Several years ago in our homeschooling, we studied Ancient History. During that time we also studied the biblical feasts the Lord gave to His people. The children were young and we are once again studying Ancient History. We are also going through and celebrating some of the biblical feasts from the New Testament perspective utilizing the book Celebrating Biblical Feasts in your home or church.
Today in the Jewish community, Yom Kippur is being celebrated. It actually began at sundown last night and ends tonight at sundown.
“The Day of Atonement (at-one-ment with God) is the climax of ten days of repentance (Rosh Hashanah). It is the day the worshipper stands before Almighty God. He confesses his mistakes and admits that he has sinned. It is his desire to bring himself into harmony with God” (Celebrating Biblical Feasts in your home or church).
It has been a blessed time as we have focused on the great, once and for all sacrifice Christ made on the cross for our sins. But what does Yom Kippur have to do with water and the Spring of Life? I began to ponder this and this song came to mind. Feel free to belt it out if you know it and forgive me if you keep singing it tonight when you go to sleep.
This may sound silly, but as this song continued to play in my head, it occurred to me this song can be related to our society. Many people today are thinking everything is alright and are putting on their dancing shoes to join the party heading straight to hell. While Christians, instead of grabbing their bible and sharing the gospel with all those who are in our homes and in our lives, just head back into the tub to soak until we shrivel up and are unable to be used by God. Despite popular opinion everything is not not going to be all right. Unless one walks in the light and becomes washed and bathed in the blood of Jesus Christ it will never be all right.
“Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:5-9
When one typically thinks of taking a bath and getting clean or when one pictures a river or stream, it is of water that is crystal clear. But the reality is that the spring that washes us runs red—red with Jesus’ blood. It is on this Day of Atonement we celebrate the gift of Christ’s sacrifice through His blood that allows us access to God the Father.
“Therefore, brothers , since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22
How awesome is it to know that our hearts can be sprinkled clean and our bodies washed in pure water because of the work Christ did on the cross. May we not forsake our responsibility in sharing this gift of water that comes from the spring of life (Revelation 21:6).