Saturday I joined almost 60 Christians in observing Passover. It was a fascinating experience to participate for the first time in a ceremony that has been practiced for 3500 years.
In preparation for Passover, Jews look for leaven in their home and then burn it. Christians have altered some of the rituals. For example, I was instructed to write on a piece of paper the sins (or leaven) in my life and then this sheet was burned.
I was asked to fast before Passover and to wear a white shirt for the occassion and learned that white clothing symbolizes death. In ancient times Jews wore clothing at Passover that resembled a burial shroud.
Each of us had a copy of the Haggadah which is a text of instructions and commentary on how to observe Passover. This booklet has been translated into English by multiple scholars.
We recited Jewish prayers.
Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.
Eventually we got to the part where we were able to eat. Parsley dipped in salt water does not satisfy hunger. Matzah, the unleavened bread, is sometimes used in church communion services. Matzah was eaten with horseradish (I will never understand people that like horseradish) and charoset (a mixture of apples and nuts). Shank bones are a reminder of Jesus, the sacrificial lamb. Some people claim that Easter eggs are of pagan origin, however, eggs are also a part Passover. Both wine and grape juice were available.
Before celebrating this event, Passover was a mystery and even now, I still have questions. I wonder when Jesus will celebrate Passover again.
On the night that Jesus was arrested, Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples.
Jesus said, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." - Luke 22:15-16 NLT
Perhaps Jesus will celebrate this event when He is united with his bride, the Church.
And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb." And he added, "These are true words that come from God." - Revelation 19:9 NLT