By: Brandon T. Ward
Many Christians are not aware, but the Highest Holy Day in Christianity is Passover. Not the pagan festival of Easter. The word Passover comes from the time of Moses and the last plague that consumed Egypt. When Christ died on the cross He became our Passover. In order to reveal this fact, we must search the scriptures where we can find light and remove the darkness that has clouded this topic for so man.
Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus name amen.
Please open your Bible and turn with me to,
1 Corinthians 5:7
7 “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”
Did it say our Easter? Of course not. God’s Word said, Christ is our Passover. But what does that mean and when should we celebrate this Passover of the Lord? For the answer to that question, let us now turn our Bibles to Exodus chapter 12. Let us travel back to the time of Moses, the time of bondage when the Israelites served as slaves in the land of Egypt.
Before we start, I would like to make a note. In the chapters preceding this one, the land of Egypt was smitten with nine plagues which God brought forth. After each of the plagues Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites. But it was God Himself who hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Why would He do this? The Lord wanted to reveal Himself and establish to all of Egypt and through them, the whole world that He is the One True God and there is no other. The Egyptian god’s could not re-produce the plagues nor could they stop them as they were nothing more than statues.
1 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,”
2 “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
What month would this be? From Exodus 13:4 we learn it is the month of “Abib“ (also Deuteronomy 16:1). The month of Abib starts at the Spring Equinox (Websters Dictionary of American English, Published 1828) which is equivalent to our March 20th this year. Being children of light, we go by God’s Solar calendar of light, not a lunar calendar of darkness.
5 “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:”
God would say in the preceding verses that every household should take a lamb for the feast of what would soon be called passover. God instructs in verse five that the lamb must be without blemish, a perfect sacrifice.
Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb was without blemish just as the passover lamb of old (1 Peter 1:18-19). Make a mental note through this study, Christ, ‘did not come to change the law, but to fulfill it,’ (Matthew 5:17). The only thing that changed was Christ became our Passover which did away with the blood ordinances. Today, we no longer sacrifice animals, that would be sacrilegious.
6 “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”
We have another time element here. The passover lamb was to be kept until the 14th of Abib and then killed in the evening. We need to understand that the Israelite day started at sunset. So the killing of the passover lamb would take place just hours before the 15th of Abib which was the High Holy Day (John 19:31). This equates to April 4th this year (2013). The easiest way to remember the date is to count 15 days from the Spring Equinox.
Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb was slain at the same time as the passover lambs in the days of Moses. Christ died at the 9th hour which is equal to our 3pm (Luke 23:43-46). This not only documents the divine accuracy of our Father, but documents to us that Christ could not have partaken of the passover lamb at the last supper, as those lambs were being slaughtered when He died. The last super with Him was the night before He became our Passover.
7 “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.”
God had instructed the Israelities to place the blood of the passover lamb upon their doors. In so doing, the last plague would have no effect on their household.
The Blood of Christ, our Passover Lamb redeemed us from our sins (Ephesians 1:7). His Blood was worthy, so we no longer have to perform those blood sacrifices. By His Blood, the “destroyer” who is Satan cannot harm us, as we have power over him through Christ (Luke 10:19).
8 “And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.”
10 “And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.”
11 “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.“
God had instructed the Israelities to eat the passover lamb that night (the sun is now down and we are at the 15th of Abib, starting the High Holy Day) and leave nothing until the morning.
12 “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”
This would be the final plague that would smite Egypt, thus setting the Israelites free from bondage. But remember, it was God who hardened Pharaoh’s heart. The point was to prove to the inhabitants of the land that The Lord was the One True God of the whole earth. We will soon witness an event of this scale just before the coming of our Lord when hail the size of a talent (120-180 pounds) reigns down on the enemy (Revelation 16:21)…
13 “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”
In essence, the blood of the passover lamb on the door kept the “destroyer” (Exodus 12:23) from smiting that household with the last plague, which was the death of the first born. As stated, the “destroyer” is Satan, who is the spirit of death (Hebrews 2:14) and who better to work under the cover of darkness as he always does. Let us document that.
11 “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
Remember, we are called the children of light, we are of our Father in Heaven and abide in His righteous light, we are not of Satan and his darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5)…
Now let us turn back to,
14 “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”
And so we remember the passover to this day. We remember what it meant during the time of Moses and we remember what it means for us today. Christ becoming our Passover removed the need for lambs blood, for as scripture so beautifully states, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain“ (Revelation 5:12).
Going forward, Christ told us how we should remember Him, how we should remember Passover. To document what that is let us turn our Bibles to,
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
23 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:”
24 “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
Christ took the stripes and we get the healing (Isaiah 53:5). He is the bread of life and that bread is symbolic of His body that was broken for us. Take and eat ye all of it as He instructed.
1 Corinthians 11:25
25 “After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Christ is the way, the truth and the life, without His Blood there is no life (John 14:6). So take the cup of wine which is symbolic of His Blood that is shed for the remission of our sins. Take and drink ye all of it as He instructed.
1 Corinthians 11:26
26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”
The 15th of Abib (our April 4th this year 2013) is our High Holy Day, Passover Day. This is how we remember and honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By partaking of the unleavened bread, the wine and remembering what each one symbolizes.
The blood of the passover lamb of Moses time protected the Israelites from the “destroyer.” It caused him to pass-over their homes which enabled them to be free from bondage and led them to the promised land.
The Blood of Christ, our Passover Lamb protects us from that same “destroyer.” It frees us from the bondage of our sins, that through repentance we may be led to our promised land…
The Eternal Kingdom of our God who reins forever. Amen!