Judaism is a religion based on memory. Always, from one festival to the next, Jews are reminded of what brought them to the land of Israel after so many years, and how they have survived for four thousand years. Passover then is a day entirely of memory!
Passover is also considered the Crowning Jewel of Judaism, making up one of the first of the three great annual festivals. Passover is held in Nisan 14th to the 21st, but the entire spiritual year was calibrated by it. During this time all of the Jewish people were required to leave their homes and gather in Jerusalem.
Passover first became known by several distinct passages in Exodus and Deuteronomy. From its original intention, the unleavened bread, and the first-born sanctified, are mentioned as well as the paschal lamb. In Exodus 23: 14-19, we see the paschal lamb as, “My Sacrifice,” and the feast called “unleavened bread.” The redemption of the first-born is also noticed in Exodus 8:8 and 24:18-20. From the book of Deuteronomy 26:1-8, the command is given to keep the Passover in Jerusalem. Then in Exodus 5:1, “And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.”
It is the Passover, however, that Yeshua used, to frame the final days of His ministry. It would also come to be celebrated as the communion, or Lords Supper. The Passover Seder is filled with symbolism and drama, and is very much like a play that retells a story. Passover recounts the miracles of the Israelites rescue from Egypt. Each section in this mini-book is introduced not by Chapter headings, but as Acts in a play, as each act correlates to a different portion in the Seder meal.