Saturday, April 11, 2009

Passover Seder Meal

As we continue to try with "family traditions"...this Easter has been a reminder that some traditions, unlike the Christmas tree hunting, will stick,"accidentally", and bring a blessing to us that we never expected! 

Last year we tried to make Easter more about Jesus' story....Salvation....the Good news!  We invited friends and neighbors over for Easter lunch...and decided we would do Mediterranean food...with Lamb...and celebrate our "Lamb of God".  We will do it again tomorrow.  But remembering the great experience that was, we added this year and "accidentally" so much "sight" has come to the true meaning of Easter.  Some of our friends weren't able to join us for Sunday, so we decided to do a passover meal with them to prepare all of our hearts together for Easter.

So Thursday we held the "Passover Seder Meal" with those we call "family" here in Austin.  It was an experience that I can't describe in words.  To celebrate the Passover as believers is an amazing experience!   The passover is a meal order the Jewish people celebrate. It tells the story of the great exodus and God's hope for salvation.   For a Jew, the 3rd glass of wine is left well as the last piece of Matzo (flatbread) hopes that Elijah will come and tell of the coming Messiah....They wait still for the Messiah....

But get this!  The night before Jesus was crucified, he had passover meal with the disciples and he took the bread and cup that was normally left and broke it and made it a "remembrance of Him". (our now communion)  What must those disciples have thought?!  WOW!  For them to dip the cup and take from Jesus that night was to say "I will follow you....I believe you are the Messiah"....or they were committing a horrible act as a Jewish man.

The passover was a sweet time to come to realization of our story of salvation....or "exodus from Egypt"  and prepare our hearts for celebrating Easter!  We look forward to having a passover Seder each year! Sometimes, things just "accidentally" come our way with family traditions. =)



Ashleigh Carroll said...

What a great idea! Next year, if you more details about how to prepare one. So great.

jenredrose said...

amazing! what does the meal consist of?

Shana said...

Great, great post. I came here via Team Walkley a couple of months ago. She told me that you always have great insights into parenting.

I love that you celebrated the passover and that the Lord gave you new revelation into that. I never knew that either and am deeply touched by the Holy Spirit at what it truly meant for the Lord to take the bread and the cup. Wow!

Wes Bridel said...

Sounds like a beautiful tradition. We are preparing now for Shabbat Dinner (the Sabbath starts at sundown on fridays as prescribed in the Bible) and are leaving soon to celebrate Shavuot (the 2nd of the 3 majore feasts that is also rich in New Covenant meaning) We have some cool (at least I think so :) posts coming up next week on this subject HERE. Thanks for the great post. I haven't celebrated in this way yet, but I know that the more I celebrate my faith in the way that Jesus did, the more rich my life with Him becomes!