It is nearly December, and here I am talking about Passover! I have a good reason for it. My family has recently finished working through Chapter 1 of The Beauty of Jesus through the Feasts. It is not too late to jump into this study! You can also purchase the study guide here.
Since our move, I have become even more passionate about who God is, and how I can serve Him best. I just love learning about how the Old and New Testaments of the Bible tie together. The New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old, and all of it is just remarkable. Right now I’m actually writing a post about how the theme of redemption is tied to clothing, and I have learned so much from my studies.
Since my family celebrates the Biblical Feasts for Jesus, I jumped at the chance to learn more through the book The Beauty of Jesus Revealed through the Feasts! I highly recommend that you purchase this book yourself, and here I’m just going to mention a few highlights that I’ve learned. As Christians, celebrating the Feasts is both beautiful and fulfilling. It has enriched my faith so much!
Passover, or Pesach, was instituted for the Israelites to remember their deliverance from Egypt. But like the other Biblical Feasts, it points straight to our Messiah.
The Passover lamb was chosen on the 10th of Nissan.
Jesus, the Lamb of God, entered Jerusalem on this day and was greeted by a crowd with palm branches and cheers of “Hosanna!”
Each Jewish household was required to inspect and care for their lamb for four days in their home, which indicated the severity of sacrifice.
Jesus stood on trial in front of the Jewish and Roman court during this time frame. (John 18:19-24 and Mark 14:53-65)
The Passover lamb was sacrificed at the temple around 3 pm.
Jesus yielded His spirit and died at the same time. (Matthew 27:46-50)
In preparation of the Passover meal, Jewish households remove all traces of leaven from the premises.
In this same way, believers need to ask God to remove all traces of sin from their lives.
Ladies, everything about the meal itself signifies Jesus! From the cups of Sanctification, Salvation, Redemption, and Restoration, to the items on the Seder plate. The unleavened bread, or crackers, appear to be pierced and bruised like our Savior’s body. Another tradition is hiding the “Afikomen.” The Afikomen is the piece of matzah (unleavened) bread that signifies the Son of God. The bread is broken, wrapped in a linen cloth, and hidden for the children to find later in the evening. If this isn’t a picture of Christ’s death and resurrection, I don’t know what is! “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
Celebrating Passover for Christ is lovely. In this chapter it was also noted that The Feast of Tabernacles is mentioned in Zechariah 14:16-19 and will continue to take place during the millennial reign of Christ. Why are we not celebrating these feasts in the church?
From my MacArthur Study Bible:
“This very important passage reveals that some Gentiles will go into the millennial kingdom alive along with the redeemed Jews. A converted remnant from those heathen nations will make annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem to worship the Lord and to celebrate the Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles, during the Millennium. Commemorating the time when God “tabernacled” with Israel in the wilderness, the feast represented the last of the 3 major pilgrimage festivals, marked the final harvest of the year’s crops, and provided a time of rejoicing. In the Millennium, it will celebrate the Messiah’s presence again dwelling among His people and the joyful restoration of Israel.”
Next week, I hope to share pieces of the next chapter. I hope you join me. Blessings!
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