Why don't Christians celebrate the Passover (without the lamb sacrifice because Jesus did it once and for all) like the Messianic Jews do?


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INTRODUCTION: According to the Scripture, Passover means commemoration, celebration unto the LORD a lasting ordinance. Jesus was lamp of God. There was no need for another sacrifice again! Passover in today's context means setting apart of animate or inanimate, holy as unto the Lord. In today's contemporary Christian life, the word Passover is not very common. What has replaced Passover, I believe is the observance of the Lord 's Supper. I will try to explain this according to the scripture. The Passover is being observed today, but in a different way, which I believe is biblical. You will enjoy this as you read along.

THE LORD'S SUPPER This is an ordinance that the Lord Jesus observed with his disciples as contained in Luke 22:7-19. It was to replace the killing of sheep, goat, animals and all that. Jesus was making the disciples to understand the purpose of his death and resurrection, which supersedes any killings and sacrifices. Notice that when the Lord was having the Lord's super with the disciples (who later became apostles) Judas was there. At the table where the ordinance was taking place, Judas was revealed. The revelation of Judas on the table of the Lord's Supper is an indication that it was a Passover indeed for nothing unclean would hold where the Lord is. There was a revelation of who Judas was. Whereas Judas ought to have done something about it but because it had been predestined that someone was to betray the Lord, nothing happened; hence Judas Iscariot hardened his heart to betray the Lord. Make sure that the counsel of the enemy does not hold in your life. The enemy does not want anyone in the Kingdom, you only need to make up your mind that you are Heaven bound and nothing prevents you from getting to the Kingdom. Not even the love of money or craving for positions that are temporal! The devil has so much to tantalize human beings with. You just make up your mind that you would not be deceived. The money Judas took from the enemy of righteousness, the Pharisees, he never lived to spend a penny out of it! For how long would you allow the devil to deceive you? Where are you compromising your faith? Where are you denying the Lord? At work, in your family or business? You must say NO to the Devil and YES to JESUS today. Take a stand for the Lord today and decide to confess him everywhere and you will find rest for your soul. Judas denied the Lord. He even sold him out to the enemy. But thanks are to God who made the King of glory to die and resurrected according to the Scripture. If Jesus had not died, there would not have been hope for you and I. His death released unto us victory over the devil, because he held captivity captive in the grave and gave gifts unto men. Healing and deliverance have become our inheritance by virtue of the fact that Jesus died. Eternal life has become our inheritance because Jesus Christ died and resurrected the third day - Hallelujah!

THE PASSOVER BY REVELATION I Corinthians 11:23-33 "For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me". In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till he comes. Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come und4er judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions. I want you to notice some things from the above passage that should be observed when we are observing the ordinance of the Passover:

(a) A man must be born again - John 3:1-21, Acts 3:19

(b) You must know what you are doing as a Christian - living a holy life - Hebrews 12:14

(c) Observance of the Lord's Supper is not for trivializations (joke with). It is done in sincerity not in deceit of the heart.

(d) It is not for children. Notice let a man examine himself. Can children examine themselves? Do they understand what salvation is?

(e) The observance of it keeps in your remembrance the Lord's death and resurrection, which is the basis of our faith. It keep the Church together in unity. Love is proclaimed by the observance

Friend, you will agree with me that what we observe today is even far better than what the past and present Jews were partaking of. It is an ordinance. Done by Jesus and revealed to Paul for us to continue to do until he comes.

I have witnessed a place where the Lord's Supper was taken worthily and healing was the result. I know of a sister who had an issue of blood for many months who after the Lord's Supper in one of our services had healing. The fountain of her blood stopped after observing the Lord's Supper. I also know of a sister after taking part in the Lord's supper was blessed of the womb after many year of bareness.

Conversely, I have also heard of a place where cult members who took the Lord's Supper unworthily died after taking it in the church! The Lord that answers by fire is our God! He is a God of justice and also that of judgment.

Are you born again? If so thanks be to God. If not please consider today where you will spend your eternity? Lord's supper without Christ as your personal savior and Lord is damnation to yourself!

Rev Debo Adeyemo

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As is written in Smith's Bible Dictionary as to the Passover, "This feast was instituted by God to commemorate the deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and the sparing of their firstborn when the destroying angel smote the first-born of the Egyptians. The deliverance from Egypt was regarded as the starting-point of the Hebrew nation. The Israelites were then raised from the condition of bondmen under a foreign tyrant to that of a free people owing allegiance to no one but Jehovah. The prophet in a later age spoke of the event as a creation and a redemption of the nation. God declares himself to be "the Creator of Israel." The Exodus was thus looked upon as the birth of the nation; the Passover was its annual birthday feast. It was the yearly memorial of the dedication of the people to him who had saved their first-born from the destroyer, in order that they might be made holy to himself." (Exodus 12)

Under Judaism, God gave the Israelites further instructions as to the Passover feast (Leviticus 23:5; Numbers 28:16-25, Deuteronomy 16:1-8), however, it's important to understand that Christianity is not a continuation of Judaism. When the apostle Peter gave his confession of Christ Jesus as the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God, Jesus replied by saying," Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:17-18) The founder of the Christian Church is Christ Jesus (the Church is the Bride of Christ) and that believers are not required to observe the Passover is seen in the decision of the Council in Jerusalem spoken of in the New Testament book of Acts, (Acts 15:1-29).

