|Posted on April 18, 2019 at 8:50 AM|
Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)
Christ Foreshadowed as The Passover Lamb
As we celebrate a most momentous time in history; I am writing to inform the readers who do not know the difference between the Passover, Easter and Resurrection. You are being challenged to go to the Word of God for yourself and look up some key words to see what they mean; it is of utmost importance to born-again believers.
Let’s go back to Egypt and symbolism: This is where Passover (Pascha) originated – Egypt is symbolic of the world and Pharaoh the king who ruled Egypt is symbolic of Satan, the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). God’s people were in bondage; symbolic of being oppressed by the world system. God was going to deliver His people (symbolic of Salvation), so He gave them special instructions (Exodus, chapter 12).
They were told to kill a lamb and put the blood on the doorpost, and the destroyer would pass over the ones who had the blood on their doorposts. This was symbolic of God’s judgment passing over us, once Jesus became the sinless Lamb who sacrificed His life for the sins of the world (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The Passover Lamb foreshadowed Christ’s redemption by His blood, which was to be remembered forever (Exodus 12:12-14). When Jesus instituted the Last Supper or the Passover Supper, He told the disciples and us to remember His death through taking communion, until He returns (Matthew 26:17-30). In the New Testament churches, they celebrated Jesus’ death with a full meal and fellowship (1 Corinthians 11:17-26).
You may ask this: “Why did Paul and other apostles celebrate Passover in the book of Acts?” They knew about the Resurrection; however, they were with the Jews at their pass-over to win them to Christ (Acts 20:6). The Apostle Paul came down to the peoples’ level that he was ministering to, so he could win those souls to Christ (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
Easter is known to have a pagan origin: Believed to be the goddess of the dawn and was worshipped in the Spring by pagans in Northern Europe and the British Isles. The Anglo-Saxons named the goddess Eostre (also Estre, Estara, Esatre, Ostara) and similar spellings. Easter (Pasha) is mentioned in Acts 12:4, but the history goes back to Babylon.
Easter or eostre was a Roman goddess that was worshipped in Babylon and throughout history. Even though different names have been given, it still is idol worship. The Easter egg is a symbol of new life associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. The Romans celebrated their annual festival during the same week the Jewish Passover was commemorated. So, when you see Passover and Easter with the same Greek meaning, they are not the same; the annual celebration for both occurred the same week (Acts 12:4).
Resurrection: To rise again. Although Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the most important thing happened when He rose from the dead. Since He was resurrected to the newness of life, so are we. Everybody is appointed to die, but Jesus was the only One who was resurrected, never to die again. If this had not happened, we would be most miserable people (1 Corinthians 15:1-19). Therefore, since Jesus resurrected from the dead, we celebrate His resurrection!
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG