Many Christians don’t understand the significance and blessing of the Passover, but view it as a relic meant just for Jews. However, Christians celebrated Passover hundreds of years after Christ death and resurrection. It wasn’t until Constantine began separating Jews and Christians that “Easter” was created and demands that Christians stop entering into Passover. What a loss for us as Christians!
We are not obligated to celebrate Passover, but just as you don’t have to celebrate your birthday, it sure is fun to do so! Each symbol of the Passover so speaks of Jesus! Its a joy to understand new depths of who He is and what He did for us!!!
In looking at the Passover Seder, much prayers and blessings and Psalms are spoken in a fun, family atmosphere. And don’t forget the food! There’s such a richness to this holiday and is the basis for the Lord’s Supper or communion. (If you’ve never been part of a Seder, we are celebrating Passover on March 27, 6-9pm. Join us by clicking here to register!)
Throughout the Seder there are prayers of blessings, over the matzah, grape juice, etc, but I especially appreciate the blessing of the children. (see blog on Blessing our Children for more). It is the same blessing spoken over them each week on Shabbat.
Many of the Psalms are read, including Psalm 113-118 – what strikes me most about this is one particular verse in Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Jesus said that knowing that day would be the most difficult day of his life, betrayed, tortured, death. And in the following verses (27) “Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” And knowing He was that sacrifice!
The Passover ends with a declaration “Next year in Jerusalem!” For us, we remember Jesus’ words that He would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He drinks it with us new in his Father’s kingdom! (Matthew 26:29). Our cry is “Next year in the New Jerusalem!” Even so, come Lord Jesus!