Most think Passover and Unleavened Bread are Jewish only. Are they really New Testament observances for Christians today?
[Steve Myers] When most people hear the word Passover, the first word that comes to mind is usually not Christian. Normally they think Jewish. And yet Passover isn't restricted to the Jews. There's actually a better Passover that's described in the New Testament. In 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul described Passover as Christian.
And so when you think of the Passover, I think you have to understand what Christ's intent was on the Passover. What was it all about? Well, when you found how He instituted that Passover, 1 Corinthians 11 Paul points it out very clearly what Christ taught him. And he says, verse 23, "I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you" (1 Corinthians 11-23-26)
So what Christ taught Paul, he gave to his church. So he points out very clearly the Passover is Christian. And of course Christ changed those Old Testament functions of Passover and gave us the bread and the wine, representative of His body and His blood. And so Paul points that out that the Passover is Christian the way Christ instituted it the night before His death. And in fact, the way that he says it in chapter 5 of 1 Corinthians, he tells us that we are to celebrate the Passover (1 Corinthians 5:6-8 1 Corinthians 5:6-8  Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
American King James Version×)
In fact, he doesn't stop there because immediately after Passover we have Unleavened Bread. And Unleavened Bread also is one of those festivals that sound very Jewish. You can turn to Leviticus 23 where it lists all of those Jewish festivals. And yet Paul says it's not Jewish. It should be Christian. New Testament Christians should keep the Passover and should keep Unleavened Bread.
Now here's one if you haven't thought of that you should look up. Take a note of this passage in 1 Corinthians chapter 5 and in verse 8. Here's what the Apostle Paul says, "Therefore, let us keep the feast," and then he says, "Not with the old leavened, nor the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Corinthians 5:8 1 Corinthians 5:8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
American King James Version×).
So do we allow the word of God to teach us some symbolism behind what we eat during this time?
For a Christian, the answer is not a question. The answer is really an exclamation that yes Passover and Unleavened Bread are absolutely Christian. If you're not sure about it, check out the word of God and what Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul himself taught.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.