Should Christians Celebrate Passover?

Passover commenced at sundown on Saturday evening and continues until sundown next Sunday. The 8 day feast is both symbolic of God’s mercy in delivering the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage, and symbolic of Jesus’s death as the perfect Lamb of God on our behalf.

But, should Christians celebrate this Jewish feast time? It all depends! Remember, we are no longer under the law, but under the full atonement of the sacrifice of Jesus. If celebrating Passover is a “have to,” or if you think by doing so, you might win God’s favor, then it is legalism and we would be better off foregoing the celebration.

However, if you see Jesus as the fulfillment of every Jewish feast, and as the substance rather than the shadow, then Passover and other Jewish feasts provide a fantastic way to learn of our Messiah through Jewish glasses, and worship Him in spirit and in truth.

One for Israel shares a few more things about experiencing our Jewish roots. Find out more in Should Christians Celebrate Passover?

Tomorrow we’ll continue our look at Passover by looking at Elijah’s place, and what it means to us today. Then, there is an interesting connection between the apocalypse and Passover. Stick with us!

PS: The Jewish feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits often intersect with the Christian commemoration of Passion Week (including the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus). While the Jewish feasts are shadows of what is to come, Christian observances contain the substance…Jesus, who fulfilled the feasts! (Colossians 2:17) Thus, this week we will look at details of both Passover and Passion week, which occur simultaneously this year!

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