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This month, as we welcome in the first of Nisan (Aviv) on the Hebrew calendar, the Northern Hemisphere enjoys the annual renaissance of new life to dormant vegetation. These green shoots on lawns, bluebonnets (in Texas) along the thoroughfares, and budding trees, are visible reminders of the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah—who has been recognized by His followers as the Passover Lamb of God (John 1:29), slain from the foundation of the world (1 Peter 18-19). In most years, the common Christian remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection, improperly known as “Easter,” usually occurs relatively close to the commemoration of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. However, due to calendar changes down through the millennia, there are years when Passover and Easter have a month of difference. Such is the case in 2016.

The Jewish community and most Messianic followers of Yeshua will commemorate Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread this month around the week of April 22-30. As I pondered these distinctions, I was prompted to write this month’s article, entitled A Perpetual Passover,” because of how meaningful the annual seder meal has become to our family. After all, when we did our research on the First Century followers of the Messiah, it was obvious that His Apostles continued to follow the commands of the Torah regarding the annual remembrance of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The following passage in the Book of Acts makes it abundantly clear that the leaders of the “Way” (Acts 19:9, 23) did not deviate from the instruction of Moses, as Passover and Unleavened Bread were a deeply rooted part of their faith experience:

“Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the [assembly] in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread. When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the [assembly] to God” (Acts 12:1-5).

Because we believe that in this hour, the Holy One of Israel is in the midst of fulfilling many of the end-time prophecies which proclaim an ultimate restoration of His children to His ways, it is critical that this witness to the Jewish and Christian communities continues. Passover seder celebrations, by Jewish and non-Jewish followers of the Messiah, are being used to provoke Jews to jealousy for Messiah faith and demonstrate to the Christian world that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God two millennia ago was a part of God’s plan to deliver humanity from the bondage of sin. When conveyed eloquently, the connections between Israel’s deliverance in the original Passover from slavery in Egypt, and the deliverance every person needs from their bondage to the powers of sin, are profound.

We strongly encourage all modern-day followers of Yeshua to commemorate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, both at home with their families, as well as with their local Messianic congregation or fellowship. Our lengthy publication, the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper, is an important guide and resource which compiles much of what you can expect to do, during this season, from what we have experienced over the years. In addition, I have written a devotional book entitled, Counting the Omer, designed to help people prepare their hearts for the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot, fifty days from the Passover celebrations.

Finally, your support of our mission is greatly appreciated, as we have established the Theological Defense Trust and the Prison Ministry Free Book Fund to write and disseminate our materials to those seeking balanced, scholarly, and loving perspectives on what the Holy Scriptures describe is happening in this hour of restoration. Thank you for your prayers and financial partnership in our efforts to produce sound teaching that we believe, in His time, will be critical for the emergence of the “one new humanity” (Ephesians 2:15) our Heavenly Father is bringing together!

“May the Lord bless you, and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Advancing His Kingdom, until the restoration of all things…

Mark Huey

 

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