John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! … the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” — John 1:29-31
Sunday the Christians marked Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and will mark the Resurrection of Jesus next Sunday. Monday night, the Jews around the world began Passover week, three feasts in one season — Passover, feast of Matzah (unleavened bread) and Feast of First Fruits).
So, what do one have to do with the other? EVERYTHING!
This teaching is based mostly on “Christ in the Passover” by Ceil and Moshe Rosen. The Rosens are Jews who accept Jesus as the Messiah of Israel. Their book explains the significance of the Passover story in Exodus, how Jesus celebrated at the Last Supper and how Jesus fulfills the feast.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-19 NIV:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets [the Old Testament]; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”(note in brackets is my clarification)
Look at the end. Jesus says those who teach others to set aside the teachings of Moses and the prophets will get demoted in the Kingdom. A warning to ponder.
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A blessed Resurrection Sunday and Passover to you and your families.