Passover; Our Covenant Connection
Every year in the spring on the 14th of the Biblical month of Nisan, we gather together to observe and celebrate the Festival of Redemption known as פסח - Pesach or Passover in English. Using all of our five senses we retell the story of the Exodus, in which God Himself promised to be personally involved in the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. “I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm…” (Exodus 6:6) This celebration of telling the story is known as a Seder meal.
The name Passover comes from Exodus 12 where God told the Israelites to apply the blood of a lamb on the doorposts and lintels of the houses where they were. The blood protected them from the judgement of God, in the form of the death of the firstborn, which would come over the entire land of Egypt.
It is fascinating to realize that what is often referred to as the last supper was in fact a Passover Seder. (Luke 22:15) As Messianic believers we remember that it was also on Passover that we were redeemed and set free from spiritual slavery to sin “…with precious blood like that of a lamb without defect or spot, the blood of Messiah” (1 Peter 1:19) Through the blood of Messiah God Himself was once again personally involved in our redemption! Through the power of God, Messiah also rose from the dead during Passover week on another of the appointed times called the day of the First Fruit Offering. (Lev 23:9-11) Passover is a powerful connection for all believers between the first redemption, the Exodus from Egypt, and the second redemption, the new covenant in Messiah (Jeremiah 31:30)
During the Passover Seder it is traditional to declare avadim hayeinu ata b’nei chorin – once we were slaves but now we are free! This year may we all have a meaningful and happy Passover!
Passover Seder Checklist
Below is a list of the essential items you will need to celebrate Passover.
Grape juice enough for 4 cups per person
Matzah (Unleavened bread)
*Both of the above items are available in supermarkets with Kosher section. Note: These two are the most important in relation to what is known as communion.
Two Candles and box of matches
Shank bone of a lamb. (either purchase lamb shank, roast and eat the meat, or ask your local butcher for just the shank bone)
Maror - Hebrew for Bitter herbs. You can use prepared horseradish in beet juice. It should be strong
Sprigs of parsley at least one per person
Bowl of salt water
Romaine lettuce or celery
One roasted egg
Charoset – mixture of apples, honey, nuts or almonds, wine or grape juice
There are literally thousands of recipes for this online. Almost every family makes their own recipe.
Seder plate (Can be purchased in Judaica store or online. There is a wide range of styles and prices)