Should Christians Celebrate Passover?

passoverDo you consider Passover an old Jewish tradition, solely to be viewed as an academic study by Christians? Or do you and your church friends get together and repeat a seder every year in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice? What comes to mind when you read Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8?

“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep the Festival.” – 1 Cor. 5:7-8

Maybe the Passover isn’t just an old, outdated concept after all…

What Does the Seder Have to Do With Us?

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul wasn’t just cautioning the people of Corinth against sin, but pride as well. He makes reference to the leaven of the Pharisees that Jesus alluded to in Matthew 16:6, and just as they were warned of sin and pride, we need to be aware of our potential to misstep in the same ways. Paul encourages believers to “keep the Festival” in order to remember God’s liberation of Israel from Egypt as well as Christ’s sacrifice for us that continually frees us from sin and pride when we turn to him. Isn’t this glorious reminder? No wonder Paul urges us to remember this feast!

Some Christians choose to observe Passover with a Jewish seder, but we can also see important parallels between Passover and the Lord’s Supper of the Christian faith! Read the following free eChart to see how the cup, bitter herbs, and the matzo align with the wine, foot-washing, and the bread-breaking that Jesus demonstrates for us during the Last Supper.

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Want to Recreate Your Own Christian Seder?

Maybe this year you would like to teach your small group, children, or congregation the undeniable ties between communion and the Passover. Here are the basic components you need:

  1. Candle
  2. Wine/juice
  3. Bunch of parsley, washed
  4. Matzah* (kosher flatbread without yeast)
  5. Napkin (to hide Afikomen)
  6. Salt (for salt water)
  7. Horseradish
  8. Charoset (apple-walnut dish, click for recipe)
  9. (representation of) bone of roasted lamb dish
  10. Boiled egg
  11. Spare change (for the Afikomen prize, given to a child)
  12. The above free eChart or the pamphlet “Christ in the Passover” with the full seder script

*this can be found in most grocery stores in the specialty section

Got everything? Now you’re all set to celebrate and observe Christ’s sacrifice and God’s faithfulness and goodness. Going all out? Traditionally a full seder is served with a meal. Click here to get free access to our Feasts of the Bible Pinterest Board that includes delicious recipes you can use for your seder meal!

“Christ in the Passover” is a fascinating study of the Hebrew roots of Christianity especially in the symbolism of the Passover compared with Jesus as the perfect sacrifice and great high priest. It includes a Christian version of the Passover seder, along with the meaning of Passover for Christians.

For example:

  • The Old Testament origin and celebration of the Passover.
  • Passover symbolism and how it anticipated Jesus’ work
  • The relevance of the Passover feast for Christ’s followers today.
  • A comparison of Jesus with the Passover lamb.

Fascinating facts:

  • When Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper they follow the words of Christ spoken at Last Supper from Luke 22. Like the Passover seder —
  1. The Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance and thanksgiving. Luke 22:19
  2. The Lord’s Supper is a time for refreshing and communion. Romans 5:10
  3. The Lord’s Supper is a time of anticipation and recommitment. 1 Corinthians 11:26, 28-19

Passover in 2015 is April 3 (starts at sundown April 3, 2015). This pamphlet includes a script for a 30-to-40 minute Christian Passover seder that you can do with your own family, a Bible study or entire church. It is perfect for bringing together all ages. Young and old people have simple yet special parts to play in the telling of the Passover story.

The 14-page pamphlet can be purchased as a physical pamphlet, or download the PDF right now. Includes the Passover recipes, a Christian Passover script, a glossary of terms, fascinating facts, and comparisons between Christ and the Passover lamb.

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Look Out for This Ancient Heresy That Still Thrives Today

CreedsHey 40 Day Fasters! How is the 40 Day Bible Challenge going? You have a little over 1 week left, so congratulations for making it so far! If you’re just joining us, it’s never too late to start the 40 Day Challenge, which is part of our One Year Bible Reading Plan! As promised, let’s get started with the weekly dedicated blog post to equip you as a Christian leader in your community!

It’s been a little less than 2,000 years since Jesus’ time here on earth. We should have our doctrine down by now, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to come across scripture that gets overblown, taken out of context, and then misinterpreted into new theology! Thank God for the apostles that wrote the books in the New Testament correcting false doctrines.

“The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:3,4).

Heresies Today

Many heresies relate to two central biblical teachings: the Trinity and the Incarnation. Misunderstanding who God is will lead to misunderstanding what God has done and will do. Knowing the basic teachings of the church will help us identify and respond to heresies still existing today. The following lesson can help you learn just one of the many heresies that thrive in our world today…

Gnosticism

“The material world/flesh is evil.”

“Jesus wasn’t actually human.”

“Jesus was a great leader and thinker, but not divine.”

“Salvation comes from knowing divine secrets.”

