Exodus 12:14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.”
John 12:12 “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
The Passover celebration has some amazing symbolism built into it for the Christian. It’s amazing because Passover was celebrated for many hundreds of years before Jesus life and ultimate sacrifice.
This Sunday we celebrated with a Passover “Seder”. Traditionally the firstborn fast the day before the Passover. The oldest copy we have is around 1200 BC. The Seder Jesus practiced is likely different than the one practiced today.
We will have 16 steps in our Seder today:
- Search for leaven (Bedikath Chametz)
- Lighting of the candles (Brechat Haner)
- Kiddush – The first cup of blessing.
- Washing of the hands (Urchatz)
- Dipping of the parsley (Karpas)
- Breaking the middle matzah (Yachutz)
- Maggid: The Story (The Pesach – the mouth speaks)
- The Four Questions (Ma-Nishtanah)
- 2nd Cup Deliverance (Makkot)
- Washing of the hands (Rachatz)
- Eating the bitter herbs (Maror)
- Eating of Charoseth “Sweet” (Korekh)
- The Passover Supper (Shulchan Orech)
- The Afikomen “hidden bread” (Tzaphun)
- Third cup of redemption (Ha-Geulah) – Jesus is our redemption. Traditionally, they leave one place setting, chair and cloak setting empty. Why? See Malachi 4:5 “…Behold, I will send you Elijah, the prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible Day of the Lord.”
- The Praises (Hallel) – Drink the last cup of praise
What are some the ways that you see Jesus (Yeshua) fulfilling this Passover Seder?