1. Why Should We Eat This Passover?

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When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired (longed) to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22)

Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)

Jesus longs to eat this meal with you to help you remember Him and what He did for us.
What He did from the beginning of time – to the cross – to what He will do in eternity.

It’s 3 Celebrations in 1

The Feast of Unleavened Bread is 7 days with no yeast – It’s a Fast
Which represents your walk with Jesus day to day with no sin or pride in your life

Passoveris when you taste and see that He is good – every food points to Him and the cross

The Feast of Firstfruits– The resurrection of Jesus and all the saints in Hades – It’s your birthday

The Word Passover

Exodus 12 [in English] On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. [the Hebrew root word is pesach]”

It’s usually translated as “I will pass over, have compassion, or protect”.
William Tyndale invented the word Passover for his first English translation.
It’s inadequate because it focuses on just one aspect of the event: The judgement of Egypt.

P-S/X-CH is a Primitive Root

  • Peh/Pey essentially means word (in this case the Spoken Word of God.)
    Jesus was called “the Word made flesh”
  • Samech means to lean upon, to uphold or to support. The root is part of the word for when the priest would cross his hands (like an x) to lay them on the head of a sacrificial animal to transfer sin to it. In ancient Hebrew the letter s was an X.
  • Because Greek came partly from ancient Hebrew, it is equivalent to the Greek X or chi, which is the letter and symbol of Christos (Christ) – Anointed One.
  • The 3rd letter in Pesach is the (CH). The Hebrew number and letter for 8 is Cheth – it means change. Its pictograph looks like a wall or a boundary.

Here are a few walls that are unique to Pesach:

  • The door covered in blood became a wall that the Destroyer could not enter
  • The Red Sea became a wall to hold back the water to let the Israelites walk thru
  • God became a wall of fire to protect them from the Egyptian army

Beyond Egypt what does Pesach mean?
The Spoken Word of God – By The Christ – Brings Change to a Wall or Boundary

In Egypt, God’s anointed mouthpiece was Moses – He spoke and God brought plagues.But we know Passover was always pointing to Jesus as the Lamb. Since Jesus was the Word of God and the Christ and the Passover Lamb who takes away the sins of the world, then something He said is the real essence of Pesach.

His last word…It is finished…Tetelestai…
when He said it…the curtain/door/wall was forever removed between God and man.

So Pesach isn’t about the angel of death angel in Egypt
but about the Son of God destroying sin and death for humanity
The word Passover is about Egypt…Pesach is about the Kingdom of God

2. Shadows and Types

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Shadows and Types –  Light › Object › Shadow

The shadow is evidence that the object and the light exist even if you can’t see either one

Studying shadows and types like Passover show us how God’s plan for redemption was not an afterthought but in motion from the beginning

Before we knew Him as Yeshua or Jesus – He was the Son of God

Eternal, with no beginning, He was and is and always will be God

We know Passover is a shadow and type of Jesus the Lamb of God on the cross because Jesus told us so

We also know Passover doesn’t begin in Egypt – Revelation 13:8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world

That’s important because that tells us that it’s not JUST a Jewish thing –
It’s a human thing

The fact that He is “Slain” tells us that there is a battle raging from the very beginning (we can expect there to be blood and violence and death)

There are volumes discussing Shadows & Types of Christ / Passover in the Old Testament

The Shadow of Isaac

Isaac Jesus
Only son of promise Only begotten of Father
Carried wood for his own sacrifice Bore His own cross
Submitted willingly to father Submitted willingly to the Father
Problem Issues Problem Issues
To be sacrificed on Moriah Sacrificed outside tne city
His life spared Died on cross

Was Israel ever taken captive and rescued by a lamb?It’s the perfect shadow and type of Passover.
It’s an indirect shadow/type of the cross.

The Shadow of a Wedding

On the 6th day God creates Adam and then later puts Adam to sleep to pull a rib out of his side which eventually becomes his bride Eve.On the cross a spear goes into the side of Jesus and blood and water pour out  

His bride – the church is born

The creation of both Adam and Eve was on Rosh Hashanah the New Year. 2,500 years later a new calendar is created at Passover

We meet the Passover Lamb

3. The Lamb

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In Egypt the Passover is held and the lambs are slain. 1,500 years later Jesus is revealed

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”

Jesus would die at the moment of the Pesach sacrifices.

