Rabbi Schneider - Are Passover and Jesus Connected?
Well, this is the season of Passover, and, you know, Passover is probably the entry gate for most Christians, for most gentile Christians in terms of coming to understand the Jewish roots of their Christian faith. Many of you perhaps have experienced a Passover Seder in your local church, where they brought in oftentimes a Jewish person to talk about the Passover and run through the order of the Passover service called the Seder and explain how it all relates to the Gospel story. And King Jesus, who was crucified on Passover. Understanding the connection between Passover and Jesus is very critical because it links us together with the Jewish roots of our Christian faith.
In fact, Jesus is talked about in the Gospels and in the writings of Paul as the Passover Lamb. Christ, Paul said, our Passover has been sacrificed. John said about Jesus, "Behold the lamb of God". And when John identified Yeshua as the Lamb, he was talking about the Passover Lamb. And so when you understand the connection between Jesus and Passover, your mind and heart begins to open up to how important it is beloved ones to understand the Jewish or the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith.
You see, the New Testament begins in Matthew 1 by saying this "This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham". So the first verse in the New Testament connects Jesus to the first book in the Torah, in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Genesis. I want to encourage you to continue to try to understand the Hebraic roots of the New Testament. I have many teachings on Passover. You can search on YouTube and you can tune in to our broadcast on television and radio. I would encourage you today, on behalf of the Lord, to continue to look to Father God, to help you to understand the Jewish roots of your Christian faith. It will strengthen you in knowing that truly, Jesus is the only One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. And is the only one that Father God sent for you to be your Savior.
Passover is also a special time because it's one of the three times of year that God commanded ancient Israel to come to Jerusalem to present to Him a special offering. a special Passover offering. I know over the years, many of God's people have felt moved in their heart to present a special Passover offering to the Lord as well, Gentile and Jew alike. And so right now, if you're just feeling that impulse from the Holy Spirit that you want to present a special Passover offering to Father God this year through Discovering the Jewish Jesus beloved, you can do that. The information how to do so is right on your screen.