Hosting Seder for Your Family - Why we should observe Passover - Plus, The New Alive! Devotionals

Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch - as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. - 1 Corinthians 5:7-8


Passover is coming up in just a couple weeks. While this holiday is traditionally celebrated by our Jewish friends, it has a lot of significance in Christian culture as well. However, Christians typically don't believe in celebrating Passover. It's even frowned upon as being culturally inappropriate... but is it? Jesus celebrated Passover. So did Peter, Paul, and many of the other notable New Testament authors. Though one could argue that these men were Jews and were required to celebrate Passover, Paul tells us to be "imitators of Christ" (Ephesians 5:1) as well as follow Paul's own example, since he imitates Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1) Jesus celebrated Passover, and even performed the first communion during the famous Last Supper. Since this was such a pivotal moment in Christian history, why aren't we Christians observing this Passover holiday as well?


Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:7 to observe the Festival (meaning Passover) in a new way... as those who understand the wonderful sacrifice of Jesus. Though many people might interpret this verse as meaning that Christians don't have to celebrate Passover anymore, I want to argue the opposite. I believe Paul was using the Passover as an object lesson, that we need to get rid of the sin (or leaven) in our lives and celebrate the Festival both physically and spiritually as those who are made new in Christ.


This being said, God Himself created Passover to be celebrated by His people. Though the nation of Israel was God's chosen people in the Old Testament, anyone who believes in Christ is now an adopted child of God - thus, all who believe in Jesus are now God's people. In light of this, I believe the Passover is a beautiful holiday that Christians should observe if they feel called to. There is a lot to be gained from following a holiday that God Himself created for His people.


If you are interested in observing Passover this year on March 27, then here are some simple ways you and your family can easily observe this special holiday.