The Passover is God’s Promise of Salvation

May 23, 2024
The Passover is God's Promise of Salvation

The Passover of the New Covenant is an important regulation for Christians who want to lead a faithful religious life, aiming for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Who Commands Us To Keep the Passover?

Exodus 12:10-14 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover. “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.”

In the Old Testament times, the Israelites lived in slavery in a foreign country Egypt. As anticipated, their lives as slaves was appallingly painful. God heard the cry of the enslaved Israelites and gave them a command that resulted in their emancipation from Egypt. This command from God the Father Jehovah was the Passover. After keeping the Passover in obedience to God’s command, they were blessed to be freed from slavery in Egypt.

Next, let us find out who commanded us to keep the Passover in the New Testament times.

Matthew 26:17-19 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So, the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

Who commanded us to keep the Passover in the New Testament? It was God, Jesus Himself. In the New Testament times too, it is God who commands us to keep it. In each age, it is only God who commands us to keep this feast.

Why Does God Command Us To Keep the Passover?

The Passover of the Old Testament was established to emancipate the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Why does God command us to keep it even in the New Testament times? It is to emancipate us from being slaves to sin and death simply put, to give us eternal life.

John 6:53-54 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

To have eternal life, what did Jesus say we must eat? It is Jesus flesh and blood. The word ‘unless’ in the verse above, implies that without Jesus flesh and blood, no one can have eternal life. For this very reason we must certainly eat Jesus’ flesh and blood to enter Heaven. How then can we eat Jesus’ flesh and blood?

Luke 22:7-8 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

Jesus Christ directed His disciples to make preparations to keep a special feast called the Passover. Let us see the scene of the Passover ceremony in verse 19.

Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

On the evening of the Passover, Jesus took bread and wine. What did Jesus call the Passover bread? “My body.” What did Jesus call the Passover wine? “My blood.” Therefore, the way to eat Jesus flesh and drink His blood is the Passover. What do we have through His flesh and blood? We have the promise of eternal life. Thus, the Passover is the way to eternal life.

The Appointed Time

Can Christians gather on any day to eat the bread and wine? Or can the Lord’s Passover be celebrated on any day of our choosing? Concerning this, let us find out what the scriptures say?

Leviticus 23:4 Proclaim the following festivals at the appointed times.

In verse 4, God commanded us to proclaim and celebrate His feasts at the appointed times. Who declares the appointed time of God’s feasts? It is only God (not by the pastor or church). What then is the appointed time to keep the Lord’s Passover?

Leviticus 23:5 The Passover, celebrated to honor the Lord, begins at sunset on the fourteenth day of the first month.

God declared the time by which the Passover must commence that is, in the evening. Do churches eat Jesus flesh and blood/ Passover in the evening? Not at all. They keep it during the day. In addition, God clearly declared the date of the Passover. It is on the fourteenth day of the first month. This implies that it should be celebrated only once a year. However, when we evaluate the practices of most churches today, they all eat bread and wine more then once in a year (twelve times a year/ every Sunday). Can the bread and wine eaten on any other day and in any other manner than that mentioned in the Bible truly become Jesus flesh and blood? Never! It is merely bread and wine without any blessing. This kind of practice is in vain.

Everyone who has not kept the Passover as God commanded us to, cannot be saved. This is a very serious matter. To receive eternal life promised through Christs’ flesh and blood, we must keep the true Passover.  Lastly, there is only one church which correctly celebrates the Passover. That is the World Mission Society Church of God. Everyone, let us keep the true Passover and enter the Kingdom of Heaven hand in hand.