Why should Christians celebrate the Passover?

Jesus Christ and the apostles kept the Passover. What does Passover mean for Christians today?

Why should Christians celebrate the Passover?
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The first of God's seven annual festivals is the Passover (Leviticus:23:5). Passover falls in early spring in the Holy Land and is a reminder of how God spared His people from death in Egypt. To rescue His people from slavery, God took the lives of all the firstborn Egyptian males (Exodus:12:7, 26-29) but passed over the Israelites' homes that had the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their door frames.

The blood of the Passover lamb foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which passes over the sins of people who repent in order to spare them from eternal death. The New Testament makes clear that Christ is the true Passover Lamb (compare Exodus:12:21 with 1 Corinthians:5:7). In observing His last Passover with His disciples, Jesus explained that the symbols of bread and wine represent His body and blood, offered by Him for the forgiveness (or passing over) of our sins and the death penalty our sins have earned for us (Matthew:26:26-28; Mark:14:22-24).

The death of Christ actually took place during the daylight hours that followed the Passover evening—which was still the same date according to Hebrew sunset-to-sunset reckoning. Christ was sacrificed on Passover.

The New Testament Passover is a memorial of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. This is also when baptized members of the United Church of God renew our agreement to come under the blood of Jesus Christ, the perfect Passover Lamb, for the forgiveness of our sins. We approach this period of the year with deep spiritual introspection. We commemorate the Passover on the 14th day of the first month of the sacred year with a service based on the instructions of 1 Corinthians:11:23-28 and the Gospel accounts of the New Testament Passover that Christ instituted.

This solemn service begins with a brief explanation of its purpose, followed by foot-washing (based on Christ's example and instructions in John 13). Then the minister gives an explanation of the symbols of the Passover, unleavened bread and wine, which represent the body and blood of our Savior. Each baptized member of the Church eats a small piece of the unleavened bread and drinks a small glass of the wine (Mark:14:22-24).

Christians who observe this annual memorial marking Jesus' death (1 Corinthians:11:26) are reminded that eternal life is possible only through Him (John:6:47-54; Acts:4:10-12). Jesus' sacrifice is the starting point for salvation and the foundation of the annual feast days that follow. The next one is the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

For more information, please read our booklet God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind .


neighbor's picture

Why is it that "Christians" say that the Passover is for Jews only but yet Jesus who came from the tribe of Juda, therefore a Jew, is for them?

Why do they accept the Ten Commandments yet do not keep the 2nd or 4th?

Is it possible that Satan has deceived the world?

Sabrina Peabody

Sabrina Peabody's picture

Hi neighbor,

I think Passover is not just for the Jews but for all those who follow Christ. Christ told His disciples to "do this in rememberance of me" (Luke 22:19). There are a few more articles on the UCG website that should show this such as: http://www.ucg.org/holidays-and-holy-days/why-should-christians-keep-passover/

I also think that all ten of the Ten Commandments should be kept, including having no idols and making sure to keep God's Sabbath day holy. I am sure if you search Ten Commandments in the UCG search bar it will give some more articles on the importance of all ten. They truly show us how to love God and our neighbor with true godly love.

Revelation 12:9 says that the devil does decieve the whole world, so I think the answer is yes! I also found this article: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/there-really-devil/enemy-mankind/whole-world-deceived/

Ivan Veller

Ivan Veller's picture

Hi Neighbor, you may be interested in the following resources:

1. The Second Commandment: What Is God Like? http://www.ucg.org/booklet/ten-commandments/second-commandment-what-god/

2. What Is Modern Idolatry? --"Isn't it interesting that, while these two [the 2nd and 4th] are the longest among the Ten Commandments, they are perhaps the most ignored and violated?" http://www.ucg.org/doctrinal-beliefs/what-modern-idolatry/

3. The Fourth Commandment: Key to a Relationship With Our Creator: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/ten-commandments/fourth-commandment-key-relationship-our-creator/

4. Jesus Christ and the Sabbath: http://www.ucg.org/booklet/sunset-sunset-gods-sabbath-rest/jesus-christ-and-sabbath/


kskee002's picture

A lot of Christians do not know about the importance of Passover- after it was abolished in 325 AD/Council of Nicaea. Passover is essential to take for the forgiveness of our sins.


rwp_47's picture

Passover also has an intimate connection to Pentecost not generally understood and it provides insight as to why there are two general resurrections. Notice that at the first Passover only firstborns died if the lamb's blood was missing. Most really don't consider the obvious symbolism in this (for some inexplicable reason its overlooked). If there had been no firstborns in Egypt at that first Passover then Passover would be meaningless as no one would have died (and no one would have been saved by lamb and blood). Because it only had meaning for firstborns. And it is this symbolism, when applied to the new testament Passover that carries such significant and surprising meaning. Because all those called during this Pentecost dispensation are counted as firstborn whether they are physically firstborns or not - because they are counted as firstfruits - and that's the symbolism. So the partaking of the body and blood is only important for them - and not for those who will not be firstfruits - those of the second resurrection (as they are not firstfruits). This is the obvious inference of the symbolism of the first Passover (seemingly missed by everyone!). Though there is not space here to provide the reasoning for all this ... those that come later will not be saved by the Lamb's body and blood as are the firstfruits because such only applies to the firstfruits (those who form Christ's actual body in the 1 Corinthians:12:12 plural noun sense).
Those that come later will not be saved by the Passover symbols of lamb and blood as are the firstfruits - but will instead be saved by marriage to the "plural noun" Christ of 1 Cor:12:12 ... who is being constructed during this present Pentecost dispensation of time - as symbolized by the firstborn at that first Passover - and which is practiced at the New Testament Passover by all members partaking of the body and blood of Christ as firstfruits as we all grow into the fullness of Christ. The new Testament Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits picture the building of the future government of God - - which Revelation:21:22 makes plain is God - because it is Christ. The firstfruits form the Lamb of Revelation:21:22 with Jesus (who is both the head of, and member of, the Church ... the plural noun Christ is the firstfruits. 1 Cor:15:23 & 1 Cor:12:12 ). Is that a good enough reason to celebrate Passover?

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