Passover-Easter Connections Day 3

One of my favorite jokes goes like this: A teacher asks her class to bring something that reminds them of God. The Jewish student brings a Star of David, the Muslim a prayer rug, the Catholic a rosary, and the Baptist a covered dish. 🙂 There is power in a shared meal.

Thinking about Passover- the Seder, the main event, centers around a meal of symbology. 

Egg= the festival sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem, symbol of mourning because of the destruction of the Temple

Bitter herbs= bitterness and harshness of slavery in Egypt

Shank bone= reminder of the lamb’s blood & sacrifice

Charoset= represent the mortar used to build while slaves

Parsley= dipped in salt water to remember the tears

The Seder is meant to be done together with family, friends- a shared experience. I think 1 of the reasons it is commanded to observe this rich with meaning festival every year is so that the work of God and miracle of the exodus cannot be forgotten.

“Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation.” [Exodus 12:17]
What was Jesus doing during the Last Supper? Celebrating Passover! 

“Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it.

Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” [Luke 22:15-20]

Similarly, a reason Jesus commands us to do this [Communion] is so that we will not forget the events around His death. Let us never take lightly Jesus’ self-sacrifice or the need for His sacrifice- sin.

“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.” [1Peter 2:24-25]

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” [James 5:16]


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