The Feast for Today
Today we can “feast” on Christ Jesus, all the time.
We can enjoy fellowship with Him, and have the abundance of the Holy Spirit filling us up with joy, peace, love, strength, etc.
But often He has set a feast before you, and bidden you to come and fellowship with Him, and you have not come.
Or come, and taken a sandwich, when so much more was offered.
I’m going to speak about the Feast of Tabernacles which Jesus attended.
John 7:2 “Now the Jews feast of tabernacles was at hand.”
This feast was to remember the time of the wilderness wanderings, when Israel came from Egypt to the Promised Land.
They were to come to Jerusalem and build booths, and camp out, so to speak;……..rejoicing in God’s goodness, in bringing them through the wilderness, with it’s trials;…..into the land.
There were ceremonies to celebrate different parts of His Salvation; and seven days were sent aside to do this.
John 7:14 “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.”
Many people had looked for Him to come,……some to accuse and others to hear.
But now He was here, and He was teaching God’s Word in the temple.
The people were being confronted with HIs Words, His teachings, and many believed He was the Christ, who was to come.
But many did not.
Many among the authorities, wanted only to kill Him and get rid of Him.
During the feast, everyday the priests would take the temple jars and go in a procession out to the wells outside the city, and fill them up.
Then they would bring them up and into the temple area;…….a place right before the stairs which went up to the Brazen Altar,…..where the sacrifices were offered.
There, on the floor, they would pour out the water, quoting in song a prophesy from Isaiah (Isaiah 12:2-6):
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation….
Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”
This would be repeated everyday with the water for six days.
The last day, the great day of the feast, they would gather at the same spot, without water, and wait:
Jesus moves to the steps between the men……and the Brazen Altar and says:
John 7:37-39. “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
I used to think: What an announcement! Wow!
and so it was!
But did they believe and receive Him? No.
Like so many times with us; they discussed it. Talked about Him, but did nothing about the offer of Life.
How sad. An opportunity with out the resulting Life.
Some sought to do Him harm:
John 7:44 “And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.”
The chief priests and Pharisees called the officers of the temple to go get Him, but:
John 7:45-46 “Then came the officers to the chief priest and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.”
They knew His power and authority! So they did not arrest Him.
Here, Jesus was offering, to those who would believe on Him, a constant source of life from within.
His life, by the Holy Spirit, to those who would believe.
The feast of the tabernacles ended.
Jesus had called to all who will. Some thought about it….some talked about Him….others just rejected out of hand His Word, and offer.
But most, sadly, did not continue with Him.
He calls today. To come and have a constant supply of life; His life, within us.
To feast with Him every day, by the Holy Spirit within .
He offers Himself again to you, today. “If anyone thirst….are you surrounded by things, even religious things, and still not satisfied….well, I have that satisfaction for you, if you will come unto Me.”
What will you do with Jesus?