The Jews were commanded to eat this meal so that their generations would remember the story of redemption – they have the 1st part of the story – Deliverance from Egypt

As Christians we eat because we were saved in the middle of the story

At the cross with the Death and resurrection of Jesus – the Lamb of God

But there is more – we know the end of the story too –

We can look forward past our time to the end of the ages and into eternity

Revelation 5: And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain

Eating Passover isn’t about tradition or law. It’s prophetic.

We are declaring what is to come.

The entire reason we eat Passover is encounter Him.

Why does Passover exist?

He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” He sees our sins as our enemies. Micah 7:19 describes a sea of forgetfulness.

Passover in Egypt changed everything about sacrificial offerings and everything about their relationship to God.

Before then, God walked through the pieces of the sacrifice with Abram, or they placed it on an altar and burned it entirely. For the first time the people were told to eat the sacrifice.
Why, because Jesus was the Passover Lamb

The Passover meal is not a sacrifice that you can just watch burn
It has to enter you, to become one with you, to save you. It’s Personal
Passover is the one time of year we must forget that we are all unique.
Passover is never about what “someone” did back then.  
It’s about what happened to “me” in Egypt and in the Garden of Eden, etc.

Passover isn’t a history story, It’s a realization that you are in the story and the story is about you.
There is one man/woman and they need a Savior.
That one person is you. You need a Savior. Nothing else is more relevant.

4. Choosing a Lamb

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On the 10th day, Palm Sunday, four days before Passover,
every family obtained a lamb so they could inspect it
to make sure that it was “without spot or blemish.” This allowed each family to become attached to their lamb,

In Exodus 12:3 God says, every man shall take for himself a lamb.”

Then in Exodus 12:5 God says, Your lamb shall be without blemish.”

It’s now your lamb.

But then in Exodus 12:6 God refers to “the” Lamb of God, as if there was only one: “You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall slaughter him (אתוֹ) at twilight.

This word “Him” in Hebrew is Aleph-Tav (את) Vav (ו), which specifically identifies the “him” as the “First and Last”.

In Egypt the lambs were to be publicly sacrificed by the “whole assembly.”
Each family was to apply the blood of their lamb to the doorpost as a sign of their faith in the Lord
The Passover Lamb was the first sacrifice that Israel, as a nation, was commanded to make.

The 10th Day is Palm Sunday

For four days, Jesus appeared for inspection among the people before His crucifixion.

Jesus was thoroughly examined and proved Himself perfect, without defect.

  • “…the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching” (11:18)
  • “…(the Pharisees and Herodians) were amazed at him” (12:17)
  • “Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, ‘I find no basis for a charge against this man.’” (Luke 23:4)

Peter declared Jesus, a “lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:19)

When He entered Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate, “the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Why did they choose these words? The word “Hosanna” in Hebrew is “Hoshia Na” or literally “save, please” and is part of the Hallel (Psalms113-118).

These were the songs of praise and thanksgiving always used during this Feast. Jesus would read from the Hallel during the Last Supper and He would hear it echoing over and over while He hung on the cross, as it was chanted by the priests as they slaughtered hundreds of thousands of lambs.

“This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous shall enter.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”

5. The Symbols of Passover

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The First Symbol You Remove: Leaven

You Remove It From The House The Day Before Passover (The 14th)
So It’s A Symbol That Not Really Present,
But The Fact That It’s NOT Present, Makes It VERY Present.

The Second Symbol You Remove: Work

Passover Is a Part of The 7-Day Feast of Unleavened Bread

The Feast of Unleavened Bread Includes 2 High Sabbaths
No Work Is To Be Done The First Day or the Last Day of the Feast
Plus the Normal Friday Sabbath

Why Does God Hyper-Focus On Rest?
Rest Represents How God Deals With Our Sin. He Deals With It From First To Last

Our Part is Repentance. To Stop the Action of the Sin.
And to Stop Heaping on Guilt and to stop Shaming Ourselves.
They Are All Actions. They Are All Work. If You Are in Ministry, You Owe It to Yourself and Your Family to Rest Once Every Week.
Sunday Doesn’t Count. It’s The Busiest Day For People In Ministry.

