Quote of the Week: Jesus and the Jewish Festivals

“John 5-10 is dominated by Jesus’ actions and discourses on the occasion of several Jewish festivals, suggesting that in some way he offers a replacement for all of them. On the Sabbath feast (Jn. 5), as he exercised the powers of life and judgment entrusted to him by the Father, he made available the blessings of the new age to which the Sabbath pointed. At Passover (Jn. 6), Jesus multiplied bread as a sign that he is the true bread [manna] from heaven. At Tabernacles (Jn. 7-9), the indication was given that the water and light ceremonies were replaced by Jesus, who provides ‘streams of living water’ and is ‘the light of the world’. at the Feast of Dedication (Jn. 10), celebrating the reconstruction of the altar and temple in the Maccabean era (cf. 1 Macc. 4:41-61), Jesus referred to himself as the one who had been truly consecrated by God and whose death would secure eternal life for the flock of God. Thus, with a surprising array of images, and with much terminology suggestive of Old Testament teaching, the fourth gospel presents Jesus as the centre of life and worship for the End-time.”

Peterson, David. Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1992. pp. 100-101

About John Valade

I facilitate and teach in Wascana Fellowship. I have been married to Wanda since 1984. M.Div. from Briercrest Seminary, SK in 2011 and B.R.E. Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University College) in 2000.
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