Jim Futral http://www.biblepath.com (Answers to questions from a Biblical perspective)

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Christians celebrate the new Passover, as instituted by Jesus on the Thursday night before He was crucified. He is the type, the Old Testament rituals were the anti type, to point forward to the coming Messiah.

The foot washing ceremony that Jesus instituted in John 13:14,15 before partaking of the Lord's Supper was to prepare our hearts and put all wrongs right before we partake of the sacred service. The disciples shared the unleavened bread. Jesus is the Bread of Life and the unleavened bread was cooked without yeast which is fermentation ,a type of sin, Jesus was the Spotless Lamb of God, without sin. Jesus said this is My Body it was broken for you. They shared the cup of the fruit of the vine, Luke 22:18 unfermented grape juice, alcohol is fermentation again a type of sin, Jesus said this is My Blood which was shed for you, for the remission of sins.

He said in Luke 22: 16,18 He would not partake of it again until we are reunited with Him in His Kingdom. In verse 19 He commanded "Do this in remembrance of Me!" Jesus is the Passover Lamb. John 1:36 The former ceremonies were a shadow of the true, now that the Saviour has come, He died once for all ,and the Old Testament Feasts and Ceremonial Sabbaths were done away with at the Cross,He died at the exact moment that the Priest was to slay the Passover Lamb and when God the Father tore the thick curtain from top to bottom, Luke 23:45 ;Mark 15:38 He showed the world that His Presence had left the Temple forever and the rituals pointing to the Messiah had ended.

Noeline Cutts

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The best way to answer this question is to look at what the Passover symbolizes, Christ's sacrifice, and who the Passover prefigures, but isn't actually observed under, the New Covenant.

Please read Exodus 12:1-28. God gives the Israelites directions on observing the Passover. At the first Passover, the firstborn of the Israelites were spared from death by following God's commandments. However, it is quite clear that this is directed to the Jews: Exodus 12:3 "Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house" (KJV) In fact, it is later stated that non-Jews (except for slaves owned by the Israelites) are not allowed to eat the Passover meal. (Exodus 12:43-45)

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of a new covenant: Jeremiah 31:31 "Behold, the days come saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD" (KJV)

Jesus' death on the cross did away with animal sacrifices and their related rituals once and for all: Hebrews 10:9 "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering, oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered up one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" (KJV)

Most Christians do regularly commemorate Jesus' sacrifice by observing the Eucharist (also known as communion, the Lord's Supper, or the Mass. For more on this, please see Matthew 17:20-29; Mark 14:17-25; Luke 22:15-20; Acts 2:42-46; and I Corinthians 11:23-34)

One of the things I believe sums this up the best is this canticle (hymn), taken from I Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; and I Corinthians 15:20-22: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast. Not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia. Christ is risen from the dead, and became the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

In His love from your sister in Christ,

AJ Demers

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To all

Some Christians do celebrate Passover combined with Easter, usually on the Thursday night before Easter, with a meal and service combining both Jewish and Christian/messianic beliefs.

For the last few years we have been very fortunate that Passover has combined with Easter. This year it will be different. However, in Exodus, there was permission given to celebrate Passover a month later for various reasons, e.g. uncleanliness, family death etc. Therefore, because are free to worship the Lord in any seemly and orderly manner, I will have no problem with our church celebrating Passover on the Thursday before Easter. In so doing, we are trying to educate our people within our own culture as well.

to any Jewish people, absolutely no disrespect is intended. during our Easter remembrance services, we merely follow the chronology of the gospels.

Hoping this is helpful

Best wishes Carin


b. Answers from our Messianic Friends:

Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) spoke of the kingdom of God as being composed of treasures new and old. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Passover story where there are spiritual treasures both in the New Covenant and the Old Covenant.

The story of Passover begins four hundred years before the actual events took place. The Lord had prophesied to Abraham that his descendants would be in exile for four hundred years; after that God had promised to redeem His people and bring them back to the Promised Land.

At the appointed time, God raised up Moses to deliver the Jewish People out of Egypt. Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he refused to let the Jewish People leave, thereby setting the stage for a showdown with the God of Israel. Even after Egypt was hit with nine devastating plagues, Pharaoh still refused to let the Jewish People go. God had one more plague left which would reveal both His judgment and His mercy at the same time.

God would bring judgment against all the firstborn in the land of Egypt; all of them would die, including Pharaoh's firstborn child. However, God would redeem the firstborn among the Jewish People in a very special way. Every family was instructed to take a lamb on the tenth day of the month and keep it until the fourteenth day of the month. At twilight on the fourteenth, they were to kill the lamb and spread the blood of that lamb on the doorposts and on the lintel of their house. The reason is given in Exodus 12:13: "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."

At midnight all the firstborn of Egypt died, all those who had not placed the blood of the lamb upon their door as the Lord had said. This last plague moved Pharaoh to finally release the Jewish People from the harsh bondage and slavery he had imposed upon them. The people of Israel left Egypt in such haste that their bread did not have time to rise in their ovens; thus they took unleavened bread with them.

These momentous events are commemorated yearly during the feast of Passover by the Jewish People. This feast represents the birth of the nation of Israel through redemption by the blood of the Passover lamb. God's plan for the Jewish People was truly progressing.

Fifteen hundred years later, God marvelously fulfilled Passover, which impacted the entire world. Now was the time for the promised Messiah to be revealed and to give His life for the eternal redemption of both the nation of Israel as well as every other tongue, tribe and nation.

