Christ Ahnsahnghong: The Reason Why I Keep the Passover
Christ Ahnsahnghong and the Passover
When it comes to Churches, there is a big difference between the Church of God and all other churches in the world. In the Church of God, we learn what God’s commandments are and how to follow God faithfully so that we can be saved and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, I know; you heard the same thing from many different religious leaders at other churches. But, the truth is, only in the Church of God can you find true God and people who ACTUALLY keep God’s commandments. One of those commandments is the Passover of the New Covenant.
What is the Passover?
The Passover has its origin about 3,500 years ago, when the Israelites were in Egypt, being held as slaves under the Pharaoh king of Egypt. For 400 years, the Israelites were under bondage and continually cried out to God day and night, asking for freedom. As their prayers reached heaven, God sent Moses, along with plague after plague, to get Pharaoh to free the Israelites out of captivity. As Pharaoh was unyielding, God sent one last plague, the plague of the first born (Ex. ——) throughout all of Egypt. To protect His people from the plague, and ultimately lead them out of Egypt, God commanded his people to keep the Passover.
Exodus 12:11-13 - “this is is how you are to eat: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. 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 judgement on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 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.”
As a result of the plague, every first born of Egypt, including Pharaoh’s first born, was struck down that very night. Finally, after witnessing God’s power, Pharaoh released the Israelites and they went on their way to the land God had promised them, Canaan.
There is a common misconception among many people; they think that the Passover was only necessary for the Israelites to celebrate during the time of the Exodus. But that’s actually not the case. After God gave Moses the command of the Passover, God explains that the Passover is a “lasting ordinance; in other words, shall be kept forever:
Exodus 12:14 - “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD - a lasting ordinance.”
Christian Passover; the New Covenant
Another misconception about the Passover is that it is only a Jewish festival, and has no importance or significance in Christianity. That is also untrue, as the Passover is not something that belongs to the Jewish people but belongs to God.
Leviticus: 23:4-5 - These are the LORD’s appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies your are to proclaim at their appointed times. The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.
God’s feasts mean they belong to God. Just as God chose the Israelites and allowed them to celebrate His Passover in the Old Testament times, God also chose His people when He came to earth and allowed them to keep the Passover.
Matthew 26:17-28 - “On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover? He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover… While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus, who is God that came in the flesh, commanded His people to celebrate the Passover. That’s is why, when people ask me, “why do we have to celebrate the Passover?” or “What’s so important about the Passover?”, I simply show them these words spoken by Jesus Himself. I also try to explain to them about the blessings that can only be obtained through the Passover, arguably the most important one being eternal life (Jn. 6:53-54).
What happened to the Passover?
Now the question is: if the Passover is so important, what happened to it? There are many churches all over the world. Different doctrines and denominations exist; yet, none of them keep the Passover according to the teachings of Jesus. Why is that?
In the year 325 A.D., under the Roman Emperor Constantine, the Passover was abolished, being regarded as heresy and dubbed unsuitable for Christians to practice. People who wanted to continue celebrating the Passover after this time were branded as heretics and were persecuted. As a result, the Passover truth the Jesus is established was lost, and many ACTUAL heresies took root and sprung up in churches. For more than 1,600 years, the Passover wasn’t heard of or celebrated on the earth.
Why does the WMSCOG keep it?