The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) celebrates the Passover as an important feast of God. Why does the Church of God observe this feast? It’s because Jesus promised the forgiveness of sins through the Passover of the New Covenant. He said that the Passover bread and wine is His flesh and blood and those who eat and drink the bread and wine have the forgiveness of sins.
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many [sinners] for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28)
Also, Jesus declared this feast as the new covenant established in His blood.
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you (Luke 22:20)
The Passover was for us — sinners who are destined to die. Without keeping the Passover, we cannot have the forgiveness of sins because Jesus said, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you (John 6:53).” Some might claim that they can have eternal life by having faith alone. Yes, it’s true that we can be saved through faith, but our faith should be confirmed within the promise of God. Without following the words of Jesus, can it be called that we have faith?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17)
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead (James 2:26)
Those who believe in Jesus must also follow the words of Jesus and keep the Passover. Jesus even said, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you.” Then, why is this Passover so important? It also contains a promise that God will protect those who keep the Passover from disasters as well as the promise of the forgiveness of sins. So God said, “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.”
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace…” says the LORD Almighty. “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb [Mount Sinai] for all Israel. “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers [God] to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:1-6)
What does the Law God gave Moses at Mount Sinai have to do with the day like a furnace? Among the Law of Moses, the Passover contains the promise that disasters will “pass over” you, as the feast name implies. Therefore, to be saved and protected from such great and dreadful day of God, we must keep the Passover.
Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover. “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. The blood [of the Passover lamb] 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. (Exodus 12:11-13)
In the age of the old covenant, the Israelites who kept the Passover of the Old Covenant were protected from the plague which killed all firstborns. In the age of the new covenant, we should keep the Passover of the New Covenant when we eat the bread and wine which represents the flesh and blood of Jesus who is the reality of the Passover lamb. The promise that God will protect those who keep the Passover is still valid. Jesus established the Passover of the New Covenant, but it was abolished by Satan during the Dark Ages (Please refer to this page for the detailed history of abolishment of the Passover.) In this age, Christ Ahnsahnghong restored the Passover to open the way to the kingdom of heaven. The Passover is absolutely necessary for people who are living in these last days. According to the prophecy of the Bible, God rebuilt Zion with the feasts of the new covenant. It’s up to you whether you will choose to keep it or not.
For the LORD will rebuild Zion [where God’s appointed feasts are celebrated: Isaiah 33:20] and appear in his glory (Psalms 102:16)