Upon seeing Yeshua, the prophet Yohanan, (John the Baptist), cried out, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). Which lamb was he referring to? The very one which the Jewish People commemorate each and every year during Passover -- the lamb whose blood was applied to the door and the lintel of their houses in Egypt. This was the lamb whose blood caused God's judgment of death to "pass over" their firstborn child.

It is amazing that Yeshua was put to death during Passover in direct fulfillment of the ancient Jewish feast inaugurated fifteen hundred years earlier. As we apply His shed blood to our hearts and lives, God's eternal judgment of death most certainly "passes over" us! The apostle Peter confirms that we were redeemed, "with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1Peter 1:19).

To establish the veracity of these claims beyond any shadow of a doubt, God raised Yeshua from the dead during Passover as the First fruits of all who would believe and follow Him.

For believers in Yeshua, both Jew and Gentile, Passover is a treasure, new and old. It reveals God's faithful love for His Covenant People Israel. He promised to redeem us and He did. He promised to send the Messiah and He did. It also reveals God's faithful love for the world. God had promised that through Abraham's seed, (The Messiah) all the nations of the world would be blessed. He who promised proved faithful so that, "the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Messiah Yeshua…" (Gal.3: 14). Truly, Yeshua, the Passover Lamb is a Treasure to us all!

Messianic Rabbi Jeffrey Forman
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Christians do in fact, celebrate the Passover in a fashion. Every time they partake of the L-rd’s table, they are “doing this in remembrance of the One who instructed us to do so at Passover. But as far as actually doing so each year, at its appointed time, Christians have, for 1700 years, been excluded from this most important Feast of the L-rd. Why? Because of the poor decisions of men who have tried, in ancient times and who continue to this day to separate the Body of Messiah from the people from whom He came! Constantine and the Nicean Council made all practices of Judaism against the laws of Christian government and this horrible practice has separated the Church from G-d ever since. Leviticus 23 clearly details each of the Feasts of the L-rd and G-d calls them “My appointed times” not Jewish holidays! He goes on the declare that “His people” shall keep them throughout all generations. The Church very much declares itself to be the people of G-d, and well they may be, yet they have abandoned His teaching in this and so many other areas that His name is profaned.

Why don’t Christians celebrate the Passover? For the same reason that they do not keep the Sabbath holy and do not submit to the instruction of the L-rd in so many other areas. The eyes of the Church have been blinded by so many teachers who are more concerned with adding to “their” numbers than in holiness and obedience.

Please let me know how I may serve you in any way in regards to the word of the L-rd. I have, for 2 decades, helped Christians see the New Testament through Jewish eyes and the Old Testament as instruction to the Church.

Keep praying.

Marty Marty@messianicmessages.com

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Christians don't celebrate the Passover because according to Exodus 12:14 the Lord told the people of Israel to commemorate this day for the generations to come- a lasting ordinance. It's also when God declares himself to be the Lord of the Israelites and He will take the Israelites as His own people. Christians ( gentiles don't need to celebrate it because even though they have been grafted into the vine by faith God still holds the Jewish people as His own. It's good for Christians to know about the Passover and to know where Jesus brought the communion from. That is what Christians should commemorate as an everlasting covenant. A new covenant in His blood, to drink it in remembrance of Him. 1Corinthians 11:23-25 Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover because they were Jews and that's something very important that churches forget to think about.

Vicky Sedaca Faircloth office@imja.com

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My answer may be different from others you will receive. It is true that most (not all) Christians do not celebrate Passover. However, if you look closely, you will find that they do observe a portion of the Passover that was instituted by Yeshua. It is usually called Communion or the Lord's Supper (also called the Mass in Roman Catholocism and the Eucharist in several faiths). Observance of Passover within traditional Judaism includes the same elements (wine and matzah) and were historically a part of the observances of the disciples, though today that derivation is obscured.

It is also true that there is no Temple and therefore no sanctioned place where the Passover lamb could be sacrificed. But I would repeat that this does not keep either the Jewish or Christian practices from continuing. The Jewish observance replaces the lamb with the middle matzah, called the Afikomen, a Greek word which can be translated "that which comes after" or "he who comes." Typically, rabbinic authorities say it means dessert, but that can only be by implication and does not adequately explain why there is a Greek term in a Jewish service. Christians, on the other hand, memorialize the same lamb sacrifice through the bread and wine. According to Paul (1 Corinthians 11:26), "you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes."

Now to get to my answer. That is, there is no reason for Christians to avoid celebration of the Passover for several reasons; all related. Passover is a commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt more than 3000 years ago. If God had not delivered Israel; we would not have the Torah, the five books of Moses, to guide and teach us of God's justice and mercy; we would not have the prophets to show us the roadmarks of God's plan for the redemption of the world; we would not have the Psalms and other writings to exhort and encourage us; and we would not have the writings of the New Testament to give us the Good News that the Messiah has come.

It is true that God could have chosen another people, perhaps even more faithful than Israel. It is true that God could have used other people to give us His words of wisdom and to tell of His love for us. It is even true that He could have chosen another people through whom He could have sent a Messiah as sacrifice in atonement for our sins. But then, we would not have a God whom we could trust to keep His word, and we would have no hope because we would be trusting in a promise that could be broken.

In conclusion, Christians should WANT to celebrate Passover because:

1. We should all rejoice that God delivered Israel from captivity.

2. The Passover seder is a remembrance of the Last Supper of our Messiah.

3. We give thanks to God that as He was true to His word with Israel, so, too, is the certainty of His being true and faithful with all those who put their trust in Him.

