SLOW DOWN & CELEBRATE THE AUTUMN
We don’t actually know when Jesus was born, December was just a convenient choice to remember and celebrate the event that changed the world. However, many scholars believe it happened at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles.
A belief had grown in Israel that the festival would herald the arrival of the Messiah, who would then establish His Kingdom. Of course few expected the arrival in lowly circumstances of a tiny baby; but in that child was the total provision of God for a fallen world. Whether or not the nativity actually happened during this season is not really important; it is fitting that when we are thinking about the festival’s major theme of God’s provision, that we focus again on Jesus.
On the cross Jesus paid the ultimate price so that every human need could be met. Forgiveness is wonderful, but the cross isn’t just about forgiveness. Everything that the Evil One has sought to destroy in humanity was dealt with on the cross.
[1 John 3:8]
Having disarmed the powers and authorities,
He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Rest and God’s provision go together. Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day, so their first day was a day of rest—resting in the finished work of the Creator. Israel on entering the Promised Land where amazing provision was laid on, were said to have entered rest [Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 12:8-10]; Solomon, living in the good of his father David’s work, oversaw an outstanding period of rest for Israel [1 Chronicles 22:9]. These pictures of rest were but shadows of the reality to come: we rest in the finished work of Jesus.
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