How fitting it was that Jesus spent the last night of His earthly life celebrating the Passover. If there is any event in the Old Testament that corresponds to the Cross of Christ, it must be the Passover. The details of this historical event are recorded for us in Exodus 11-13. In delivering His people from slavery, God brought judgment on their oppressors, the Egyptians, through the deaths of the first-born males of each household but “passed-over” the Israelites who heeded His command to sprinkle the blood of a lamb on their door frames. And that very night they marched out of Egypt. They had been redeemed.
God never wanted His people to forget this act of deliverance nor the new life they embraced at Mt. Sinai. Consequently, He commanded them to celebrate the Passover Seder every year. Jesus was obedient to His Father right to the very end therefore it is no surprise that we find Him gathered with His disciples on His very last night observing the Passover Seder. In all four Gospels He gathers in the Upper Room to remember how God had delivered His people even as He was preparing to deliver all people through His death on the Cross.
Because it is designed to be a teaching/remembering tool, the many elements of the Passover Seder teach the great truths of deliverance/redemption. This is why it is so appropriate for us as a church to observe a Passover Seder during Holy Week. It is a great opportunity for us to learn the great truths of God’s saving activity. And all the better that we will have Rabbi Nathan Joiner of Ruach Israel, a Christ following synagogue, to lead us and interpret each of the elements. What a great scenario. We get to learn more about the greatest act of love in human history while eating a great meal. Doesn’t get better than that!
The date is Wednesday, April 17. This a family friendly event made even more kid friendly since it is school vacation week, so no school night. We do need to know how many are coming, so please let us know you plan on coming by registering now here
I look forward to remembering with you. I’m already getting hungry!
PS – Some of you have already responded to the challenge to Finish Well. I continue to pray that all of us will excel in the grace of giving and the blessings that come from giving rather than receiving. You can start that journey here…