Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Christian Passover Feast Day Celebration
The 2015 Christian Passover is this week on April 3rd. This is intended to be in overview of how it can be celebrated at home with your families. Ideally we would all assemble together to celebrate these feast days, however, that is not possible since the churches and most Christians do not believe they should celebrate Passover. However, the bible does instruct us to celebrate Passover as a statue forever. Exodus 12:14 There are no instruction in the bible for celebrating Easter.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Wave Sheaf are also this week. See thispage for more information about all the feast days.
Spring cleaning: remove all leaven and/or yeast from your house. These items are not to be in your home until after the feast of unleavened bread to over.
Meal Planning: plan a meal that includes meat from clean animals (preferably lamb), unleavened bread, bitter herbs and wine. Exodus 12:8 Num 9:11 Unleavened Bread and Wine were at the Last Supper Luke 22. Make enough unleavened bread to last seven days for the Feast of Unleavened bread.
This is a time to remember the covenants Yahweh made with us, the first Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper which was Passover. Passover is to be a memorial of these events:
Abraham: Yahweh made a covenant with Abraham that he would multiply greatly, he would be a father to many nations, and kings would come from him. Yahweh instructed Abraham to be circumcised and all of his heirs were to be circumcised. Circumcising the foreskin was proof of the covenant between Abraham and Yahweh. Genesis 17.
Exodus & First Passover: The Israelites had become servants in Egypt and Yahweh set them free the night of the first Passover. Yahweh instructed them to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts so that then he came to pass judgement on the people of Egypt, he would pass over the houses marked with the blood of the lamb. Yahweh killed all of the firstborns in the houses that were not marked with the blood of the lamb. The Israelites were saved by the blood of the lamb and escaped from Egypt. Exodus 12. Yahweh gave the Israelites instructions for sacrificing animals to forgive their sins. The sin offerings were performed by the Levitical priesthood. Leviticus 4. The Israelites were to perform the sacrifice of the lamb on Passover as a rehearsal for Jesus coming and being sacrificed.
Passover, Jesus’ Last Supper and the New Covenant: Jesus was crucified on Passover and on this day; he had his last supper with his disciples, where he gave them the New Covenant. On this Passover he was the sacrificed lamb that died for our past sins. The Israelites knew it was their Messiah since he was crucified on Passover. In the New Covenant, blood sacrifices and blood rituals are on longer required since Jesus was sacrificed for our past sin. The Levitical priesthood is also no longer required since their main responsibility was preforming sacrifices. Circumcising foreskin is no longer required since that is a blood ritual. Yahweh expects us to circumcise our hearts instead and not be stiff-necked (rebellious to the laws of Moses) people. Deu 10:16 Acts 7:51 In the New Covenant, Yahweh said he would put the law within us and write them on our heart. Jer 31:33 Hebrews 8:10. Today we must be baptized for the remission of sins. Today Jesus is our High Priest and the order of Melchizedek is in effect, see this page for more information. We are to pray to Yahweh in the name of Jesus or Yeshua. The story of Jesus’ crucifixion can be read from the bible or from Pontius Pilate’s testimony.
Prior to eating the Passover dinner, Jesus washed the Disciples feet. Wash basins and towels can be prepared to wash each other’s feet. John 13.
We should assemble and eat the meal after sundown. Bless the bread prior to breaking it and remember that it represents Jesus’ body and the wine represented his blood that was shed for the New Covenant. The Passover dinner is a reenactment of the Last Supper.
The bread: “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
The Wine: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
The Passover with the Disciples
17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?" 18 He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples. '" 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21 And as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me." 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?" 23 He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, "Is it I, Rabbi?" He said to him, "You have said so."
Institution of the Lord's Supper
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
The Spring Feast Days, Passover, Unleavened Bread and the Wave Sheaf which represents Jesus’ resurrection have been fulfilled.
Today Easter is being celebrated in place of these important feast days. Easter is the celebration of fertility; see this page for more information.
Also the Jews do not celebrate the Spring Feast Days as stated in the bible since they do not believe in Jesus being the Messiah. Nowhere in the bible does it state that Passover is a Jewish feast day. The Jews were not even mentioned in the first five books of the bible where this feast day was instituted.