Keeping the Passover Today

“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you. And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever. In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses. If anyone eats what is leavened, that person will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwelling places you shall eat unleavened bread.” Exodus 12:14-21

There are some believers who hold to the idea that the Passover is a required feast today. It is certainly a good memorial, as verse 14 says, and a nice coincidence since this is Memorial Day. But 1 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that Christ is our Passover, and He was a one time sacrifice, unlike other old testament sacrifices that prefigured Jesus’ death. So, does that make the Passover irrelevant to us today?

The sacrifice of the Passover lamb is a symbol of the death that would set us all free, but the annual celebration had more rules to fulfill, or you would be cut off from Israel. I believe these are symbolic of the Christian life. We are to remain faithful, not to a to do list, but to Christ Himself. Even after we have believed, it is possible to lose our love for Him. There could be found in us an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3:12).

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