Why Passover?

passover3Yesterday I was asked by one of my members why we were having a Passover service at our church. It was our 2nd annual one. I explained things this way:

  1. Passover was the real time when Christ was crucified as our Passover Lamb (see 1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
  2. You cannot celebrate Passover with all the requirements because you would do away with Jesus Christ as that sacrificial lamb.
  3. This makes it a symbolic event and one that has much to teach us as we seek to serve and honor Christ. In other words, it becomes a teaching moment not a requirement of scripture anymore. I know people may take me on with this one, but this is where I stand after studying it for now….

Yes, I think the key event in the Christian history and faith is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, I guess I’m amazed at Christians who want to celebrate Easter over Passover. Think about it for a moment with me.

  1. Jesus’s last supper was the passover meal.
  2. He was crucified the next day and raised on that next Sunday.
  3. The key piece of the meal is the lamb – representing Christ and Him crucified.
  4. The Jewish people have kept track of the date for centuries
  5. Easter has purely pagan roots and the date can range up to a month different from year to year
  6. Eggs, rabbits are about fertility not about Christ.
  7. The Easter Ham has replaced the passover lamb as the food of choice and with being such anathema to the Jews it makes for a curious symbol….

Don’t get me wrong. When all the world is celebrating the resurrection, I think it’s an important time to celebrate it too. But I don’t see the resistance to Passover. I don’t see the problems with using a purely Biblical tool to teach about Christ as opposed to a purely pagan one.

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2 thoughts on “Why Passover?

  1. First, I must say that it is great that you are seeing the revelation of the need to observe Passover. Yahshua said He did not come to do away with the Law but to fulfill it. He observed Passover, as well as all of His followers because it was a mandate to all Truth Seekers to observe Passover, Jew or Gentile, according to Exodus 12:24. Forever has never ceased to be forever. It will even be observed in Yahweh’s Milllenial Kingdom. It is one of the three Feasts (moedim) that Almighty Yahweh requires everyone who desires to obey His will to do. The other two are Pentecost and Feast of Tabernacles. A truly rich and eye-opening revelation of Truth is yrm.com, (go to on-line studies), and you will find answers to yourquestions

    • So, I have several issues with what you just wrote. First of all, although Exodus 12:24 says passover is a “Lasting ordinance” (NIV), v. 48 says that no uncircumcised male may partake. This is one of the few events in Israel’s yearly calendar where the Gentiles were specifically excluded….

      Secondly, “lasting” or everlasting, or forever, doesn’t always mean forever and ever throughout eternity. Sometimes it means for life. Sometimes it means until the issue is resolved. One example of this would be Exodus 21:6 (NKJV) where someone declares they want to serve their master forever (the NIV gets this one correct when it translates it for life) The hebrew uses the same root word in 12:24 as in 21:6. One is “forever”, but means for the rest of his life. The other is “lasting” and means…. Context and hermaneutics help us understand.

      In my opinion, when you take the sin sacrifice out of 5 of the 7 feasts in the OT, you make them symbolic and spiritualized. Great information. Great symbolism of Christ and Him crucified. Great historical lessons. Great way to see into the future kingdom. But no longer mandated…. (wow – there’s a lot there in that one or two sentences, maybe too much in too little space….)

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