Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Old Testament & New Testament...

This afternoon, I had a call from Pastor C, my grief counsellor. She wanted to know how I was, because I had not attended the last grief session, last night. I let her know I was fine and reminded her that I had mentioned last week, that I probably would not attend last night's class.

We spoke for a while. I made sure to thank her for all her help. Let's face it, I'm blessed. She had been the person who taught me that I need to make a plan for the special 'firsts' in my life, especially when the 'first' would bring painful or sorrowful feelings back. This was exactly what I had done, regarding my wedding anniversary.

Pastor C made sure to remind me that if I need to talk, all I need to do is call her. Thank you, Pastor C. You have been a true blessing to me. May God bless you, richly.

This evening was a little different than my past Tuesday's, for K, C & family were not able to have me visit early enough for dinner, due to the beginning of N's football season and his first meeting. So, instead, we met a little later. Yes, we enjoyed, 'The Biggest Loser' together. A lot of good it did us, for when K ran an errand, he arrived home with a bag full of Burger King's Chicken Sandwiches, for everyone. Definitely not needed, but yummy! Thank you, K. You certainly spiced up the evening!

Before I left for home, we had a discussion about Easter. The Easter bunny came early for them, to my house, because it turns out they won't be able to share dinner on Sunday after all, with me, daughter P and her family. By now, I'm sure you realize that I don't believe Easter is about the Easter bunny, even if he did leave sweet treats for K, C and family, at my home. :-)

I had commented about it being time for Passover as well as Easter. We had a short discussion about it. Were they shocked when I commented that part of me was glad the Jewish people had generally not recognized the Messiah, when He came to earth? I'm not sure.

We discussed the difference between Passover and Easter. There are also similarities, as well.

For sure, God's word tells both Jew and Christian that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. Read it for yourself.

The 'Old Testament' represents the covenant that God had with His chosen people, the Jewish people. In fact, the 'Old Testament' of the Christian Bible, is also the 'Hebrew Bible'. So, if you see a Jewish person reading a Christian Bible, don't be shocked, for they read the 'Old Testament'. I know this, because some of my relatives are Jewish people.

The 'New Testament' represents the covenant that God has with the rest of us, as Gentiles. I am very thankful that the Jewish people did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah, as prophesized in Isaiah, for this opened the way for we Gentiles to be 'saved' from an eternity in hell.

Some people might ask what I mean. Well, anyone who reads both the 'Old Testament' and the 'New Testament' portions of the Bible, clearly sees that Jesus is the Messiah, who was prophesized in the 'Old Testament', especially noted in Isaiah 53. The problem arises when people don't read both 'New and Old' Testaments, for the 'New Testament' shows that prophecy was fulfilled, through Jesus Christ.

It may sound like I'm being an oxymoron again (like a jumbo shrimp), but while I'm glad in one sense, that the Jewish people did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah, I am also saddened by this, for they really missed out on God's blessing.

Since it is rather late and this could be discussed further, I'm going to leave this entry, just as it is and continue this discussion, tomorrow. In the meantime, Happy Passover & Happy Easter!

Hit the hay and enjoy your restful sleep. I'll try.

Until next time...