“6 Passover Symbols That Might Change How You Look at Easter,” Ensign, April 2018
I love Easter, a holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ freeing the children of God from the bondage of death and hell.
But 1,500 years before the Resurrection, a similar holy day commemorated Jehovah freeing the children of Israel from their bondage in Egypt.
Easter remembers the Savior’s atoning sacrifice; Passover foreshadowed it. Together, they can deepen our understanding of the Resurrection. Below are just a few connections between Passover and Easter:
2. Jesus is the Bread of Life, in whom there is no impurity (see John 6:35).
3. Bitter herbs, a symbol of the Israelites’ bondage, accompanied the Passover feast (see Exodus 12:8).
4. The Passover feast was to be eaten in haste (see Exodus 12:11).
4. The Savior’s body was prepared in haste for burial (see John 19:31).
5. Believers who painted the blood of the lamb on their door frames were saved from physical death (see Exodus 12:7, 13).
5. Believers who “apply the atoning blood of Christ” (Mosiah 4:2) to their lives through repentance and sacred ordinances can be saved from both spiritual and physical death.
6. The day after the firstborn were slain, freedom was declared to the captive Israelites (see Exodus 12:29–32).
6. The day after the Firstborn of the Father was slain, Jesus declared freedom to those captive in the spirit world (see D&C 138:18, 31, 42).