The Passover is regarded to be the oldest and the most significant religious feast in the Jewish traditions remembering the mighty hand of God over the Jews as they fled out of Egypt and went to their Promised Land. Throughout time, Passover is kept and observed not only by the Jews but also by Christians around the world known to be the Christian Passover that holds a different significance in its manner of remembrance.
Jewish and Christian Leader’s view on Christian Passover
For so many years and even at this present time, there has been a deliberation among the Jews and Christians as to whether or not the Passover should be observed by Christians also in the form of a Christian Passover. There are much substantial and considerable opposition voiced out on this matter and is therefore re-emerging since many churches are observing Christ in the Passover nowadays.
Some Jewish leaders believed that the observance of the Passover is exclusively for the Jews only and should not be thwarted in any form because of its sacredness while other Christian leaders believed that it should also be celebrated by Christians around the world, knowing the fact that Jesus Himself observed the Passover and was able to eat His last Passover meal with His disciples before He is going to suffer and go to Calvary.
The Manner of Observing the Christian Passover
Passover as written in the Bible was commanded by God to be observed and be a memorial to all the children of Israel in every generation. It is therefore a sacred rite that reminds them of the mighty hand of God who spared them and protected them and guided them until they become established as a nation.
Christian Passover however is observed in a view of the New Testament or the New Covenant which was presented by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. It is verily identified that the story of Passover in the Book of Exodus is just a shadow of the real thing that God had planned before the ages. In view of this, Jesus Himself has become the Passover Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world. He is considered the complete, perfect sacrifice in Passover.
Although Christians do not celebrate the Passover the same way the Jews do, they celebrate it every time they partake of the Lord’s body known as the Communion where Jesus Himself instructed every believer to do it as often as they want in remembrance of Him. They remember His suffering and death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection from the dead that paved the way for everyone to receive their salvation and eternal life by believing on His finished work.