The Passover is the most important feast of God. At the time of Moses, the Israelites could be freed from Egypt after keeping the Passover. In the New Testament times, Jesus established the Passover of the New Covenant with the bread and wine which represents the flesh and blood of Jesus respectively.
Why is the Passover so important? The Passover, as the name of the feast implies, means that the disaster would pass over. The promise that the disaster would pass over is given to those who keep the Passover. For an example, at the time of King Hezekiah, the kingdom of Judah (or Southern Kingdom) was protected from the invasion of Assyria while the kingdom of Israel (or Northern Kingdom) was destroyed.
Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel. (2 Chronicles 30:1)
Hezekiah sent messengers to all Israel and Judah in order to spread the good news of the Passover. However, the people of Israel scorned and ridiculed the messengers.
The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun (of the Kingdom of Northern Israel), but the people scorned and ridiculed them. (2 Chronicles 30:10)
Samaria was the capital of Israel. The Kingdom of Northern Israel was destroyed by Assyria and disappeared from history.
… Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. At the end of three years the Assyrians took it… This happened because they had not obeyed the LORD their God, but had violated his covenant–all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out. (2 Kings 18:9-12)
The Kingdom of Northern Israel, which did not keep the Passover, was destroyed by Assyria in the end. But Judah, which kept the Passover, was protected by God. The promise of the Passover is still valid.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I [Jesus] will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:53-54)
While they were eating, Jesus took bread… saying, “Take and eat; this [the Passover bread] is my body.” Then he took the cup… saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This [the Passover wine] is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:17-28)
If we keep the Passover on the date specified in the Bible, we partake in the body of Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:16-17.) In other words, God will be with those who keep the Passover and will protect them from all kinds of disasters. Most especially, those who keep the Passover receive the forgiveness of sins.
The Passover of the New Covenant (Luke 22:20), established by Jesus, was abolished in AD 325. For our salvation, Christ Ahnsahnghong opened the way to eternal life through the Passover. Who has the authority to give us the forgiveness of sins? Only God does. So, 2000 years ago, God the Son Jesus established the Passover of the New Covenant for the forgiveness of sins. In this age, Christ Ahnsahnghong, God the Holy Spirit, restored the Passover to bring salvation to God’s people. It’s hard to understand the spiritual world with our physical eyes. Let’s believe in the promise of Jesus and keep the Passover to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21)