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Passover is for Jews, Gentiles both

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ELISA NORMAN

Living Word

The biblical festival of Passover is a historical observance of the Hebrews’ departure from slavery in Egypt; it is also a memorial to the sacrifice of our Lamb, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). In Egypt, the tenth and final plague was the death of the firstborn sons.

For a home to be safe from death, the parents in the home were instructed by God to take a one-year-old male lamb or kid, kill it, and paint the blood with a hyssop brush over the lintel and doorposts of their home. Seeing the blood as a sign of faith, God would pass over their home and its inhabitants would be saved.

Today, we stand on the brink of spiritual exodus. The ways of the world and our own inclinations to sin enslave us. Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death." When we sin, we die spiritually according to the laws that God has set. In order to experience the salvation that God offers, we must realign ourselves with God.

Just like the Hebrews in ancient Egypt, the blood of the sacrificial lamb is the sign of our faith today. Yeshua (Jesus) is our lamb: "For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed (1 Corinthians 5:7)." His blood, covering our lintels (our minds, or thoughts), and our doorposts (our hands, or actions), is the evidence of our faith. This is the blood of the lamb on our door.

The door of faith is open to all people, both Jews and Gentiles. Acts 14:27 remarks on how Paul and Barnabas "opened the door of faith to the Gentiles." Traditionally, Jews recognize the Passover as their holy day, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt, and Christians recognize the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) as their promise of eternal salvation (somehow celebrated through the glorification of egg-laying rabbits, hmm). However, Bible calls these God’s holy days (Leviticus 23). God’s holy days are for everyone.

Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits all occur together within one holy week. Passover is the sacrifice of the lamb, First Fruits is the resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) and the promise that we, too, will be resurrected in the future, and Unleavened Bread represents living a life without sin (possible through the power of the Holy Spirit – Phil 4:13).

These are God’s special holy days that teach us how to walk with him and develop a relationship with our Savior.

If you have never celebrated the Passover before and would like to incorporate it into your family’s worship, please come to our instructional Messianic Passover How-To at The Living Word, Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m. to learn how (www.living word-jewishchristian.com). 


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