This Friday followers of Christ will celebrate “Good Friday” with various meetings, times of Communion and preparation for upcoming Sunday church services (which are typically packed out.) But along with those celebrations millions of Jewish families will gather around the family table for the “Seder” or a Passover Meal.
The Seder is a tradition dating back thousands of years as a celebration of Jehovah’s Deliverance of the Children of Israel from the land of Egypt and the bondage they faced under Pharaoh. The Passover or Pesach, as well as the other Feasts and Festivals of Jewish Tradition, have fascinated me for years, partially because of my Jewish roots but even more because of how they show the intricacy of God’s timetable. I would encourage you all to take some time to study out how all these moments give a glimpse into The Father’s Master Plan.
However today I want to challenge you to hear the Father’s Heart for His People. A people that He delivered in such an extraordinary way, starting with plagues and ending with millions of people crossing the dry land of the Red Sea. As these families gather together to remember the night the Angel “Passed Over” the homes of the Hebrew Children who were protected by “the blood of the Paschal lamb.” My prayer is that they will have a life changing encounter with “The Paschal Lamb for sinners slain!”
If you study the dinner festivities of the Seder, as a follower of Jesus, you can see the Redemption story of Jesus in everything. From the Afokimen, the unleavened Matzoh broken, wrapped in a white linen and hidden until the end of the meal when the children go find it (Sounds kinda familiar to the Resurrection story to me), to the wine cup and empty seat reserved for Elijah, the Forerunner of the Messiah. There is even a point that the children will run to the door and cry out for Elijah to come so that Messiah can come. Oh that they would open their eyes to see the Christ they long for has already come and His Name is Jesus!
He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. (Isaiah 53 excerpts The Message)
So let us, as the people of God, join the Father’s heart to call in those who are lost and see the eyes of His children who are following tradition but missing the Savior open wide to see His Light. The scripture tells us that the message of Christ’s Crucifixion to the Jew is a stumbling block and foolishness to the Greeks, but to those who are Called it’s the Power and Wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:23-24) So we as His people should pray that this Friday the people who once were delivered by the blood on the doorposts would have an encounter with The One who spilled His Blood on a Wooden Cross.
And as we enter this season of bunnies and eggs, let’s remember the True meaning of this moment – “When we were utterly helpless Christ came at JUST THE RIGHT TIME and died for us sinners.” Romans 5:6. He SO Loved the World now let’s do the same! So that His Salvation will be seen in Every Tribe, Every Tongue and Every Nation. We call them back Home to their place at the table.