1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

In His Shalom, David A. Fleischer Rabbi, Congregation B'nai B'rit HaMashiach San Francisco, CA www.bbhm.org BBHM1@aol.com

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The premise of your question is that Christians do not celebrate the Passover.  That is not uniformly true, since these days more and more Christian Churches are recognizing the prophetic significance of Passover as pointing to Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).  Here is the historic development of why the original Church celebrated Passover, and why the practice declined and more recently is being revived.

As you know, the original Passover in Egypt  was not a celebration -- it was a blood sacrifice.  It was the means by which their first-born sons were spared by the Angel of Death, and Israel was released to leave Egypt.  When the Commandments were given to Moses at Sinai, God included a commandment to the Israelites (and to all circumcised Gentiles within the household of an Israelite) to keep the Passover as an annual commemoration of God's goodness in delivering Israel from slavery.  A sacrificed lamb was part of the keeping of this commandment and, in my opinion, was a prophetic sacrifice shadowing the future Lamb of God who would sacrifice himself for the sins of all mankind.

The fulfillment came many years later when Yeshua (an Israelite) chose a Passover feast (Seder) to give unique meaning to the unleavened bread (matzah) and the wine that were naturally on the Passover table.  At one point in the seder he picked up the bread, blessed it, and said it was his body broken for us, and invited his disciples to eat it in remembrance of him.  Then he picked up the cup, blessed it, and said that it was his blood -- blood of the New Covenant -- poured out for the remission of sin.  That too was a prophetic act, since Yeshua had not yet been sacrificed, and there is no indication that his disciples understood what he was talking about.  The fulfillment of course came when Yeshua was crucified and was resurrected.

After Yeshua's death and resurrection, his disciples, at first all Jews, spread out to preach the Gospel of Yeshua.  Some of the disciples went primarily to places where there were Jews and others went to where there were primarily Gentiles.  Many Jews and non-Jews believed and experienced spiritual rebirth as part of the New Covenant prophesied by Jeremiah.  In those days (First Century and part of the Second) the non-Jewish believers in Yeshua whom we now call Christians (back then they were known by a variety of names) considered themselves a sect of Judaism, and they considered themselves to be grafted into a kind of Commonwealth of Israel, except that they were not circumcised (See Romans).  This was not only a spiritual reality, it was also safe, since Rome sought to persecute and destroy most religious movements, but Judaism was an exception in that it had a favored and protected status.  So back then, non-Jewish believers (Christians) did celebrate the Passover exactly as did the Jews (the eastern churches called the feast pascha.

All this began to change with the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., and culminating with the reign of the emperor Constantine.  He instituted a severe persecution of the Jews (many of whom were by this time scattered), and began to nurture the Gentiles who proclaimed belief in Jesus but disclaimed their roots in Judaism.  So, at that point, it became highly dangerous to be considered a sect of Judaism, and the Gentiles began to shed their outward Jewish practices.  As the Roman Church moved toward Nicea, it and the eastern churches gradually gave up the Sabbath, stopped keeping the annual feasts, emphasized eating foods forbidden to Jews, and stopped keeping Passover in the traditional Jewish way, opting instead to retain the tradition of the bread and wine that they called the Eucharist and that we call the Lord's Supper.

The Christian Church's practice of remaining separate from its Jewish roots continued until fairly recently when God began to place on the hearts of an increasing number of Christians, renewed understanding of their roots in Judaism and their grafted-in status.  As a result, more and more churches each year are adopting Jewish practices long abandoned, including the keeping of Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles and, to a lesser degree, the Sabbath.

I hope this explanation helps.

Shalom,

Michael Rudolph mrudolph@pressroom.com
Pastor, Ahavat Yeshua Congregation
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As a happy and thankful part of the body of Messiah and as a Messianic believer, I'd like to answer the question about why Christians don't celebrate Passover like Messianic believers do.

I believe it is mostly just tradition and ignorance.

The first is that just what Paul (or Rav Shaul) warned about has happened. He tells Gentile believers in Romans to see to it that they do not become arrogant and puffed up and forget that Israel is the root that supports them. That is just what happened back a few hundred years after Yeshua died and was resurrected. Some Gentile leaders in the Body of Messiah did not understand or value the gift God gave us in our older brother, Israel, and they distanced themselves from the blessing G-d intended of a clear portrayal of Himself to Israel. The result was a Messiah that was unrecognizable as a Jewish person to the rest of Israel, and to the Church at large as well (as well as the pogroms and Crusades and a host of other evils.) The Church leaders rejected Jewish believers in Messiah, telling them that they had to worship on Sunday and eat pork or they weren't real believers. Imagine telling any of Yeshua's (Jesus') disciples that they must stop being Jewish in order to follow the Jewish Messiah! Yet that is what the church did. As a result, we lost much of the blessing and understanding of the treasures that God wanted for us.

Secondly, some Church leaders taught that two-thirds of the Bible is inapplicable to us and can be ignored. Yeshua said, though, that He didn't come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. There has been a big misunderstanding of what "being under the Law" means, so that enjoying the good things God meant for us in His commands is not easily accessible to much of the church world.

For example, all the Feasts of the Lord that Leviticus details and that Jewish tradition celebrates are all rich in symbolism and pictures of Messiah. Each feast is about God's faithfulness and about Who Messiah is. but because the Church world has been cut off from her Jewish roots, the joys and beauties God intended for us in celebrating His feasts are not done by many in His extended house.

