Leviticus 23:5 reads: “The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth of the first month.” On the Jewish calendar, that date is Monday night, Nisan 14. On our calendar it is Monday, March 25th and lasts eight days as the Jewish people remember their redemption from Egypt and look forward to their coming Messiah. Millions of Jewish people and Messianic Jewish believers around the world will celebrate together a special meal called a Passover (the Hebrew name is Pesach) Seder. They will recall the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Pharoah and slavery in Egypt, the plagues and the part of the Red Sea. Passover, like several other appointed times in Scripture, points to the future. Passover is the umbrella under which three other appointed days are celebrated: Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. Look at the chart below to see how Passover is fulfilled in the New Testament with Christ as our Passover Lamb:
Kill lamb & put blood on doorpost (Exodus 12:6-7)Purging of all leaven (leaven is a symbol of sin)Wave offering of sheaf (promise of harvest to come)
Christ our Passover has been sacrificedClean out old leaven…just as you are in fact unleavenedChrist has been raised…the first fruits
1 Corinthians 5:7
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
1 Corinthians 15:20-23
The blood of the lamb that was placed on the doorposts in Egypt (Exodus 12:7) was a foreshadowing of Jesus, our Passover Lamb, whose blood was shed for sin (1 Peter 1:19). John called Jesus the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” in John 1:29. However, the Jewish people did not recognize that Jesus is their Passover Lamb or that He fulfilled the Passover prophecy.
Every year, the Jewish people celebrate Passover and look forward to the coming Messiah. It is the perfect opportunity for those who know Messiah to explain that He has come. He has died as the final sacrifice for all mankind. He rose from the dead. He is living today!
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