Rosh Hashanah begins tonight at sunset. Millions of Jewish people will be celebrating the Jewish New Year and many Christians do not know what Rosh Hashanah is about. A few years back our local church celebrated the Feast of Passover and had such a great blessing. I’d love to do it again some year. Rosh Hashanah is the autumn feast Christians commonly call the Feast of Trumpets.
So, what does Rosh Hashanah mean for Christians?
Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish feast, is a day of celebration and is also a serious day. The new year is beginning for Jewish people and it is a time to reflect and repent. It is also a time for judgement from God. We find this day in the Old Testament in the Bible. We also know Jesus and the early Christians celebrated this day.
This Jewish feast day reminds us that God created the world. We are celebrating the fact that He is our creator. It is also a time that the shofar was blown signifying a time of judgement. 10 days after Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. This is a time of self-reflection and repentance.
We could all use 10 days of self-reflection and repentance. As Christians we should be doing this daily. But Rosh Hashanah reminds us the importance of doing this. So here are some ideas your family can celebrate Rosh Hashanah in your own way:
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7: 14