Warning! The Jews Turned Resting Into Performance.
They Literally Turned Rest Into Work.
They Focused On How Resting Made Them Holy. It Didn’t.

God made them rest so they could experience intimacy with Him in a place of no performance.

The word for Sacrifice in Hebrew is “Korban“;
Its Root Comes From The Word “Karov” Which Means Closeness, Or Relative. So Sacrifice Produces Closeness.
The sacrifice eliminated the chasm of sin and death that separated us from God and it produced closeness between man and God. He longs for intimate relationship with us.

So Sacrifice Produces Closeness.
The sacrifice eliminated the chasm of sin and death that separated us from God and it produced closeness between man and God. He longs for intimate relationship with us.

There are 2 Kinds of Rest

  • Literally Physically Stopping What We Do in Our Normal Week of Work
  • Spiritually Stopping. Repent. Don’t Bear The Weight Of Our Sin

The Next Symbol Is The First Thing You Add: Light

Light is a symbol of God’s presence.

Exodus 27 (The Lampstand in the Tabernacle)
“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to
Cause The Lamp To Burn Continually.

Matthew 5You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Acts 13 For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Every Friday night at sunset at Jewish Sabbath meals, and at Passover, The Woman Lights the Candles and Leads the Prayer.

Pray (A basic prayer focused on Light)
Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
You are the Light of the World
You are Holy and You have made us holy through the shed blood of Jesus
and cause us to be a light to the nations

Why does a woman light the candles?
Eve led the human race into sin,
but God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus who would redeem mankind.
Eve was the first to fall. And the first to be redeemed.

6. The Four Cups of Juice/Wine

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These Represent the Blood of the Lamb – Jesus
(Be Different [Holy] – I Will Free You – Redemption – Cup of Praise/Joy) You Don’t Fill The Cups All The Way Full bBecause you have to drink everything in the cup four separate times
Emptying the cups symbolizes that our joy is full.  

Wine or Juice Mixed with Water

  • Blood and Water John 19:33-35 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
  • MISHNA: Passover wine was red and mixed with warm water.
    Why? It reminded them of the blood of the Passover lamb:

    • On the eve of any Passover it is not lawful for a person to eat anything from the time of afternoon prayer until after dusk…nor shall a person have less than four cups of wine, even if they must be given him from the funds devoted to the charitable support of the very poor.

    • The Earliest references to these mixtures has a ratio of two-parts water and one-part wine. Later, in the Talmud, the ratio is three to one.

Early Christians mirrored that of Judaism. In Justin Martyr’s First Apology, the elements of the Lord’s Supper are bread and “wine mixed with water”.

  • The First Cup (Kiddush)
    This First Cup means “Be Different or Holy”
    It’s what the angels are saying in heaven (Holy, Holy, Holy [In Greek hag’-ee-os])

This cup corresponds to the verse:
“I am the LORD, and I will brin1g you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.

Being different is the first step to being saved.

Everybody is a sinner, but God is holy and we cannot be close to Him with sin.
The punishment for sin is death.
Jesus died for us (was punished for us), so we can be close to God. First Cup – Then God Blessed The Seventh Day And Called It Holy, for God rested on that day, having completed the work of creation. (Genesis 1:31-2:3)

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Pray (A prayer of David to Give Thanks)
Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
1 Chronicles 29:10-12

In the book of Revelation, the name of Jesus is used 14 times – The Lamb is used 33 times

  • In Revelation the Lamb opens the scroll, seal by seal, releasing the wrath of the Lamb
  • He keeps the Lamb’s Book of Life
  • The marriage and marriage supper of the Lamb occur
  • The twelve apostles are called apostles of the Lamb
  • The Lamb is called the temple and light of the New Jerusalem
  • The throne is called the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Jesus taught us to pray Your kingdom come – Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Revelation is written from two perspectives at the same time.

  • What’s happening on the Earth in time
  • and what’s happening at the same time in the heavens in eternity

Revelation 19

First we see into Heaven:
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come…Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God”…
For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”

Next we see on the Earth:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war…The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations…He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty

…Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf…The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

In Heaven there is a wedding and a wedding supper.

The earthly equivalent. What does it look like? Judgement of the ones who kept us apart

It is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.

