Are We To Keep The Passover As Christians?


The Passover of Exodus illustrates that we are the house, the one putting the Lamb’s blood on my doorframe is Jesus [His sacrifice on the cross], and the destroyer [the angel of death] is the death sentence that I deserve but Jesus paid my debt in full, with His own life for mine which caused death to pass over me.

The only true way for a person to observe the Passover is by first of all having Jesus wipe His blood on the doorframe of your heart and give Him thanks for your salvation. What pleases the Lord is not that we celebrate any given festival, but that we have given our hearts to Jesus Christ and try to live according to the written Word of God.

What Jesus desires from us is obedience to His Word over observing festivals that He has already fulfilled.

1 Samuel 15:22 

22 Then Samuel said:

Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.

Hosea 6:6

6 For I desire faithful love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

The Jews mandate to observe the Passover was because God wanted them to understand, that only through the lamb of God’s blood which God was going to provide us with was sufficient to cover our sins and have spiritual death pass us by.  

Genesis 22: 7-8

7 Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”

And he replied, “Here I am, my son.”

Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together.

Jesus wants us to have a strong relationship with Him and that is done by getting to know Him more by time spent in His Word. 

At the end of the day, what really matters? What matters is that we imitate the Christ as revealed in Scripture and tell others about Him and support ministries that spread the Gospel. During Judgment Day for the righteous to see what rewards we will get, Jesus is not going to look at whether we have celebrated Old Testament festivals. He is going to judge us for the things that we have accomplished according to His will by seeing what we did with the resources He gave us. 

If you want to observe the law and keep it, this will be the result

Galatians 5:4

4 You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.


47 Replies to “Are We To Keep The Passover As Christians?”

  1. Interesting post! We don’t have to observe Passover but we may want to. My church held a “Christian” Passover this spring that did the traditional Jewish observance along with specifically referencing Christ and his sacrifice as our Passover Lamb. It was a beautiful and edifying experience!

    1. Hey Ralph, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment. The problem with you calling the Law an error is indirectly saying that God made a mistake if I understand you correctly. The Law was giving to show humanity that they couldn’t be righteous on their own efforts, but that the Lamb of God was going to come and keep the Law for us.

      Matthew 5:17-18
      17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 

      Jesus kept the Law showing that It is without error. He came to fulfill the Law.

      Romans 7:7,12
      What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.
      12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

      1. Ahh, but the law wasn’t only that commandments (which Moses only smashed after making idols himself), the children of Israel expanded and expanded and the eventual shape left was what Paul referred to as “another gospel” in Galatians when Judaizing was an issue.

        Nothing wrong with the 10 commandments, what God preserves gets places in Arks. Noah’s and then the covenant.

        Also, it’s key to remember that God made covenants, man expanded the wider law.

        1. Hello Ralph, Thanks for your comments

          I never said that there were only Ten Commandments. They had more laws in regards to festivals, sacrifices, and civil laws.

          “(which Moses only smashed after making idols himself)”
          Moses made an idol for himself? Where did you get that false info? That is not true and is unbiblical. The Cherubim were constructed on the mercy seat according to God’s command to represent the Cherubim who guard the Throne of God. If that is what you were referring to, but I’m not sure because Moses never ever made an image to worship it. On the contrary, Moses commanded to war against those who sided with the image of the calf.

          “Paul referred to as “another gospel” in Galatians when Judaizing was an issue.”
          You misunderstand, the other gospel was referring to keeping the Law which was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. A person cannot keep the Law of Moses and claim to have faith in Jesus because the law pointed to the ultimate sacrificial Lamd of God, Jesus’ death and resurrection. If a person keeps the Law [the rituals], they are rejecting Jesus as their sacrifice for their sins. The law is righteous and good but it has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus. But, the moral law found in the Ten Commandments except, the Sabbath, still applies to all believers. I am not saying that keeping them saves you, but it reflects genuine faith in Jesus Christ by living righteously and obeying God’s Word.

