By Edwin Christiaan | March 28, 2021
Why? Because the apostle Paul, who once kept all the Jewish Old Covenant laws of Moses, now says to the New Testament born-again believer,
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you must eat or drink. Don’t let them say you must celebrate the New Moon festival, the Sabbath, or any other festival. These things are only a shadow of what was to come. But Christ is real!” Colossians 2:16-17 CEV
In other words, Like all the other Old Testament Jewish Feasts, the Passover Feast was a foreshadowing of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Passover was the time in Israel’s history when the Lord moved through Egypt killing all firstborn and animals. The Israelites were commanded by God to take the blood of a male lamb, one without blemish, and smear it on the doorposts of their houses. When the Lord saw the blood, He would “pass over” that house. This is a foreshadowing of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, whose blood would cover the sins of those who believe in Him, causing God’s judgment to pass over them.
Passover is a picture of Christ’s atonement for His people and His deliverance of us from the bondage of sin and the law. And that is something I celebrate every day! Yes! Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, He is the reality! Therefore, there is no need to observe Passover!