Eating this meal is us prophesying what is to come.
This year we eat here – next year in the New Jerusalem.

8. The Armies of God

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This meal is prophetic

Earth looks different than heaven – Shadows and types look different

In Egypt they ate the lamb – In Jerusalem they did not bite or eat Jesus – They received His Spirit. In eternity we eat this meal again with Him at our wedding. This meal has not JUST been about Egypt for 2000 years – It’s now about the Spirit and the Bride.

Outside the doors in Egypt what was happening – The Death angel was killing millions. In eternity Jesus on a white horse with us will kill millions – The Blood 4 feet high. Eating this meal is prophesying that day.

Communion is dangerous because it’s part of the Passover meal. This meal represents the salvation and judgment of mankind – It’s prophetic. That’s why Paul warned not to eat it with sin in you. It’s like eating Passover with the door open – Death angel has an agenda for sinners. The first Passover and Passover meal occurs in Egypt about 3,500 years ago.

But Passover doesn’t begin there. Let’s jump back 4 centuries before Moses to Abram:

“Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for 400 years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions…In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” (Genesis 15:13-16)

Exodus 12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
They came out of Egypt as a great army – They were called to destroy the Amorites 400 years before.

That’s why they were in Egypt – To become a great army. The Israelites didn’t understand why they were in Egypt and they didn’t understand why they were leaving. They certainly didn’t have a concept of themselves as warriors.

God was leading them and fighting their battles:

  • The Death Angel in Egypt – there was not a house without someone dead.

  • At the Red Sea: So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea…Not so much as one of them remained.

At Jericho – Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”

Joshua 6: And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

We are always His army – Passover is ultimately the gathering of the armies of God.
That’s what all the blood is about.

9. The Door

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John 10:7-10: Then Jesus said to them again, “I am the Door of the sheep.
The Man of the house would look into the face of the lamb and slit its throat.

Blood would run down on his feet and into the ditch at the foot of the doorway.

He would take the hyssop branch with one hand to put blood on each side of the door
blood ran down one arm, then the other arm
and finally he would wipe blood on the header that sprinkled down onto his own head.

Four Sides to the Door of Blood
Four Cups of Wine
Four Kinds of Prayer – (Light – Wine – Kiddush – Benediction)

The most important lesson of Pesach is the Power of the blood.
The blood (the door) lets us enter in as sinners and exit as saints.
Falling is temporary unless we choose to rebel.

Satan was deceived. That’s why he tried to ascend – to become God.
The blood is the only door to His throne. We are seated with Him, not instead of Him. Love opens that door. Love doesn’t envy or want its own way or to replace God.
Love wants to be one with Him. Father Son Holy Spirit.

Blood On Every Door

Imagine coming home to find blood smeared all over and around your front door.
We get used to the story and miss the picture that the shadow is casting. The house is a grave.

When the occupants come out in the morning they are not dead but alive. (Lazarus / Jesus)
They must eat all of the lamb, not because they are still hungry.
You can’t pick and choose the parts of Jesus you like and neglect the others.
You can’t come and go.
It’s not just their presence inside the house, but the presence of the lamb inside of them.

Death visits every house in Egypt. He takes every first son of Egypt.
But The Lamb stands guard at the Israelite Houses.

Death doesn’t examine their righteousness, obedience, or passion for God.
The blood and the blood alone prevents the destroyer from entering.

When we sin, it’s like leaving the house.
The destroyer is lurking – God is inviting us back in to safety.

The blood – the door – the lamb

It’s about His love for you not your love for Him

It’s about His sacrifice for you not your sacrifice for Him

Focusing on His love for you keeps you stable. It’s hard to betray love.

10. The Blood on the Altar

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On the morning of the 14th Jesus is hung on the cross at the third hour, 9:00 AM.
The Temple was crowded with pilgrims bringing their lambs for the Passover slaughter.

Because of the great number of lambs to be slaughtered, the afternoon Daily offering was performed early, so the slaughter of the Passover Lamb could be performed during the ninth hour (3:00).

