Christianity has two major holidays: Easter and Christmas. Most would probably view Easter (or as some like to call it, Resurrection Day) with more importance though, considering Christianity is all about the Resurrection. But, you will not find either of these holidays in the Bible. Because most forms of Christianity teach that we no longer need to obey the Torah, most will not feel the need to celebrate any of the Biblical holidays. Thus, it can make it seem as if Christmas and Easter are of more importance than any of the Biblical holidays. However, this is not true. Far from it, actually. If Easter were so important wouldn’t you think Yeshua (Jesus) would have commanded us to do so? Wouldn’t he have told us to celebrate Christmas? (In fact, Jews during that time didn’t celebrate birthdays) It’s not wrong to celebrate Christ’s birth or the Resirrection. It’s not wrong to not celebrate it either. It becomes wrong when we give these man made holidays more importance than the holidays God commands us celebrate(such as Passover). Deuteronomy 4:2 says, “In order to obey the mitzvot of Adonai your God which I am giving you, do not add what I am saying, and do not subtract from it.” As well as Proverbs 30:5-6, “Don’t add anything to his words, or he will rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” When people say Christmas or Easter is more important than Passover, they are adding to God’s word! God never said that! Like I said earlier, it never commands us to celebrate these holidays, but it does command us to celebrate Passover forever(Exodus 12:14). Why would God tell us to observe these holidays forever and then change his mind(Numbers 23:19). That’s because he didn’t! 🙂 And, you are taking away from God’s word when you say that we don’t need to celebrate Passover or any other of the Biblical holidays that we are commanded to celebrate!
Yeshua himself took part in celebrating the Biblical holidays(He was Torah observant, after all). And you know what else? Early believers didn’t celebrate Easter, but instead Passover. Easter itself has nothing to do with Yeshua(Jesus).
You may not have realized this, but the Last Supper that Yeshua shared with his disciples was a Passover meal. Look it up in the Bible! Hint: Luke 22 talks about it.
When you think about it, Passover has EVERYTHING to do with Yeshua (Jesus)! The blood of a lamb that was put on a wooden doorpost, protected the people of Israel from the spirit of death. So, the blood of the lamb on the tree covered them from the wrath of God. This is the whole message of the cross! Starting to get the picture now? Great!
This holiday is the PERFECT foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Yeshua our Messiah. When you realize the connection, doesn’t Passover take on a whole new meaning? Awesome, isn’t it!?
If you read Luke 22, you would see that the Last Supper was Passover. And, Yeshua tells us in Luke 22:19, to continue celebrating Passover in remembence of Him.
“My people are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as Cohen for me. Because you forgot the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children.”