Passover & Christians

Passover is upon us and some wonder if believers should celebrate Passover. Whenever trying to understand something from scripture,  I found it is best to look at foundational questions.

~ Who was this teaching for? Jews? Gentiles? Both?

~ Was this written before Jesus Christ came or after?

~ Was this written for the church by Paul or was it written for and by someone else?

Scripture has a literal meaning and a spiritual meaning. Another words, when you look at scripture literally, you take it for what God says to a specific people at a specific time. You also take it literally for prophecy. Then we have a spiritual application. But as a Jewish friend says, there are 7 layers to scripture. I am not going into this subject today but maybe some other time. My focus here is on Passover.

We know Jesus Christ was crucified on Passover, not Easter, from the scriptures. We know Jesus had a Passover meal in the upper room and then went into the garden of Gethsemane to pray. Jesus took Peter, James and John with him. Then Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. You can read the account in Matthew 26 and 27.

So the question is, should believers celebrate Passover? What is Passover you have to ask. Passover was initiated in Exodus 12. And as God says, “when I see the blood, I will pass over you”.

When Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John called him the Lamb of God and John declared what Jesus would do, take away the sin of the world. Passover was set up for Israel, see Exodus 12:47.

Today, we know that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God and his blood, once and for all paid for all sin.

Hebrews 10:9, 11-17 KJV. “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
[11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
[12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
[13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
[14] For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
[15] Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
[16] This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
[17] And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

The interesting thing is Paul, the apostle to the church, the bride of Christ, never tells us to celebrate the Passover. Actually, Paul never mentions Passover except in one area in 1 Corinthians 5 where he is warning believers about ungodly deeds. And Paul explains Jewish “things” in the book of Hebrews. [ The book of Hebrews is written by Paul, a Jew, a Hebrew, explaining Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of “things” from the Old Testament. Paul writes the book of Hebrews to Hebrews / Jews.]

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
[7] Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
[8] Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

The application on those 3 verses fall into that 7 layer application. But this is the only area Paul mentions the word  Passover and it is referencing Jesus Christ as our Passover sacrifice, not the Old Testament Passover. Today, believers celebrate the communion, the body and blood of Christ a/k/a the bread and the wine. Look at

1 Corinthians 11:23-32 KJV. “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
[24] And when he had given thanks, he brake it , and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
[25] After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it , in remembrance of me.
[26] For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
[27] Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
[28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
[29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
[30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
[31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
[32] But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

If you choose to have a Passover meal or visit a Messianic church ( a church made up of born again believing Jews mostly. Jews who believe on Yeshua / Jesus ) or celebrate Passover, there is nothing wrong with that as long as you understand it was for Israel and it pointed to Jesus coming to be the Lamb of God.

Until next time.

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