopt - Breaking Israel News

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish liberation by God from slavery in Egypt. In the Book of Exodus, the Hebrew Bible describes the Israelites freedom under the leadership of Moses.

While non-Jews are not commanded to keep the laws of Passover, anyone can benefit from its teachings and traditions. Here are seven Passover traditions anyone can adopt this spring. (Read more)

The Passover Lamb

The Daily Jot

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Passover Lamb

As we enter the most holy of celebrations, Passover, let us prepare our hearts, repent from uncleanliness and seek true understanding of our relationship with God the Father and the Messiah. In a day and age where being Christian or Jew is looked down upon, even by some Christians and Jews, we need to have introspect on our mission in life, how that relates to the Lord, and our position in the world as we come closer to the end of days. This is the week of Nisan 10 on the Hebrew calendar. During the week, the sacrificial lambs were to be examined and only the ones found without blemish would be sacrificed on Nisan 14 (Friday this year) before the beginning of Pesach, or Passover.

The Passover coincides with the final days of Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. It is the picture of Christ being the true Passover Lamb, the sacrifice that liberates mankind from sin, as did God free the Israelites from the bondage in Egypt. The crucifixion of Christ took place as the Passover lambs were being sacrificed in the temple in Jerusalem. The Hebrew calendar starts its days from sundown to sundown, making its timing far different than the Gregorian calendar that we follow. The Pesach sacrifice (sacrifice of the Passover lambs) needed to be completed before sundown on Nisan 14 (which is Friday on our calendar). The Messiah was nailed to the cross, suffered, and died before sundown on Nisan 14.
Christ entered Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan, which is the day that the devoted Jews were choosing their Passover lambs. This is referenced in Matthew 21 where the great multitude spread their garments and branches on the way saying in verse 9, "Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." Jesus went to the temple and overturned the money changers, his authority was questioned by the religious leaders, and he gave the great commandments, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...and the second one is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." He also sat with his disciples and taught the chronology of what would happen in the end of days. This is called the Olivet Discourse.
Christ stated to his disciples in Matthew 26:2, "Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified." He then held an early Seder in which he spoke of the wine as his blood and the bread as his body. The events of the evening followed where Christ was taken in the garden, brought before the priests who sought a false witness to put him to death, but as Matthew 26:60 says, "But found none." He was taken before Pilate who also could find no fault in him, but allowed the people to decide if he should be crucified. These events follow the examination of the Passover Lamb who had no blemish. Christ is the true Passover Lamb as stated in 1 Corinthians 5:7, "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us," and John 1:29, "Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

A Seder at the U.N.!

Israeli-run Model Passover Seder at the UN Draws 60 Envoys

"While we are preparing to celebrate the Festival of Freedom and the struggle of the ancient Jews against bondage and slavery, the Iranian regime continues to threaten Israel and to spread terror throughout the Middle East," Danon told the attendees.

The Seder was organized by Israel's Mission to the United Nations, in cooperation with the European Coalition for Israel, and included ambassadors from four continents.
Founding Director of the European Coalition Tomas Sandell stressed the importance of the experience, noting that it would "help explain, among many other things, the long and unbroken connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel."

Read more.
Sources: Breaking Christian News;

Good News from Israel!

Record Setting Crowd at Passover Sacrifice Reenactment

"And when you enter the land that Hashem will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite." (Exodus 12:25)

The seventh annual reenactment of the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice took place on Monday, bringing the Nation of Israel ever closer to the Third Temple than before.

"We can see the Third Temple rising on the horizon," Shimshon Elboim, one of the organizers of the event, told Breaking Israel News. "It used to be just a small group of activists who showed up, but this year, the Passover sacrifice reenactment went mainstream."

Approximately 1,500 people, the largest crowd ever, gathered to watch some 20 Kohanim (Jewish men descending from Aaron the Priest) dressed in authentic priestly garments performing the full Passover ceremony as it was in Temple times.

The ceremony was accompanied by blasts from silver horns and other musical accompaniment. Two goats were slaughtered and their blood was collected in silver vessels to be spilled out on a model of the altar. The goats were roasted whole in the manner described in the Torah and served to the Jews gathered to witness the reenactment.
Mordechai Persoff, head of the Mikdash Educational Center, a non-profit organization for education about the Temple, spoke of the importance in performing the Paschal offering.

"This is the only sacrifice that if a Jew does not bring it, he receives the most severe punishment: Karet, being cut off from the people," Persoff explained to Breaking Israel News. "Even though it is a personal sacrifice, it is brought as a nation."

Persoff said that the reenactment reflected the national aspect of redemption.

"Every branch of Judaism from Secular to Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox), Ashkenazi and Sephardi, young and old, were all at the event." Persoff said with enthusiasm.

"That is how geula (redemption) happens: when all of Israel comes together. The Temple is, after all, where we get together because it is the source of true peace." (Breaking Israel News) Read more.

White House News!

On the Eve of Passover, Words of Torah Heard in the White House

When was the last time words of Torah were heard in the White House?

According to U.S. President Donald Trump's Special Representative to International Negotiations Jason D. Greenblatt, it was this week on Tuesday (March 27, 2018), during a visit by a group of rabbinical students from Yeshivat HaKotel just days before the start of the Passover holiday.

The brief "drosh" (discussion) was delivered by Moshe Wasserman, according to Greenblatt, who thanked him for the privilege and thanked the group for the visit.

"It was a pleasure to host all of you," Greenblatt tweeted.

(Source: Jewish Press) Read more here.

In Closing: Prayer Requests for Israel

Israel is on HIGH ALERT, anticipating violent Palestinian protests this weekend . . . please see below and pray!

> > > For a link to all this news, please go here.

Israel Prepares . . .

Status of preparations for the "great return march"

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are carrying out intensive preparations for the "great return march." The first event will be held beginning at 10:00 on Friday morning, March 30 2018. Palestinians will be brought to six locations along the border security fence (see below). A media center will be set up on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing. Buses will leave from all the mosques in the Gaza Strip beginning at 10:00 to bring participants to the six tent camps along the border.

In addition to civilians, members of Hamas and the other organizations will participate. Local committees have been appointed to organize the events in the various districts of the Gaza Strip. They are responsible for recruiting the masses, organizing transportation, and providing food, water, portable toilets and medical services. The activity will peak on May 15, 2018, Nakba Day.

Read full details here.

(Source: The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center)

A Song for Passover

A Song for Passover:

Passover Promise

By Teresa Thomas

Please enjoy this lovely song as we meditate upon that great night of deliverance that Abba brought for His people, many years ago. Amen.


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