Hope Rising

Friday, April 6, 2012


I began a tradition with my son last year of celebrating Passover. While preparing the meal this week, I felt a sense of frustration. I work for a church, and this is one of our busiest times of year as we get ready for Easter services.

But as all the little details--the Seder plate, the salt water, the extra place setting for Jesus, the candles--were coming together, I remembered why I feel this is important.

The ritual washing of hands reminds us how the Priests washed in a basin before they could come into God's presence (Ex. 30:17-21).  We believe this practice points to Jesus, who washes away our sins so that we can draw near to God. (Heb. 10:22)

Jesus was celebrating Passover in the upper room with His disciples as God had commanded the Israelites to do when they left Egypt.  It was at that special Passover meal that the first communion was taken. The bread, a symbol of His body, broken. The wine (in our case, kid-friendly grape juice :)), representing His blood, sipped.  The rich meaning behind every detail of the Seder meal is a beautiful reminder that Jesus, the Messiah, has come, that He died and, most importantly, rose again.  This dinner helps us prepare our hearts for the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Dipping of the parsley: the first dip refers to the tears shed by the Israelites while they were slaves in Egypt.  The second dip refers to the drowning of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea and the miraculous deliverance God provided for Israel.  In 1 Cor. 10:1-2, Paul compares the crossing of the Red Sea to baptism, which symbolizes redemption from sin.
That is why my family will do "this" in remembrance of Him.

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