Don’t pass by Easter Sunday!
Acts 27:9 “Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.”
The Fast (the day of atonement) has been estimated to be 5th October in AD59. Between this date and mid-November sailing was dangerous and after November there was no sailing at all. “What am I still doing out here? I shouldn’t be here right now!” The question everyone asks you when you are trying to advance is … “Are you on budget? Are you on time?” NO! “The need is greater than what I have and we have not advanced further than I had wanted.”
They were in a predicament because they were still there in the wrong place at the wrong time (after the Fast).
Yom Kippur (day of atonement) is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. At the centre of the celebration is that of repentance and atonement.
Today is Easter Sunday, it is the holiest days of the year for Christians, at its centre is that of repentance and atonement!
The Day of Atonement is found in Leviticus 23:26-32.
Two of the main characters are live goats.
Jesus Christ was given 2 roles, that of High Priest and as the sacrifice for our sins.
One goat represented the Lord and the other would be called the scapegoat and it represents Satan.
The goat representing the Lord would be sacrificed by the High priest. It clearly symbolises Jesus, the ultimate sin offering for everyone.
The scapegoat would be let go into the wilderness once atonement had been made on it by stating the sins of the community are now on the animal. It was not sacrificed like the other goat representing the Lord.
The resurrected Jesus is the High Priest who presents the sacrificed goat’s blood before God. In contrast, Satan carries the sin and blame for all he has done to deceive mankind.
So back to the point: Wrong place wrong time.
The resurrection day is a once and once for all moment in history. This momentous event will not repeat itself in the same way. If you come through the cross and resurrection and are still travelling in this life and have not surrendered to the demands of the cross and have not come into a resurrection new life experience, then it is a dangerous time and place for you. If you are sailing in life oblivious to this then it could be your undoing.
Today call people to acknowledge what you know, ask them why they are still trying to sail after the Fast!