Sources:Times of Israel
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The Passover sacrifice (Hebrew: Korban Pesakh קרבן פסח), also known as the “sacrifice of Passover”, the Paschal Lamb, or the Passover Lamb, is the sacrifice that the Torah mandates to be brought on the eve of Passover, and eaten on the first night of the holiday with bitter herbs and matzo. According to the Torah, it was first offered on the night of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. Although practiced by Jews in ancient times, the ritual is today only practiced by Samaritans at Mount Gerizim.
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:21-24 (KJV).
While the act of “sacrificing a lamb” is not necessary today, as Jesus became the sacrifcial lamb, it is still an observable feast and should be celebrated as we were taught in Matthew.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins – Hebrews 10:4 (KJV).
Passover, as described in the Old Testament, was a Jewish feast day commemorating the Lamb Sacrifice. The first of God’s seven annual festivals is the Passover (Leviticus 23:5) Passover falls in the early spring, and is a reminder of God sparing his people from death.
- In Exodus (12:7, 26-29) we learn that it was observed to rescue God’s people from slavery. God took the lives of all the firstborn Egyptian males but “passed over” the Israelites’ homes that had the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their door frames.
- Exodus 12 gives the specific details on how to select the lamb and how it was to be used. These two key verses, also represent Jesus as you will see in the comparison below.
The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats – Exodus 12:5
The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt -Exodus 12:13
Christ was sacrificed on Passover
Passover is also the same day the Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), our lamb sacrifice for sins, was crucified. It took place during the daylight hours that followed the Passover evening—which was still the same date according to Hebrew sunset-to-sunset.
The blood of the Passover lamb foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Just as the Israelites were “passed over” and “saved” due to the blood of the lamb, we are now saved by Jesus, who “passes over” our sins because of the blood he shed on the cross. For those who repent, and accept Jesus as their personal savior, are saved from death. When we compare Exodus and 1 Corinthians 5:7 (as shown below) we see that Jesus Christ is the true Passover Lamb. When 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 sentence of our sins(Matthew:26:26-28; Mark:14:22-24).
What does Passover mean for Christians today?
It certainly is not about the pagan rituals of easter eggs, bunnies and baskets. It is about Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life, shed blood, so that all mankind could be saved from the second death, which is a life in hell.
The New Testament Passover is a memorial of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. We observe this day to remember that the blood of Jesus, who is and was the perfect Passover Lamb, for the forgiveness of our sins. This sacred day, is in remembrance of our Savior and observed according to 1 Corinthians:11:23-28 as Christ instructed.
Christians observe this day, as the memorial and reminder that Christ died for our sins, the death of sin, represented by the cruxification of Jesus, and he ROSE again, signifying our rebirth through him.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. –1 Corinthians:11:26 (KJV)
It is the wonderful and glorious day, that we are reminded that eternal life is possible only through Jesus Christ (John:6:47-54; Acts:4:10-12). It was because of the sacrifice of Jesus, that we were given a covering for our sin. We know that it is only possible to have salvation through Jesus! This is the reason to celebrate PASSOVER. The next feast is the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” And He said, “Go into the city toa certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” “The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
The Last Passover
Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” And He answered, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.”
The Lord’s Supper Instituted
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”