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Passover is a blessing for all

May 5, 2008

by Pastor Gerald Boldt, St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Winsted

“For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)

Sunset, April 19 marked the beginning of the Jewish celebration of Passover. This feast of deliverance was established by God and, in part, was described in the Old Testament book of Joshua, in the fifth chapter.

The Israelites, upon arriving in the Promised Land, while on the plains of Jericho, celebrated the first Passover feast, which has been continually practiced even to the present time.

Many Christians think of Passover as a Jewish worship ritual that usually occurs about the time Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet, in the attempted separation of the practices of the Jewish Passover from the Christian Holy Week and Easter remembrances, some might forget that the two were closely bound together by God.

When Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians, he wanted these early Christians to understand a most important relationship. He wanted these believers to realize that the Christian faith was not just some new popular religious cult. Paul wanted them to believe that Jesus Christ, crucified upon the cross, was the final and ultimate fulfillment of every Passover, from the time that it was first established.

Let us be so blessed as to see this relationship ourselves. Passover is not just for Jewish folks. It is also meant to be a blessing for all Christians.

Most certainly, Jesus is the final sacrifice and God’s promised fulfillment of deliverance from sin and eternal death.