PASSOVER: THE JESUS/YESHUA CONNECTION, 09.04.20
We probably all know the Passover Story; but not all make a connection between PASSOVER and what Jesus/Yeshua accomplished on the Cross.
First, let’s review the PASSOVER STORY briefly, from Exodus 12:
3 “ . . . every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats,
6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you.
When we connect the dots to the New Testament account from:
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him.
15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves.
18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Ex.12:14: “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast).
20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
When Peter points out that “you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot,” (1 Pet.1:18,19), he is obviously connecting what Jesus/Yeshua did at the Cross to the Exodus event. He saw the Exodus experience as a foreshadowing of that which was to come.
Similarly, John the Baptist recognized the connection when: “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). He had been preaching and teaching that the Messiah was coming, “One whose sandals he was not worthy to unlace” (John 1:27). He knew this was a fulfillment of prophecy.
We know, of course, that Jesus/Yeshua fulfilled all the requirements of the Passover Lamb. He was sinless, perfect:
“He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth” (1 Pet.2:22).
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin . .” (2 Cor.5:21).
“. . . one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb.4:15).
“You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5).
Isaiah the Prophet prophesied about Messiah, connecting Who He was to the Exodus event:
23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls
The First Century followers of Jesus/Yeshua knew what these things meant. They all kept PASSOVER together, knowing they were honouring the true PASSOVER LAMB, the One Who “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins”(Col.1:13,14). Over the years, generations, and centuries, believers somehow left their roots behind. All the origins of what came to be known as Christianity (originally known as THE WAY) somehow faded away, despite the fact that the Scriptures have been available to all, none of which have been altered.
Futuristic references to the LAMB are found in Revelation:
“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Rev.17:14).
“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him” (Rev.22:3).
*[Although it is an aside, TAKE NOTE: it is only after Messiah’s return and our entrance to His Heavenly Kingdom that “there will no longer be any curse”].
This is the ultimate and final completed DELIVERANCE which is yet to come, at Messiah’s Second Coming – only THEN will ALL be perfected by the “pure spotless LAMB Who takes away the sin of the world.” Although He did in fact come to take away the sins of the world, man, in his fleshly carnal, sinful state is not willing to give it all up until that glorious coming, when we shall all be like Him, when we have our glorious bodies, just like His (1 John 3:2; 1 Cor.15:52-54; Phil.3:21).
The story of Exodus is a story of deliverance from the bondage of Egypt to the land of promise. The blood on the doorposts, having delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, was a foreshadowing of the Blood of Yeshua/Jesus, the ultimate deliverance, redemption, and salvation from all sins and bondages. So to abandon the celebration of Passover and replace it with meaningless Pagan practices of eggs, bunnies, chocolates, must be so offensive to our Lord God and Saviour, it is amazing that we have not all been struck down.
There is an inextinguishable meaningfulness of the Passover celebration when it is connected to what Christ’s shed blood accomplished, for “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”(Col.1:13,14); and this locks down the connection between the Old/New Covenant.
Does this mean, however, that Gentile believers or even Jewish Messianic believers for that matter, must keep the Rabbinic Rituals of Passover? There are varying opinions on this; however, the writer concurs with Zev Porat in regards to the matter. Himself a Jewish Israeli believer in Messiah, Porat states: “We’re supposed to break bread; that’s the true Passover . . . . nowhere in Scripture does it say that Jesus had all these plates . . . .. He Himself was the Passover” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=076Z8LnjWfk&t=333s).
What is important is that our Lord be honoured for what was accomplished for us by His sacrifice. There are many forms of appropriate worship; there are many ways to celebrate. The only thing that the Scripture requires is that we REMEMBER by keeping our covenant with Him, honouring that covenant by partaking of the bread and the cup, keeping it as a FEAST to the LORD.
1 John 3:5
1 John 3:2
Zev Porat, Messiah of Israel Ministries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=076Z8LnjWfk&t=333s
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