Inside: a guide for the Christian interested in celebrating Passover
Most Christians celebrate Easter and Christmas as the two main holidays unto the Lord.
BUT there aren’t many who keep the Biblical feasts (although the number of Christians participating in the feasts is growing!). There’s a stigma that these traditions are primarily for the Jews. However, what I’ve found is that each Biblical celebration (set up by God), is a celebration of Jesus and the coming kingdom.
What is Passover?
Passover is the Spring celebration of Israel’s freedom from bondage in Egypt AND one of many instances of foreshadowing in the Old Testament. It’s a celebration that points to Jesus.
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
1 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
You can read more in Exodus 12.
Israel was in bondage to Egypt, the land of their oppression. But God was about to deliver them. He instructed them to kill a perfect lamb (one for every family) and use it for this Passover. They were instructed to roast it with fire and eat all of it, leaving none until morning. They were also to take some of the blood and put it on their doorpost.
Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:13 (NKJV)
All of the firstborn in the land of Egypt were killed, but the Israelites were spared because of the blood of the lamb! The Spirit of the Lord PASSED OVER the homes with innocent blood as their covering, so they were spared from judgment.
It was the 10th plague that had been sent upon Egypt, and with it, Pharaoh finally let God’s people go.
Why Celebrate a “Jewish” Holiday?
There are a few big reasons why I’m excited to celebrate Passover.
First, God didn’t called it a Jewish holiday. Instead, He said that it was one of HIS feasts. Partaking in Passover (and the Feast of Unleavened Bread) means celebrating one of the feasts of God that will even be celebrated in the millennium kingdom of God (Ezekiel 42-46). God says that these feasts He has established should be celebrated forever.
Second, IT POINTS TO JESUS. Sure, it was based on the people of Israel being freed from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. BUT it was a foreshadowing of the bondage to sin that the FINAL Passover lamb would bring His people out of. The leavening that we rid our houses of in preparation for Passover? That’s symbolic of the cleansing from sin. The bitter herbs? They’re symbolism for the bitterness of bondage to sin and death. Every little detail has not only a correlation that ties the celebration to Israel’s past but also to Jesus. And that is breathtakingly beautiful.
Third, when we celebrate Passover, we’re connected with our past. We’re taking part in one of the feasts that Jesus Himself observed. Celebrating something that He Himself celebrated (and the became the fulfillment of). Amazing ♥
Great Resources to Get You Started
Interested in celebrating Passover but unsure of where to start? Here are some of the best places I’ve found to look.
Of course, the Word of God is the best jumping-off point. It will also help us navigate the waters as we search other resources. As Christians, we want to stick to what the Word says is important or those traditions that point to our King. Some of the extra Jewish traditions don’t have a Messianic connection. But those rooted in what God ordained always point to the greater Exodus–the rescue of God’s people from the oppression of bondage to sin and death.
Use the Bible to know the roots of Passover and discern what traditions can help illuminate greater spiritual meaning in this time of celebration.
As mentioned above, Exodus 12 is a good place to start since that’s where God first explains Passover.
For other passages and verses on Passover, check out this page on Open Bible.
I stumbled upon her videos while trying to learn more about celebrating Passover as a Christian, and I love her insight on cleaning the home and Paul’s words in Colossians.
I also highly recommend that you watch the other videos she has linked in the description box of this video. There’s A LOT of useful and insightful information. As always, use discernment while watching.
Mayim Bialik is Jewish, but I still enjoyed these Passover videos from her, just for fun!
UNLEARN is a YouTube channel that was created from a Torah Observant perspective. I do not agree with everything that is posted there. However, I did find this video helpful, so I decided to include it. Please use discernment when watching any videos or reading any blog posts available online, and compare everything to the fullness of Scripture for a clear picture.
Why Christians Can Celebrate Passover, Too — Christianity Today International
Are you a Christian who plans on celebrating Passover? Or who already does? I’d love to hear your input! Leave a comment below.
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