The Passover and God’s Promise
The New Covenant Passover is the core of the Bible and an essential feast that grants God’s people protection from disasters, the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
The Passover originated when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. God instructed them to celebrate the Passover on the 14th day of the first month (according to the sacred calendar) by sacrificing a lamb and putting its blood on the tops and sides of their doorframes (Ex 12:1–13). To those who celebrated the Passover as God commanded, God promised protection from the plague of death and freedom from slavery.
Just as God promised, that very night, He sent the plague of the death of the firstborn throughout all of Egypt. However, God protected those who kept the Passover following His instructions. And God also told His people to continue keeping the Passover year after year.
The New Covenant Passover
Though God established the Passover in the Old Testament, Jesus set the example of continuing to celebrate the Passover even in the New Testament. But instead of keeping it by slaughtering a lamb, He celebrated the Passover with bread and wine. The night before He was crucified, He promised His flesh and blood through the Passover bread and wine, establishing the New Covenant Passover (Lk 22:7–20).
When we celebrate the New Covenant Passover, Christ is in us and we become one body with Christ. Like this, God promises us protection from disasters and eternal life.
“‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.’”
The apostles of the Early Church continued celebrating the New Covenant Passover according to Christ’s example (1Co 11:23–26) until its abolishment at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. However, the Bible says that God will come a second time to bring salvation by restoring the Passover (Heb 9:28; Isa 25:6–9).
The World Mission Society Church of God is the only church that keeps the New Covenant Passover in the same way Jesus and the disciples kept it 2,000 years ago.