The Passover story is part of our spiritual heritage. It is a story of deliverance, redemptions, God’s provision, and obedience. Passover is an appointed time on God’s calendar when He invites us to join His table, and as a result of our obedience to accept His invitation, we will experience a release of great blessings.
The Passover story is your story.
Why Do the Passover Dates Change from Year to Year?
According to the Hebrew calendar, Passover dates do not change. It starts on the evening of Nisan 14th and ends at sundown on Nisan 22nd. The Hebrew calendar is lunar.
The Gregorian calendar is solar, thus creating discrepancies on the dates from year to year, according to its calendar.
For example, Passover 2023 starts on April 5th and ends on April 13th—according to the Gregorian calendar. The Westernized world operates out of the Gregorian calendar.
- Click HERE to find out how the Jewish calendar is significant for the modern-day Believer.
What is the Passover Story?
Joseph, Son of Jacob, was Sold as an Egyptian Slave
The Passover story begins in Egypt. Joseph, the son of Jacob, was sold by his brothers to Egyptians somewhere between the 7th and 5th century B.C. Joseph, though sold as a slave, prospered in the land under God’s provision and wisdom. He gained favor in the sight of Pharaoh. For generations, Joseph’s descendants—the Hebrews—thrived.
The Hebrew Nation Grew and Pharaohs Were Threatened
Over generations, the Egyptians found the presence of the Hebrews threatening. Hostility grew and Joseph’s favored position in the land was forgotten.
Many pharaohs came to power over the years, as one died, another took his place. Eventually, one pharaoh enslaved the Israelites. This enslavement carried over to future generations—lasting 400 years.
One Pharaoh Tried to End the Hebrew Nation
One Pharaoh ordered an edict to throw all firstborn sons into the Nile River. Moses was one of those firstborn sons whose fate should have been doomed. Miraculously, he was rescued by Pharaoh's daughter and adopted into the royal family.
Then Came Moses
As Moses grew, he became aware of his true identity as a Hebrew. Even though the Egyptians horribly mistreated the Hebrew people—the very people who were part of Moses' heritage and family—he was torn between the family who had raised him, and his new-found, true identity.
In time, Moses broke. He could no longer stand to see those who belonged to God brutally beaten and enslaved. He killed an Egyptian for his horrific treatment of a fellow Hebrew and fled the scene.
God Shaped Moses for His Assignment
Through a series of events, the Lord shaped Moses’ character to prepare him to lead his people out of bondage and into freedom. God commanded Moses to return to Egypt and approach Pharaoh, telling him of 10 plagues that would be brought upon the land as a result of Pharaoh's hate towards the Hebrews.
It was the last plague, the death of the firstborn, from which Passover was birthed. The Hebrew people followed God’s instruction to kill a lamb and smear its blood over the doorposts of their home—thus protecting those inside from the angel of death.
Pesach, in Hebrew, means to ‘pass over.’ Passover is a reminder of how God passed over each home that had the Passover lamb’s blood covering it—sparing the firstborn inside.
Instruction Came after the Passover
The Passover led to the events of receiving instruction from the Lord. Israel needed the blood to spare them from death through the sea that eventually led them to the mountain of instruction, giving them vision on how to relate to the God of the universe.
Because of how God used the Israelites' obedience to follow His ordinances on this first night of Passover, it is clear that the Passover feast is unique among the biblical holidays. Most holidays ordained by God do not have such an immediate and lasting effect on His people.
- Discover HERE how the Haggadah—the retelling of the Passover story—is the story of your freedom in Yeshua.
What is the Connection Between the Blood of Jesus and the Passover?
Most understand that Jesus is referred to as the Passover Lamb.
“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”—1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (emphasis added)
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”—John 1:29 (emphasis added)
But what is the covenant connection between the blood and Passover?
- Click HERE to discover the connection between covenant relationship, the blood, and Passover.
Why Doesn’t the Modern Church Observe the Passover Feast?
As you read in the opening paragraph, when we accept the Father’s invitation to come to His table at Passover with a humble and open heart, we can expect to receive blessings.
Sadly, many in the Church are unaware of how these blessings and observances have been forgotten.
As a result, the Church has been disconnected from the Passover story and the blessings that come with observing the feast.
- Click HERE to discover why and how the Passover ordinance has been ignored.
- Click HERE to better understand how replacement theology infiltrated the Church.
What Are the 9 Blessings of Passover?
