Why Would a Christian Observe Passover?

  • Passover Teaches us About Jesus
  • The Early Christians Observed Passover
  • The Seder is a Special Fellowship with God
  • Passover is a Biblical Command

Passover Teaches About Jesus

  • Jesus shared the Passover meal with his apostles saying, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16)
  • Jesus is the final Passover Lamb sacrificed to free us spiritually from the slavery of the sins just like the lamb had once been instrumental in physical deliverance of Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt.
  • The Passover celebration is a memorial and tribute to Jesus for his great sacrifice and tortures that he suffered for the mankind.
  • The unleavened bread was to represent Jesus’ body and wine to represent his blood and the New Covenant. Jesus himself took the place of the traditional lamb.

The First Christians Observed Passover

  • Paul speaks of taking the physical reminders of Jesus’ body and blood (1st Cor. 11:23-34), we are told that as often as we do it we are to remember His death. What the Apostle is presenting in Hebraic terms is that we are not only to identify with Jesus in His death (Rom. 6; death to self; new life in Him).
  • The Bible holidays were commemorated by Jesus and His apostles – and continued to be observed by Jesus’ followers in the first century even after His death and resurrection.
  • The early believers in Jesus, both Jew and Gentile celebrated the Resurrection in the context of the Passover: Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 2, 22; John 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19; Acts 12:4; 1 Corinthians 5:7.

The Passover Seder is a Special Fellowship with God

  • The Passover that Jesus celebrated before His death is a picture of the sacred banquet that is seen in Luke 13:28-30 and Rev. 19:6-9. God the Father, in Jesus, and Man at that Passover table, were eating and fellowshiping together. It’s the strongest possible picture of the Father’s friendship with us. In the ancient Middle East, if two hostile enemies ate at the same table they became the closest of friends. That’s how powerful table fellowship is.  (Avram Yehoshua)

Passover is a Biblical Command

Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.

Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.

And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.

And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year. (Exodus 13:6-10)

Did Easter Replace Passover?

Check in nearly any Bible help or encyclopedia to verify these facts:

  • Easter cannot be found in Scripture.
  • Easter was never instituted by God.
  • Easter was never sanctioned by Jesus Christ.
  • Easter was never taught by Christ’s apostles.
  • Easter was never observed by the early New Testament Church.
  • What do eggs and rabbits have to do with Christ’s death and resurrection? Easter history is that of pagan fertility gods and goddesses worship.

A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays

Learn the teaching method God uses to teach His children. The ultimate hands-on Bible lessons! Teach your children the way God instructed the Hebrews to teach their children –with annual events telling the story of His people and the coming of Jesus.

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This book includes information that will fill ten books: one on each of the seven holidays in Leviticus, the Sabbath, plus Hanukkah and Purim, and tons of information about the importance of our Hebrew Roots. You’ll use this book over and over for year to come!

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Printable Messianic Haggadah

Haggadah is a Hebrew word that means the telling.The Haggadah is the Order of Service for the Passover Seder Dinner. A copy is used by each participant and is essential for understanding and participation. This Haggadah is inexpensive and functional and for a Christian Seder. This 24 page booklet tells us each step of the seder illustrating the first passover and the symbolism of Christ our Passover.Purchase Printable Hagaddah Here.

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  1. Robin Sampson says:

    What do eggs and rabbits have to do with Christ's death and resurrection? http://ow.ly/1s5Y5

    • Brenda Ross says:

      Hi Robyn,

      I have the book “A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays”. we have devoured it as a family and so has our house church as well. Main Question: What day is the Early First Fruits for this 2014 year? We do not want to miss this miracle day!

      Thank You Robyn for fulfilling your destiny!

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  10. Hal Jorden says:

    Easter comes from “Eastre” a pagon deitiy of fertility and birth (spring). This deitiy was celebrated on the spring solstice. Rabits and eggs were assosiated with her due to their symbolic representations of breeding birth and fertility. After Constintine converted Rome to Christianity Rome needed to make the transition as easy and unprovocing as possable to prevent the pagons from rioting so they converted pagon holidays by assigning them Christian meanings. Easter in no way replaced passover, it replaced Eastre a pagon holiday as did Chrismas with the birth Mithra.

  11. You’d be shocked ( or maybe you wouldn’t be! ) how many people within one’s own congregation look at you like a deer in the headlights when you mention celebrating Passover.

    But try and do Passover AND another festival? I still have people asking if I’m Jewish!!

    • Petra says:

      @Dysfunctional Parrot..
      I feel your pain… I get people asking if I’m Jehovah Witness because my children and I dont celebrate halloween. :/ (Long blank stare)….LOL.

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  13. James Hawkins says:

    What are some guidelines for a believer in Yeshua, that is not born Hebrew, as far as how one could celebrate the passover? Need help here!

  14. Mary says:

    While we have celebrated Passover off and on over the years, and it is true that it gives us a beautiful picture of the Messiah, we must be careful to realize that we were not commanded to celebrate Passover. The Jews were. If you take that literally for all believers, than you must follow all of the Old Testament Laws as well.

    • danelle says:

      Why would the father of us all have different commands for different people? In Lev 23:2, he commands the children of Israel( Hebrew people) to keep HIS feasts(7 of them). These are holidays that he set up. There are 12 tribes of Israel, Judah (Jews), being only 1 tribe. The others have lost their identity. You make it sound as if the Old Testament is not important anymore. You do realize that the New Testament was not written until many, many years after Jesus died. So while Jesus(a Jew), was alive, he followed, read, and taught from the Old Testament. So, to be a follower of Jesus, one would assume that you would do things similar to what he did. Think of the WWJD saying, well, what would Jesus do? Also, during the New Testament Church era, gentiles( non-Hebrew) were grafted in. So, no matter who you are, where you’re from, Hebrew, Greek, Jew, gentile, God expects all to worship the same way.

  15. Rebecca says:

    We are a Baptist church and we have been celebrating Passover for about 3 or 4 years now. People really get excited about it and we have are expecting a large turnout tonight! 🙂

  16. Lilacstitcher says:

    There is one body not two in Messiah. One community of Israel including gentiles grafted in. I think it pleases Our Father when we do want to follow His commands as much as we can. As for obligation to keep the whole of the law (torah), I think Paul was saying that in regards to salvation- which we know the law never did or could do, neither was it designed to save us. If we want to follow the law for our salvation we are ignoring what Jesus has already accomplished for us- a salvation by works, which is impossible!
    If we want to follow his commands it is because He first loved us. It does not add to my salvation, I want to live a life that pleases him. He defines how that should be not me. One cannot follow the Torah fully, just what applies to you, and where you are in the world, and outside the New Jerusalem. You can however, do what you can, led by His Spirit to do to the best of your ability, and by following his Word. If we love him, we keep the commandments which will not pass away until heaven and earth pass away. He is the great “I am”, “I am” wrote the commandments with his own finger.

  17. ba metzgar says:

    the word “Easter” is found in Acts 12:4 kjv authorized. Strong’s numbering is G3957—Easter, Passover

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