          “Also, it’s key to remember that God made covenants, man expanded the wider law.”
          I agree men added to God’s Word in the time of Jesus which He called them out on. He told them that they had man-made traditions. Saying that it doesn’t mean that we didn’t have God’s Word, it was still available, it was that they taught other laws that weren’t God’s Word.

          1. In Numbers 21:8 it says that the LORD told Moses to make it, so how can you claim that Moses was an idolater? God’s Word does not confirm your interpretation.

          2. The LORD in the Old Testament isn’t always God. That’s why atheists point out that the God of the Old Testament has a contrary nature to that of Christ.
            2 Samuel 24:1
            1 Chronicles 21:1
            Satan and LORD, same words

          3. That is incorrect. The LORD allowed Satan to test king David to see if he was going to trust in Yahweh or his own army. One verse says the LORD and the other Satan, not the same person. In the Book of Job, Satan had to ask permission to attack Job and test him to see if he truly loves God.
            God allowed Satan to do the same with king David. That is why you have two different person’s in the same story.

          4. Yes, it was an interpretation that was based on Scripture to interpret Scripture. I did not say, this is what I believe what it says, but rather, my interpretation is based on other Scripture references with the same topic.

          5. I really don’t care what Athiests think, they are bankrupt of the truth. To understand the Bible one has to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit. How can you expect a death person (spiritually) understand God’s Word?

            The word LORD is always Yahweh in Scripture. Show me one verse that says that Yahweh is Satan?

          6. Because Satan is the god of this world.

            2 Corinthian 4:4

            In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them

          7. That is a verse I have highlighted in my Bible. Good verse. The word “god” low g does not refer that the devil carries the same name Yahweh [which all caps LORD means]. Satan is the ruler of his fallen angels/demons and idols are also referred to as false “gods.” The name Yahweh is always the true Living God, the Creator of heaven and earth [Exodus 3].

          8. True Christianity is this: To believe in the Son of the Living God (2nd person of the trinity), Jesus Christ. That He died on the cross and rose from the grave on the third day. Paid our sins and through faith in Him, we can have our sins forgiven. Jesus will return and take the believers to be where He is at and to reward us according to our works. That is Christianity.

          9. In Numbers 12:7-9, it says, 7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
                he is faithful in all my house.
            8 With him I speak face to face,
                clearly and not in riddles;
                he sees the form of the Lord.
            Why then were you not afraid
                to speak against my servant Moses?”

            9 The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them.

            Scripture represents Moses as a faithful follower of the LORD. I don’t understand why you are believing extra-biblical sources which contradicts the Bible.

          10. That is a good question. Very easy. God gets made at sin and those who know better (who has His Word) and chooses to disobey.

            Just like an earthy father acts with a wicked son.

            Haven’t you read the Book of Revelation, where Jesus is bringing judgment on humanity with the plagues? And many are destroyed?

          11. Yes it is. Revelation 6:16-the wrath of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ).

            Also, Jesus opens the first plagues (the 7 seals) in Revelation 5 and seen in chapter 6.

          12. Negative. The problem was that some of the Christians were being deceived to keep the whole law and in doing so reject Jesus. That was because Jesus fulfilled the law. The law is good and righteous but we must understand that it pointed to Jesus. No need to sacrifice a lamb or goat, Jesus is our sacrifice.

          13. The law was to show humanity that God’s standard was impossibly to achieve by our own merit. Someone had to pay our debt. By faith in Jesus, a person receives eternal life and through the Holy Spirit we can live according to God’s Word.

          14. Yes, according to the Law. We are under grace. Jesus fulfilled the law. We follow the law of the Spirit as found in the N.T. The moral law which was also part of the law of Moses is always active.

          15. I can tell you this, Jews and cabalists do you not read the old Testament in the same way that question is do they are the people of the book. Have a study of Kabbalah and Judaism and it’s a massive eye-opener

          16. I am not saying that the Jews of today are saved through the O.T. apart from Jesus. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can one achieve salvation. My defense is for God’s Word and for believers in Christ. Now, there are Messianic Jews who have put their trust in Christ. I bring a message of hope, peace, and of salvation to those who believe. The Bible is my authority and I translate Scripture with Scripture with its context.

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