You’ve discovered through the Passover story that there are blessings released. The 9 blessings are…
- A Promise of Divine Protection
- Positioning and Alignment Provides Protection from Your Enemies
- A Commission of Divine Authority
- Supernatural Health and Kingdom Prosperity
- Covenant Protection for Multiplication and Longevity
- A Godly Release of Fear and Respect from Your Enemies
- The Driving Out of Your Enemies
- Dominion and Increased Inheritance
- Freedom from Corrupt Covenants
- Get a FREE ebook HERE to better understand the 9 blessings.
- Get a deeper explanation of the 9 blessings of Passover HERE.
Do Passover and Communion Have a Connection?
The Passover story involves drinking from 4 cups of wine, which reflect God’s 4 expressions of deliverance for the Hebrew people…
- I will bring you out…
- I will rescue you…
- I will redeem you…
- I will take you as My people…
- Click HERE to find the name and the significance of each cup of wine.
The third cup is what we associate with communion today. Below are resources to help you discover more about this connection.
- Click HERE to read about the Passover cups of wine and communion.
- Click HERE to read about the symbolism of Passover and its influence on communion.
- Click HERE to read about the meaning of communion and why it’s observed.
- Click HERE to read about the parallels between the Passover meal and communion.
- Click HERE to learn about the significance of the communion, or Kiddush, cup.
How Should Believers Observe and Think about the Passover Story Today?
The history of the Christian faith is deeply rooted in Jewish heritage. There are abundant blessings in understanding and knowing our spiritual heritage as those who are grafted-in through Christ. Yet often there is hesitation among Believers to celebrate Passover, but there doesn’t need to be. Instead, celebrating Passover as Believers is an opportunity to connect with our heritage and draw closer to the Father—experiencing our freedom in Christ.
- Click HERE to gain an understanding of the Seder and how Passover is an opportunity to draw near to the Lord.
What is the Heart Behind the Passover Story and How Do Believers Prepare?
The heart of the Passover story is to understand, as a grafted-in Believer, that this feast’s observance is part of your spiritual inheritance. The Father invites you to His table. It is a time of worship, praise, and intimate connection with the Lord.
He welcomes you to come to Him with all your cares and concerns. His arms are open, and He longs for you to come home. There, at His table, He pours His love upon you during this divine appointment.
- Click HERE to better understand how to celebrate Passover as a Believer.
- Click HERE to discover more about the Father’s table.
- Click HERE to find out about His invitation to a feast.
- Click HERE to read more about Resurrection Sunday.
How Do I Celebrate Passover at Home?
Honoring and celebrating the Passover story in your home through the Seder is a special time to gather with friends and family.
As you prepare your celebration, here is the food you will need.
- Matzah (Unleavened bread)
- Maror – Horseradish (One teaspoon per person is ample)
- Charoset – A mixture of apple, nuts, wine and cinnamon… or chunky applesauce will do. (We make enough for a heaping tablespoon per person)
- Karpas – Parsley (Just enough for everyone to have a sprig)
- Salt Water—Enough for people to dip their parsley into
- Grape Juice or Wine—Enough for each person to have 4 sips—you will also need 4 small cups or glasses per person
It is also traditional/symbolic to have a roasted lamb shank bone and a boiled egg on the table.
- Click HERE for alternatives for the foods listed above and for other items to help you celebrate in fullness.
How Do We Know God Desires Us to Teach Children About Passover?
His Word tells us.
“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, ‘This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: “On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household….And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover.”’
“‘“For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”’
“‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”’”—Exodus 12:1-3, 11-4 (emphasis added)
- Discover 7 reasons to teach kids about Passover HERE.
Can I Give an Offering during Passover?
It is customary to give an offering during the Feast of Passover. The offering given at Passover is a “peace offering.” It is a seed sown with joy knowing you have peace with the Lord because of Yeshua’s fulfilled sacrifice.
- Click HERE to discover the purpose and meaning behind the peace offering.
- Click HERE to find out how to respond with a heart of thanksgiving during Resurrection Sunday, which is tied to the Passover.
Has Curt Landry Ministries Celebrated Passover in the Past?
Yes! We’ve been celebrating Passover for many years. Click on the links below to read about or watch some of our most recent Passovers.
How Can I Study Passover and Gain a Deeper Revelation of My Salvation?
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The Passover story is one that is often overlooked but hidden within it is a treasure of great blessings. Observing Passover is not intended to be legalistic, but rather an expression of joy, thanksgiving, and remembrance.
It is a time to remember the Lord, what He has done for us, and how we—because of Yeshua—can confidently approach His throne and place our feet under His table. This is because we are now part of His family, grafted in and co-heirs, sons, and daughters of the King.