Passover is coming up next week on Monday April 18, 2o11.
We celebrate all of the Lord’s seven annual feast days because by doing so, we bear witness of Jesus our Messiah until He comes!
Passover is the first annual feast day of the seven. We celebrate the Passover because it is an eternal commandment to do so (Exo 12:17-18) for all the generations who join themselves to the God of Israel (Lev 24:22, Eph 2:11-13) through Israel’s renewed covenant (Jer 31:31-34, 1 Cor 11:25). Israel’s covenant has been extended to all Gentiles through the shed blood of Jesus! The opening of the covenant from just one nation, Israel, to every nation, does not then negate that covenant (Gal 3:15-18)! God’s Word is eternal, even the Word He spoke in Exodus (Isa 40:8). (If God spoke this, then what is true of God’s Word is true of Exodus and the other books of Torah as well!) Even Jesus said not one jot or tittle of God’s Word would pass away, even of Torah (Mat 5:17-19)!
On top of that, it is prophesied in Scripture that in the kingdom of Messiah all nations would celebrate the Lord’s feast days (if the vision Ezekiel sees in chapters 40-48 – especially see Eze 45:21 -is of the millennial kingdom, and since some of its description is repeated in Revelation, many think it is). And, at the Last Supper (a Passover supper), Jesus told His disciples He would eat the feast with them when He comes in His kingdom (Luk 22:15-16)! God has not developed an objection to His holy days.
Because of this, Paul exhorted the Gentile believers in Jesus to celebrate the feast (1 Cor 5:8)! The Corinthians were Greeks, not Jews.
Since Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover – He is our Passover Lamb (Joh 1:29, 1 Cor 5:7) – celebrating this feast is a significant way, for us, that we can commemorate this most important day every year. Not only that, but it is an object lesson, a visual aid God commanded fathers to employ to teach their children about God’s deliverance and redemption (Exo 12:24-27). It is a God- ordained way to pass the faith, so to speak, from the generation of the parents to the generation of the children.
And that, dear family and friends, is why we celebrate the Passover every year (it is not to obtain salvation by works of the Law, just to put your mind at ease). We are grateful to our Redeemer and Deliverer!