Adherents to the Jewish faith began observing Passover at sundown on Tuesday, April 14, and will continue through April 22. Every year the eight-day celebration commemorates the liberation of the ancient Israelites from centuries of slavery in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Associated Press reported from Jerusalem that “in Judaism, it is dubbed the festival of freedom” (Associated Press Local, April 14, 2014).
The Bible highlights two significant Passovers: the original one in Exodus 11-15 and the last one that Jesus ate with His disciples. Thus He commemorated the deliverance from Egypt but added another significance as well.
Practicing Jews still observe Passover to remember their ancestors’ escape from physical death in Egypt when the Death Angel “passed over” the homes where the blood of a lamb had been applied. Practicing Christians remember Jesus’ sacrifice of His life, which provides escape from spiritual death for those who believe. This celebration is called “The Lord’s Supper” or “Communion.”
Some significant parallels should be noted. See the List.
G-d is a delivering G-d who keeps His promises. He provided deliverance for Israel from Egyptian slavery, and He provided deliverance from sin’s penalty and bondage to everyone who receives it by faith. That’s something worth celebrating.
Whether you observe Passover this week or Christ’s Resurrection this Sunday, rejoice in G-d’s full provision for your spiritual poverty. Happy Passover (Chag Sameach) or Happy Easter (He is Risen Indeed!).