Based on the Hebrew scriptures, the gospels, and historical record we are confident in stating that during the time of Jesus’ death the Jews were correct in celebrating the Passover at the end of the 14th of Nisan/ Abib Some Churches of God in the past century have called this time the, “Night to Be Much Observed.”
Now the trickier part is in the gospel accounts, concerning the timing of the foot washing, bread and wine ceremonies that we call the New Covenant Passover. This is due to the one divergent reading that seems to say that the disciples ate a “Passover” meal with the disciples at the beginning of the 14th. In the scholarly literature this was considered to be the “thorniest” question in all of the New Testament. There were according to the writers 4 main possible explanations. Here they are in a nutshell: More
What is it that keeps us from living a sinful lifestyle, one that does not please God? The stories of our ancestors and a knowledge of God’s miracles help us to understand our God and the hope that He holds out to all those who obey Him. Are we living a faithful lifestyle and teaching our children to know God? How do we overcome our fears, and put our hope in God? Are we leaving a life of sin behind us, so we can pursue righteousness and attain the victory?
The Israelites were rescued, and redeemed for a purpose and according to a plan that had begun centuries earlier with Abram. What is that plan and how has it played out over centuries of history. The captives have been freed, and the slaves delivered to fulfill God’s will, our redeemer’s plan, and show his loving kindness to his people…those who cry out to him for help in times of trouble. Are you among God’s redeemed?
Passover in the spring of the year is rich in symbolism relating to our covenant relationship with God and helping us to see the need for self-reflection, a sacrifice for our sins, and a Saviour to restore a right relationship with God and deliver us from Egypt – a symbol of life cut off from God’s wisdom and guidance.
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7-9 ESV
These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. Leviticus 23:4-8
Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. Deuteronomy 15
The Sabbath before Passover is the “Great Sabbath” a time when God calls his people to reflect on his plan: the past, the present, and the future fulfillment of all of His promises. As we rejoice in the Sabbath rest today, let us consider the implications for us, for our children, and for the whole world of the ultimate rest that God envisions for the Israel of God.
What does the new year, beginning on the first of Nisan/Aviv, teach us about our past, our present, and our hope for the future? In the time of Moses, God made a change in the calendar and he revealed new information about His Holy Times. Moses relayed these instructions to the children of Israel in the book of Exodus, and he encouraged the people to observe these days as memorials forever. How do God’s instructions to the nation of Israel impact the Christian, the Israel of God? What is the significance of the new year for the Israel of God?
Christ will return and rule as KING of kings. But who are the kings who will rule with Christ? How do they gain their power? How will they rule? This mystery is an important part of God’s plan for the restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth. So what does the bible reveal about the time when the saints will rule?