The most famous Passover meal is best known as The Lord’s Supper. This Seder meal marked the last time Jesus ate with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. Observed for over 4,000 years, Passover is the oldest known religious ritual in Western history. While Passover is a part of Jewish cultural and faith traditions, it has relevance for Christians as well.
Why does Passover matter to Christians? The Passover story is about redemption and freedom, themes that are echoed throughout the Gospel message. It’s a foreshadowing of the hope that Christians find in Jesus and it points to the continued hope that we look forward to upon His return.
Passover contains invitations that speak to Christians today. It’s a celebration and a remembrance of our roots, and it’s a story about God and how He loves His people. There’s deep wisdom and profound truths to be found within the traditions of Passover. The following are ten things about Passover that Christians should know.
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1. It Reminds Us that We were Once Slaves Who are Now Free
Passover began with Moses, under the instruction of God. He told the Israelites exactly what to do on that night, protecting them from the final plague that came across Egypt. It was through this plague, the death of every firstborn in Egypt, that Pharaoh finally changed his mind (temporarily) and allowed the Israelites to leave after 400 years of slavery.
Though he was an Israelite himself, Moses had grown up in the palace of Pharaoh. He left that life behind after seeing the injustices inflicted upon his people by the Egyptians. When Moses was a baby, Pharaoh had decided that there were too many Israelites, so he ordered the death of every male child born to Hebrew women. Moses’ mother hid him as long as she could before placing him in a basket that floated down the Nile River. Under God’s divine providence, Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and decided to raise him herself. She unknowingly hired Moses’ own mother to come to the palace as a nursemaid to take care of her baby.
The book of Exodus tells the story of how God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to freedom. This story is a foreshadowing of how Jesus left Heaven to come to Earth, fully human and fully God, and how He showed mankind the way out of slavery and into the freedom that is available through faith in Him.
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