What is Passover?
Exo 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? Exo 12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
God answers this question, the PASSOVER is a commemoration. We remember how God saved His people Israel from bondage in the land of Egypt. The last curse given to the Pharaoh and Egypt was the death of all first born.
The word passover means the exemption of the people of Israel from the death of all their first born. The commemoration of the PASSOVER aims to remember, not only the death of all first born in the land of Egypt but also how God liberate His people, Israel.
In the New Testament, Christ commemorate the passover with the Apostles. The aim of commemorating it no longer centres on the liberation of Israel from slavery and servitude from Egypt but as a symbol of commemorating His death. The night before His crucifixion and death, Christ commemorated the passover.He was the lamb of that passover. And just like when God liberated His people from slavery, JESUS liberated us from the works of the devil, from sins and lusts of this world.
The PASSOVER is also a chance to commemorate the day of a Christian’s baptism, the day when we are called in the church of God and remember how God saved us from our sins by accepting His death and His sacrifice in the cross.
Why do we need to commemorate the Passover?
Its a commandment from God. Its as simple as that. But we know that If God commands us to do it, then there is a greater purpose.
First, God wants us to understand how the death of all the first born in the land of Egypt became a liberating factor and a saving grace for His people Israel. Its not only a ritual that we should do, its not empty, there is an aim or purpose why we should commemorate it. All God’s commandments have importance.
Second, the PASSOVER commemorated by Jesus Christ is an act of everlasting love for us. He manifested Himself in the form of flesh, He suffered and redeem our sins through the shedding of His blood. And by His death, anyone who had been a part of His love for the church of God receives this grace, the pardoning of sins and the right to become God’s sons and daughters.
Apostle Paul explains,
1Co 11:23 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: 1Co 11:24 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. 1Co 11:25 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. 1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
Apostle Paul encourages Christians to commemorate what he received fro Christ. Therefore, PASSOVER is not only an Old Testament law but extends on Christians in the New Testament.
Apostle Paul adds how each Christian should prepare for this sacred commemoration. Each Christian should re-examine what had been the changes in his life as a servant of God, what are the progress of his faith ever since he was called in the church of God and how much more can he improve in the areas of his faith. 1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
It is also a moment where we can ask God for His forgiveness for all the sins that we have done prior to commemoration of the PASSOVER. This self-examination is important for all Christians. This shows what areas of our lives as Christians need improvement, what elements should grow more and push us more closer with God as we renew our vows and commitments as servants.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (II Corinthians 13:5)
At Passover, our focus should be on the payment for sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.