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

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

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Passover is part of New Covenant

Response to:1 Cor 5:7
Submitted by De Maria on Wed, 2009-03-18 21:45.

jqlogan says - Personally, I don't celebrate Easter because I don't find it in scripture. But I do partake of communion in a Protestant church. We celebrate communion several times per year but not as an Easter tradition nor on a weekly basis.

I once attended a class where the rabbi(?) instructed us on the many elements of that service and how each one relates to Christ. Apparently, and according to him, the bread had three layers which he said stood for the Trinity. And the bitter herbs were to remind them of their bitter trials in Egypt. I can't remember much of it now but I was very enthralled at the time--that I remember.

Also, I have attended many Catholic celebrations of the mass with my wife, who is Catholic, but without partaking, of course.

De Maria said - I'm not understanding the ideas being presented here. Are some of the Christians who have posted on this thread under the impression that we must still abide by the Jewish Passover?

jqlogan says - Your question may take us a bit off topic. But perhaps it is permitted to answer it.

First, I don't really see that anyone is calling us to celebrate the Jewish traditional passover but rather the communion service. But then, you said you were a bit confused by all of their musings.

The Jewish passover has taken on new forms in the new covenant. Jesus established the form with his disciples at the last supper and enjoined its observance upon all Christians by these words, "This do in remembrance of me." Or rather, this you are to do in my remembrance. The new covenant is the last will and testament of Jesus Christ. It was necessary that Jesus institute the communion service prior to his death in order for it to be part of the new covenant. The covenant was sealed by his death and ratified by his blood. Once he died it could not be changed. Nothing could be added to it and nothing could be taken from it. Anything coming after his death cannot therefore be part of the new covenant. It was necessary that Jesus confirm this new covenant prior to his death. So too it was necessary for him to celebrate the “new passover” service with his disciples prior to sealing his new covenant. As Jesus said in his own words, “this cup is the new testament (covenant or will) in my blood.”

What was removed, however, was the killing of the lamb. The verse you quote below states that Christ is our passover. Now we partake of that passover in the emblems of the communion service. Jesus said of the bread “this is my body” and of the drink “this cup is the new testament in my blood.”The sacrificial system became obsolete because the lamb of God to which they pointed had come.

De Maria continues - Christians, we are under another Law:

Romans 7:4
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Jqlogan writes - I don't think this verse abolishes the passover. Just to clarify. We become dead to the law by the body of Christ because Christ died on the cross in our stead fulfilling the requirement of the law that all sinners should die. The law demands the death of sinners so Christ, who knew no sin, was made sin for us and took upon himself our debt to the law. This appears to be especially addressed to the Hebrews saying that once they died to the law (by faith in Christ's substitutionary death) they were free to be married to another, even Jesus Christ himself. I don't think this prohibits one from celebrating the passover even in the Jewish form. Romans 14 teaches us not to make too much over one persons preference to eat herbs and another's to eat meat. These things are not to be stirred up causing divisions. But as Christians we should be merciful with each other and allow for differences considering that each of us are accountable, not to men, but to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd because His motives are pure. He is not motivated by want for riches, power, fame, or recognition as men are often so motivated.

Christ is our Passover:

1 Corinthians 5:7
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

jqlogan writes - Leaven, in this case, refers to sin and the passage is speaking of the new birth experience as being free of sin. The context is ridding the influence of sinners from the congregation of the saints. That part hasn't anything to do with removing the passover. In fact, the very next verse tells us to keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. And that feast is celebrated in remembrance of Christ who is our passover.

Certainly it is good to understand the Old Testament and thereby to have a greater insight into our faith in Christ. But the Old Covenant is passed away:

Hebrews 10:1
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Jqlogan writes - It is good to understand the Old Testament for the purpose of understanding the new and thereby confirming our faith. But while the Old Covenant passed away the New Covenant also has a passover, of which Christ is the perfect, unblemished Lamb without spot that God selected to die for our sins. The Innocent for the guilty.

The law referred to specifically in Hebrews 10:1 is the law concerning the sacrificial system and the earthly priesthood. The sacrificial system ended when Christ became the Lamb of God. So too the earthly priesthood ended being there was no need for their service any longer. But scripture states that the law was not abolished but rather changed. “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. “ Heb 7:12 (KJV). Why was this change effected? The following verses explain that Christ was from the tribe of Judah and the law made no mention of any man of that tribe being a priest. But yet God the Father said of Christ, “Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” Heb 7:17 (KJV). So the law was changed such that there is no longer any earthly priesthood for Christ has taken that function to himself exclusively. Now he acts as our high priest in the temple in heaven pleading our case before God by virtue of his blood at Calvary. Hebrews 8:1-2.

So while some laws have changed which effect the sacrificial system and the earthly priesthood there doesn't appear to be any law against celebrating the passover in the Jewish tradition. And, the New Covenant does have a passover celebration and Christ is the Lamb of that celebration which in so doing we recall to mind the purpose of His death until He comes again.

"Iniquitas mentita est sibi"

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV