Anyone who has followed me over the past year knows that I believe Passover to be the most important event in the Judeo-Christian religion. I think both the birth and death of Jesus occurred during this time in the Jewish calendar. But, why do many Christian seem to not care much about Passover, or even know how it is celebrated? Christians today honor many important events that occurred in the Old Testament. We have a reconstruction of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky and a law in Alabama just passed allowing the Ten Commandments to be placed in public buildings. But little is made of Passover for most Christians (a few Messianic churches are around). Jesus celebrated Passover and was angry at the sellers in the Temple during this time. The first Christians celebrated both Easter and Passover at the same time.
After Jesus’ death, James quickly became the Megaqqer, or superintendent, of the Jewish believers. Under his leadership, the congregation attended the synagogue, read the Torah, and still honored the prophets on the Sabbath. They fasted on Wednesday and Friday and celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. Passover, of course, was still celebrated as an orthodox Jewish holiday, but they managed to incorporate new forms of worship into the Passover celebration. They fasted during the Jewish hours of Passover and then began their feast after midnight. Another interesting new development was that Jesus was recognized as the Passover lamb and included as part of the ancient holiday. Melito of Sardis, in his Paschal Sermons, noted some of rituals that the Christians in Jerusalem practiced. This included celebrating until 3:00 AM, hoping that the Messiah would come on the night of Passover, as on the first Passover told in Exodus.
Christians celebrating Passover ended quickly when the two religions became separate after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Constantine the Great was significant in this. This separation also leads to the beginning of Christian nations openly persecuting Jews. Maybe it is time for Christians to start celebrating the Jewish holidays more instead of just casually acknowledging them. I think it would be what Jesus would like. See The Essence of Perfection for more. Until the next post, GO WITH GOD!
15 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest, I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.