The lambs were killed and their blood applied to the altar. Lines of priests stood with gold and silver basins for passing the blood from priest to priest. Each one received a full basin and handed back an empty one. The priest nearest the altar tosses the blood in a single act.” (Pesachim 5:6)

The Passover lambs were killed in three consecutive waves. The gates to the inner court were opened, and the first crowd of Israelites with their lambs ready rushed in. Within minutes, the courtyard was stained red with blood. The dead lambs were hung on hooks, forearms spread in a crucifixion pose as they were skinned and prepared for roasting.

When the 9th hour arrived, (3pm) a long blast of the shofar signaled the Levites to begin chanting the Hallel (Psalms 113-118). They were joined by the voices of the thousands of Pilgrims gathered at the Temple. The sound filled the entire city of Jerusalem, and echoed outside the walls, where Jesus was hanging on the cross.

“The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Not only would Jesus be serenaded with the Hallel as He hung upon the cross.
According to the Mishnah and Talmud, the “Eighteen Benedictions,” were also being prayed.

Jesus prayed part of the 6th Benediction on the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Here’s a taste of those:

  • “Forgive us, O our Father, for we have sinned; pardon us, O our King, for we have transgressed; for You pardon and forgive. Blessed are You, O Lord, who is merciful and always ready to forgive.” (6th Benediction)
  • “Look upon our affliction and plead our cause, and redeem us speedily for Your name’s sake, for You are a mighty redeemer. Blessed are You, O Lord, the redeemer of Israel.” (7th Benediction)

It was the 9th hour, as the Passover lambs were slain in the temple
As the sky grew black, the earth quaked, the Veil was torn, and Jesus, the Lamb of God, died.

11. The Water & The Bread

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The Old Testament priests had an elaborate bathing process to become clean so they could serve. The law said the unclean had to stay separate from everyone else.

The priests thought that the laws meant that they were better than others and too clean to touch the unclean and hurting people.  

But the washing was a shadow of the Messiah who would touch us to make us all clean.

The Bible says, “Jesus got up from the Passover meal…poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet.

Peter protests for several reasons. Mostly he’s confused. Washing hands is logical.
Jesus was about to touch the food and serve it to them. You need clean hands.

But Jesus was more concerned with teaching them a profound truth.

Jesus was showing that being clean or holy enables you to serve the unclean and hurting.

Jesus was the meal. He was the water. He was what it was all about. God serving fallen man. Rescuing redeeming. Becoming their Passover.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:28)

In Jerusalem at Passover time, Jews got ceremonially clean, fixing up roads and whitewashing tombs to prevent travelers from seeking shelter in a cave which was really a tomb. (coming in contact with a dead body would make people ceremonially unclean.

Psalm 24 “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?”

  • He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
  • Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.

The Unleavened Bread (Matzah)

Three Matzos Are Stacked Together

The Middle Matzah is Removed and Broken.
The larger piece is wrapped and hidden, it is called the Afikoman (Greek)

Afikoman is Greek: They think it means “He Is Coming.”
It’s the only Greek word in the Seder and no one knows where it came from historically.

Why Are There Three Matzos? It’s a picture of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Son left heaven, was broken, buried, and then rose again alive.
And whoever finds Him, or asks Jesus to forgive them and come and live in their heart, they receive a great reward, Eternal Life in heaven.

  • We single out this piece of bread because Jesus was foreordained to die for us.
  • We break it because He was broken for us.
  • We hide it because He was buried with our sin.
  • We will bring it out later because He rose again.
  • We will eat it before the 3rd cup of wine because He was 3 days in the grave.
  • And we will eat it because you must accept Jesus into your life to be saved.
  • Another Symbol is Salt – Salt Preserves, It Purifies. We Are the Salt, Jesus Is the Bread.

Mark 9:49-50 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it?
Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

Colossians 4:6Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”The Symbol of Symbols is theLamb Is a Reminder of the Passover Lamb.

12. The Second Cup – Plagues & Iniquity

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This cup corresponds to the verse: “I will free you from being slaves to them.”

The gods of Egypt [1446 BC] (Part 1)

  1. The Very First Plague, Turning the Nile into Blood, was a direct hit on quite a few gods:

And it would remain blood for 7 days, an entire week to prove God’s complete dominance.

Khnum was the guardian of the Nile sources.
Hapi was the spirit of the Nile and a water bearer
They sang songs of adoration to His idol was shaped like a crocodile.
Osiris was the god of the underworld – the river Nile was considered his bloodstream.

