The New Covenant Passover
To be Christian means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. So naturally, whatever Christ did, Christians should do also. Two thousand years ago, Christ gave us many teachings that we should follow to enter the kingdom of heaven. One such teaching is the Passover.
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
Just as Jesus directed them, the disciples prepared the Passover feast. And Jesus celebrated the Passover with them.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Through the Passover, Jesus promised His flesh and blood to grant His people the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. And despite His great suffering of being mocked and persecuted, being flogged and tortured, the one thing Jesus eagerly wanted to do was celebrate the Passover with His disciples before His death. This shows the great importance of the Passover.
Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.”
Luke 22:15 (NLT)
Passover and Heaven
While living on the earth, Jesus Christ preached about the way people could enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, the only reason He came to the earth was to show us the way to enter heaven. And this is only by eating His body and drinking His blood.
So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.”
John 6:53 (NLT)
Christ gives us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life only through the feast of the Passover. As the people of God, we must keep the Passover following Christ’s example. The World Mission Society Church of God celebrates the Passover just as Christ directed His disciples. Visit your local Church of God to keep the Passover and receive eternal life.