Summary: Jesus was Jewish. He celebrated the Passover every year he lived on this earth. He is also clearly pictured in all the symbols of Passover and in the message of Passover itself.
The Lamb of God
Exodus 12:1-6, 15
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We are approaching a very special time of the year. The Jews celebrate Passover while Christians observe Easter, the resurrection of Christ.
Both are connected. Passover began in 15th Century B.C. when God called Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt, where they had been enslaved for 400 years. God told Moses to instruct each Israelite family to take a lamb without blemish, sacrifice it, and spread some of its blood on the door posts and lentils of their houses. This would spare the people inside the house from the last plague--the death of the firstborn child--which was sent to the Egyptians for refusing to let God's people go. The Angel of Death would pass over the house that was marked with blood from the Passover lamb.
Jesus was Jewish. He celebrated the Passover every year he lived on this earth.
He is also clearly pictured in all the symbols of Passover and in the message of Passover itself.
(Describe some of the elements of a Seder Supper)
Wine: used various times during the meal (Cup of blessing, Cup of Plagues, Cup of Redemption, Cup of Elijah, Cup of Praise)
Chazaret: Horseradish to remind them of the bitterness of Egyptian bondage
Karpas: Bitter herbs (parsley, celery, or potatoes) dipped in salt water to remind them of the tears of the Israelites
Charloset: a sweet brown mixture of apples, walnuts, honey, & grape juice to remind them of the mortar used by the Isrealite slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt
Zeroa: a roasted lamb or chicken bone to symbolize the Passover lamb whose blood saved those who obeyed
The message of Passover is the promise of Redemption, and the story of Passover is our liberation of bondage from sin. Passover is marked by:
1. A new year; a new beginning Exodus 12:1-2
The feast marks a new year; a new beginning for the Israelites.
Old Testament Israel used two calendars:
• The religious one: marked God’s redemption of Israel from the Egyptians. It began with the new moon prior to the exodus (March or April) and is closely connected to Passover.
• The civil or agricultural one. This became known as Rosh Hashanah It was celebrated at the fall planting of crops (September or October).
Both calendars existed side by side until the Babylonian exile. Afterward, the Jews only used the calendar that begins in the fall.
In Christ, every believer is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Old things and the old life are past.
Exodus 12:15 commanded the Jews to sweep their houses clean of any leavening. The consequences of not doing so were dire.
In Jewish homes today the mother cleans the house and the father inspects for any leaven. If he finds any, he sweeps it into a wooden spoon with a goose feather. All are then placed in a bag, taken to the synagogue, and burned the next morning.