Q&A – Why don’t Christians celebrate the Passover?

This Sunday at NewSpring, we are celebrating the Lord’s supper! These are some of my favorite services that we do as a church.  I hope you are making plans to be with us this Sunday as we come together as a church to reflect on how Jesus has radically saved us.

In light of our communion service this week, I thought it would be great to do a series of Q and A posts and share several email questions I have received about the Lord’s supper.  Here is the first one…

Q:        How come we (as Christians) don’t celebrate Passover? I’ve inquired several people about this and what i get is “its a Jewish holiday and we’re not Jewish.” i realize im not Jewish, but it plainly says in the old testament that God commanded them to keep that, to always remember what he did for His people. And i was just wondering why we (Christians) look over it. And don’t observe that day/week.

A:        The reason we don’t celebrate Passover exactly like it was in the Old Testament is because Jesus revealed the full meaning of it at the Last Supper.  He was celebrating the Passover with his disciples and took the elements of that meal and taught that they were no longer just symbols of God setting the Israelites free from captivity thousands of years ago, but the meal was now about Him and His sacrifice and how He was to be remembered for setting us free from the bondage of sin.  So, in reality, we do still keep God’s commands to celebrate that meal and to always remember what He did for His people.  Instead of the Passover, we now celebrate the meal in its full and complete meaning that is only found in Jesus.

Colossians 2:16-17 (New International Version)

16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

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