Last night was both the Full Moon and the Spring Equinox.
Photo Credit: Thom Parks.
Passover comes in the month of Jewish Calendar that begins on the first New Moon after the Spring Equinox so this year will will see all these events take place in April.
It is time for my annual visit to the Jewish Calendar world and an attempt to reconcile the events of Passover, the Last Supper, Crucification and Resurrection.
Let’s keep in mind this year that Jesus taught using these words:
Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luk 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luk 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luk 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
It is particularly noted this year we have a rare correlation between the dates and the year 33 AD.
And we all know Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter Sunday) is April 21st this year.
Here is an interesting quick overview of Passover this year.
Passover 2019 will be celebrated from April 19 – April 27. The first Seder will be on April 19 after nightfall, and the second Seder will be on April 20 after nightfall. Passover is celebrated by eating matzah (unleaven bread) and maror (bitter herbs). For the duration of the 8 (or 7 days in Israel) of Passover, chametz (leaven) is strictly avoided.
What Is a Seder? A quick, one-page overview of the Passover Meal’s steps The Seder is a feast that includes reading, drinking wine, telling stories, eating special foods, singing, and other Passover traditions. As per Biblical command, it is held after nightfall on the first night of Passover (and the second night if you live outside of Israel), the anniversary of our nation’s miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. This year’s Seder(s) will be on April 19 (and 20), 2019.
My wife and often have sponsored a “Christian” Seder on the Thursday before Easter that try’s to incorporate aspects the Passover explained from a post-resurrection perspective. We have about a month to set this up for this year.
We may also want to keep in mind what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15, which I commented upon back in 2017:
Listed below are some of my prior posts on Easter and Passover. If you have time take a look. There are a few other links within these posts. Looks like I skipped 2016.