Friday, April 19, 2019

CHPP Good Friday/Passover Friday, April 19, 2019

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"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 . . ."

Passover Begins Tonight at Sunset

Passover Begins Tonight at Sunset

Dear Friends,

Today we are seeing a "set time" on God's calendar: the convergence of Good Friday and the beginning of Passover: two great faith traditions, both pointing to the same One: the One who came to save us all from our bondage to sin.

Praise the Lord!

Below you will find several articles that honor both traditions . . . all for the day today.

As we ponder the material presented below, let us each search our own hearts, in repentance, for any "unleavened bread" in our lives . . . including the lusting after Power, Prestige, and Position.
Let us join together and enter into this weekend of Resurrection Power, singing praises to His glorious name, and thanking our Father for the gift He has given to all.
In His Amazing Grace,

Your Daily Brief editorial team

Good Friday

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 - Celebrating our Deliverance!

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

(Reprinting from one year ago . . . God's message never changes.)

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

Israel Prepares for Passover

Army announces 9-day closure of West Bank,

Gaza for Passover holiday

The Israeli army on Thursday announced it would impose a nine-day closure on the West Bank and Gaza for the entirety of Passover, as is standard practice during festivals and holidays.

The closure will begin overnight Thursday-Friday, starting at 12 a.m., and last until 12 a.m. Saturday, April 27.

Exceptions will be made for humanitarian and other outstanding cases, but will require the approval of the Defense Ministry's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

(Times of Israel) Read more.

In Israel: a Passover Surprise!

As the Seder is Observed with Roasted Chicken Eggs,
Eggshells Found in Jerusalem's City of David

Chickens Were Widely Raised in First-Temple City of David

On the eve Passover, Jews in Israel and around the world place a hard-boiled or roasted egg on the ceremonial Seder plate - and eat it dipped in salt water - to symbolize the festival sacrifice that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem.

An appropriate new finding from excavations in Jerusalem's City of David - are enlightening archeologists about the local population's diet at the end of the biblical period.

The findings of a new study show significant use of domesticated chickens for consumption among Jerusalem's upper class.

The findings of the new study, headed by Prof. Zohar Amar of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archeology at Bar-Ilan University, will be revealed during the department's annual conference next month, which will deal with agriculture and nature in ancient Israel.

Until now, archeological finds from the earliest periods were paltry. They consisted of a few bones and several seals of the royal house bearing the image of a fighting rooster. As a result of this evidence, researchers believed that this fowl was used only as a pet and for cockfighting.
Prof. Amar notes that the nature of the discovery is extraordinary: Egg shells in archeological finds are rare; they are usually not preserved because they are so fragile. In addition, chicken eggs from the City of David are, as of now, the earliest archeological find from the Near East. (Breaking Israel News) Read more.

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