So, the joys and beauties God intended for us in celebrating His feasts are not done by many in His extended house . However, many many Christians are now learning about the Jewish roots of their faith and learning about the invitation God continues to give to come to His party and eat as His table. A good book that your readers might enjoy as a beginner's guide to understanding and enjoying the Feasts of the Lord is Barney Kasdan's God's Appointed Times: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1880226545/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/104-7925213-9836751?v=glance&s=books

God is doing a miracle in our days. He is turning the hearts of the Jewish people to Messiah, as He promised. He is also turning the hearts of the Church to love and appreciate the Jewish people unconditionally, helping us welcome and appreciate the apple of His eye. There is so much in the Bible that enriches our love and understanding of Him when we accept all of His word and allow it to benefit us. One of those benefits is enjoying Him in the Feasts He invites us to. :) Come and see. :)

Love in Messiah,

Pam Carnie pcarnie@academicplanet.com

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That is a very good and legitimate question. My answer is that all Christians should be celebrating Passover. Jesus was not called the Easter Bunny but He was and is the Passover Lamb of God. He celebrated Passover and if He did shouldn't all of His followers. He said in Matthew that He did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets but He came to fulfill. When something is fulfilled or filled full it isn't thrown out.

All the Feasts belong to the Lord in Lev. 23 it says these are My feasts says the Lord.

The word Easter is found in only one bible version and that is King James. It is found in Acts 12:4 and if you look up the word Easter in the concordance you will see the word Pascha and that is Greek for Passover. So, we find the word Easter only once and only in one bible and it is a mistranslation of the word passover...(a demonic diabolic scheme)

The word Passover is found around 50 times in the Older Covenant and almost 30 times in the New Covenant. That is about 80 times. When God mentions something 80 times I believe it is an important topic. Of course it is because that is when the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world was crucified and fulfilled that very feast of the Lord. There are two other feasts he fulfilled during Passover week. He fulfilled the Feast of unleavened bread and the Feast of first fruits.The whole week is so powerful in it's prophetic understanding.

Christians have been robbed of their heritage.

All the Feasts of the Lord should be celebrated by Christians and should be celebrated with Messianic Jews. This why we have a big Passover Seder celebration every year for all of God's kids both Jew and Gentile together as One New Man!

Blessings to you, Rabbi Barry oh-yah@juno.com

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Shalom,

Sure, I will be able to help out. According to good Church history books, the Church DID celebrate the Passover at the same time as the Jewish people, that is, until Constantine forbade it. The Western Church stopped celebrating it some time before the Eastern Church did. One of Constantine's most significant changes wasn't the cessation of the Passover celebration - it was the official change of the Sabbath from the biblical one (Friday, sundow to Saturday sundown) to Sunday. The reason for these changes in the Church was a prevailing anti-semitism that began to emerge after the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. After that time, and especially after the Bar Kochbah rebellion of 135 C.E., the Church, now dominated by non-Jews sought to remove the Jewishness from the Church.

Hope this helps. Some good books: THE CHURCH AND THE JEWS, The Biblical Relatonship, by Danie Gruber copyright 1991, General Council of the Assemblies of God; another one: EErdman's Handbook to the History o Christianity, copyright 1977, Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing Co., and Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History, copyright 1989, Baker Book House.

Shalom,

Rabbi Bruce R. Booker brucebooker@msn.com

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Below is a brief article that I wrote for our congregation that explains why we celebrate Passover each year and not Easter. The most obvious reason is that Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Passover not Easter. His Talmidim (Taught Ones) followed His example. Rav Shaul (Rabbi Paul) did as well as he states in 1 Cor. 11:1, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Messiah (Christ). In reference to keeping the Passover, Paul states in 1 Cor. 5:7-8, "...For even Messiah our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the Feast..." Colossians 2:17 states that the Passover and other Festivals are a "a shadow of things to come" and will teach us about Yeshua's second coming. During the observance of the Passover Seder there are both elements that remind us about Yeshua's first coming as a Lamb, as well as His second coming as King.

Not all Messianics use a lamb during their Passover Seder. At our congregation, we see that Yeshua used Matzah (unleaven bread) to represent the lamb sacrifice, His sacrifice.

Most Christians are ignorant concerning church history and continue to follow "bad traditions" taught by the church. Yeshua considered a "bad tradition" one that "transgress the commandment of God." Clearly, if we replace the observance of Passover with the tradition of Easter, we are teaching people to transgress the commandment to "keep the Feast." This may seem strong but it is my understanding of Scripture.

In Yeshua, Richard bailey331@earthlink.net

PASSOVER VS EASTER

Introduction:

Each spring, millions of people around the world observe 2 special (but separate) religious observances known as Easter and Passover. Often questions are asked such as: What do they have in common? Why aren’t they observed at the same time? This pamphlet will attempt to answer these questions.

Historical Overview of Passover:

Easter and Passover are historically connected to each other via the early churches of Rome, Judea and of Asia Minor. For 1400 years Passover (Pesach) was observed by the nation of Israel as commanded by G-d in Exodus 12:14. It commemorated the Exodus (lead by Moses) out of Egypt. However, with the coming of Y-shua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) and His followers, the Passover festival took on a different dimension of understanding. According to Y-shua’s teachings (Matt 26, Luke 22) and of those of His followers, such as Rav Shaul (Apostle Paul), elements of the Passover pointed to Y-shua’s mission of leading others from the bondage of sin (1 Cor 5:7).

For approximately 100 years after His ascension, Y-shua’s followers (both Jew and Non-Jew), which constituted the early church, continued to observe Passover; looking back at Israel’s redemption and how it fore-shadowed their own.