When the Nile turned to blood, the fish died. Several of their gods protected the fish.
It was probably the first plague because the Nile had protected Moses when he was placed in its waters by his mother as a baby.
Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)
God was saying that He had protected Moses, not these false gods. Moses was His prophet.

  1. The Plague of Frogs: The Egyptians deified frogs.
    They were sacred and could not be killed – it was actually a crime punishable by death.

So the plague forced the Egyptians to tread on them and watch them all die and rot.
The frog goddess was called Heket who assisted women in childbirth.

  1. The Plague of Lice: Geb was the Egyptian God over the dust of the earth.
    Aaron was told to stretch forth his rod and smite the dust of the earth.
    When he did the dust became lice throughout all the land, on both people and beasts.

The magicians of Pharaoh profess, “this is the finger of God.”
This was the last plague that required Aaron’s involvement – Moses steps up.
It’s also the last plague that affected the Israelites.

  1. The Plague of Flies: Khepri – Egyptian God of creation, had the head of a fly.
    Pharaoh begins bargaining telling them they may sacrifice “in the land” not a “three days journey”.

  2. The Plague of Cattle Disease: There were a lot of cow gods in Egypt:
    Hathor was the goddess of love, beauty and joy – and was represented by a cow.
    Ptah and Mnevis, were sacred bulls.
    This plague created a huge economic disaster (food, transportation, military supplies, farming, and economic goods that were produced from cattle).  

  3. The Plague of Boils:
    Sekhmet was supposed to have the power of both creating epidemics and ending them. Serapis was the deity charged with the responsibility of healing.
    Imhotep was the god of medicine and guardian of the healing sciences.
    Isis– Egyptian Goddess of Medicine and Peace.
    This plague made the people & the magicians “unclean.”
    They can’t even stand before Pharaoh; this is their last appearance in the story.  

  4. The Plague of Hail and Fire Raining Down:
    Nut was the sky goddess. Flax and barley were ripening in the fields.

  5. The Plague of Locusts:
    Isis and Seth had responsibilities relating to agricultural crops.
    Seth was the god of Storms and Disorder. This wonder definitely affected their life source. By hitting them in their food supply, the Lord displayed the possibility of eminent death if a change of heart did not occur. Yet still, Pharaoh would not listen.

The Plague of Darkness:
Ra was the sun god
– considered one of Egypt’s greatest gods because they thought he provided life‐giving light and warmth every day.
Three days of palpable darkness, that was so immense it could be physically felt, covered the land of Egypt.

The sun, the most worshipped God in Egypt other than Pharaoh himself, gave no light. Darkness was a representation of death, judgment and hopelessness.
Darkness was a complete absence of light.
Can you imagine Moses walking out as the shadow of darkness follows him out of the palace to leave Pharaoh in the dark until he acknowledged the living God.

13. Death

9:30 am

  1. Death of Firstborn: Jesus, The Lamb, Can Not Save You Without Your Cooperation. We Are Saved By Grace Through Faith. God Acts And We Act. The 10th Plague is The First Plague That Requires The Israelites To Do Something

The Foolishness of Sacrificing a Lamb in Egypt

Did God ask the Israelites a harder thing than we realize when He asked them to sacrifice lambs in Egypt for Passover?
It was an unforgiveable insult to the Egyptians who worshiped them as gods.

Exodus 8: Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God in the land.” And Moses said, “It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us?

The Egyptians worshipped Aries, and therefore abstained from killing sheep, and held shepherds in contempt.

Sacrificing the Egyptian gods and smearing the blood of their gods on their doorposts was an amazing act of bravery and trust in God.

To the Egyptians eating lamb was an abomination.
Joseph’s brothers were fed separately from the other Egyptians,
and He encouraged his brothers to list their occupations as shepherds in order to allow them to live in Goshen and isolated from the rest of Egypt.

The astrological symbol of the month of Nissan is Aries, the ram,
The 15th day (Pesach) is the full-moon. They were slaughtering hundreds of thousands of their ram-god when it was supposed to be at the height of its powers,

was considered a god so the death of his firstborn was the death of the son of god!

