“If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will      forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness… if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father    in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins…”  – I John 1:9, and 2:1 – 2:2

There are two significant Jewish holidays in October,    Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is a two day celebration that begins on the first day of the first month of the Jewish Civil Year, (October 3).  It literally means, “head of the year,” or, “day of shouting/blasting.”    It is considered the first of the Jewish High and Holy days; and a day to begin asking God for forgiveness of sins.

Yom Kippur is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism.      It is the tenth day of the first month of the Jewish civil year, (October 12). The central themes of Yom Kippur are atonement and repentance; and it is typically a twenty-five hour period of fasting and intense prayer. Because Rosh Hashanah is a time to seek God’s forgiveness, it is a natural prelude to Yom Kippur.

I am so thankful for the fact that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. The moment faith is placed in Him, He makes forgiveness of sins and atonement for sins a reality.  It’s not by any merit of mine but solely based on who Jesus is and what He has done for me, (see Ephesians 2:8 & 9).

So, in the Name of Jesus Christ, happy Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur!

Thankful for His Grace,
Pastor Deane


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  1. I love this notice! I am a Cass Tech Alumnus and as such, and due to the fact that we had many Jewish students, we ALL were given Jewish holy days off as well as the Christian and Secular ones. The diversity of the school made it possible to learn about Judaism and their beliefs and rituals. I was very pleasantly surprised the first time I went to Temple to hear them speaking of Jesus – of course they spoke of him as a great Rabbi/Teacher but still his thoughts/life were respected and I had even more respect for my Jewish friends.


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