For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (I Corinthians 5:7)
In many circles, you’ll hear Christians say some variation of, “Happy Easter? We celebrate Resurrection Day!” Personally, I have no problem saying “Happy Easter” seeing as we say “Merry Christmas” and let’s face it: the two are equally pagan in nature. When we say, “Happy Easter” as Christians, we celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, so I don’t think it makes any difference to Him. Easter evokes pleasant memories of fuzzy bunnies, egg hunts, and pastel colours. But unfortunately, Easter bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and Cadbury eggs have no redeeming qualities. However, Passover does.
I can just hear it now:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law!
Jesus did away with the Law! We’re under grace now!
We’re in a new dispensation!
Yes, yes, and yes. And also, no.
Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13, 14). We are under grace now (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We are in the new dispensation of the Kingdom (Matthew 11:11). However, Jesus did not do away with the Law.
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17; 17-20 for full context)
Jesus is a fulfillment of the Law, not the abolition thereof. And part of that Law includes celebrating the Feasts such as Passover. And note, the Scripture never calls them the Feasts of Israel, but the Feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23:39, Judges 21:19, Hosea 9:5). So let’s see what the Word says about the Passover.
Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. (Exodus 12:13-14)
In this passage, the Lord, through Moses, commands that the Feast of Passover be kept “throughout your generations” and as “an everlasting ordinance.” Later in the same chapter, the Lord uses ongoing phrases such as “throughout your generations” and everlasting ordinance” (v. 17) as well as “you shall observe this thing…you and your sons forever” (v. 24). And we see this trend continued in the New Testament when Jesus upgrades the Feast.
That the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)
Here we see the same trend. An ongoing memorial or ordinance, remembering what the broken body of the Lamb and its blood has accomplished for us. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” This Feast, in its earthly form, is to endure until the rapture. And I dare say, since the patterns such as the Ark of Covenant and the Tabernacle/Temple are types and shadows of what is already in Heaven, we will go on celebrating the Feast of Passover and others in the new heaven and the new earth!
Christ was already slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). But when Christ died on the cross, we received the manifestation on earth as it had already been in heaven. Passover commemorates this beautifully tragic atonement.
…So His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; so shall He sprinkle many nations. (Isaiah 52:14, 15)
Just as the blood of lambs was sprinkled on people in the Old Testament, so was the blood of the Ultimate Passover Lamb sprinkled upon the Gentiles for everlasting atonement. We don’t practice rituals, we have a relationship. We do not rinse in water, but are baptized in water, spirit, fire, and love. We do not sacrifice animals, but accept The Sacrifice which purchased our redemption. Easter has nothing on that. Passover is all about that! So with that I say, Happy Passover Saints!