Our Foundation Starts at the Pinnacle
For a New Testament believer, the whole concept of Passover can sound foreign. In the past, when I heard the word “Passover,” images of Matzo Balls in the grocery store were conjured up in my mind. The whole connotation of the word “Passover” for believers may bring up a fuzzy, unfamiliar picture. Passover was a feast designed to foretell the coming of the Messiah in a physical way. Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is the pinnacle, fulfillment and crown of this Old Covenant feast. However, it reveals many things about Jesus, our King and about God the Father’s character.
As New Testament believers, our foundation for learning about Passover starts at the pinnacle – Jesus Christ the Messiah, Lord and King.
Salvation through Him Alone
We are saved by faith in Christ alone. The foremost priority of the church is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Christ. When we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Lord, and that God raised Jesus from the dead, we are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
The concept of justified through faith alone is not a new one, but an old one. Even before Christ was made known on the earth, faith in God and the plan He laid out for His chosen people was the key to their salvation. That’s why the Word of God says in Romans 4:3, James 2:23 and Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Abraham trusted God at His Word, therefore he was saved and justified in God’s sight.
That’s why the Word of God says in Romans 4:3, James 2:23 and Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
In the Passover, God instructed His people to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood of the lamb over every doorpost as protection from the angel of death that would be sweeping through Egypt that night. God’s people obeyed and were saved.
God’s instructions always come as a protection of some sort and there is always some form of reward for listening. We can avoid many costly mistakes by really living what we believe. James 2:18b says, “…I will show you my faith by my works.” [Emphasis mine]. Your actions reveal your true beliefs. It was in God’s people’s best interest to obey God! That same truth derived from Passover applies to us. There is protection in believing God and following His instructions.
When we accept Christ, our relationship and connection to God the Father is restored! He wants us to get to know Him and have relationship with Him. We get to know our Father God through times of worship, talking to Him in prayer, listening to what He has to say in His Word, and watching as His plan unfolds in history and in our lives. What an amazing privilege we have as followers of Christ to get to know the God of the universe!
His Principles, His Timing, His Covenants
Our Father’s principles and instructions lay in His Word, the Holy Bible. The more we learn about His principles and His instructions, the more abundant our lives will become. The way our flesh does things and the way God does things are vastly different. As God’s Word is written in our hearts by reading and absorbing it, and as our mind becomes renewed by meditating in the Word, we will do things more and more according to God’s principles and less and less according to our flesh. In the Passover, it was the Father’s instructions to His people and their faith in those instructions that spared them and it is in honor of that principle that Passover is observed.
God is a God of promises, agreements and covenants. There are several different types of covenants in the Bible, but the one we know the most about as believers is the “New Covenant” - which was made by the blood of Jesus Christ. The lamb sacrificed at Passover, whose blood covered the doorways of those who believed God’s instructions, represented Jesus, the Lamb who was slain before the creation of the world. His blood now affords us eternal life..the ultimate protection from death! Christ is our Passover.
God is a God of promises, agreements and covenants. There are several different types of covenants in the Bible, but the one we know the most about as believers is the “New Covenant” - which was made by the blood of Jesus Christ.
God is a God of timing and rhythm. Nothing in God’s kingdom happens by chance. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” God is strategic and concise. God’s timing is cyclical. Our sleep cycle refreshes us with rest and gets us ready for being awake. Our weekly cycle marks days of work and days of rest. A woman’s biological cycle determines the timing of procreation. We measure a day by the rotation of the earth. We measure a year by the revolution of the earth’s orbit around the sun.
Your Appointment and Your Distraction
The same concept applies spiritually. Throughout the year, different cycles of feasts occurred that marked out different and distinct seasons for God’s people. Passover was the first feast of the year and marked a distinct season for God’s people, just like the revolution of the earth brings winter, spring, summer and fall. When you study God’s Word, you begin to see the significance of the feasts, times and seasons. God has a cycle, a timing and a rhythm set for your life personally as well.
The enemy plots and schemes to break into your life cycle to divert you from God’s awesome plan by using generational curses, or cycles of sinful behavior that we are predisposed to. The same patterns and curses your forefathers struggled with, the enemy will try to interject into your life and the lives of your children. However, there are “God moments” given to us where God breaks these demonic patterns in our lives forever. When you sense God leading you to confront an issue in your life, don’t miss your appointment!
Passover is about the celebration of God’s protection by the blood of the lamb, which allowed His people to leave slavery, enter freedom, and pursue the abundance found in the Promised Land. Does that sound familiar? Christ is our Passover. We have eternal life by the blood of the Lamb, and His blood allows us to enter freedom in order to pursue our Promised Land– our earthly destiny and our promise of heaven to come!
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