  • God’s judgment was not against pharaoh but against the first born son of pharaoh and every other first born.
  • Why not pharaoh? Most likely he was the first born.
  • To tempt him to attack later to destroy entire army in the Red Sea.
  • He would go in thinking that he could not be killed by God because he survived the 10th plague.

Moses Releases And Stops The Plagues As God Directs Him

Fast forward to the end of time. The Tribulation is mostly against the Antichrist.

Like Moses and the Israelites in Goshen partnering with the Lord in prayer,
the end time church releases and stops plagues as God directs.

  • The Trumpets Are Hail, Fire, Blood
  • Then Seas Turn to Blood, Death of Sea Creatures and Destroyed Ships
  • Bitter Water from A Meteorite,
  • The Sun, Moon and Stars Are Struck and Darkness Comes
  • Locusts Like Scorpions the Size of Horses
  • Four Angels Bring Death (Worldwide Not Just in Egypt)
  • Two Witnesses Preach, Are Killed and Resurrected
  • Earthquake and War
  • Dragons and Two Beasts / 666 – 144,000 Redeemed
  • The Great Harvest / The Winepress of the Wrath of God

The Rapture is at the end, not the beginning of the Tribulation, otherwise the hands and feet of Jesus would be gone when the great harvest arrives.

14. The Meal Begins

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Exodus 12 Lists 5 Things That Are Important About The Meal (Which Is Jesus):

  1. “Then they shall eat the flesh [of the Lamb] on that night; Roasted In Fire,
  2. with Unleavened Bread
  3. and with Bitter Herbs they shall eat it.
  4. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—
    its head with its legs and its entrails. You Shall Let None Of It Remain Until Morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.
  5. 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.”
  • Why Is It Roasted In Fire?
    Hebrews 12: Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

  • Why Is There No Leaven?
    “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
  • Bread without leaven means To live without pride and sin.

  • The Real Issue is Waiting and Hesitating. What’s holding you back?
    What are you holding onto that’s causing you to pause or wait or hesitate walking closely with God?
  • Why Do You Eat Bitter Herbs?
    It makes us recall the bitterness of slavery.
    Sin like the bitter herb tastes sweet at first, then bitter.
  • Why Must You Eat All Of The Lamb?
    It’s not about still being hungry.
    You can’t pick and choose the parts of Jesus you like and neglect the others.
    You can’t come and go.
    It’s not just your presence inside the house with blood on the door that keeps you safe,
    but the presence of the lamb inside of them.

Why Do You Eat It Clothed And Ready To Leave?
We live clothed in Christ and no longer see sin as our home.
We can’t let little sins creep into our lives, and go unchecked because if we get distracted we may find ourselves in the world (Egypt) while our people and God have left with our destiny.

15. Bitterness of Sin / Sweetness of Forgiveness

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  • Bitter Herbs (Horse Radish) (or Parsley for kids), recall the bitterness of slavery.
    Traditionally this is grated by hand by the man of the house till he begins to cry.
    (Sin like the bitter herb tastes sweet at first, then bitter)

  • The Clay (Charoses) of apples, nuts, cinnamon, and wine
    Represents the bricks and mortar the Israelites were forced to make under Pharaoh’s taskmasters (Sin=Bondage)
    In the Charoses we taste the sweetness of God’s forgiveness from that sin.

  • Eat Bitter Herbs Mixed Only With Charoses (No Matzah)
    We recall the bitterness of slavery when we choose to sin;
    We remember the suffering of Jesus who set us free
  • The Sop Sandwich
    Hand Out the Bottom Piece of Matzah (Holy Spirit)

    Make a Sandwich Containing:
    1. Matzah
    2. Lamb
    3. Bitter Herbs
    4. Sweet Charoses
    And Give It To A Close Friend.

    When the Holy Spirit filled us, He enabled us to love and walk in His many gifts.

    We celebrate His fruit of love with the sop.
    Just as we add the Matzah and Lamb, God brings our brothers and neighbors into our life, along with the good and bad of their words, thoughts, and actions that bless and that hurt.

