We are Christians and our family has been celebrating the Jewish feast of Passover for three decades. Passover in Hebrew is “Pesach” and it means "the telling." It is a time when our family comes together over a meal and remembers not only the story of the great deliverance of the Israelites from bondage of slavery, but our own deliverance as Christians. Tonight we celebrate our great deliverer, Jesus Christ, who was crucified, died, was buried and then rose from the dead. He took our place as sinners and now we can live forever in eternity with Him.
In Exodus, Chapter 12, instructions were given to each household to select a lamb that was at least a year old (at its prime), unblemished and kept for four days until it was sacrificed by roasting it whole. The blood of the lamb was placed on the doorposts of their homes so that the death angel would pass over their families.
In comparison, Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God who delivered us from eternal death and forgave our sins by dying on the cross when He was in His prime, at the age of 33, and none of His bones were broken.
The Seder meal means “order.” Prayers and scriptures are read by those at the table. The dinner is formal with white tablecloth and fresh flowers and multi courses. This year our menu will be:
Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
Mixed Green Salad
Cross Rib Roast
Garlic Flavored Quinoa
As I light the candles to commence our Passover Seder, I will be thinking of Jesus and His great sacrifice for mankind. Just as Moses instructed each household to take responsibility for their unblemished lamb, I am praying that our family will be responsible and reflect on all the things Jesus delivered us from this past year. Praise Jesus Christ, our perfect sacrifice!
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