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The Passover is the most solemn evening of the year. In the New Testament, the Greek term Pascha means Passover, but this can have several meanings, such as the entire eight-day period, or the meal, or the sacrificial lamb. Notice all the evidence for it from the New Testament scriptures and how it shows when Christ kept it with His disciples—“on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread… He also took the cup after supper” (1 Cor. 11:23-25), giving us an example to follow (John 13:15).

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 SCRIPTURES ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT PASSOVER

By Mario Seiglie, March 27, 2010

 

The Passover is the most solemn evening of the year. In the New Testament, the Greek term pascha means Passover, but this can have several meanings, such as the entire eight day period, or the meal, or the sacrificial lamb. Notice all the evidence for it from the New Testament scriptures and how it shows when Christ kept it with His disciples—“on the same night in which He was betrayed took  bread…He also took the cup after supper” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 [23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: [24] And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. [25] After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
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), giving us an example to follow (John 13:15 John 13:15For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
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).

 

Definition of the Passover

New Bible Dictionary – “Passover (Heb. pesah) comes from a verb meaning ‘to pass over,’ in the sense of ‘to spare’ (Ex. 12:13, 27, etc.). This affords excellent sense, there is no need to jettison the time-honored view that God literally passed over the blood-sprinkled Israelite houses, whilst smiting the Egyptian ones. The term is used both for the ordinance and for the sacrificial victim” (1982, p. 881).

 

The International Standard Bible EncyclopediaPassover (Hebrew pesah; Greek pascha). A major festival held in the spring to commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The term is often used of the entire festival celebration. It may also designate the Passover sacrifice to be eaten (Ex. 12:11; 2 Ch. 30:18) and the animal victim, i.e., the ‘Passover lamb’ (Ex. 12:21; 2 Ch. 30:15).

 

Let’s read the 29 times the term “Passover” (Gk. pascha) is used in the New Testament. The verses are listed in chronological order, those that are parallel are placed in columns.

 

1. Luke 2:41 Luke 2:41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
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, “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover (Gk. pascha).”

 

2. John 2:13 John 2:13And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
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, “Now the Passover (Gk. pascha) of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.”

 

3. John 2:23 John 2:23Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
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, “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover (Gk. pascha), during the feast...”

 

4. John 6:4 John 6:4And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
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, “Now the Passover (Gk. pascha), a feast of the Jews, was near.”

 

5 & 6. John 11:55 John 11:55And the Jews' passover was near at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
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, “And the Passover (Gk. pascha)of the Jews was near; and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover(Gk. pascha), to purify themselves.”

 

7. John 12:1 John 12:1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
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, “Then, six days before the Passover (Gk. pascha), Jesus came to Bethany…”

 

8. John 13:1 John 13:1Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them to the end.
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, “Now before the Feast of the Passover (Gk. pascha), when Jesus knew that His hour….”

 

9. Mt. 26:2, “You know that after two days is the Passover (Gk. pascha), and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

 

 

10. Mark 14:1 Mark 14:1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
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, “After two days it was the Passover (Gk. pascha) and the Feast of Unleavened bread.”

11. Luke 22:1 Luke 22:1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew near, which is called the Passover.
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, “Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover (Gk. pascha).”

 

Now, notice how many times Jesus Christ or His disciples talk about “keeping,” “preparing,” “killing” or “eating” this last Passover which He took—the sacred ceremony established by God. No other term in the New Testament is used except the Greek pascha – Passover. Yet some people still believe Christ and His disciples did not keep this Passover. Remember also, the Passover or the Feast of Unleavened Bread at that time could be used to refer to the entire eight day period.

 

12. Mt. 26:17, “Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, ‘Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover (Gk. pascha)?”

13 & 14. Mark 14:12 Mark 14:12And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said to him, Where will you that we go and prepare that you may eat the passover?
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, “Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover (Gk. pascha) lamb, His disciples said to Him, ‘Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover (Gk. pascha)?”

15.  Lk. 22:7, “Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover (Gk. pascha) must be killed.”

 

 

16. Mt. 26:18, “And He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, ‘My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover (Gk. pascha) at your house with My disciples.”

17. Mark 14:14 Mark 14:14And wherever he shall go in, say you to the manager of the house, The Master said, Where is the guest room, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
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, “Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house. ‘The Teacher says, ‘Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover (Gk. pascha) with My disciples.”

18. Lk. 22:8, “And He sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover (Gk. pascha) for us, that we may eat.”

 

19. Mt. 26:19, “So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover (Gk. pascha).”

20. Mark 14:16 Mark 14:16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said to them: and they made ready the passover.
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, “So his disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover (Gk. pascha).”

21 & 22. Lk. 22:11, 13, “Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, ‘Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover (Gk. pascha) with My disciples. So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover (Gk. pascha) .”

 

23. Luke 22:15 Luke 22:15And he said to them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
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, “Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover (Gk. pascha) with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

 

24. John 18:28 John 18:28Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.
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, “Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover (Gk. pascha).”

 

25. John 18:39 John 18:39But you have a custom, that I should release to you one at the passover: will you therefore that I release to you the King of the Jews?
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, “But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover (Gk. pascha). Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

 

26. John 19:14 John 19:14And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he said to the Jews, Behold your King!
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, “Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover (Gk. pascha), and about the sixth hour.”

 

27. Acts 12:4 Acts 12:4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
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, “So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover (Gk. pascha).”

 

28. 1 Corinthians 5:7 1 Corinthians 5:7Purge 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:
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, “For indeed, Christ, our Passover (Gk. pascha), was sacrificed for us.”

 

29. Hebrews 11:28 Hebrews 11:28Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
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, “By faith he kept the Passover (Gk. pascha) and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”