Why I observe Passover

You may not be aware of this, but today is a holiday. To be more specific, it is a Jewish holiday called Passover that runs from Friday evening to Saturday evening. And even though it is Jewish in nature, Christians can also observe this special day. Why? The answer lies in Scripture:

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.

For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.” (Exodus 12:1-14 KJV)

Using the same translation and e-Sword software, I found more than two dozen verses featuring the word “Passover” in the New Testament. Most of them are in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. That makes sense given Jesus’ overall ministry to the Jewish people, people that were told the blood of an animal was needed to make an atonement for their sinful souls (Leviticus 17:11). Meanwhile, the author inspired by the Holy Spirit to write Hebrews reminds readers about Passover (Hebrews 11:28). Paul also tells believers that “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

Christ is our Passover. No, most Christians may not get together and eat a big Passover feast with specific food items. Unlike the Israelites in Exodus 12, we were not instructed to sprinkle blood on the front of our homes. However, there is coming a day when God will judge mankind. When that happens, will Christ be your Passover? Have you trusted Him as your Lord and Savior (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:13)? You can do that today, right now even. Afterwards, give thanks to God in Heaven. Give thanks to Christ for being our Passover.

O death, move along, this house is covered by the blood.
We have no need to fear, the child of God lives here.
O death, move along, this house is covered by the blood.

From the song ‘Move Along’ as performed by The Rochesters

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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