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Christ, Our Passover

By Watchman | March 25, 2010

Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  (1 Corinthians 5: 7-8)

     We are only a week and a few days away from the celebration of Resurrection Day–usually called (wrongfully, since the connotation of the word is pagan in origin) Easter Sunday.  The death and resurrection of our Lord took place during the season of Passover, a yearly Jewish religious festival; one of the feasts ordained by God Himself in chapter 16 of the book of Deuteronomy.  Jesus celebrated the Passover, as any good Jew would do, to commemorate the day on which God delivered His chosen people from their slavery in Egypt; causing the angel of death who would strike the first-born of the hard-necked Egyptions to “pass over” all of those who had the mark of God on their homes and helping the Hebrew people to  “pass over” into the new land that He was giving to them.  Although most Christian churches denounced the Jewish holidays and feasts, it is probable that this was not in accordance with the will of God, as Christ Himself became our Passover–the fulfillment of the feast.   At the back of the minds of many Christians is the notion that we celebrate Resurrection Day near the Passover season in order to counterbalance a Jewish “wrong”  when, in actuality, we are celebrating our own Passover from death into eternal life through the blood of our Savior, Jesus the Messiah.

     There are many Christians (so-called) who rarely think about Jesus other than on Christmas morning or at church on Resurrection Day.  If you are one of these people, please understand that as believers we have an obligation to worship Him every day and in every segment of our lives.  There is so much Good News here, however!  Today is the day to begin preparing your heart for the celebration!    Today you can begin your life anew:  flooded with the life-giving resurrection power of the risen Christ and the guidance and comfort of the Ruach Ha-Kodesh–the Holy Spirit of God! 

     Before going before the Lord to celebrate the feast, first see that your heart is purged of the old leaven, as Paul warned us to do.  Throughout the Scriptures leaven is used as a symbol for sin.  Paul lets us know that we have some responsibility in asking God to forgive our sin–the responsibility for choosing to let go of our sinful natures and allowing Christ to enter into our hearts with healing, forgiveness and restoration.  If we ask for His forgiveness with no intent to try to make ourselves into the people He intends us to be, then we are deluding ourselves when we believe we are His followers.  Don’t get me wrong:  when we try to become like Jesus, we will fail.  No matter how much we love Him and no matter how hard we try, we will not be completely incapable of sinning until He takes us to Himself in heaven.  Any one who tells you he no longer sins because he is a believer is either lying or fooling himself.  However, when we accept Jesus into our hearts to be Lord of our lives, our number one priority becomes pleasing Him.  When we fail (as fail we will at times), we now have “an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins…” (1 John 2:1-2)  All we have to do is ask His forgiveness, and “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)  While we may not be able to live entirely sin-free lives, His Holy Spirit will show us our sins and lead us to the only One who has the power to make us whole.  Praise God!  Jesus loves us, and calls us to pass over from the death of this sinful world to the one, true and perfect Light! 

     Some end-times scholars believe that Jesus’ return for His bride will take place during the fall feast of Trumpets.  There is good, solid reasoning behind this, but I await His soon coming with anticipation every day–including as the Passover draws near.  I do not pretend to know when Christ is coming for us but, like many others, I indulge myself with “what-ifs”!  As we near Passover I cannot help but feel some hopeful excitement:  “What If” Christ were to come during the Passover season?  What if our pass-over from death to life were to be completed during this very season?  How about you?  If He comes tonight, or on Passover or Resurrection Sunday or next week or next month or next year, will He find you ready to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb? 

“For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast!”

 

Maranatha!

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One Response to “Christ, Our Passover”

  1. Alan Lake Says:
    March 27th, 2010 at 4:38 am

    What genuinely defines our faith is that which influences our decision making process. If the things we profess to believe are not adequate for our relationships and our business decisions, let’s not pretend that we’re Christians. Our Lord and Judge knows the reality of our faith. Chances are most of our friends and acquaintences do, too. Let’s not deceive ourselves.

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