For The Church
The Jewish people have celebrated the Passover feast for nearly 4000 years! Have you ever thought about how the Jewish people celebrate this wonderful feast of Passover today? Have you ever seen how Christ is exemplified in the Jewish Passover Seder? As the Jewish people celebrate one of their greatest feasts of the year through the Passover Seder, their Messiah is revealed! From the lighting of the Passover candles, to the reading of the Haggadah and eating of the Afikoman, Christ is unveiled right before their eyes! Let us demonstrate to you how the very Lamb of God is represented through the symbolism of the Passover Seder and the Christian significance! This is truly a great culture education and experience for learning about the Jewish people!
The Passover is one of the ‘appointed times’ God arranged with the Jewish people in order to demonstrate to them and to the world his divine plan of redemption. The Jewish people celebrate Passover to remember how God delivered the nation of Israel from the oppression of the Egyptian captors some 4,000 years ago. Israel had cried out for deliverance from the Egyptians and God devised a plan for their liberation. He told the Jewish families to kill a lamb and apply the blood of that lamb to the doorposts of their homes and when the angel of death ‘passed over’ that night he would not kill the oldest child in the house where the blood was applied. Those who did not comply with God’s directions suffered the loss of their firstborn child. Many Egyptian children died that dreadful night, including the son of the Pharaoh, and Egypt demanded the Jewish people leave their country immediately. God delivered the nation of Israel out of Egypt and God instructed the Jewish people to set aside an annual celebration to remember the miracle God had performed on their behalf.
This momentous event in Israel’s history was not the only purpose God wanted the Jewish people to commemorate this special day. God was setting a divine pattern of redemption that would culminate in the ultimate sacrifice for sin some 2,000 years later. God wanted the people of Israel to be acquainted with the high price of freedom from bondage. God could envision a future ‘Passover’ when He would personally step into human history as the ‘Messiah’ and give his own blood for the sins of mankind. He would hear the cry of the oppressed and offer a substitute for the redemption of the soul. The man or woman that applies the blood of Jesus the Messiah, the ultimate Passover lamb, to the doorposts of their heart and life will be liberated from the bondage of sin and death. It was not mere circumstance that placed Jesus on a rugged Roman cross on Passover day circa A.D. 32. It was the plan of a holy God who requires the blood of a spotless lamb for the payment of sin.
The Passover demonstration displays many intricate details and correlations with the Messiah. From the sequence of events to the empty chair of Elijah, the Passover can be a powerful tool to uplift the glorious work of the Messiah.
We would encourage Pastors and Rabbis alike to invite a JEM representative to come to their congregation and demonstrate the Messiah in the Passover.