The First Passover and now today’s Messianic Passover Seder
Wednesday was about the First Passover from Exodus 12 and the need to obey God’s instructions as the 10th and final plague came upon Egypt resulting the freeing of the Israelites. Today Passover is still celebrated by Jews with a Passover Seder. Jewish believers in Jesus as the Messiah practice a Messianic Passover Seder.
What is a Seder? From Dictionary.com a Seder is
a ceremonial dinner that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and includes the reading of the Haggadah and the eating of symbolic foods, generally held on the first night of Passover by Reform Jews and Jews in Israel and on both the first and second nights by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside of Israel.
While that definition is technically correct, preferred is the following found here.
The Seder is a feast that includes reading, drinking wine, telling stories, eating special foods, singing, and other Passover traditions.
While that definition is technically correct, preferred is the following found here, the Seder
it is held after nightfall on the first night of Passover (and the second night if you live outside of Israel), the anniversary of our nation’s miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago.
You may be wondering/asking what this has to do with us as Christians. Great question! Key for us is to remember is
[Jesus’] “Last Supper” was a Passover meal and seems to have followed much the same order as we find in the Mishnah. …
The early Jewish believers in Jesus considered him the fulfillment of the Passover lambs that were yearly sacrificed. Thus Paul, a Jewish Christian who had studied under Rabbi Gamaliel, wrote, “Messiah, our pesach, has been sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7). John in his gospel noted that Jesus died at the same time that the Passover lambs were being slaughtered in the Temple (see John 19:14) and that like the Passover lambs, none of his bones were broken (the others being crucified had their leg bones broken by the Romans—John 19:32, 33, 36). The idea behind all this was that just as the Israelites were redeemed from Egyptian slavery by an unblemished lamb, now men could be freed from slavery to sin by the Messiah, the Lamb of God. (source here)
Today there are numerous Jews who accept Jesus as the Messiah perhaps well over two million under various names and organizations although most fall under the umbrella title Jews for Jesus and are known as Messianic Jews. Further Messianic Jews remember at Passover
what Yeshua did for us through His death and resurrection that gave us freedom from a captivity to sin that is even more powerful than that of the Hebrews to Pharaoh. …
One of the most exciting elements of the Passover Seder for Messianic Jews is the symbolism found in the Afikomen, a special piece of matzah broken during the Seder and hidden to be “revealed” later.
All of this to point out Passover Seder is still practiced with much symbolism pointing directly to Jesus as the last Passover Lamb. Our church will have a Seder meal in April with a Messianic Jew as our ‘master of ceremony’ to go through all of the symbolism pointing to Jesus as the last Passover Lamb. If you ever have a chance to attend such an event, it is easy to recommend you attend. And yes, Jesus obeyed and became the perfect sacrifice.