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The Passover (Easter) Thread: On the resurrection of Jesus

Loutzenhiser's picture

Put your thoughts, memories and stories of Passover here. For the secular/pagan discussion of Easter please use the Easter Bunny thread.

drp's picture

My thoughts on the Passover:

One of the most interesting things I learned while studying the bible is that Christians also have a Passover to observe. (1 Cor 5:7)
You’ll recall that it was on a particular Passover that Jesus had the most important meeting with his closest disciples. After the traitor Judas had left the room, Jesus instituted a new agreement- a covenant- with the rest. Since this is legal territory, I like to let Paul explain it. Although he wasn’t at that first meeting, he got the information from John, Matthew, and others; from the resurrected Jesus (1 Cor 11); and, of course, from the bible. (Jer 31:31)
. . .to that extent also Jesus has become the one given in pledge of a better covenant. (Hebrews 7:22)
But now [Jesus] has obtained a more excellent public service, so that he is also the mediator of a correspondingly better covenant, which has been legally established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6)
In his saying “a new [covenant]” he has made the former one obsolete. Now that which is made obsolete and growing old is near to vanishing away. (Hebrews 8:13)

So, is there no celebration or observance for Christians? By no means: Paul himself says, For I received from the Lord that which I also handed on to YOU, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was going to be handed over took a loaf and, after giving thanks, he broke it and said: “This means my body which is in YOUR behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” He did likewise respecting the cup also, after he had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood. Keep doing this, as often as YOU drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as YOU eat this loaf and drink this cup, YOU keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he arrives.

No doubt you recall also the command Jehovah gave to the Israelites, partakers of his old covenant.
And Moses went on to say to the people: “Let there be a remembering of this day on which YOU went out of Egypt, from the house of slaves, because by strength of hand Jehovah brought YOU out from here. (Exodus 13:3) From then on, faithful Israelites kept this memorial occasion each year, on its anniversary.

Just so, we memorialize each year, on its anniversary, the death of the human Lamb, the one to whom all men owe their salvation. . . .And he said to me: “These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14)

Like any anniversary- of a marriage or other important event- it is properly celebrated on the date on which it occurred. In the Jewish calendar in use in Jesus’ day, that date was the 14th of Nisan, in mid-month. This year that date falls on March 22nd of our common calendar.

So we Christian Witnesses of Jehovah will be celebrating what we call the Memorial of Christ’s death this Saturday, March 22, at Kingdom Halls all over the world. The meeting will begin near sundown, since the Jewish day began at that time. There will be a brief bible-based talk giving insight into the event; the entire meeting lasts perhaps an hour. It’s a small thing to do to repay the One who gave us our greatest gift, isn’t it?
All are warmly invited to attend and observe. No collections are ever taken. Bring your bibles, though; you’ll want to follow the discourse.

Unless etc. all scriptures are NWT

Unless etc. all scriptures are NWT