Bar Kochba Revolt:

In the year 132 A.D. a dramatic event occurred that changed the practices and theological orientation of the early church. This event was the second Jewish revolt (which failed) led by Bar Kochba against the Roman occupation of Judea. As a result of this revolt, the Romans took stern measures to suppress the Jewish people and their religious practices. An edict was given to prohibit all Jewish people from entering Jerusalem for 100 years.

Paganism Infiltrates Church Doctrine:

This dramatically changed the ethnic composition of the early church leadership, which at that time was profoundly Jewish. As a result, many pagan (non biblical/heathen) religious practices became a part of the early church’s theology. In addition, anything “Jewish” was done away with or altered because of pressure from Rome. Not conforming to these measures meant certain persecution or death.

An example of this was when two early church fathers, Polycarp and Polycrates, disciples of the Apostles John and Phillip, refused to change observance from the Scriptural Passover day (Nisan 14) to the Roman instituted Easter-Sunday. They were excommunicated as heretics.

By the middle of the fourth century, most churches had already transferred their celebration of the L-rd’s Passover to the Sunday after the Jewish feast. But certain churches in Asian Minor held to the Biblical date, Nisan 14, for which they were denounced as “judaizing.” The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, decreed that all churches should observe the feast together on Sunday. Constantine, the Emperor at that time, stated, “Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd.”

Sadly, the same attitude is still present in the majority of Christianity today. But the observance of Passover by believers in Y-shua continues to grow; especially among those of us involved in Messianic Judaism. Of course, Jews who do not recognize Y-shua as Messiah, continue to keep the traditional Passover as taught in the book of Exodus.

Easter Traditions:

One example of pagan infiltration into the church’s theology and practice is today’s Easter traditions.

For instance, “hot cross buns” of Good Friday and the dyed eggs of Easter Sunday once figured into Chaldean idol worship. The “buns” (Boun) were used in the worship of the queen of heaven, Astarte, the fertility goddess, as early as the days of Cecrops, the founder of Athens, that is, 1500 years before the Christian era.

Offered to the gods, these sacred cakes or Bouns were believed to be the ones mentioned in the book of Jeremiah 7:18 “The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven.” Of course, today these are not offered but are eaten on the festival of Easter.

As for eggs, they were sacred emblems of the ancient Druids, the Hindoo, the Japanese, the Chinese, and were used in religious rites of the Egyptians and the Greeks for mystic purposes in their temples. The Persians and Egyptians colored eggs and ate them during their new year’s celebration at the spring equinox.

Pagan festivals celebrating spring included fire and “sunrise” celebrations long before the Christian era. Both later became part of Easter celebrations. The “Easter Bunny” is associated with fertility.

Conclusions:

Knowing the above information, we must ask ourselves this question, “Is it important to G-d which days we celebrate and how we celebrate them?” The Torah (Lev. 18:30, Deut. 12:31) admonishes those who worship the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob not to follow the practices of the nations. We are also told not to follow the ways of the world for the L-rd is a jealous G-d (Exodus 20:5). In I Cor. 10:14-22, Paul talking to the believers in Corinth stated, “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry...” In fact, the whole message Paul is conveying in this chapter is not to mix Passover with the feasts of idols (demons).

Scripture instructs us to keep Passover in the same manner as Y-shua and Paul did. Paul states in I Cor. 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Messiah.”

We must remember that G-d is holy, and we are to love Him with our whole heart; letting Him be glorified in all aspects of our lives. 1 Peter 1:15-16 states, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy!’”

References:

Seven Festivals of The Messiah, E. Chumney
Yeshua-The Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church, Dr. Ron Moseley
The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop
From Sabbath to Sunday, Samuele Bacchiocchi
Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 16
The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan
The New Book of Knowledge, Vol

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There are many reasons for this that have to do with the history of the Church, but I would like to focus on a point that I believe most have overlooked. In this day, many Believers are beginning to celebrate the Passover. They are awakening to the truth of their Hebraic roots. However, people often make a mistake in encouraging Christians to celebrate Passover by saying they should celebrate Passover instead of the Resurrection. "Instead of" is key to what I want to say, so please keep that point in mind. Also, please do not think I am upholding anything that has to do with paganism. While we all need to turn from the pagan practices that have crept into the Christian celebration of the Resurrection, we need to celebrate the Resurrection because it is the fulfillment of the often overlooked feast of First Fruits. Passover commemorates the death of the lamb. All who know the Lamb of God need to understand and commemorate this important feast, because the Lamb, Messiah Yeshua, died in our place. But we should not learn to celebrate Passover at the expense of remembering Messiah Yeshua's Resurrection. Perhaps some unknowingly resist the move to celebrate the Passover because it is so often mistakenly tied to leaving behind the glorious truth of the Resurrection. As we begin to return to our Hebraic Roots, and to celebrate the feasts of Israel, let us not forget that little known yet all-important feast that is First Fruits. Not only did the Lamb die in our place, He was raised from the dead and that is our hope! Let us cling to it. For more information please see my book, Israel's Feasts and their Fullness http://www.mim.net/Store/Books/IsraelsFeasts.shtml

Shalom in Yeshua, Batya Wootten batya@mim.net
www.messianicisrael.com

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This question is too good. I have no idea why Christians do not celebrate Passover. I as a Jewish believer celebrate it. My wife as a "Christian" celebratetes it. Everyone I know in the Hebraic Community I am part of celebrates it. I believe the only answer I can give is that it is from a lack of reading and understanding the Word of God that a Christian does not celebrate the Passover. Shalom,

Nathan nathan@mjmi.org

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It is funny how little of our Christian history we actually know! Most of us who are raised in Sunday School can tell the stories, in detail, of Noah, Abraham, Joseph and his multi-colored coat, the crossing of the Red Sea, David & Goliath, the 3 Hebrew children, Jonah and the whale, etc. without once thinking of the fact that all these stories are Jewish history.

