A person's worldview is one of the primary factors driving his or her thoughts and actions. A worldview "is the fundamental
cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society's knowledge and point of view."
(Wikipedia) At the core of my worldview is my personal relationship with
Jesus Christ, who by His death and resurrection has made a way for all of us to attain eternal life with Him in Heaven (Romans 5:7-8), thereby escaping the
eternal torment of Hell (Mark 9:42-48). This death and resurrection is the only way that we can obtain eternal life in Heaven when our lives on this earth are
completed (John 14:6). The reason that this is the
only way is that, by nature, we are all sinners against God (Romans 3:23) and this sin has separated us from Him (Romans 6:23) because He is perfect and does not
allow sin to be in His presence.
Because Jesus Christ, the Son of God (John 3:16), lived and died without sin, taking the penalty of our sin on Himself when He died on the Cross, He has become the one
way by which the penalty of our sins can be erased in God's eyes (II Corinthians 5:21).In His great love for us, Jesus has given us this gift freely because He does not want anyone to spend
the rest of his or her eternal, post-earth existence in Hell (II Peter 3:8-10). However, the choice of whether or not
to receive this free gift is ours. If you would like to receive this free gift, repent of your sins before God, "confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in
your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9, ESV) I cannot speak to you of religions, for religions are dead sets of traditions made by men.
I speak to you about a personal daily relationship that I have with the living Creator of the universe.
Rather than being an endpoint, accepting salvation through Jesus Christ is the beginning of a Christian journey that God has placed before us. God has
called His people to spiritual Mount Zion, the Heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22-24). Mount Zion is the dwelling place of God (Psalm 132:12-14). This spiritual Christian journey, which mirrors the journey of the Israelites from slavery
in Egypt to the full occupation of their natural inheritance under King David, can be explained through the seven feasts of the Old Testament (Leviticus 23). For a more in-depth
study of this topic, see The Journey of Israel by Dr. Brian J. Bailey.
- Firstly, the Feast of Passover, when the Israelites put the blood of a lamb over their doors to prevent the death of their firstborn sons (Exodus 12:1-13), speaks of our
salvation experience via the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God (Romans 5:8-9). This experience
begins our spiritual Christian journey out from spiritual Egypt, which speaks of the sinful life of this world.
- The second is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which corresponds to the
unleavened bread that the Israelites ate as they left Egypt under the leadership of Moses (Exodus 12:14-15). In our Christian journey, this speaks of reading the Bible,
which is the pure Word of God, without the sin (leaven) of
false teachers (John 6:48-51; John 1:1,14; I Corinthians 5:6-8).
- After they left Egypt, the Israelites came to the Red Sea. By a miracle of
God, they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground, but the Egyptian army pursuing them was drowned (Exodus 13-14).
The crossing of the Red Sea speaks of the water baptism experience that is a public statement of our separation from the world unto Christ (I Corinthians 10:1-2).
By signifying our death to self
and the beginning of our new lives in Christ, this matches with the Feast of Firstfruits (Romans 6:3-4). Just as Pharaoh did not want to lose his Israelite slaves, Satan does not
want to lose the people of his kingdom, and he pursues us in our journey to this point, where his power over us is broken.
- After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they
travelled across the dessert to Mount Sinai, where the
fire of God was (Exodus 34:29-35). They arrived at Mount Sinai in the third month of their calendar, which is the same time of year that the Fire of God
fell on the 120 people gathered to pray on the
Feast of Pentecost (Exodus 19:1-3; Acts 2:1). In our spiritual journey, this Baptism of the Holy Spirit experience gives us the power to preach and the power to perform miracles
(Acts 2:41-43;Acts 4:31). Evidence of this Baptism of the Holy Spirit is shown by speaking in other tongues (Acts 19:6). When the Israelites were at Mount Sinai, they
did not want to meet with God, but sent Moses to go for them (Exodus 20:18-20). Likewise, in our Christian journey, Many are afraid to experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Many people begin the journey with us but reach a point where they do not
want to go on. Both before and after their time at Mount Sinai, the Israelites travelled through the wilderness, where they were tested by God (Numbers 14:20-45). Likewise in
our Christian journey, we are tested by God in times of spiritual dryness.
- When the Israelites reached the east side of the Jordan River, God called them to enter their inheritance in Israel. This corresponds to the Feast of Trumpets, where
God calls us to move forward in our spiritual journey (Leviticus 23:23-24). Again, two-and-a-half tribes chose to stay on the east side of the Jordan River rather than
enter into the inheritance that God had chosen for them (Numbers 32:1-5,33). Likewise, we choose our own spiritual inheritance when we choose not to continue in our spiritual journey.
- As the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, the water, which was at flood stage, stopped at a place called Adam (Joshua 3:14-17). Adam speaks of the sinful nature of our ancestor, Adam (Romans 5:12-15).
After the Israelites crossed this point, they no longer desired to return to Egypt. Likewise in our Christian journey, although Satan lost his power over us in step three, we
will encounter times that we desire to return to the worldly life that we use to live. This will continue until we reach this stage in our journey. This stage of the journey corresponds to the Feast of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-28),
when we are purified in Christ. It is a time of circumcision of our hearts (Joshua 5:8-9; Deuteronomy 10:12-13,16). As we are crucified with Christ, our old sinful nature
is put to death
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:5-8). After they entered the land of Israel, they defeated thirty one kings under the leadership of Joshua (Joshua 12:9-24). Likewise,
in our Christian journey
we must overcome many areas of personal weakness in our character as we become more like Christ. Despite their victories, the Israelites became tolerant of those who opposed them
(Judges 2:1-3). Likewise, if we form wrong alliances, we will not grow in our relationship with Christ (Proverbs 13:20; I Corinthians 15:33-34).
- The final of the seven feasts is the Feast of Tabernacles. After having capitals in Shiloh and Hebron, it was only after King David made his capitol Mount Zion in Jerusalem
that the Israelites obtained their full inheritance. When King David's son Solomon built the temple on Mount Zion and called all the people to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles
there, God moved powerfully:
"10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud,
for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD." (I Kings 8:10-11, ESV)
What greater goal can we have than to dwell for all eternity in Heaven with God? Indeed, the apostle Paul said that he counted everything else in his life
as rubbish compared to gaining Christ (Philippians 3:7-8). We want to experience His glory here on this earth. My brothers and sisters in Christ,
let us press forward in our Christian journey as the apostle Paul stated in Philippians 3:12-14 (ESV),
"12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own,
because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on
toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."