Passover is an eight day celebration beginning tonight at sundown and ending on April 22 (Nissan 22, 5774).
Many Christians today do not celebrate the biblical feasts and do not know much about them. I will not get into the entire history in this post but I will give you a quick overview.
The early Church, many believe, removed themselves from the Jewish heritage, this is not true. The truth of history shows us that the Church began being stripped of its Jewish heritage and roots at the time of Constantine’s salvation.
Constantine was a Roman Emperor who had a vision of a cross coming forth from the sun, he thusly equated the sun god with Jesus, from that time Constantine began giving large sums of money to the Church and it began being mixed with politics. This lead to a change in worship and celebrating feasts and other things from our heritage. Many of the early councils stripped the Church of how they did things including the ban of the house church, worship changes, buildings and ritual following the royal court, and the rejection of roots through the Councils.
Now before we get into Passover I want to make it clear that this is not about legalism in following forms of feasts. This is about understanding that these feasts are not “Jewish feasts” but “feasts of the Lord” given to as appointed times to meet with G-d.
Exodus 12:14 NASB “Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it a permanent ordinance.”
2 Chronicles 2:4 NASB “Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, this being required forever in Israel.”
We see that these are feasts to the LORD forever. We have been grafted in to Israel, the same BLESSING that is in store for Israel when participating in these appointed times is available to us.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 NASB “Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
While I believe there is benefit in celebrating the original Passover meal set forth in Exodus 12:1-13, it is not about a legalistic observance but a celebration of the heart.
The custom of Passover is to first cleanse your house from all leaven, this represents impurity and then celebrating the Passover meal. We have taken to elements of Passover and made them into Communion. We need to realize Jesus was celebrating Passover when He took the bread and wine. When Jesus said do this in remembrance of me He was speaking of Passover.
In Passover they put the blood of the lamb on the door post, this represents the sacrifice and blood of Christ, the bitter herb is representative of our life before Christ, the matzo and wine for us symbolize the body and blood of Christ.
As said earlier leaven represents impurity, or sin. As believers honoring Passover is a way for us to sanctify ourselves and to separate ourselves from sins we have committed and to receive the deliverance that has been purchased for us.
While you may not be able to celebrate a full Passover meal this year the purpose and power of passover can be participated in and received. Repent of sin and feast in the presence of the Lord in your deliverance.