Friday, December 26, 2008

Passover: The Only way to have Eternal Life + Christ Ahnsahnghong (Part I)

Since I came to the Church of God world Mission Society, all I hear about is: Passover. Everything leads to the Passover, beginning from the forgiveness of sins and ending up with eternal life. As a curious and very skeptical person, I needed to find out why the Passover was the ONLY way to have eternal life, and who commanded us to keep it. Believe it or not there is an answer, and that answer is found in the book of Exodus, in which is described the first record of the Passover. Exodus 12:1-1

The story describes the time in which the Israelites (God's chosen people) were living under the yoke of slavery for 430 years in Egypt. After God had chosen Moses to redeem his people, He sent 9 plagues to the land of Egypt so that the Pharaoh could let God’s people be free. For some reason after every plague came to the land, pharaoh’s heart was even more hardened (you can find the story in the book of exodus) . After all, God decided to send a 10th plague: The plague of the 1st born. This plague was a very destructive one, having as a purpose to kill al the firstborn of the land. Since God’s chosen people were also living in the land of Egypt, God gave them a sign. In this way God could recognize them as His chosen people and no destructive plague could touch them. Exodus 12:12 -13 "On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt”. God commanded them to slaughter a 1year old lamb and paint their Houses with the lam's blood, so that when the plague came to Egypt, it would pass over the houses that had the sign. That’s how God established the Passover. After that day, the pharaoh let them be free and the Israelites fled to the Land of Canaan, known as the land flowing with milk and honey. God commanded them to keep the Passover forever, as a lasting ordinance (exodus 12:14). If you saw “The Prince of Egypt” you would be familiar with this.

WAT DOES THIS PASSOVER HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTIANS? (this question was bothering me while studying). This question is so easy to understand. Think about it. We are not Jewish, and we’re not slaves in Egypt either. Think twice. Who is free of sin and death? Nobody! Somehow we are also slaves, not physical slaves but spiritual slaves. That’s why God said “Keep it for the generations to come” (meaning forever). As God commanded, the Passover is an everlasting commandment that we can see also in the New Testament. To understand what’s the purpose of the Passover we have to know who established the Passover of the New Testament (also known as the new covenant) and what’s the purpose of keeping it….

To know the answer click here: Passover in the New Testament