A recent commenter on my blog asked the question, “Should Christians celebrate Passover?” While this is certainly a controversial topic, it is absolutely one that needs to be visited on a regular basis, and the answer needs to be Scriptural, not based on man’s traditions and doctrines.
I will seek, in a short post, to demonstrate that Scripture clearly points Christians to celebrating Passover. Numerous links to expanded explanations in previous blog posts will be provided.
The early chapters of Exodus recount the miraculous redemption of Israel from Egypt. Central to the story is the celebration of Passover ‘as a sign’…’on your hand and on your forehead.’ (13:9) As part of the commandment, the Lord (YHVH) states clearly, multiple times, that Passover is an ordinance that is to be celebrated annually, forever. Here are a few verses from Exodus 12 and 13:
Ex. 12:14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as [a]a permanent ordinance.
Ex. 12:24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.
Ex. 13:10 Therefore, you shall keep this ordinance at its appointed time from [a]year to year.
Clearly, from these verses and their surrounding context, someone is supposed to be keeping Passover every year! But, who?