Here is the first in a series of Sermons I did on the Spring Feasts and their relationship to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Ephraim ben Avraham, from Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee. When I was a boy growing up around Galilee there were signs everywhere that my people were living in bondage. Roman soldiers walked our streets. When my dad would bring in a boat full of fish from the Sea of Galilee a Roman tax collector would watch over him as he sold his fish and then exact an exorbitant tax for Caesar. Then there were the zealots who lived in Gamala on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. They were constantly trying to enlist us to join the rebellion against Rome. My father would not join their cause, but every night he would pray that God would send another deliverer like Moses.
Because my people were in bondage to the Romans, our favorite time of the year was the Spring Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. During these Feasts we would celebrate that God heard the cries of our ancestors and sent Moses to deliver them from their chains of slavery and bondage in Egypt. Every year at Passover the desire for God to send a new Moses to deliver us from the bondage of Rome would reach fever pitch.
There was a tight bond which existed between the fishermen in my hometown of Capernaum. Thus my dad was good friends with Andrew and Simon, and James and John. I’ll never forget the day Simon came bursting through our door with the news that he had found this new Moses, our Messiah, and even called him by name, Yeshua ben Yosef, Jesus son of Joseph. Andrew and John had been listening to a prophet named John the Baptizer by the Jordan River. One day while they were listening to him, John surprised them when he pointed to Jesus and called him “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.