Passover is a Jewish holy day commemorating the work of God in sparing the lives of the Jewish people when He struck down the first born of Egypt. Passover is immediately followed by the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread. The combination holiday celebrates the Exodus from Egypt and the liberation of the Israelites from slavery. On Passover, many Jewish families participate in a Seder. The Seder is a ritual meal that retells the story of God’s deliverance (Numbers 9:1-5, Deuteronomy 16:1-8). The final events of Yeshua’s life played out against Passover. The backdrop of Yeshua’s substitutionary death at this season highlighted the ways in which He became the perfect Passover lamb whose innocent blood covered our sins and brought us life.
This holiday is prescribed by God in Leviticus 23
“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.
-Leviticus 23:4-6 (NIV)