“We, therefore, observe the genuine day; neither adding thereto nor taking therefrom.”
It was the word of Polycrates of Ephesus in a letter to Victor, the bishop of the church of Rome (Eusebius Pamphilus, Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, pp. 208-209.) In the second Passover Controversy in 197 AD, Polycrates said,
The Roman Bishop Victor insisted that the churches should adopt the Roman practice of celebrating Easter instead of the Passover, and compelled all the churches to accept the Dominical Rule. The churches in the West agreed to follow the Rule, but the churches in the East which were the foundation of the Christian Church greatly opposed his insistence. Despite the intimidation of Victor, Polycrates strongly emphasized that the Passover should be celebrated.
However, the Passover completely disappeared after the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. After around 1,600 years since then, we are now performing the movement to restore the Passover.
As Polycrates risked his life to celebrate the Passover by saying “we ought to obey God rather than man,” we must follow the laws of God rather than the rules of men. Let’s remember the word of Jesus who established the Passover of the New Covenant with the bread and wine which represents His flesh and blood:
Let’s keep the Passover, the feast of life together.