Jesus was a Jew that knew every one of these stories, but he knew them as the life of His ancestors and ultimately his way of life. The Jews passed these stories down from generation to generation because God told them to. Ex. 12:25-28; Deut. 4:10; Deut. 6:7; & Ps. 132:12 We don't see them from that perspective because we haven't been taught the Christian stories of those who made Christian history for the past 2000 years. We, as Christians, have lost our heritage because we have not passed our Christian heritage down to our children from generation to generation.

Without the 'Jewish history stories' (like Passover), all we have is a new religion that was started 2000 years ago. Jesus was and is the Jewish Messiah and the Jewish Passover story is THE most important story of all. It tells of why and how we are 'redeemed'!

Jesus celebrated passover every year of His life (John 13:1-17 and it is recorded in all the other gospels). The Messianic Jews (Christian is a Greek term applied much later), celebrated Passover and all the God given festivals long after the ressurection. If you knew the history of Chritianity for the past 2000 years - you would know why most Christians no longer celebrate Passover and all the other festivals. All our history (good and bad) is found in any Encyclopedia.

We believe it is important to know Jewish history, because it is our Messiah's heritage. If we are grafted in (Rom. 11), then it is our heritage also. But, if you stop at the end of Paul's letters - you will loose the last 2000 years of our heritage. Believe me - it is not as good as the first 2000 years. As a Messianic believer, I want to know where I have come from and why my Messiah did the things He did. Why He lived the life He lived and why He died the death He had to die.

We celebrate Passover every year along with all the other 'Appointed Times' because the God of Jesus Christ told us to. (Leviticus chapter 23) When we do what He has told us to do - it tells us who He is!

John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 15:10 - If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

1John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2John 1:6 - And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. Tell me - What bible and what commandments did John have when he wrote these scriptures??? He has commanded us to participate in Passover.

I have tried to keep this to a minimum, but as this is a loaded question - the full answer would take pages. I only hope this helps and does not discourage.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith maintains the largest directory of Messianic web sites on the internet. He has been a Worship Leader in several churches for the past 25 years and has written 12 books on prayer. He and his wife, Donna, minister God's word in Spirit and Truth to all those who seek a true relaitionship with the One True God af Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. producer@terraworld.net

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This is a good question and one that I think requires a fairly exhaustive answer. It seems that today there are many Christians that are asking this same thing. There are many people that are starting to question the holy days that God set up.

Background: The question asked is; Why don't Christians celebrate the Passover? It begins around 325 AD when Emperor Constantine charged the Council of Nicea to convene. Constantine had allegedly became a Christian while out fighting a battle. It's said that he saw a cross in the sky and this is how he knew that God was the true God and made Christianity / Catholocism the official Roman religion. In a political move, he married paganism and Christianity together. The two main Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter, had been taken from pagan holidays, Saturnalia and Ishtar (Easter). New names were given to the characters of the stories and now we have Christian holidays. This was done so that both the pagans under his rule and the Christains would follow under his lead.

The Biblical Answer: Today the Feasts are recognized as the "Jewish Holidays". But infact, if you look into the Torah (5 books of Moses) you'll find something different.

"Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, [Concerning] the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim [to be] holy convocations, [even] these [are] my feasts" (Lev. 23:2)

Take notice that these are not Jewish feasts. They are the Feasts of the LORD. In other places he commands that these be done forever. Without going into why it's not only Israel that should keep these feasts, I'd like to take you to the New Testament.

"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth." (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

Notice that Paul, talking to the Corinthians (Gentiles), states that Yeshua is our passove lamb. He then goes on to say "Therefore let us keep the feast"..... Not, if you decide to keep the feast, or remember when the Jews are keeping the feast. We, including Gentile Christians, are to keep the feast but keep in mind that the leaven represents sin. And that through Messiah we have the opportuntity to see his example of a totally unleavened life. We're to keep it with Him in mind. As Messiah stated at the last Seder, when you do this, do it in remembrance of me. When we do what? He lifted the afikomen (unleavened bread that would be broken, wrapped in linen and hidden and revealed again) up and blessed it. He told us, when we keep this passover seder, do it in rememberance of Him. Not only in rememberance of what God did for us as we came out of Egypt, but also what God did for us when he sent his Messiah.

Should Christians keep the Passover? Yes, in my opinion, and as it seems, in the opinion of Paul as well. These Feasts are not Jewish Feasts per se. They are God's feasts and he's given them to us to be a reminder of things past as well as Messianic prophecy. Only the Spring and the Summer feasts have been fulfilled. We're still awaiting the secong coming of Messiah which will fulfill the three Fall feasts, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles.

In Conclusion: As stated earlier, Constantine later decreed this to be unlawful. Instead they were supposed to convert over to these other holidays. It was so much that those who refused to reject the things of God would be killed. There were many that died at the hands of the Romans for this very thing. You can do a study on who he was and what he did as the Emperor of Rome. I encourage you to keep the Passover this year. Learn what it's about, and why God said to do it in the first place. Unfortunately I can't write the book needed to explain this one subject.

