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Why Judaize Ray? Easter is the Christian Passover (general)

posted by bibleprobe1(R), 03.17.2008
(edited by bibleprobe1 on 03.18.2008)

Why Judaize Ray? The Passover is a celebration of something that happened to the Jews. As far as I know, the Jews reject my Savior as their Messiah. It is true that the Lord, a Jew Himself, was committed to keeping the Passover. But to me that is much like an American desiring to celebrate the 4th of July -- which has little meaning to say a German or Indonesian. Matthew 3:15 tells us He came to fulfill all righteousness, which is the law of God. One element of the law of God "for a Jew" was keeping the Passover. Luke 22:15 tells us Jesus had an intense desire to keep the Passover with His disciples. For the origin of this feast, see Exodus 12:1-14. It was really the Jewish emancipation day, the greatest of their feasts, and the paschal lamb was a "type" of the slain Christ. But Jews to this day don't know that. Paul tells us that the Jews have been supernaturally "blinded".

Every male Jew, who was of age and lived within 15 miles of Jerusalem, was bound to celebrate Passover every year in Jerusalem. This annual feast commemorated the deliverance of the people of Israel from their slavery in Egypt (see Exodus 12). On that night the angel of death slew the first-born of the Egyptians; but he "passed over" the homes of the Israelites, because the lintel of their doors was smeared with the blood of an unblemished lamb sacrificed for the occasion. It was at Passover time that Jesus came to Jerusalem knowing he would be betrayed and put to death as the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Jesus fulfilled the Passover. His death and resurrection, which occured at Passover time, redeems us from enslavement to sin, death, Satan, and the world. His blood, like the blood of the first Passover lamb, protects God's people from the angel of death and breaks the oppressive rule of Satan. Easter is the Christian Passover (1 Cor. 5:7-8).

"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: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

The death of Jesus Christ is the focal point of all redemptive history. It is no accident! It is the apex of the plan of God. From the slain animals whose skins were used to cloth Adam and Eve to the slain Lamb of Revelation who is worshiped in glory and majesty, the cross is everything.

If you want to celebrate Passover, why stop there? Why not celebrate all the Jewish holidays? You can even make a grass hut and live in it for a week. But you'll need to live in that hut thinking like an unenlightened Jew. And wailing, "Why? Oh Why? God haven't you sent the promised Messiah yet?"

Me! I'll celebrate an event that had a profound effect on myself. That's the Lord Jesus taking my sins on Himself on Friday, and His glorious resurrection and triumph over the grave on Sunday.

If you get that DVD I recommended called "The Star of Bethlehem" you will see that that year (probably April 3, 33 AD) that Christ had to have been crucified around 3 PM on Friday, because Passover was on the Sabbath that year (sundown Friday till Sundown Saturday by Jerusalem reckoning). He had to die before Sabbath/Passover. So He rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

The early church Fathers had the right idea if you ask me. Every holiday including Passover had to have had a Rabbi or Church Father decide when the first one would be.

We had not long ago passed through the Christmas holidays. And we had to once again endure so many people tell us that December 25 was chosen because it was a pagan holiday. Well guess what? If you study that DVD (The Star of Bethlehem) you'll see that 25 December was the exact best day to expect the Messiah according to the signs in the heavens.

Of note: It is thought that the Galileans and Pharisees reckoned the Passover day from sunrise to sunrise, whereas the Judeans and Sadducees, who made up the ruling body in Jerusalem, reckoned it from sunset to sunset.


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