This March in churches, Messianic congregations, and homes all over this country and the world, Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ will be sitting down to a Passover feast. The setting is much the same as our Lord Jesus and His disciples had in Jerusalem the night before He died. Some Christian leaders have criticized this practice as putting emphasis on the Law of Moses and old Jewish traditions that were done away with and have no value. But there are any number of good reasons why Christian people should study, understand, and celebrate Passover.
- The first and best reason is that Jesus did it. Jesus and His disciples walked 75 miles or so to Galilee to observe Passover every year. (John 10:22)
- Secondly, we gain a marvelous insight into the very essence of Christianity – the sacrifice of the Lamb. Passover is a living picture of how salvation is properly obtained. (Exodus 12:5)
- Thirdly, Christians ought to study Passover so that we can be better witness to the Jewish people.
- The final reason is that studying Passover will help prepare you for the Kingdom to come. Christianity is not just for now!
Jesus clearly stated that He will commemorate the Passover again with us in the future.
“But say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29)
Shouldn’t we know about it now so that we will be prepared when Jesus returns?
“And this day shall be to you for a memorial. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; keep it as an ordinance forever.” (Exodus 12:14)