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Unveiling the Roots of Passover: Understanding Early Christian Practices

Do Y'all Remember Our 2024 Passover?

Jesus The Passover
Christ Our Passover

In the early first century, long before the concept of Easter was formed and embraced, Christians celebrated the significant festival of Passover. This ancient tradition holds deep historical and religious importance, shedding light on the roots of Christian faith and practices. Let's delve into the reasons why Christians kept the Passover in the early first century and the symbolic significance it held.

The Historical Context of Passover

The origins of Passover trace back to the Old Testament accounts of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. This pivotal event marked their liberation from slavery and the beginning of a new journey towards the promised land. Passover commemorates the night when God passed over the houses of the Israelites, sparing their firstborns from the plague that struck the Egyptians. The feast of Passover symbolizes redemption, freedom, and the covenant between God and His people.

Christian Adoption of Passover

For early Christians, keeping the Passover was not only a way to honor the Old Testament command, but keeping the Passover also commemorated the profound symbolism of Christ embedded in this ancient festival. For them, Passover was not just a historical event but a spiritual experience that connected them to their faith in Christ.

Spiritual Significance of Passover for Christians

  • Foreshadowing of Christ's Sacrifice : The Passover lamb sacrificed by the Israelites as a sign of protection found its ultimate fulfillment in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Christians saw Jesus as the true Passover Lamb whose blood brings salvation and protection from spiritual death.

  • Themes of Redemption and Deliverance : Just as the Israelites were delivered from bondage in Egypt, Christians believed in their deliverance from sin and death through the sacrificial act of Jesus. Passover, therefore, became a profound expression of the redemptive work of Christ in the lives of believers.

  • Unity with Jewish Believers : By observing Passover, early Christians demonstrated solidarity with their Jewish brethren and acknowledged the shared heritage of their faith. It was a unifying practice that bridged the gap between the old traditions and the new teachings of Christianity.

Transition to Easter

Over time, as Christianity spread beyond its Jewish roots and Gentile converts joined the faith, the celebration of Easter emerged as a distinct observance. While Easter retained elements of the Passover narrative, such as the themes of redemption and new life, it also incorporated pagan customs and traditions to appeal to a wider audience.

Closing Thoughts

In conclusion, the practice of keeping the Passover in the early first century by Christians was a testament to their deep-rooted connection to the biblical narratives and the foundational truths of their faith. Through this observance, they found echoes of Christ's redemptive work and the enduring promises of God. Understanding the significance of Passover enriches our appreciation of the historical tapestry that shaped early Christian worship and paved the way for the diverse traditions we celebrate today.

As we reflect on the legacy of Passover and its influence on Christian faith, may we cherish the timeless truths it imparts and the unity it fosters among believers of all backgrounds and ages.

Let us remember the profound lessons embedded in the ancient festival of Passover and the enduring legacy it holds for Christians around the world today.


Bishop DD Lattimore
Bishop D.D. Lattimore (Pastor & Founder)

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shamya Taylor
shamya Taylor
Jun 26

Amen I agree keeping the Passover is not simply just another historic event or moment but it is seeing how GREAT OF A GOD WE SERVE not only in him laying down his life for us but for giving us a chance of having redemption and salvation. That is a god I want to serve 🙌

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