When Christians are asked, “Have you received salvation?” they reply, “Yes.” But, if they are asked, “Do you celebrate the Passover?” most of them will hesitate in answering. How is the Passover related to our salvation? When we study the books of the Bible, we see many accounts where the Passover is mentioned. However, the Passover is often misunderstood as only a Jewish feast. Below, we will understand how important the Passover is for those who wish to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Origin of the Passover
God brought plagues upon Egypt.
God chose Moses and used him to bring about the emancipation of the Israelites, who had groaned under slavery in Egypt for 430 years. God commanded Moses to ask Pharaoh to set the Israelites free. However, Pharaoh refused and instead further rebelled against God, afflicting the Israelites more severely. Enraged, God brought plagues upon the whole land of Egypt: the plagues of blood, of frogs, of gnats, of livestock, of boils, of hail, of locusts and of darkness. Pharaoh’s heart hardened all the more and he stubbornly refused to release the Israelites. God allowed this to happen so that He could judge Egypt.
The shadow history and it’s reality.
Through the tenth plague, God decided to kill every firstborn of Egypt—both men and animals. He appointed the fourteenth day of the first month, by sacred calendar, to carry this out. God did not want the firstborns of the Israelites to die along with the firstborns of the Egyptians. So He commanded the Israelites to put the blood of a sacrificed year-old lamb on their door frames. (Exodus 12:1-14 )
The blood of the lamb became the sign of God’s people. The destroying angels passed over the Israelites’ houses where the blood had been painted. This day was called Passover, meaning that the disaster would “pass over” those who had the sign. That evening, the Israelites put the lamb’s blood on their door frames, ate its roasted meat, and prepared to go on a journey. As the Israelites waited, loud wailing could be heard throughout Egypt. All of the firstborns of those who did not celebrate the Passover, including the firstborn of Pharaoh, were killed.
That very same night, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and told them to leave Egypt. The Egyptians, who suffered all kinds of plagues, wanted the Israelites to leave their land as quickly as possible and even gave them clothing and articles of silver and gold. The Passover was the day when God freed the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt. This was a shadow of the things to come. In the New Testament times, the Passover is the feast that God chose to deliver His people from their bondage of sin and death.