An Introduction to Passover – Episode 31

There are many people who have not heard of the Feast of Passover or why we as Christians should be celebrating and observing it. Passover is such a rich experience. It is one of the greatest joys that we have been included in. These things may seem simple and basic to some, but to celebrate this tremendous time is so meaningful within our Christian experience. Everyone needs to have a solid revelation of it. Even those who are well aware of Passover and how to celebrate it will benefit from a reminder of this present truth within us.

 

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Show Notes:

When we talk about the feast of Passover, we mean the night of Passover and the deliverance that came for the children of Israel out of Egypt. We often bundle it together with the seven days of Unleavened Bread. Passover is a deep and meaningful time of celebration.

 

It was during Passover that Yeshua went up to Jerusalem and during this time He was betrayed, arrested, tortured, crucified, and resurrected. Passover teaches us the deep things that transpire in the Spirit surrounding the Savior and the sacrifice that was made for us upon the cross.

 

When Moses brought plague after plague upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians, we see that each of these were specific judgments against the gods of Egypt. They revealed that God is the only God worthy of worship. Not only did God free the children of Israel from slavery and deliver them from bondage, but He brought judgment on the gods that the Egyptians worshiped. God continues to do that through Passover.

 

At Passover, we see God’s judgment on the gods of this world and our release from bondage to them. Just as Israel was protected by placing the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes, we also place the blood of Christ upon the doorposts of our hearts and are protected from the destroyer and eternal judgment coming into this world. We are also delivered from the bondage of a life of sin and are free to serve the Lord with all of our hearts, to live for Him, and to live with Him.

 

Key Verses:

 

  • Exodus 12:11. “It is the Lord’s Passover.”
  • 2 Peter 1:12. “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them.”
  • Leviticus 23:4. “These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.”
  • Matthew 26:2. “After two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”

 

Quotes:

 

  • “Jesus realized what would happen in Jerusalem and He was prepared for this great Passover event that would mean the fulfillment of His ministry.”
  • “At the beginning of the story, Joseph saves Israel by bringing them to Egypt. It was not a mistake that they were in Egypt and became slaves. Joseph brought them into Egypt to keep them alive during the famine.”
  • “The feast of Passover is one of the key moments that brings the whole story about God’s salvation, about the children of Israel, about the Body of Christ into a tremendous understanding. Therefore, it will always be celebrated.”

 

Takeaways:

 

  1. Search a concordance to do a word search through your Bible on “Passover” and study all the meaningful celebrations that took place in the Hebrew scriptures and in the New Testament.
  2. Read about how Jesus prepared for the Passover—to be crucified and to suffer for us—in Matthew 26–28, Mark 14–16, Luke 22–24, and John 12–13. Be sure to get the points that God wants you to receive from this story.
  3. If you have never participated in a Seder, find a synagogue or a Jewish group that is welcoming to visitors and celebrate the Seder with them. This will enhance your understanding of the Lord’s supper, and you will relate to Passover as one of the greatest experiences you have in your walk with God.