How to Find Christ in the Passover


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matzah001-main_full3 Matzah is served during the Passover Seder.

Introduction

Ask most Christians why the Jews celebrate Passover and they’ll recall scenes from the movie, saying that they’re glad that they don’t have to do this kind of thing anymore. What they don’t realize is how much of Jesus Christ is actually represented in the Passover Seder itself.

Instructions

Step One

Passover is celebrated in memory of the Jews delivery from Egypt, as commanded in the book of Exodus (Exodus 12). A lamb bone (shank) is placed on the Seder plate. This signifies the sacrificial lamb and blood that was put on the door posts as commanded by God. According to the New Testament, Christ was the lamb that was slain for our sins (John 1:29).

Step Two

Three pieces of matzoth are put together on a special plate. This represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to Christians. Additionally, look at the matzoth. It has holes and stripes–a reminder of the holes that pierced Jesus hands and feet and the beatings that he suffered (Isaiah 53:5, Psalms 22:16).

Step Three

The piece of matzoth that is in the middle is covered with a cloth, broken in half, and that half of it is hidden somewhere in the house (usually in the same or an adjoining room) by an adult. This piece is called the afikomen. Later in the meal, children must search the house to find the afikomen. The Passover Seder cannot continue until it is found.

Step Four

This piece of matzoth is broken into smaller pieces, and everyone at the meal participates in eating a piece of this matzah. This reminds the Christian of communion which was directed by Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19, I Corinthians 11:23-24).

Step Five

Jesus himself made many references to children and the Kingdom of God. Indeed, many people believe that we must become like little children to find God. There are too many references to Christ and children to list all of them, but know that Christ had a heart for children.

Step Six

The word, afikomen, is a Greek word. It means something to the effect of “that which is coming.” Jesus himself was died (broken), buried (hidden), and rose again (found).

Step Seven

During the meal, the door to the home is opened in case the Messiah should grace everyone with His presence. What many do not realize is that the Messiah has already come. He stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20).
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