The Passover

The World Mission Society Church of God celebrates the New Covenant Passover according to the teachings of the Bible. Jesus Christ promised His people eternal life through the New Covenant Passover. Therefore, it is a practice that God’s people must hold on to until we enter the kingdom of heaven.

Those Who Believe in Jesus Christ

 . . . whoever believes in him [Jesus] shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

According to the Bible, whoever believes in Jesus Christ can have eternal life. Conversely, this also means that those who have eternal life are the ones who believe in Him.

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, 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 them up at the last day.
John 6:53-54

Jesus promised that whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life. To believe in Jesus Christ is to do as He says. And He emphasized that there is no other choice to gain eternal life—we must eat His flesh and blood. Therefore, as Christians, in order to live eternally, we must follow these words spoken by Jesus Christ.

So what is the most plausible way for someone to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood? Two thousand years ago, it was difficult for people to accept Jesus’ teachings because they took His words literally. But, as Christians, today, we must have the correct understanding, just as the disciples did.

Passover, the Truth of Life

On the first day of the Festival 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.
Matthew 26:17-19

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying,“Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said,“Each of you drink from it,for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
Matthew 26:26-28 (NLT)

While celebrating the Passover, Jesus took bread and said it was His body. And He said the wine was His blood. According to His own words, unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we cannot have eternal life. During the Passover, Jesus showed us the way to eat His flesh and drink His blood. In other words, without celebrating the Passover, we cannot have eternal life.

Jesus Christ, who is the Creator (Col 1:16), said that the Passover bread is His flesh and the Passover wine is His blood. The Passover bread and wine contain the words of promise spoken by the Creator.

The Importance of Following God’s Teaching

The Passover that Jesus celebrated is not the Passover of the Old Testament. Rather, Jesus celebrated the New Covenant Passover.

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.”
Luke 22:19-20

The Old Testament Passover consisted of slaughtering a lamb. But Jesus did not celebrate Passover in that way. Instead, He took bread and wine, saying they were His flesh and blood, and gave it to His disciples. The New Covenant Passover that Jesus Christ taught was passed on to the disciples and believers of the Early Church.

. . . Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival . . .
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NLT)

Christians of the Early Church celebrated the New Covenant Passover until the fourth century. In A.D. 325, Roman Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea where the New Covenant Passover was abolished. Though Christians continued to secretly celebrate the feast, eventually, the New Covenant Passover disappeared.

For more than 1,600 years, no one knew the promise of Christ contained in the New Covenant Passover, and no one celebrated it. However, God, who knows the end from the beginning (Isa 46:10), prophesied that He would come a second time to the earth to restore the New Covenant Passover (Heb 9:28).

Today, the World Mission Society Church of God celebrates the New Covenant Passover just as Jesus and His disciples did 2,000 years ago. Visit your local World Mission Society Church of God to learn more about this important feast so that you, too, can celebrate it and receive the promise of eternal life contained in it.