HAPPY PASSOVER TO ALL WHO LOVE HIM


How To Find Christ In The Passover

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).

Festival of Redemption

Posted on April 1, 2007 by liberty92

This morning, we had a Jews for Jesus missionary speak in service on Christ in the Passover. Did I tell you I love this time of year!? Anyway, the kids & I have been going over the Passover for the last three weeks in preparation. Here’s an outline – skeletal notes…

The Passover is an object lesson God gave us of His Son’s death, resurrection, & second coming. The hero of the Passover for Jews is Moses; for Christians is now Jesus! The Passover meal is geared to the children (four questions, etc.). God commanded His people to celebrate it every year to remember – pass it on to the next generation! Pass on what? That God is faithful, powerful, and redeems us. It is not an accident that this celebration coincides with Resurrection Sunday. It is all one story – His story! Both Communion & Passover are done in remembrance of what God has done.

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Leven Get all leven out of house – get rid of sin. Leven puffs up the bread. Pride is sin & puffs us up. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

Matzah stripes & holes on it = Jesus had stripes on His back & holes in His hands & feet. It is made without leven just as Christ was without sin.

Afikomen the middle piece of matzah taken & broken (the one Jesus used when He said, “This ins My Body broken for you…”), wrapped in a white cloth & hidden. Later, the children look for this & the one who finds it is rewarded. Then the afikomen is broken into olive sized pieces & each take & eat with the third cup of wine (as Jesus did in the Last Supper).

Harosethapples, etc. = mortar the Israelites used in Egypt to make Pharoah’s bricks.

Parsleylike the branches to dip in lamb’s blood on first Passover.

Dip in salt water reminds us of all the tears in Egypt when slaves. A life without redemption is a life with sorrow.

Egg spring, new life. Jesus brings us new life!!

Bone reminds us of the lamb that had to die. The LAMB is GONE! Jesus is the Lamb. He died for our sins. We don’t have to kill lambs for sacrifice anymore!

Bitter HerbsHorseradish – reminds us of the bitterness of slavery. We are slaves to sin without Jesus.

Glass of wine 4 drinks. Jesus did this at the Last Supper.
(Luke 22:19,20) Cup 1= sanctification, 2= cup of judgements/ plagues, 3= redemption (the one at communion), & 4= praise (cup of “Halleh” as in Hallelujah)

Lean on pillows now we are FREE, can sit comfortably, not slaves anymore, in Egypt or to sin! (Jesus & John at the Last Supper)

Open door for Elijah to comeElijah announces the Messiah has come. Some are sadly still waiting. But Jesus has come & He is the Savior, Messiah!! We await His second coming, yet.


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