Five years ago, I had no idea what a Passover Seder Dinner was. I am not Jewish, and I only know one Jewish person- my BFF, Alli. I noticed a lot of Christians talking about attending one, but to be honest, I didn't get it. And then we were invited to one. My biggest concern, was that I was about to attend a two hour meal with littles in tow, one of which I knew could not sit still for two full hours, while the reading of the Haggadah was taking place. The lovely hostess reassured me in every possible way, reminding me that Jewish families have been celebrating Passover for over two thousand years, and if it hadn't worked with many small children, the tradition (I know that's the wrong word) probably wouldn't still be going strong.
We attended a Christian Passover, (which is to say that we see Jesus as the fulfillment of everything while we are celebrating- we no longer wait for our redeemer.) and my eyes were wonderfully opened to something that's been there all along- a rich tapestry of symbolism and meaning that forms the very base for those of us who have chosen the Christian faith. I'm by no means an expert on any of this, but after that first Passover, we were hooked and have hosted one ever since. You see, Passover was what Jesus was celebrating during that "last supper."
During the Passover meal, the plan of Jesus coming as our ultimate rescue, with the intent of leading us to the Promised Land unfolds in bits and pieces. The re-telling of the Exodus is told, tasted in symbolic food elements, read about, and God is praised. At another point in the meal, three pieces of Matzo (unleavened bread, leaven of course representing sin) are taken, and one is separated, set apart, hidden, wrapped in a white cloth, hidden, and then later found by children who receive a sweet reward when they return to the table.
The Matzo itself has been pierced, striped and later broken (symbolism anyone?) and shared so we all may eat some. (Communion) Four cups of juice are drank throughout the meal, each one for a different purpose and with praise and thanks to God who delivers us. If you are looking for resources to host your own, Google is full of Christian Seder how-to's. (I hate that phrase by the way, but I don't know how else to say it.) I don't want to recommend one unless I've taken the time to fully read through it, but again, there are many options out there and they will walk you through the readings, the meal, and the elements needed for this Feast.
There are different elements of sweet symbolism woven throughout the entire meal, and each time something new strikes my heart and makes me marvel at the depth of His love and plan for us all. As Christians, we are not required to celebrate this, but the sweetness that follows when you do, is undeniable, so if you are on the fence and considering attending or hosting one, I encourage you to jump in. It's a beautiful ceremony and you will most certainly be blessed far beyond what I am inadequately able to describe, but I do hope this answers (at least in part) some of the great questions you guys have been asking of me.
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