This year’s Yom Kippur went about as good as Yom Kippur can be expected to go, since one is to afflict one’s self (fast) for 24+ hours.
My body must be expecting a fast once the leaves start falling each year, because I had almost no discomfort physically.
Spiritually, it was a great day. I delivered the message at Gates of Eden Messianic Congregation’s worship service Wednesday night, focusing on the need to confess as a way of practicing being dead (the dead neither eat nor drink) and standing in front of the White Throne for judgment. My family and I had our own little Yom Kippur morning service Thursday, and then met some friends from the congregation at Bradley Park for afternoon prayer and fellowship. It’s a blessing to be able to pray with my friend, Andy Eades, in the traditional manner.
Then the congregation gathered for a closing service and breaking of the fast, followed by good fellowship for an hour or so.
As followers of the Messiah, we are reminded not only that we have sins to confess (1 John 1:9), but also that those of us who have put our faith in Yeshua have those sins covered (Hebrews 9:11-12).
So while Yom Kippur for messianics is a day of affliction, it is also a day of joy. Joy which we now get to celebrate by observing the Feast of Tabernacles, which starts at sunset Monday.