Passover and Easter: Jesus brings it all together

We went to a Seder dinner at our church on Passover. This is a dinner like the ones the Jews had just before God freed them from Egypt; it is a Passover tradition observed by Jews to this day. The Jewish traditions were explained, but more than that, the significance of the symbols and rituals that all point to Jesus’ sacrifice, as Passover foretold Him. It was fascinating. Here are some highlights.

The candle lighted at the beginning of the meal is lighted by a woman. Mary, a common girl of Nazareth, was the one who brought the Son of God, the Messiah, into the world.
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Ten drops of wine or juice on the plate symbolize the 10 plagues God sent on Egypt.

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Parsley dipped in salt water reminds us of the tears of the Jews in slavery, and our sad state when we were slaves to sin.
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Matzah is the unleavened bread used during the Passover season. Jesus brought a new significance to this when He celebrated the Last Supper, which was a Passover meal.

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Wine, or cranberry juice here. Jesus made this an important part of His Passover meal, the Last Supper, as well.
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Horseradish on matzah. This bitter herb reminds us of the bitterness of the Jews’ captivity to Egypt, and ours’ to sin.
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Charoset— apples, nuts and juice, cut up and mixed together to represent the brick mortar the Jews made in slavery.
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And this is the main dinner—green beans, red potatoes, roasted lamb, and more charoset.
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Jesus instituted a new tradition for His followers during the Last Supper. The matzah bread, He said, stands for His body. The wine, for His blood. Christians know this as Communion, and whenever we eat and drink this, we remember Jesus, the perfect Lamb sacrificed for us.

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
-Luke 22:19-20

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The similarities between Passover and Jesus’ death and resurrection are unavoidable. Here are just a few.

Passover: A spotless lamb was needed for the sacrifice.
Easter: Jesus, the sinless Son of God, was sacrificed for us.

Passover: The killing of the lamb on Passover allowed the people to live.
Easter: Jesus’ death on the Cross saved us from eternal condemnation in Hell.

Passover: Whoever applied the blood of the slain Passover lamb to their house was saved from the angel of death.
Easter: Jesus’ blood cleanses us from sin and saves us from Hell.

Passover: On the Seder table were 3 pieces of matzah wrapped in a napkin. Two were taken out, and one was broken, and a part was replaced in the napkin and hidden.
Easter: Jesus was broken and killed for us, wrapped in cloth and buried in the tomb.

Passover: The Jews purged leaven from their homes during the Passover.
Easter: We remove sin from our lives and focus on Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

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.

-1 Corinthians 5:7

But it does not end there. Jesus is the Messiah the Jews were looking forward to, and He demonstrated it by rising from the dead.

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We rejoice because He has risen and conquered sin and death!

…Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
-Romans 1:3-4

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