Which way will lead us to eternal life? The way of eternal life and the way of death.
There is a way that leads us to a certain destination. There are many paths around us. If we choose the wrong way, we cannot get to the place we want. It’s important to choose the right way. It also applies to our spiritual life. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25.) We need to follow the way Jesus taught us. The Passover is the way which leads us to eternal life. First, let’s find out who commanded us to keep the Passover.
In the age of the Old Testament, God Jehovah commanded the Israelites to keep this feast of God:
Exodus 12:11 This is how you are to eat it: 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.
God commanded the Israelites to keep the Passover. What happened when they celebrated the Passover by following the command of God? They could be freed from Egypt immediately after keeping it. Although they had been in slavery for more than 400 years, no one was able to free them out of Egypt. However, when they kept the Passover, they were able to leave Egypt.
Who commanded us to keep the Passover in the age of the New Testament?
Matthew 26:17-19 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.
Who gave the order to prepare the Passover? Jesus [God the Son] did. Both in the age of the Old Testament and in the age of the New Testament, God commanded us to keep the Passover. Just as the Israelites gained freedom by keeping the Passover [of the Old Testament], so we can have the forgiveness of sins by keeping the Passover [of the New Covenant]. Jesus gave us the promise of the forgiveness of sins through the Passover:
Matthew 26:27-28 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 said, “Drink from it, all of you” and “which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Some claim that they do not need to keep the Passover. However, Jesus clearly said, “Drink from it, all of you” while keeping the Passover. Can they receive the forgiveness of sins without keeping the Passover?
Then, why did God want to give us the forgiveness of sins through the Passover? It’s because only those who keep the Passover have eternal life.
John 6:53-54 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
ONLY those who eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood can have eternal life. Jesus let us know how to eat and drink His flesh and blood:
Luke 22:7-8 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.“
This is the scene Jesus where directed His disciples to prepare and keep the Passover. Let’s continue to Verse 19 of the same Chapter:
Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
What did He say about the Passover bread? (His flesh) And what did He say was the Passover wine? (His body) Therefore, we can participate in Jesus’ flesh and blood by keeping the Passover. In other words, the Passover is the ceremony when we can eat and drink the flesh and the blood of Jesus. So only those who keep the Passover can have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Jesus declared the Passover as the New Covenant and eagerly desired to keep the Passover (Luke 22:15.) Actually, we ourselves should eagerly desire to keep the Passover because we are sinners and we really need to have the forgiveness of sins to get the promise of eternal life on this earth. God is love; He wants all people to repent. Can you feel the burning mind of Jesus who really wanted all people to observe the Passover to have life?
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain in the kingdom of heaven (Revelation 21:4.) Since there is no more death in heaven, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven without receiving the promise of eternal life by keeping the Passover. Jesus established the Passover of the new covenant by shedding His blood on the cross. Can those, who do not keep the Passover enter the kingdom of heaven? Let’s listen to the Words of Jesus:
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many Christians are really in an illusion: they think they can enter the kingdom of heaven as long as they have faith. However, Jesus said that only those who do the will of God can enter. What is the will of God: to keep the Passover or not to keep it? It’s clear that it is the will of God to keep the Passover.
Jesus shed His blood on the cross to open the way to the kingdom of heaven. Which way are you going? We should rely on Jesus to enter of the kingdom of heaven by keeping the Passover of the New Covenant. Even though it seems like a narrow path, it leads us to life. I give thanks to Christ Ahnsahnghong who restored the way of eternal life according to the prophecy of the Bible (Isaiah 25:6-9).