In honor of Rosh Shoshanah and Yom Kippur. ..
For those who are interested in why and how these holidays have significance for all who follow Yeshua (Jesus) click the link after the post.
The following comes from George MacDonald Sermons: The Truth in Jesus.
What I insist upon is, that ones faith shall be in the living, living, ruling, helping Christ, devoted to us as much as ever He was, and with all the powers of the Godhead for the salvation of His brethren. Is it not faith that He did this, that His work wrought that – it is faith in the Man who did and is doing everything for us that will save us. Without this He cannot work to heal spiritually, any more than He would heal physically, when He was present to the eyes of men.
Do you ask, “What is faith in Him?” I answer, the leaving of your way, your objects, your self, and the taking of His and Him; the leaving of your trust in men, in money, in opinion, in character, in Atonement itself, and the doing as He tells you. I can find no words strong enough to serve the weight of this necessity – this obedience. It is the one terrible heresy of the church, that it has always been presenting something else than obedience as faith in Christ.
The work of Christ is not the ‘Working Christ’, any more than the clothing of Christ is the body of Christ. If the woman who touched the hem of His garment had trusted not in Him who wore it, would she have been healed? And the reason that so many who believe about Christ rather than in Him, get the comfort they do, is that, touching this the mere hem of His garment, they cannot help believing a little in the Live Man inside the garment.
Some even ponder the imponderable – whether they are of the elect, whether they have interest in the blood shed for sin, whether theirs is a saving faith – when all the time the Man who died for them is waiting to begin to save them from every evil, first from this self which is consuming them with trouble about its salvation. He will set them free, and take them home to the bosom of the Father – if only they will mind what He says to them – which is the beginning, middle, and end of faith. If they would but awake and rise from the dead, and come out into the light which Christ is waiting to give them, He would begin at once to fill them with the fullness of God.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah