PART 2 – HOW PASSOVER BECAME EASTER, 05.04.19
Rabbi Mike Short, How Passover Became Easter, Pt.1
Rabbi Mike Short, How Passover Became Easter, Pt.2
Israel Today, “What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover,” David Lazarus, Wed., April 1, 2015.
“Now it was just before the feast of Passover. Yeshua knew that His hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them until the end” (John 13:1). “Then came the day of matzah when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed” (Lk.22:7). The Son of God had come to sacrifice His life for those who would believe in Him; and His sacrifice was always intended to correspond with the sacrificed lamb of Ex. 12. It was no coincidence that as Passover approached, Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, began to speak of His approaching death and resurrection to His disciples. After all, He’d come to fulfill the prophecies, to be that Passover Lamb, the perfect sacrifice for all. He knew with no uncertainty the reason for His coming to this earth.
“And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer” (Lk.22:15). “As you can see these are strong words! Messiah knew that the next day would be His last but He wanted to spend the Last Passover showing His Talmidim (Disciples) how it pointed to Him” (Rabbi Mike Short, How Passover Became Easter, Pt.1). The statement, “Get rid of the old hametz/leaven, so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (I Cor.5:7*see f.n. below), makes it very clear that the New Testament saints understood the connection between the Old Testament Passover and the fulfillment of that by Christ’s death on the Cross. They were fully cognizant of what this meant: Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach was the Passover Lamb. What does this mean? That “Passover” was intended to be a permanent ordinance, forever commemorating the sacrifice for our freedom/salvation/deliverance. So there would be no reason for altering the practice, the traditions that accompanied it, or the date/timing of the the event. Neither did the fulfillment of that negate the original freedom from the bondage in Egypt; it’s like phase two; the two events complete the process; now it becomes a complete whole. That is why Yeshua, while on the Cross, said “It is finished.” His work of salvation and redemption was complete.
“During this time of year we have the Jewish Feast of Passover and the Christian Easter, which is really a festival of fertility named after the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar or some spell it Ashera or Eastre . . . . . . the celebration and worship of the goddess of fertility with the symbolic use of the egg as a focal point and is known as Easter and has nothing to do with the resurrection of the Messiah” (How Passover became Easter Pt.1, Rabbi Mike Short).
Rabbi Evan Moffic (What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover, by Reform Rabbi Evan Moffic) has seen his teachings of Passover (to Christians) become life-changing. He has witnessed incredible deepening in faith as they become more connected with the true meaning of Passover. As Gentile believers begin to realize the holiness with which Yeshua celebrated Passover, that the story of Exodus was fulfilled in Messiah, and that the ongoing honouring of Torah is intrinsic to the experience of Passover, eyes are opened to the heretical replacement of Passover with Easter, a defilement of the holiness of Passover, with its inclusion of pagan practices such as Easter eggs, chocolates, and bunnies. “Moffic hopes to help Christians understand the intimate connection between Judaism and Christianity in the Passover, the principal festival for both Jews and Christians. Exploring the Passover helps us learn more about the context of Jesus’ own religious and spiritual life, and it sheds light on Easter, the resurrection of Jesus and the meaning of redemption,” he explains””(Israel Today, “What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover,” David Lazarus, Wed., April 1, 2015).
“Gentile’s (Stranger) who have been grafted-into Israel by the work of Messiah, should be doing Jewish Festival Days as did the first Jewish Believers. These Festivals all point to Messiah, Easter does not. For your consideration, may I suggest that a Lamb, not a bunny, should be the image imprinted on our childrens minds during this Passover/Resurrection season. They can celebrate something (Someone!) far more significant than rapidly multiplying Easter bunnies and fertile colored eggs” (Rabbi Mike Short, How Passover Became Easter, Part 2).
Do you celebrate Easter? Jewish Voice Ministries Canada Proclaiming Jesus the Messiah to the World: “Messianic Jews celebrate the resurrection of Yeshua from the dead on the third day following His execution as “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” One Sunday during the Passover season is called “Resurrection Sunday” during which great Messianic thanksgiving is offered for Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection. It is not accompanied by the finding of eggs and baskets filled with candy” (http://www.jewishvoice.org/who-is-yeshua/theological-questions/faqs/celebrate-easter.html?referrer=https://www.google.ca/). Messianics, over-all, celebrate Pesach/Passover, not “Easter.”
“Some of the other Easter Traditions are just as seeped in Paganism as the rabbit and egg, how about Easter Lilies. This is also from the website “The so-called ‘Easter lily’ has long been revered by pagans of various lands as a holy symbol associated with the reproductive organs. It was considered a phallic symbol!” A. J. Dager, “Facts and Fallacies of the Resurrection,” Page 5. Cited in: R.K. Tardo, “Rabbits, Eggs and Other Easter Errors”. . . . .and other traditions used in Easter services which I will skip here, as what has already been should be sufficient to show that Easter is Pagan“ (Rabbi Mike Short, Pt.1). Let us be clear: Easter is pagan; Passover is Scriptural.
This is not meant to be a condemnation of the Christian practice of Easter, since few “Christians” are aware of their Jewish roots, and the accompanying history that created “Easter;” but rather it is intended to stimulate an awakening of the history, roots, and intention; to expose the error of many centuries and thereby ignite a desire to return to the original meaning and intended ordinance celebrated, in keeping with the command of our Lord, God, and Father, Yahweh, that this would be “an eternal ordinance” (Ex.12:12). Keep in mind, too, that “God does not change” (Mal.3:6); and “God will not be mocked” (Gal.6:7). “Easter” is based on paganism, contrary to Biblical roots, history, intention, and practices. “Passover” is the original feast commanded by Yahweh Himself to honour what He did for His people. If you are a grafted in, Gentile believer it would be honouring the Lord to keep His “eternal ordinance.”
1 Cor.5:6-8: “Don’t you know that a little hametz leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old hametz, so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old hametz, the hametz of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread—the matzah of sincerity and truth” – a “little” sin pollutes everything- it spreads – get rid of the sin (old hametz). Since Yeshua came to free His people from sin, we should get rid of the old ways (the flesh), celebrate the new “hametz” – He is our leaven, He is what fills us by His Holy Spirit so the “old leaven” can be replaced with the “new.” “Unleavened” = free from sin. Yeshua came to free us from the bondage to sin.
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