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Passover

March 15, 2015

Passover Seder Plate, Photographer Nikola Herwig (CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated)

As most readers know, Passover is a religious festival commemorating the release of the Hebrews from bondage in Egypt. It begins this year on April 3, 2015.

Nine plagues had fallen on Egypt, but still pharaoh’s heart remained hardened against the Hebrews. Before the tenth plague, the Hebrews were warned to mark the posts and lintels of their houses with lamb’s blood, and partake of a meal with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. That same night, the Egyptian firstborn succumbed to death.

It was the Passover meal which Christ shared with His disciples shortly before His crucifixion. This is the meal Christians call The Last Supper. The lamb’s blood with which the Hebrews had marked their doorposts and lintels foreshadowed Christ’s own death on the cross.

“ ‘And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover’ ” ( Ex. 12: 11).

Lord, we were not there with You on that last Passover. But we partake of the communion meal, in remembrance of You.  And we long for Your presence in our lives.

We know that those who believe in You are covered by Your blood, Lord; that our sins have been washed away by Your perfect sacrifice.

Be as food and drink to us, Lord — the Bread of Life and Cup of Salvation. Place in us as great a thirst for Your Word as deer have for flowing streams. Then fill us to the brim with the living water only You can provide.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.

Amen

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2 Comments
  1. So rich and so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, what a blessing. In the Passover meal (Seder) there is so much of the Messiah in it. It is one of the most beautiful of holidays. Blessings to you.

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