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The Passover of God

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Why do Christians celebrate the Passover? Of what significance is the Passover to them?

What is the significance of the Passover as recorded in the Old Testament and why were they commanded to remember it?

The Passover of God as recorded in the book of Exodus is an event that commemorates the children of Israel leaving the land of Egypt. In the original Passover event, the children of Israel were to take a lamb and slaughter it, and they were to paint the blood upon the door posts as a sign, so that when the Angel of Death came upon them he would pass them if he saw the blood upon the door posts.

It seems like many Christians today celebrate Passover by placing Jesus as their Passover Lamb, and they imagine his blood being painted up on the door posts of their mind protecting them, that the Angel of Death might continue pass them by.

But I ask, in light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, should we continue to be applying his blood in the same manner as the blood of the Passover Lamb, in that it protects us from the angel of death? The Passover as it was remembered in the book of Exodus was an old covenant remembrance, should that same remembrance apply toward those under the new covenant?

There is a scripture in the book of Jeremiah that describes a time in which the Lord would no longer be remembered as the Lord who brought up the children of Israel out from land of Egypt.

Jeremiah 23:5-8 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

So if the Lord saith they shall no longer say the Lord liveth which brought up the children out of the land of Egypt, then why do Christians still attempt to celebrate him as one still bringing the children up out of the land of Egypt?

The significance of the blood of the Passover lamb was that it would cause the Angel of Death to pass you by. Much the same as the annual sacrifice under the Old Testament laws, where a sacrifice was offered once yearly to cover the sins of the people, that the Angel of Death might be stayed. But is that what the blood of Christ does for us? Is that how we continue to use the sacrifice and the blood of Christ?

In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, do we use his to blood keep the Angel of Death from us? For in his death and resurrection we are baptized into his Death, crucified with him on the cross. Christ has become the angel of death for us, that through his death we might partake of his resurrected life. Jesus said in the Gospels, those who seek to save their lives, shall lose it; those who lose their lives for his sake shall find it.

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it

How long will you continue to use the sacrifice of Christ as a covering for your sins so that the Angel of Death might pass you, hoping to stay death until your Lord returns for you. But we are not under the old covenant, we are under the new covenant: We are under the covenant of Grace. The covenant of grace requires no covering for your sin, or it would not be Grace.

So as a Christian living under the new covenant, of what benefit is the remembrance of Passover to you?
 

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This is what the passover lamb and the feast is to me.
Luk 22:14 And when the hour come, he reclined (at meat), and the twelve apostles with him,
Luk 22:15 and he said unto them, `With desire I did desire to eat this passover with you before my suffering,
Luk 22:16 for I say to you, that no more may I eat of it till it may be fulfilled in the reign of God.'
Luk 22:17 And having taken a cup, having given thanks, he said, `Take this and divide to yourselves,
Luk 22:18 for I say to you that I may not drink of the produce of the vine till the reign of God may come.'
Luk 22:19 And having taken bread, having given thanks, he brake and gave to them, saying, `This is my body, that for you is being given, this do ye--to remembrance of me.'
Luk 22:20 In like manner, also, the cup after the supping, saying, `This cup is the new covenant in my blood, that for you is being poured forth.

The passover lamb and feast in Exodus was a type of this reality. The physical to the spiritual.
 

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The passover lamb and feast in Exodus was a type of this reality. The physical to the spiritual.
Yes. Exactly.

We don't have to keep the old literal observance. We have to keep the spiritual reality the figure pointed to. We do that by simply having faith that Christ is that Passover Lamb who's blood delivers from destruction.


We are under the covenant of Grace. The covenant of grace requires no covering for your sin, or it would not be Grace.

So as a Christian living under the new covenant, of what benefit is the remembrance of Passover to you?
7 ...Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast (that follows Passover), not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8 NASB parenthesis mine)

As a New Covenant Christian, the benefit of the remembrance is that Christ is the Passover Lamb that turns away the destroying angel. Whether that remembrance is a literal remembrance or not is one's choice. Just as long as one understands the old literal has no power to turn away the destroying angel. Only the blood o Christ, now that we know that, can do that.
 

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How long will you continue to use the sacrifice of Christ as a covering for your sins...
If all goes as planned, right up until the pump shuts down.

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The New Covenant did not abolish the requirement for a Passover Sacrifice. That requirement gets fulfilled in the new way of Christ, and faith in him in this New Covenant.
 

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The New Covenant did not abolish the requirement for a Passover Sacrifice. That requirement gets fulfilled in the new way of Christ, and faith in him in this New Covenant.
In what new way? Describe for me what you mean.

I could describe for you the new way in which I see it.
 

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We should not forget His Blood..
Heb_9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Gal_6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

That lambs blood allowed the Hebrew Children to head tot he promised land...
 

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The New Covenant did not abolish the requirement for a Passover Sacrifice. That requirement gets fulfilled in the new way of Christ, and faith in him in this New Covenant.
Good post. :salute
 

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If all goes as planned, right up until the pump shuts down.

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Can you tell me where in the scripture it tells us that under the New Covenant law there is a requiried a sacrifice for sin? Why would a covenant in which God said he would remember our sins and iniquities no more require a covering and sacrifice for those sins? Is not his word good enough? Which is greater, the Grace of God of the blood of Christ?
 

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In what new way? Describe for me what you mean.

I could describe for you the new way in which I see it.
old way--a literal lamb's body and blood, literally eaten and whose blood gets literally applied to one's 'household'.
new way--Christ' body and blood, consumed, and applied to the household of God through faith in that sacrifice.
 

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old way--a literal lamb's body and blood, literally eaten and whose blood gets literally applied to one's 'household'.
new way--Christ' body and blood, consumed, and applied to the household of God through faith in that sacrifice.
But you still do that with the same thought through faith that the angel of death might pass you by?
 

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Can you tell me where in the scripture it tells us that under the New Covenant law there is a requiried a sacrifice for sin? Why would a covenant in which God said he would remember our sins and iniquities no more require a covering and sacrifice for those sins? Is not his word good enough? Which is greater, the Grace of God of the blood of Christ?
They are one in the same...
 

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Can you tell me where in the scripture it tells us that under the New Covenant law there is a requiried a sacrifice for sin?
Jesus is the New Covenant and He does not require a sacrifice for sin.

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Can you tell me where in the scripture it tells us that under the New Covenant law there is a requiried a sacrifice for sin? Why would a covenant in which God said he would remember our sins and iniquities no more require a covering and sacrifice for those sins? Is not his word good enough? Which is greater, the Grace of God of the blood of Christ?
26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you;
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
(Matthew 26:26-28 NASB)

"To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood" (Revelation 1:5 NASB)

 
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