The Christian Passover
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
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The Christian Passover memorializes Israel's deliverance from slavery and recalls Jesus' sacrifice, as a Passover lamb, for our sins and the sins of all humans who would ever live.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a period that comes right after Passover where no leavened bread or leavening is to be eaten. In fact, God commands that leaven be removed completely from where a person lives.
Jesus Christ willingly came down from heaven and took the form of a man to die for our sins. Though he was hated and rejected by many, he endured to the end of his life to become the perfect sacrifice and to reconcile man to God.
5 But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did . . . (Isaiah 53, TEV)
53 Jesus, therefore, said to them, 'Verily, verily, I say to you, If ye may not eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and may not drink his blood, ye have no life in yourselves; 54 he who is eating my flesh, and is drinking my blood, hath life age-during, and I will raise him up in the last day; 55 for my flesh truly is food, and my blood truly is drink; 56 he who is eating my flesh, and is drinking my blood, doth remain in me, and I in him. (John 6:53-57, YLT)
The Hebrew word pesach, which is Strong's Concordance #6453, means to pass over or a passing over.
Prophecies Foretold the Messiah's Death
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Jesus kept the Passover when his ministry began
13. Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 23. Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed on His name, as they observed the miracles that He was doing. (John 2)
Jesus ate His last Passover with his disciples
12. And on the first day of the unleaveneds, when they were killing the Passover lambs, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You desire that we go and prepare, so that You may eat the Passover?" 13. And He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and you shall meet a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14. And whatever house he shall enter, say to the master of the house that the Teacher says, 'Where is the guest chamber, where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?' (Mark 14)
Symbols of Bread and Wine instituted by Jesus
26. And as they were eating, Jesus took the bread and blessed it; then He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 27. And He took the cup; and after giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "All of you drink of it; 28. For this is My blood, the blood of the New Covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26, HBFV)
Christ is our Passover
7. Therefore, purge out the old leaven, so that you may become a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. (1Corinthians 5:7, HBFV)
What should be done before the feast
We need to examine ourselves before partaking of the Passover.
But let a man examine himself, and let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup accordingly 29. Because the one who eats and drinks unworthily is eating and drinking judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1Corinthians 11:28-29)
A commemorate of the Exodus
When you eat this meal, do not eat bread prepared with yeast. For seven days you are to eat bread prepared without yeast, as you did when you had to leave Egypt in such a hurry. (Deuteronomy 16:3)
Offering to the Eternal required
16 All the men of your nation are to come to worship the Lord three times a year at the one place of worship . . . Each man is to bring a gift 17as he is able . . . (Deuteronomy 16:16-17)
Feast of Unleavened Bread in Acts of the Apostles
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the Days of Unleavened Bread. ) (Acts 12:3)
And we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. (Acts 20:6)