The Feast of Passover: A Christian Holy Day

What is the Feast of Passover, and what is it’s relevance to Christianity? Does the sacrifice of Jesus Christ abolish the Christian observance of this Holy Day? It shouldn’t be surprising that many Christians are familiar, at least in minimal way, with the Feast of Passover. Of all the major themes within the Bible, the Exodus of ancient Israel out of Egypt is certainly one of the more well known themes. In this story we learn about the Death Angel that passes over the homes of the Egyptians and Israelites. Without the blood of the lamb covered on the doorposts of each families house, the first born in the house died. Just as ancient Israel needed the blood of the sacrificial lamb to live, so too do we require the the blood of Christ to cover us, both in this life and the life to come.

Just as the Feast of Passover (pesach in Hebrew) has a historical meaning for both Jew and Christian alike (remembering the Exodus), this Feast Day has an addition layer of meaning and significance for Christianity. In 1 Corinthians 5:7b, we see a direct connection between Passover and Jesus Christ:  “For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.” Does Christ as our Passover sacrifice abolish the Feast of Passover, or give us even greater a reason to celebrate it? Learn more about this wonderful Feast of the LORD…

The Feast of Passover

Feast of Passover in the Old and New Testament

The Feast of Passover in the Old and New Testament

In the Old Testament, Passover evolved from a private family sacrifice of the paschal lamb to an elaborate and solemn sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem. In spite of its evolution, the underlying theme of Passover remained the same: the commemoration of the supernatural deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage which brought freedom and new life to the people.
The Feast of Passover in the Early Church

The Feast of Passover in the Early Church

The New Testament does not offer us a clear picture of how Passover was observed by the apostolic church. The picture becomes clearer when we come to the second century. Several documents inform us regarding the meaning, manner and time of the observance of the Christian Passover. According to these documents, Christians celebrated Passover at the same time as Jewish Passover, beginning at sundown of Nisan 14 and continuing their vigil until the next morning. For this reason, they are called “Quartodecimans,” the Latin for “fourteeners.”
Meaning of Christian Passover Samuel Bacchiocchi

The Meaning of the Christian Passover

At His Last Supper, Jesus instituted a simple but profoundly meaningful ceremony to celebrate His atoning sacrifice for sin. He instructed His disciples to celebrate Passover henceforth by partaking of unleavened bread and wine in remembrance of His body and blood. The four texts that give us the account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Mark 14:22-25; Matt 26:26-29; Luke 22:15-20, 27-30; 1 Cor 11:23-26) suggest three theological meanings.
Passover: Yeshua (Jesus) the Lamb of God

Passover: Yeshua (Jesus) the Lamb of God

The second of the Biblical moedim that God prescribes is Pesach, or Passover. It is specified, “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover” (Leviticus 23:5). Of all the Biblical holidays, this is probably the one with which most Christians are familiar. Their familiarity with Passover is no doubt due to the fact that the Exodus of the Ancient Israelites from Egypt is one of the most important themes in the Bible, as it depicts the Holy One of Israel as the God of freedom, able to deliver people from slavery, but also as it depicts our Exodus as born again Believers from death in sin to new life in Yeshua.
From Passover to Easter - Ronald L. Dart

From Passover to Easter – Ronald L. Dart

Occasionally, when I have said that “Easter” is nowhere mentioned in Bible, someone reminds me of the incident where Herod has arrested Peter and put him in prison, “intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people” (Acts 12:4). The problem is that the Greek word translated “Easter” is the Greek Pascha which, everywhere else it is used in the New Testament, is translated “Passover.” So why, 1600 years later, did the King James translators use Easter instead of Passover here?
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