Nisan approaches

What is Nisan?

Well, it’s the very first month of the Jewish calendar.  It’s sometimes called (“the Season of our Freedom”) commemorating Israel’s redemption from slavery as the Israelite departure from Egypt took place in mid-Nisan.  It’s around the same time Christians celebrate the passover.  Easter Sunday usually falls up to a week after the first day of Passover. (The early churches came up with this date even though it’s not accurate.  They decreed Easter to be the first Sunday after the full moon following the Spring Equinox, March 21).

In scripture it says:

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month between the two evenings is the lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the lord; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread. (Leviticus23:5)

We’re to always celebrate this season as scripture commands:

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to the lord; throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. (Exodus 12:14)

The name of the month is Babylonian; in the Torah it is called the month of the Aviv, referring to the month in which barley was ripe. It is a spring month of 30 days.

Nisan usually falls in March–April on the Gregorian Calender.  The most important date of Nisan is the 14th.  This day of Nisan begins on the night of a full moon.  This is the very night Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before he took our sins upon himself to the cross to redeem us back into his kingdom of freedom. In the Jewish calendar during the day on the 14th of Nisan, they were to slaughter the lambs (which correlates with Jesus begin slaughtered for our sins).
While it’s a very dark season, it’s also a very glorious one.  Thank God Jesus did what he did so we can once again be called God’s children!
During this season I always look up at the moon and imagine Jesus looking up at the very same moon when he was on the earth that night of the passover.  I can’t imagine what thoughts were rushing through his mind that night.  Scripture says he sweated blood because of the great burden he was about to carry for the ENTIRE world.  I don’t think mankind has fully come to realise the full importance of what Jesus did on the cross for us.  I don’t think we will really ever understand the full extent of this until this old system ends.
Last year while in a deep season of prayer and seeking God for help and healing I was listening to a worship song and all of a sudden like lighting through me I heard Jesus say, “It’s not about what you want or need but what I went through on the cross to get it for you.” Sometimes the trials of life and torment of sickness overwhelm us and drown out the cross but the Lord had to remind me that it’s all done, I will be healed, all his promises to my prayers will be fulfilled but I must always remember his suffering on the cross.   I must remember that he paid for it all dearly and to try through the dark seasons to continue to thank him and worship him that we will come out of the bad times and come out victorious.
Yes its really hard.  I’m still waiting, but he has a time schedule and we cannot force it.  I do feel God moves when we truly get a grasp of the suffering Jesus went through for our sins. When a person gets the revelation that ‘he died for ME’ then I really think a person  becomes ‘born again’. I think sometimes the church and some people abuse Grace.  They think they can still act the same sinful way and Gods love and grace will cover it.  But, if we really could have watched with our own eyes the 6 hours Jesus hung on the cross, naked, bleeding, in absolute agony we would try to be less like the world and maybe a little more holier.  So I’m learning to always go back to the cross and honour his suffering.  To keep the focus on him and not on the circumstances.
Nisan 14 will fall on Sunday 17th April 2011.
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