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Jesus – Our Water & Our Light

The Feast of Tabernacles (also known as the Feast of Booths) is the last feast of the festival year and the beginning of the Jewish new year. There are three holidays associated with this feast; Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). This feast, like Passover has feasts within feasts.

Before we get into different aspects of the feast, I want to jump right to Jesus. There are two main ceremonies during Tabernacles, the water ceremony and the light ceremony. Late Autumn is typically a season of drought in Israel, so each day the priests would ceremonially pour water on the altar. People would chant Isaiah 12:3, “Then you will joyfully draw water from the well of salvation.” It was on the last and greatest day of the feast, when the largest amounts of water was flowing behind Jesus we read these words in John 6:37-38 NASB “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes on Me as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water‘”.

Remember when Jesus said to the woman at the well, if you drink of me you will never thirst again? Jesus is saying on this last day of the feast, I am the answer to the prayer you pray at this time every year. I am the water you are praying for, I am the salvation the Bible speaks of. Water is sustainment, Jesus is our sustainment. At Passover we discovered that Jesus is our sacrifice, our doorway into the presence of God. At Tabernacles He is our continual refreshing, our strength, our joy.

The second major ceremony is the light ceremony that took place in the women’s court. The story from rabbis is that the oil for the lights were of such quantity that when the lamps were lit the entire city of Jerusalem was illuminated. It is with this backdrop Jesus speaks the words of John 8:12 NASB “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

In one celebration we see Jesus as our salvation, our constant refreshing and the ever giving light of the path of our life and we haven’t even gotten to the glory part of this feast yet. Every Feast points to its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus which allows for the fullness of its joyous celebration.

In the coming weeks we will look into the glory side of this feast. With this feast and every feast, with every aspect of our lives, we can celebrate because Jesus is the door to our Father who only desires good for us.

Psalm 91:14-16 MSG “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation.”    

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Part 3: Salvation & Sonship

brnAs we continue to talk about what it means to be in Christ, today we will look at our salvation and adoption into the family of God.

Ephesians 1:5 NIV “In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”

We first see that everything starts in love, love is not an attribute of God, Love is God and God is love. We could say that love himself predestined us for adoption.

The love part of this verse is key as we talk about who we are in Christ, in Christ we are loved by love himself. Think about this, no matter who has rejected us in the past or present, no matter who thinks we are not worthy, that God, the King of the universe loved us and called us to be His child.

We further understand this love when we recognize that someone has to choose to adopt, God did not have to choose us and Jesus did not have to choose to leave Heaven and come to earth. God chose us to be part of His family and we chose to be part of His.

Romans 8:14-17 NIV “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

All of this according to HIS GOOD PLEASURE AND WILL. This is the love of God, this is the life of the believer, a son of God, a place with your name on it at the family table.

This understanding needs to come in when we pray. Let me give you an example, when you go over to someones house and you would like something to drink you ask them somewhat hesitantly when they haven’t offered if you can have a drink. On the other hand, when you walk into your parents house even when you are fifty years old, you walk in, open the fridge, and get a coke. Notice the difference?

Many Christians go the first rout with God. God is our Father, the scripture says it is His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, instead of begging prayer, let’s have believing prayer.

Now understand when we talk of God as Father we arent speaking of not honoring Him as God or taking reverence out of prayer. Just like with a good earthly dad there is honor yet comfort in approach, the same goes for God.

As believers, let’s really take hold of this truth of sonship.

Ephesians 1:6-10 NIV “to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (7) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (8) that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, (9) he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, (10) to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”

He has freely given, all we must do is choose to accept it. At the point we accept it we have redemption (deliverance and salvation), we are delivered from the hand of the enemy and the kingdom of darkness and saved unto God and the Kingdom of light (His dear son).

He makes known to us the mystery of His will, this goes beyond the mystery of salvation. We have all heard people say that God says no man knows the mind of the Lord.

Let’s look at the oft quoted verse, 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Now let’s look at the very next verse, pay attention to the first word BUT. 1 Corinthians 2:10 NKJV “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

Look at 1 John 2:20 NKJV “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.”

The Spirit was given to remind, teach, and reveal, we do not have to be in the dark concerning God’s will like so many say. Well I just don’t know if it’s God’s will for me to have that job? Well ask Him! I don’t know if it’s God’s will for me to be healed? Ask Him!

Many times the will of God for a situation sits on our coffee tables unopened! The will of God is written in the Word of God!

God’s will is as follows:

It is God’s will that you be sanctified – 1 Thessalonians 4:3

The Lord delights in (wills) the prosperity of His servant – Psalm 35:27

That all men be saved – 2 Peter 3:9

There are so many promises in God’s word, the promises of God are the will of God, get your Bible, begin to pray, and discover His will for you!

Now, just because something is God’s will does not make it automatic in our lives. We have to come to Him in repentance and faith for salvation.

We have to surrender ourselves, our full selves in order to receive the work of sanctification by the Spirit.

Prosperity won’t just happen, we must tithe and be wise with money in order for God to bestow prosperity un us.

Every promise in God’s word is conditional, why? Because if God did not give conditions he would have to bless the wicked, and God being a just God will not do that.

Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

When we believed we were marked and sealed with the promise of the Spirit. We saw earlier in Romans chapter eight that the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. He is also the one who guarantees our inheritance. What does that mean? The Spirit is the one who leads us in claiming and proclaiming the promises in and for our lives, and He is the one that brings about the fulfillment of our faith proclamations.

As Children of God let us walk as sons and daughters in the earth and claim every promise for our lives. Jesus prayed that The Kingdom would manifest here on earth as it was in Heaven. It’s time to start making the Kingdom manifest in our lives through our confession and through our prayer life.

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