Monday, April 14, 2014

Passover and Good Friday

Sometimes I wonder why we don't celebrate the Old Testamentgood-friday Feasts. I would call them Jewish Feasts except for the fact that when God set them up He gave them to the entire nation of Israel. They are also referred to as God’s appointed times.

What if God already set up holy days that observe what we observe with traditions that honor the LORD? 

Take Passover for instance. 

The Passover Feast originates in Exodus 12:

“Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb…apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite 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 come in to your houses to smite you. And you shall observe this even as an ordinance for you and your children forever.  Exodus 12:21-24

This feast is to be observed “the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover.” Leviticus 23:5 According to the Jewish calendar the first month is Nisan which corresponds to March/April. This year Passover begins the evening of April 14th.

The purpose of this feast was two-fold: to remember what God did for them in Egypt and to foreshadow the work of Jesus on the cross.

Paul says that Jesus is our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). It is by His blood that death passes over us. For we know that the “wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life.”  

Seems to me that Good Friday fits well into Passover. Good Friday is a day that we honor Jesus’ death on the cross and all that it accomplished.

Our sins are forgiven. 

Death passes us over .

We have eternal life.

I don’t know if we should celebrate Passover instead of Good Friday. I do know that Jesus accused the Pharisees of “neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” Mark 7:8 so we know that elevating traditions of men above the Word of God is not good.

Only God has all the answers and I continue to search.

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