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Next month Jews and Christians alike will celebrate Passover, the holiday that recognizes and remembers the Lord’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt. In 2017, Passover begins on Monday, April 10th at sundown and continues until sundown on Tuesday, April 18th. It is a time of great celebration, for Jesus died on the cross during the Passover week in Israel, becoming the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world. It is a special time for children, as they learn the story of the Exodus and participate in the seder, the traditional ceremony of the holiday. Here’s how to celebrate a Messianic Passover with your Christian family.
Seder means “order,” because the celebration of Passover is done in a particular order. It is a time both of solemnity and joy, of reflection and celebration. We remember that God is our deliverer, not only of the Jews when they were in captivity in Egypt, but also our deliverer from slavery to sin. If you’ve never keep Passover as a Christian, there’s no better time to start than now!
Here are some links that will take you to several Haggadah sites (the “telling”), where you can see and adapt them to your own family’s Messianic Passover needs. At our home, we celebrate Passover with a traditional seder, changing a few things to more closely reflect the reality of what Jesus accomplished in fulfilling this important feast. For instance, we do not serve lamb, as the lamb was the sacrificial animal. Since Jesus was the last sacrifice, we do not participate in another sacrificial lamb. The traditional seder plate contains a shank bone from a lamb. We substitute a small wooden cross to commemorate Jesus’ sacrifice. Nor do we recline to eat the meal, but this is because we have a bar-height table that does not allow for that particular position. We do eat part of the seder meal standing. We also do not set a place for Elijah, as Jesus said (in speaking of John the Baptist), “But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished.” Mark 9:13. However, we leave the front door open for the foreigner and stranger to join us (you can invite them in).
Here are some more resources to help you build a new tradition of Passover for your Christian family.
The Messianic Passover Seder Preparation Guide
Messianic Jewish Family Bible (this is the Bible I use)