Thank you for your question and may the Peace of God live within you,

The Lord bless you and keep you, Michael Castro kehilathamishpacha@alaska.com

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As a happy and thankful part of the body of Messiah and as a Messianic believer, I'd like to answer the question about why Christians don't celebrate Passover like Messianic believers do.

I believe it is mostly just tradition and ignorance.

The first is that just what Paul (or Rav Shaul) warned about has happened. He tells Gentile believers in Romans to see to it that they do not become arrogant and puffed up and forget that Israel is the root that supports them. That is just what happened back a few hundred years after Yeshua died and was resurrected. Some Gentile leaders in the Body of Messiah did not understand or value the gift God gave us in our older brother, Israel, and they distanced themselves from the blessing G-d intended of a clear portrayal of Himself to Israel. The result was a Messiah that was unrecognizable as a Jewish person to the rest of Israel, and to the Church at large as well (as well as the pogroms and Crusades and a host of other evils.) The Church leaders rejected Jewish believers in Messiah, telling them that they had to worship on Sunday and eat pork or they weren't real believers. Imagine telling any of Yeshua's (Jesus') disciples that they must stop being Jewish in order to follow the Jewish Messiah! Yet that is what the church did. As a result, we lost much of the blessing and understanding of the treasures that God wanted for us.

Secondly, some Church leaders taught that two-thirds of the Bible is inapplicable to us and can be ignored. Yeshua said, though, that He didn't come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. There has been a big misunderstanding of what "being under the Law" means, so that enjoying the good things God meant for us in His commands is not easily accessible to much of the church world.

For example, all the Feasts of the Lord that Leviticus details and that Jewish tradition celebrates are all rich in symbolism and pictures of Messiah. Each feast is about God's faithfulness and about Who Messiah is. but because the Church world has been cut off from her Jewish roots, the joys and beauties God intended for us in celebrating His feasts are not done by many in His extended house.

So, the joys and beauties God intended for us in celebrating His feasts are not done by many in His extended house . However, many many Christians are now learning about the Jewish roots of their faith and learning about the invitation God continues to give to come to His party and eat as His table. A good book that your readers might enjoy as a beginner's guide to understanding and enjoying the Feasts of the Lord is Barney Kasdan's God's Appointed Times: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1880226545/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/104-7925213-9836751?v=glance&s=books

God is doing a miracle in our days. He is turning the hearts of the Jewish people to Messiah, as He promised. He is also turning the hearts of the Church to love and appreciate the Jewish people unconditionally, helping us welcome and appreciate the apple of His eye. There is so much in the Bible that enriches our love and understanding of Him when we accept all of His word and allow it to benefit us. One of those benefits is enjoying Him in the Feasts He invites us to. Come and see.

Love in Messiah,

P. J.

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The answer to your question goes to thought and teaching. It appears that the vast majority of the church knows little or nothing about the Passover, other Feasts, or the Jewish Roots of their faith. First, we must understand that the Passover is a Feast of G~D, not a Jewish Feast. It is not a "jew thing" , it is a "G~D thing". Shemos/Exodus 12:14 gives us the command for the Feast. It states, "This day shall become a rememberance for you and you shall celebrate it as a Festival for HaShem (G~D); for your generations, as an eternal decree shall you celebrate it." So we now have a problem. What does HaShem mean when He says eternal? If eternal simply means until the day of Messiah, then we have a new definition which needs to be carried out in the New Testament. I for one will stick with the traditional definition.

The next problem would be found in Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:17. Y'shua (Jesus)states that, "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish, but to complete. (18) Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as one yud or single stroke of a pen will pass from the Torah--not until everything that must happen has happened." This tells us that the instructions found in Torah are as valid today as when they were placed in the heart and hand of Moses.

Now we get to the "last supper". Matthew 28:29 states, "I tell you, I will not drink this fruit of the vine again, until the day I drink new wine with you in My Father's Kingdom." This "last supper" was the Passover Seder meal. In Exodus we are told Passover is eternal. It is so important to HaShem, that it is even celebrated in heaven! Thus it goes on from year to year forever!

The bottom line is this: If Passover is dead and done away with, then HaShem either changed His mind or lied to us. I think He is incapable of either. Thus we do these things to honor the Father, and we now celebrate what Y'shua did for us in our Passover celebration.

I would challenge you to go through the Torah (first 5 books of the bible) and underline the word "everlasting", "forever", "eternal", "perpetual" each time you find them. Then do a self-examination to see what you truly do to honor HaShem in these "forever" commands.

Rabbi Bob Hansen GOLDAMIEAR@aol.com

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To begin with, there is a false assumption. Thousands of Christians are celebrating the Passover. They realized that they have been deprived of the full knowledge and experience that the whole counsel of God provides for them. My ministry has been filling this void for years.

We have a Messianic Passover Haggadah for Christians so they can experience a Passover Seder like Yeshua did. We also have two Passover Family Packs for those who want a fuller experience of Passover. They are available through our website: www.messianicjewish.net , or by calling 1-800-410-7367.

The fact that Christians haven't historically celebrated Passover, as well as other biblical holidays, has more to do with a misunderstanding that took place in the first three centuries of the Church taught that the Church replaced the Jewish people as the "chosen people."

With that concept, Christians saw no reason to reach back to contact their Jewish roots. This error is beginning to change in this generation. We have been privileged to help bring this about.

Barry A. Rubin president@messianicjewish.net



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