Learning to Celebrate Passover

Before this week is over, I need to write about an amazing opportunity that Sean and I had a couple of weeks ago to attend a Passover dinner at a friend’s house.

Unfortunately, Sean and I were far too busy soaking up the yummy charoset all that we were learning to take any pictures! We were both completely fascinated by the entire dinner and it was an amazing way to enter into the Easter season with a greater understanding of God’s plan for our Messiah.

We are in no way experts on Jewish tradition, so instead of outlining what we did and why we did it…I thought it would just be better to share some of the verses that were shared with us.

“This is the day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate [Passover] as a festival to the Lord – a lasting ordinance.” Exodus 12:14

The Israelites were called to do 3 things:

  1. Believe God
  2. Act on their faith
  3. Receive life because of the covering of the blood of the Lamb

“Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:24-25

We are called to the same obedience by faith today. What a blessed reminder of His sacrifice on our behalf and of grace by faith alone.

“…Observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'” Exodus 12:25-27

So much of the ceremony was focused on teaching children about the goodness of the Lord. There were games (you can bet that Sean and I got competitive) and dramatic storytelling – all centered on teaching the story of God. It was such a good example of the importance of sitting and talking about God together as a family. This had a deep impression on both of us, and is definitely something we will need to learn to put into practice when we have kids of our own.

We learned a lot about the symbolism of the ceremony, including the significance of the four cups that we drank during our dinner. It was so interesting to learn the meaning behind each of the glasses, which stand for things like redemption and deliverance, and to consider the new meaning that Christ placed on them during the Lord’s Supper.

I’ve always been fascinated by Jewish tradition (Lauren Winner = I’m a big fan) and I hope to study Passover a bit more on my own in week’s to come.

This week, I’m thankful for the blood of the Lamb. And for freedom.

“Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” Psalm 118:19-24


3 thoughts on “Learning to Celebrate Passover

  1. Mike

    Awesome! We are so fascinated with Passover as well. It’s so beautiful to see why Jesus did and said what He did at the Last Supper and how cool it is that His disciples understood what the significance of it all was. I really want to experience this tradition.

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