“For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us”
1 Corinthians 5:7
All the Feasts of Israel, including the Passover, were meant to be “a shadow of the good things to come”!!! Hebrews 10:1
Have you had the joy of attending a Passover? Please go! They are getting more popular in Christian churches or you could go to one at a Messianic synagogue. These point out the symbolism in that which Christ has done for us!
Yahweh instituted the Passover Seder when He was freeing the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. (Exodus 12)
A. The Shankbone represents Our Passover Lamb, Yeshua who was the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 1 Corinthians 5:7
B. The Bitter Herbs represent the bitterness of slavery and for us, freeing us from being a slave to sin.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.“ John 8:34
C. Matzoh/Unleavened Bread is broken. Christ’s Body was broken for us!
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19
The matzoh was even striped, as would be the body of Christ with the beatings that He took prior to His crucifixion!
D. The Four Cups of Wine:
- “I will bring you out” – the Cup of Sanctification. Christ will redeem us!
2. “I will deliver you” – Cup of Plagues. As the Israelites were spared the plagues of Egypt, we also have deliverance.
3. “I will redeem you” – Cup of Redemption representing Christ’s shed blood.
This is the cup that Christ took on that last Passover on earth 2000 years ago! This is when He said, “This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Cor 11:23-25
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:20
4. “I will take you to be my people.” Cup of Praise.
“and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:20b
This is just a brief introduction but you may see more at a Seder.
Seven Feasts of Israel
(Remember the Hebrew day starts in the evening at sunset!)
Yeshua may have been born Nisan 1. (This is not an official feast day.) Some rabbis believe Nisan 1 to be the dawn of creation! “Nisan” can also be called “Abib”. It is the first month of the year (usually March/April) on God’s calendar – Exodus 12:1.
Yeshua fulfilled the prophecies of these Feasts during His First Coming:
- Yeshua died on the Feast of Passover. (see again 1 Corinthians 5:7 above)
2. Yeshua was in the grave on the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
3. Yeshua was raised from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits (resurrection).
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20
But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him. 1 Corinthians 15:23
4. The Holy Spirit of Christ was given on the Feast of Pentecost the same day, but centuries earlier, that Yahweh gave the Torah to the Jewish people!
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
Yeshua will fulfill the prophecies of these Feasts during His Second Coming:
5. Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets
“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible*, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52
6. Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement (or judgment for unbelievers)
“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46
“Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13
From a Messianic rabbi: “an hour” is 15 days symbolically. This is the timing: “that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’” Rev 18:10. This is the time between Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Tabernacles and Yom Kippur is in the middle.
7. The Feast of Tabernacles is when we live forever with the LORD! HalleluYAH!
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection.* Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
*This is the “resurrection of the just” that Yeshua referred to in Luke 14:14.
May you be part of the first resurrection! Receive the LORD, our Passover Lamb today!