The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.Leviticus 23:1-2 (NIV)
Celebration is sacrament.
Sacrament: A sacred act instituted by God Himself.
“‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.Leviticus 23:3 (NIV)
“These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.” Leviticus 23:4 (NIV)
“The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.” Leviticus 23:5 (NIV)
Commemoration and Anticipation
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Leviticus 23:6 (NIV)
The Feast of First Fruits
The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)
The Feast of Trumpets
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NIV)
The Feast of Tabernacles
“On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.”
What connects gratitude to joy is PRACTICE.
People of Celebration practice gratitude.
“Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.”Brene Brown
The Day of Atonement
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”John 1:29 (NIV)
“…God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”2 Corinthians 5:21 (MSG)