Who commands us to keep the Passover?
The Passover of the new covenant is an important regulation to people who want to lead a faithful religious life, aiming for the kingdom of heaven. Let’s study who commanded us to keep the Passover through the Bible.
Ex 12:10-14 “Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover. On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance.”
In the Old Testament times, the Passover was a law which God Himself legislated and commanded us to keep. When the Israelites kept the Passover in obedience to God’s command, they were blessed to be freed from slavery in Egypt.
Then, let’s find out who commanded us to keep the Passover in the New Testament times.
Mt 26:17-19 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” … So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
Who commanded us to keep the Passover in the New Testament? It is God the Son, Jesus. In the New Testament times, too, God commanded us to keep the Passover.
The reason why God commanded us to keep the Passover
Then why did God command us to keep the Passover in the New Testament times? It is to set us free from sin and death.
Jn 6:53-54 “… unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life ….”
The only way we can have eternal life is to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood. Then how can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood?
Lk 22:7-8, 19-20 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”… And he took bread … “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” … “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Jesus called the Passover bread “my body,” Jesus’ body and He call the Passover wine “my blood,” Jesus’ blood. So, the Passover is the way to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood.
Then when we keep the Passover we can have eternal life.
God’s purpose for giving us eternal life
Why does God want to give us eternal life?
Rev 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
There is no death in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus commanded us to keep the Passover because He wanted to make us eternal beings and bring us to the kingdom of heaven.
Let’s keep the Passover, following the will of God
To bring us to the kingdom of heaven, God commanded us to keep the Passover. Then, what will happen to those who do not keep the Passover? Of course, they will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Regardless of what age we are in, the Old Testament times or the New Testament times, it is God who commands us to keep the Passover. So, keeping the Passover is the absolute will of God. Therefore, let us all keep the Passover which God Himself commanded and taught us to keep, and have eternal life and enter the kingdom of heaven.