“Salvation is inside every person.”

“God is one with creation. There is no separation, and everything God has made is divine.”

Have you heard these phrases tossed around? Maybe you’ve seen copies of The Secret, The Power of Now, and other self-help teachings based on an arcane knowledge. Gnosticism runs rampant in popular spirituality (New Age spirituality or Buddhism ring a bell?). Denying one’s flesh, denouncing the physical realm, faith without works… Perhaps you have heard it spoken by a church or Bible study leader? If that’s the case, this group you’re thinking of could be rooted in Gnosticism, and not Jesus. You need to know the difference between truth and myth for loving correction and discernment.

Gnosticism is derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” Gnostics (ancient and modern-day) preach that salvation can be achieved by secret knowledge or rituals. Keep an eye out for groups that practice this kind of doctrine, as it is bound in legalism, works (without faith), and manipulation. (If you see a group/community that sounds like this, it could be a cult.)

Many Christian scholars, philosophers, historians, and academics challenged specific forms of Gnosticism and wrote powerful critiques to demonstrate how Gnosticism contradicted biblical Christianity. People like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Eusebius spent much time writing in defense of Jesus’s works and nature, the true path to salvation, and the New Testament.

Did You Know…?

Did you know that when God made the world, he called it “good” and blessed it? (Genesis 1-2) Christians need to be careful not to reject this material world. Radical separation of the body and soul is not a biblical teaching. God loves the world he made. He blessed it. We should do likewise.

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Want to learn more about gnosticism and compare it to the Christian Apostle’s Creed? (Just so you know, this is an absolutely fascinating comparative study!) Click here to download this FREE eChart!

To learn about more heresies, check out our pamphlet Creeds and Heresies: Then and Now and equip yourself and those around you to discern false doctrine.

 

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Evidence for Noah’s Flood Found at Ocean Bottom

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Metallic nodules have been found on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean that furthers proof of the Great Flood as told in Genesis. These bowling-ball sized orbs of manganese nodules are probably not evidence of prehistoric mermaid bowling team, because manganese nodules form naturally. However, this is the biggest cluster of ore like this found so far and it was found where it was least expected…

So what does this have to do with the flood?

Manganese nodules

They’re geological clues to history of the surface of our planet. The orbs of manganese require a period of time to collect, but the debate has been in regards to how quickly the rates of formation are for these nodules. The key here is that formation is triggered by large sediment deposits, maybe caused by earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, etc… (Any time you have a large chunk of the planet shaken up, really.) Previously scientists thought that it takes about a million years for a few millimeters worth of particles to collect, but recent observation of these obs forming in man-made reservoirs and lakes suggest that it occurs hundreds of times more quickly. Putting two and two together, when would a large migration of sediment have occurred at the bottom of the ocean? Apparently the flood is the perfect explanation!

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“In the millennia after the Flood, sediment deposition would have eventually slowed to today’s ‘slow and gradual’ rates,” Institute for Creation Research physicist Dr. Jake Herbert writes. “Hence, nodules are found mainly in the uppermost sediment layers because these upper layers were deposited slowly enough to allow nodules to grow.”

“In addition,” writes Dr. Herbert, “nodules are found only at the top of the ocean floor, with the greatest density within the first 5 m of sediment and decreasing in size at greater depths. This contradicts the idea that ocean sediment accumulated gradually and continuously over millions of years. Rather it suggests a period of rapid sedimentation that has subsequently waned, a scenario that is consistent with the events of Noah’s Flood.”

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FREE Complete Teaching on the Passover!

Did you know Passover begins on April 3?

This week we’re giving away a session from our popular Feasts of the Bible DVD on Passover so you can learn how important this feast is to Christians today!
preview-bannerTaught by expert, Sam Nadler, the Passover session goes over the feast in great detail, drawing symbolism from the various food items and songs that all allude to Christ’s sacrifice, God’s goodness, and our freedom from judgment under the Lamb of God. See how this traditionally Jewish feast is important to Christians!

Sam Nadler will walk you through the entire feast with Scripture and cultural background to show you how the Passover illustrates the freedom we have in Christ.

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About the Feasts of the Bible DVD Study

The feasts of the Bible are mentioned throughout the Old and New Testament. They were celebrated by Moses, David, and even Jesus himself. But, often times Christians see these important celebrations as just “background information.” Now you can easily see the meaning, significance, and symbolism of each feast of the Bible with this ready-to-use DVD study. Discover how they point to Jesus Christ and find out how they relate to Christian believers today.

You don’t need to be an expert to lead this series! It’s perfect for small group study or personal use.

Sessions Cover—

  1. God’s Redemptive Plan, Sabbath
  2. Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits
  3. Pentecost
  4. Feast of Trumpets
  5. Day of Atonement
  6. Feast of Tabernacles

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