Spiritual Sundays ~ Shalom!
On Monday at sunset we will celebrate our Jewish Roots for the 27th year with a Passover Seder. We have a lot of memories over the years and I always look forward to eating this special meal with its unique foods and order of celebration.
One of my favorite memories over the years is the hiding of the Afikomen matza. The Rabbi, or my husband in our home, places three pieces of matza (unleavened bread) in three pockets of a bag called the Afikomen. The Afikomen is placed on the table with other elements. At the beginning of the Seder, the rabbi removes the middle matza, breaks it in half, and hides the half in a linen napkin somewhere in the room. Towards the end of the night, just after the Seder meal is eaten, the rabbi turns to the youngest person, usually a child, and asks him to find the hidden matza. He then rewards the child usually with some chocolate candy. We’ve asked Jewish people why this is part of the ritual and most reply that they do not know what it represents. I’ve read that because the meal is lengthy with scripture readings and songs and food, younger children get sleepy and the ritual gives them something to look forward to with excitement.
My husband teaches that the Afikomen represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The middle piece, or the Son, is Jesus. He was broken and died for the sins of men. He was buried in a linen cloth and rose from the dead. Jesus set us free! When we think of the Passover Seder representing our freedom, we pause here and reflect on our Savior (as the child discovers the broken piece of unleaved bread, matza, hidden.) My husband teaches that our Passover Seders are complete because we know what our savior represents. The youngest in the group, even a small child, can find him.
Isn’t it just like Jesus to be found so easily that even a child can receive Him? In fact he tells us that in order to inherit the kingdom of God we must become like a child!
Then he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Matt 18:3, The New Living Translation
As we enter into the Passover holiday, we are praying for those who need a savior and that they will find Jesus. We are praying for the peace and protection of Jerusalem.
Spiritual Sundays is hosted by Charlotte and Ginger.