Reblogged from Scriptural Postscript:
The Feast of Passover, Pesah, meaning “to pass over, to spare,” is so named for two reasons. First, on the night the Hebrews escaped from their Egyptian slave masters, an angel of the Lord traversed the land, killing the firstborn child and beast of every house, except those houses sprinkled with the blood of the paschal lamb (Ex 12:23). Thus, the angel passed over the Hebrews, sparing their firstborn. Second, Pesah derives its name from the fact that the Hebrews passed through the sea as if on dry land, with walls of water to their right and left (Ex 14:21-22).
Passover has additional significance for Christians. The Greek word Pascha is akin to pascho, meaning “to experience something painful,” as did Christ in His Passion, His suffering and death. Moreover, Christ passed from this world to the next, as the Hebrews passed through the sea to freedom. Christians follow Christ through such a passage, either by spiritually dying to sin, or by physically dying the death of a martyr, as is written, “We have passed through fire and water, yet You have brought us to a place of abundance” (Ps 66:12), or by desiring heavenly things, as the Lord beckoned, “Come to me, all who desire me, and be filled with my fruits” (Sir 24:26).