The Passover Feast has been described as being:
The first of the three great festivals of the Israelite people. It referred to the sacrifice of a lamb in Egypt when the people of Israel were slaves. They smeared the blood of the lamb on their doorposts as a signal to God that He should “pass over” their houses when He destroyed all the firstborn of Egypt (Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, page 447).
The interesting thing about this event for Christians is that, according to John 13:1, Jesus was crucified during the Passover Feast. First Corinthians 5:7 says, “For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.” So there is a dual connection for us. On the one hand, Jesus is our Passover Lamb, meaning that He fulfilled everything the Old Testament sacrifice stood for and, on the other hand, He died as it was being slain in Jerusalem. He went to the cross as the lambs went to the altar in the Temple in the first century.
I mention all of this because this weekend we will be talking about the Passover Feast from the perspective of the Old and New Testaments. On Friday morning at 10:30, Pastor Mike Chalmers will be talking about it from the perspective of the Old Testament in the Good Friday Service at Prairie Chapel. He will tell us all the Passover meant to Israel in the time before Jesus came. On Sunday morning at 9:30, I will be talking about it from the perspective of the New Testament in our Easter Service at Grace Fellowship Church. We will look at all it means to us now that Jesus has come and died for our sins.
It should be a wonderful time of fellowship, so please join us if you can make it! There is no greater time of year to talk about the Passover than during the Easter Season. It reminds us of the words of John the Baptist in John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Come join us as we do just that. Come join us as we behold the Lamb. – Jeremy Cagle