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Should Christians Observe the Passover

The Passover is an Old Testament feast established in Exodus 12 and commanded to be observed by Israel, 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…and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover. – Exodus 12:3, 11.

The observance of Passover is in remembrance of the time in Israel’s history when the angel of the Lord moved through Egypt destroying the firstborn of all people and animals (Exodus 11-12.) The Israelites were commanded by God to take the blood of a male lamb – one without blemish – and place it on the doorposts of their houses. When the angel of the Lord saw the blood, he would “pass over” that house. This is a foreshadowing of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, whose blood would cover the sins of those who believe in Him, causing God’s judgment to pass over them. No believer after Calvary is found observing, nor are they instructed to observe, an Old Testament feast. Christ is our Passover.

I Corinthians 5:7 – Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

There are those today who are interested in adapting the Passover feast to Christianity and identifying Christians, who are Jews by race, as Messianic Jews to allow them to remain connected to their cultural heritage. But, there is no Christian Passover in the Bible. The cultural heritage of an orthodox Jew includes obeying the Old Testament law as a means of establishing their own righteousness (Romans 10:1-4). The Apostle Paul, in many of his epistles, wrote against making a spiritual distinction between saved Jews and Gentiles, who are “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28.) Bible-believing Christians should take the same position.

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