The story of Purim is one of many episodes in God’s dealings with His people.
The Jews were saved physically at this point in their history. The time of their full salvation and the complete fulfillment of God’s prophecies given to Abraham was drawing nigh.
It happened five hundred years later with the coming of adon Yeshua HaMashiach –the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
Jesus is the greater Mordecai. Condemned to die for His people, Jesus the Messiah became the supreme sacrifice of atonement for the sins of Jew and Gentile alike.
In Him were truly fulfilled the prophecies of old, “…All the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him” (Genesis 18:18).
Today we see millions of people in all parts of the earth who have received these blessings through Abraham’s seed, the Messiah, flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone.
Mordecai and Esther knew for certain that Haman’s decree was not an accident of history, but a consequence of failings within the Jewish people. That is why Mordecai’s response was “[He] clothed himself in sackcloth and ashes and went out into the midst of the City.”
He turned to repentance, and urged the rest of the Jews to do likewise. Only then did he send Esther “to come to the King and entreat him and plead with him for her people.” Esther was also repentant. She asked Mordecai to “Go and gather all the Jews . . . and they should fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days and nights.” In addition, Esther included herself: “I also . . . will fast likewise.”
Just as the Jews were rescued, we are redeemed by our Righteous Messiah. True and complete redemption lies in our own hands, as we must turn to God in complete repentance.
Purim Symbols Christ
The picture of the three-day resurrection is shown. Esther fasted for three days, and on the third day she arose to go before the king.
The Christian New Life
The story of Esther is a depiction of a Christian’s walk in a new life. Exposing Haman is symbolic of exposing sin. The new decree triumphs. The old decree symbolizes Jesus triumphing over the law of sin and death. Once Haman (sin, flesh) was put to death, Mordecai (Holy Spirit) is given unlimited command.
The above is an excerpt from A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays.