I came across an interesting article on Torah Connections which explores “Why Christians Stopped Celebrating Passover”. In a nutshell, it began with an anti-Jewish bias that developed after 70 AD and culminated in Emperor Constantine’s verdict, “Let us have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd.”
Yet, there were those who continued to be “Quatrodecimans”, that is, they observed the 14th of Nissan, known as Passover. The above article outlines how Polycrates continued in what was passed down to him from John and Polycarp.
Paul had something interesting to say about the night of Jesus’ death:
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
~ 1Co 11:23-24 (NIV)
Paul said, “I received”, but we must remember that he was not present with the other apostles on the night Jesus was arrested. This was years later. Instead, he learned directly from Jesus, apparently when he went to Arabia for about three years (Gal 1:17-18). Paul was doing this “in remembrance” of Jesus’ death “on the night he was betrayed”, i.e., on the anniversary of His death, which is Passover.
There are Christians today who partake in the bread and wine commemorating Jesus’ death on Passover. This Sunday evening, thousands will do so in memorial of Christ’s sacrifice.
Where will you be on that night? Will you be following God’s commandments and keeping the days He set aside (Lev 23)? Or, will you wait and keep a day instituted by a pagan emperor, using symbols borrowed from pagan religions, held on a day that honors the sun god and was never commanded nor condoned by God?