The Feast of Unleavened Bread: This feast is seven days long, with the first day and the last day being annual Holy Days. We are not to engage in our work or employment on these two days. In 2009, the first Holy Day begins at sunset on April 8 and continues to sunset on April 9. The seventh day is from sunset on April 14 to sunset on April 15. (Sermon messages have already been sent out for these Holy Days, as well as for the weekly Sabbath during the feast. The messages are also posted on cbcg.org).

In the Old Testament, the Feast of Unleavened pictures ancient Israel leaving Egypt after God rescued them from their slavery by killing all the firstborn of Egypt, man and beast.

In the New Testament, the Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures how God the Father—through the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus Christ—is granting men deliverance from sin and rescuing them from Satan the devil through His love and grace. We are to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread because Christ is our sacrifice for the New Covenant. The apostle Paul commanded Gentile Christians (and thus all true Christians everywhere): “Therefore, purge out the old leaven, so that you may become a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. For this reason, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (I Cor. 5:7-8).

The Feast of Unleavened Bread teaches us that only Jesus Christ—through His sacrifice, His shed blood and the power of the Holy Spirit—can save us. We cannot justify ourselves, we cannot save ourselves—nor can we continue to actively live in sin. As these verses show, leaven is used to picture sin. Because leaven is so common, God uses it symbolically to teach us that living in sin is the common way of every man and woman. Sin is everywhere! Just as we are to put leaven out of our homes and cars, we also have an obligation to put sin out of our lives. That is our part in overcoming sin, Satan and this world.

Christ died for our sins—therefore we are commanded to keep this feast. We are also commanded to eat unleavened bread during the seven days. We should take time to prepare unleavened food so we can enjoy the feast and commemorate the blessings of continued access to God the Father and Jesus Christ and the daily forgiveness of our sins.

Everyone can observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread—even those who are not yet baptized.

Overcoming Sin: Since sin begins in our minds, we overcome sin by using the Holy Spirit to wash and cleanse our minds—bringing every thought into obedience to Jesus Christ: “For although we walk in the flesh, we do not war [our spiritual warfare against sin] according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the overthrowing of strongholds, casting down vain imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ; and having a readiness to avenge all disobedience, whenever your obedience has been fulfilled” (II Cor. 10:2-6).

Overcoming Satan the Devil: Also, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit we are able to overcome Satan the devil, as we yield to God and fight the good fight of faith: “Be humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God so that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you. Be sober! Be vigilant! For your adversary the devil is prowling about as a roaring lion, seeking anyone he may devour. Whom resist, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are being fulfilled among your brethren who are in the world” (I Pet. 5:6-9).

This summary of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is designed for those who are beginning to understand the truth of the Bible and realize that the true New Testament Church is commanded by God to observe His annual feasts.

Again, The Day Jesus the Christ Died and The Christian Passover give the complete meaning of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We will gladly send these books to you at no cost (you may order by e-mail, phone or letter).

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