Friday, March 25, 2005

Celebrate Messiah Australia

Barry Buirski came to CCBC to share about his work at Celebrate Messiah and a Good Friday special gathering and sharing on "Christ in the Passover Feast". It was really inspiring and interesting. He shared about how as a young Jewish man he had to uphold all 613 laws in the Old Testament, and now he feels so free because Jesus Christ's atoning work on the cross has set him free.

He went through and demonstrated the 5 'kiddish' cups with us:
(1) cup of sanctification
(2) cup of plague s
(3) cup of redemption (which is the main theme for the feast of passover lamb)
(4) cup of praise
(5) cup of Elijah

Barry also talked about Jesus as the Lamb of God in reference to His being the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for sin. The whole sacrificial system established by God in the Old Testament set the stage for the coming Jesus Christ, who is the perfect sacrifice that God would provide as atonement for the sins of His people (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 10).

The sacrifice of lambs played a very important role in the Jewish religious life and their sacrificial system. When John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), the Jews who heard him might have immediately thought of any one of several important sacrifices. With the time of the Passover Feast being very near the first thought might be the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb. The Passover Feast was one of the main Jewish holidays and a celebration in remembrance of when God delivered the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. In fact the slaying of the Passover lamb and the applying of blood to door posts of the houses in order for the angel of death to pass over those people who are “covered by the blood” (Exodus 12:11-13) is a beautiful picture of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. And it's amazing that all Old Testament scripture in the Bible contains signposts towards Jesus' life and death.

4 comments:

Rodney Olsen said...

We had Lawrence Hirsch from Celebrate Messiah visit our church last weekend.

It was wonderful to get a greater grasp on the customs and traditions of our faith.

Paul Walton said...

I love this information U get Kitty, it is good to see the truth of the NT come out. A lot of people have so many misconceptions about who Jesus was, to put it simply He was the Annointed one, the Messiah (Chosen) one.

But one thing we need to remember about being Christians, we don't celebrate Easter the way it should be. We should also celebrate the Passover as well as take the easter celebration, back to Thurs not Fri so the scripture of the OT can be fulfilled of three days and threee nights in the Tomb. But that is all I will say on that.

It is good to see that U R getting to know God thru this tho.

Christop said...

Yeah, Lawrence Hirsch (I think) is coming up to Wendouree Baptist Church Sunday night, to talk about Christ in the Passover. He came up a couple of years ago, and it was really good, so I'm making sure I'm back for it.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Celebrate Messiah has misrepresented Judaism and given you a false impression of what Judaism is.
Barry Buirsky, would not be considered Jewish as he was not born of a Jewish mother.
Their presentations are impressive, however nothing that resembles the truth.
They do their best to blur the distinctions between two religion making a joke of Christianity and Judaism at the same time.