The Christian Passover or The Resurrection Festival


For the Christians, Easter is next week. Easter is usually on the Sunday following the Passover, but not always. My problem with this is that Christians tend to loose sight of the Passover. I am not saying that we have to follow the Jewish feasts, but they interesting if you ever get the opportunity to attend a Seder. I am wanting to point out that for Christians, Jesus is supposed to be our Passover lamb.

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. 7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover.

Now this was all before the introduction of the Shabbat or Sabbath. Compare this to the declaration of the Feast:

Lev 23:5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the LORD’s Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 8 But you shall present a food offering to the LORD for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.”

I have seen theory after theory as to which year He died and on what day of the week it was. It has to be Friday as that was a Sabbath. Fine, but Sunday was not the first day of the week, so who knows. I am not worried about what day it actually happened on. I am bothered by how the day of His death gets so overshadowed by Easter. This year, Passover starts on March 30th, but the day of preparation is the 29th. This is also the day that the first born fasts. This is the day Jesus would have crucified. Dead two days and rose on the third would but the celebration of the resurrection on April 1st this year. Most Christians won’t honor this day until the 4th. There just seems to be a disconnect with the day that is supposed to mean so much to us and how we honor that act.

We don’t have to follow the Passover festival, but we can’t forget that this is the time in which He died for us. Instead of celebrating when it is convenient for us, let’s start celebrating when it actually happened. Maybe there needs to be a new movement to start the Resurrection festival.

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