Next to Hanukkah, Passover is one of our favorite holidays of the year! Becuase we are beleivers in Jesus Christ and understand that HE is the messiah, Passover has an incredibly deep meaning to us. Everything in the Sedar and in the preparations point to the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled during His time on earth.
Before Passover, you are supposed to clean out your home getting rid of anything that contains “leaven”. It’s also tradition to hide several pieces of bread around the house for the little kids to find. However, only the father can remove the leven from the house, so he has to dispose of the bread peices that he hid for the kids to find.
Exodus 12:15 “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.”
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
This is a beautiful illustration to the kids that it is God the Father alone who can take away sin and He did that through His son Jesus Christ!
As the Sedar (meaning order – of the passover ceremony) progresses, we follow the traditional Haggadah (text that is read and recited on Passover), but with a Judeo-Christian twist.
The Haggadah is a telling of what happened when God led the Israelites out of Eqypt from their bondage.
– We partake of 4 cups of sparkling cider during the Passover at very specific times. These are symbolic and each stand for somthing (Sanctification, Deliverance, Redemption & Praise). Some are drank before the Passover meal and some after. When Jesus met with his disciples at the Last Supper, they were eating and drinking at the Passover Sedar. This is when Jesus said this was his body broken for them, and his blood shed for mankind.
– We wash our hands.
– We read the story in Exodus of when the Israelites were freed from salvery from the hand of the Egyptians. This is usually paraphrased in a really fun way that includes props that the kids have gathered.
– We go through the elements on the Sedar plate. Each one represents part of the story of Israel’s great deliverence by YHWH
– We take 3 pieces of matzot bread and break the middle piece, hiding the larger part of it to be found later on during the evening. This represents Jesus, whose body was broken and buried, later to be ressurrected.
– The kids get to ask 4 questions that give Alex the opprotunity to teach them what the Bible says. These questions are:
(1) Why on all other nights during the year do we eat leavened bread, but on this night we only eat matza?
(2) Why is it that on all other kinds we eat all kinds of vegetables, but on this night we eat bitter herbs?
(3) Why is it that on all other nights we do not dip our food, but on this night we dip them?
(4) Why is is that on all other nights we dine either sitting upright or reclining, but on this night we all recline?
– We eat a large feast
– We end the night with a watching of the movie the Ten Commandments
And becuase my husband is self-employed, we usually make the day after Passover and “extra” Sabbath day where we sleep in and enjoy a day of no chores and no work!