Sunday, March 31, 2013

"Next year in Jerusalem!"

2012's Passover seder was quiet and just plain sweet. 2013's was a little rowdy and very joyful.   Any excuse to host a crowd in my new house!

This is turning into my favorite tradition. 

The rug was necessary. For corralling purposes. 

A couple of people have asked me why we do a seder every year. We're not Jewish. What's the point? 

I want to redeem our holidays - our holy days - and teach my kids that yes, candy and presents and decorations and special activities are good, even important things...but they're not the point.

Jesus is the point.

We celebrate Passover because Jesus celebrated Passover. In fact, the famous "last supper" of Christ before He was betrayed was a seder. The prophesies and symbolism woven throughout a traditional seder were made real by Jesus, our ultimate sacrificial Lamb. 

There would be no Easter without Good Friday. No resurrection without the crucifixion. I want to remember the betrayal, torture, and murder of Jesus - on my behalf - that makes His resurrection and eternal love so sweet. 

Our Passover celebrated being adopted into God's family and, I hope, showed our kids how amazing that gift is.

She's a natural. It was slightly disturbing. (At least it was grape juice.)

The kids were really focused. I was impressed.

Just as the middle piece of the bread of affliction is broken, Jesus, too, was afflicted and broken. One half of this matzah is called the afikomen - “that which comes after” -  the dessert. We wrap it in a white cloth just as Jesus’ body was wrapped for burial.

Just as I have hidden the afikomen, so Jesus was placed in a cave, hidden for a time.  And just as the afikomen will return later on to complete our Passover seder, so Jesus rose from the dead to appear unto many.

Katelyn found the afikomen after a lively post-lunch hunt.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His love endures forever. 

I'm so thankful for that. 

Next year in Jerusalem!

Here are some links if you're interested in celebrating Passover next year:

This is a great starting place. Our seder is partially based on her free printable.

Messianic Haggadah: A Passover Seder by Jackson H. Snyder II
A more traditional seder, from which we also borrowed. 

Not technically kosher. Which is ok for my family, because we're not technically Jewish.

I only put what we needed for the seder through the food processor. The rest we ate as a side dish at lunch. This stuff is delicious. 

My platter is from Dayspring's discontinued "I Am" line.

xo, Melissa