Christ Our Passover

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump…For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven…but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 NASB

The feasts were central events for the New Testament church. Paul knew their importance. He wrote from a position of great credibility, as a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” He had studied the Law and intimately knew the history of their people (Philippians 3:5).

As he interacted with churches, he assumed that they would celebrate the feasts. This was never clearer than with the church in Corinth. He did not write them to explain the feasts, but rather about what they would do when they celebrated the feasts.

For Paul, Jesus made the central difference in approaching the feasts. For Jesus was the Passover Lamb who had been sacrificed. Paul also referred to “leaven.” This was central to Passover, with its emphasis on “unleavened bread” (Exodus 12:8). Therefore, Paul said that Christians needed to celebrate the feast “with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” They needed to be clean in God’s sight, freed from any “leaven.”

Today is a day many Christians celebrate as Good Friday, when they commemorate the death of Jesus. But we must never forget that His death took place in the middle of the Passover celebration, that He died as a fulfillment of prophecy, that He was the Lamb of God. (This year, Passover is celebrated weeks after Good Friday.)

Today, remember all that Jesus has done for you. He died and rose again that your sins might be forgiven. That you might be cleansed and healed. That you might be right with God. Yes, celebrate the feast! For “Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”

 

Prayer: Father, thank You that Jesus is my Passover Lamb. Thank You that He died for my sins. I commit my life to serving You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.