Passover is one of Yehovah’s (the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob) appointed times set forth since He delivered His people out of slavery in Egypt. This time on God’s calendar marks the incredibly important memorial of His Spring appointed times/Feasts.
As with so many things in the Bible, there are amazing foreshadowings of future fulfillments of God’s Feasts over the time to come. The most important event in all of history thus far would be the fact that Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) was crucified on Passover at the same time as the Passover Lambs were being offered. John 19:36 tells us that Yeshua’s legs were not broken, amazingly fulfilling the original commandment in Exodus 12 where Yehovah told Moses that no bones should be broken on the Passover lambs…just 1 of the dozens of perfect details from the beginning fulfilled in His death/burial/resurrection.
That original Passover lamb’s blood on the doorpost was what saved each family’s firstborn child on the night of the 10thplague in Egypt; by faith they trusted that Yehovah would save them. The blood of Yeshua, our Passover lamb, brings us from death to everlasting life, if we will repent and by faith accept His atonement for our sins. What an amazing fulfillment of that original shadow picture set forth in the time of the Exodus. We are reminded not to turn back to captivity, not to desire to return to our former way of life, but to completely cross over and follow Yeshua wherever He leads.
The Passover meal kicks of an entire week where we are commanded to clean out all the “leaven” in our homes. Leaven can represent bad doctrine, things that we’ve been taught that are of men and not of God Himself; it’s a beautiful picture of how just a little leaven, leavens the whole lump and we are to examine our lives for those things and get rid of them. Yeshua told His disciples to beware of the ‘leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod’. And on the first day of the week (Sunday) after the Passover meal, is the celebration of First Fruits, where the first fruits of the barley harvest are brought in. Paul beautifully explains how Yeshua (Jesus) is the First Fruits, this is the day on which He was resurrected from the dead!
Each of the Feasts listed in Leviticus 23 beautifully point to Yeshua (Jesus) and tell us more about Him and the time He will return! The reason my family and I keep the memorial of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the celebration of First Fruits is that we want to celebrate and remember what God says to celebrate and remember! Wishing you and your family a blessed Passover, where we do this in remembrance of Him!
For further study in the Bible about the things mentioned above:
The story of the first Passover (Exodus 12)
Explanations of the Spring Feasts of Yehovah (Leviticus 23, Deuteronomy 16)
The story of Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection (John 19-20)
The Gospel of Luke explains the timing of the Feasts with Yeshua’s last meal with His disciples (Luke 22)
Paul explains Yeshua (Jesus) is our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5)
Paul explains Yeshua (Jesus) is the First Fruits (1 Corinthians 15:20)