We do not keep Passover today; the Passover is a sacrifice. Every year a perfect male lamb was to be sacrificed “at the place which the LORD your God shall choose to place his name” (Deut. 16:6).
There is no Temple now, so we do not sacrifice a lamb. But there is plenty to remember, commemorate and celebrate!
The day of Passover now is spent preparing for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is on the first day of Unleavened Bread, which begins in the evening, that we sit down to a meal to commemorate the important eventssurrounding this time of year.
We remember the first Passover in Egypt, when those set apart by the lamb’s blood were spared death.
We celebrate freedom from the slavery and idolatry that we left when we fled Egypt.
We remember the sacrifice of our Messiah, the ultimate Passover Lamb, who died for our sins.
We give thanks for our redemption through him and the promise of eternal life with him.
So, we do not keep Passover. We do not sacrifice a lamb. We do celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread and honor the eternal significance of the Passover sacrifice.