    Jesus gives it to Judas. It should have been given to Peter, James or John.
    This so confused Peter (He’s a zealot – he knows when things are done wrong)
    He gets defensive saying he would never betray Jesus.
    He again misses the purpose of the change in the tradition

    Jesus washed Judas’ feet and gave him the sop
    He’s saying “I know what’s in your heart – and I am your only hope”
    Jesus was a friend of sinners – not an accuser – so we ask for grace and learn to love, extend grace and forgive.
  • Salt Water symbolizes the Tears Shed From a Life of Slavery To Sin.
    It also reminds us of when the Israelites crossed the salty Red Sea
    And when we were Baptized
    Both represent being Set Free From Death.
  • A Green Vegetable (Cucumber)
    Green is a symbol of life and Springtime.
    Represents the hyssop branches used to apply the blood of the lamb to the doorpost.
    Since we ask Jesus into our hearts, The Hyssop represents Prayer.
    Dip the Green Vegetable (Cucumber) in Salt Water and Eat It.
    The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out,
    and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 
    God heard their groaning and he remembered his promise with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob (Exodus 2:23b-25)

This reminds us to pray and ask God for help because He promised to hear us and help us!

  • A Roasted Egg is a reminder of the Festival Sacrifice and it is also a symbol of Peace.
    It was offered at the Temple during the Feast of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. (Deuteronomy 16:16) (We Need Peace with God)

In John 14 when Jesus says, “My Peace I Give To You”.
He’s dipping the egg in salt water. It’s the peace offering.
He’s dividing up the roasted egg among them. Eat this.

Jesus is shining a light on all of the sacrifices of the past.
He’s saying, “This is more than an offering for your failures.
It’s my peace that I give to you.
You don’t have to make sacrifices anymore. I’m about to die for the sins of the world.
Notice that the meanings are all things we struggle with daily.
The feasts are built to be our daily companions to remind us of His truth.

16. Eating The Afikoman / Drinking the Third Cup

10:30 am

The Afikoman must be found and brought back.
The one who finds it receives a great reward.
The Bread itself reminds us of Jesus.
The Rabbis have rigid codes as to the appearance of the matzah:

a. It Must Have Stripes – Jesus Was Afflicted and Striped
b. It Must Be Pierced  – Jesus was Pierced
c. It must be Without Leaven – Jesus was Without Sin

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

Sailors would often save some of the Afikomen to keep with them because it was believed to calm the sea.
As it happens this was one of the miracles that Jesus did to help end the disciples’ unbelief (many of them were fishermen)

It was during the eating of this Afikoman (and the blessing of it) that the Bible tells us: Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)

The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:28)

Pray and Eat the Bread

In Jerusalem at Passover time, Jews got ceremonially clean, fixing up roads and whitewashing tombs to prevent travelers from seeking shelter in a cave which was really a tomb. (coming in contact with a dead body would make people ceremonially unclean.

After the eating of the afikoman, no other food may be eaten for the rest of the night, other than the last two cups of wine at the Seder and coffee, tea, or water…so that the taste of the matzo that was eaten during the meal remains in our mouths.The Third Cup – The Cup of Redemption / The Cup of Blessing:

With this cup Israel remembers their deliverance from slavery, and their redemption from the plague of death by the blood of the first Passover Lamb.

This cup corresponds to the verse: “I Will Redeem You”
If the Afikomen was His body, then obviously the third cup is His blood.

“In the same way, after the supper He, took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. (Luke 22:20)

Pray and Drink the Cup

17. The 4th Cup & The 5th Cup

The Cup of Praise / The Cup of Restoration
This cup corresponds to the verse “I will take you to be my people”.  

At This Time of the last Super, the Word says:
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  (Mark 14:26,27,28)

Pray and Drink the 4th Cup

Passover Night in Egypt

  • The first born were going to die. Even in the Jewish homes there was fear.
  • If you were the first born would you have slept with the death angel in town?
  • If you were a mom would you have slept that night?
  • This watchnight became a tradition – stay up all night and pray.

Watchnight – Exodus 12:41-42
And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years – on that very same day – it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
“It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt.
This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.”

Garden of Gethsemane
This gives a deeper meaning to “could you not tarry even one hour”.
Jesus asked them to keep watch with Him because
The Death Angel was coming for Him later on the cross.

Jesus changes the watch night service.
You’re supposed to stay in the room,
But He takes them to the garden to wait for the death angel to come.
He preaches and then He prays. They all fall asleep.
Clearly none of them are the oldest son. But Jesus is.
The guards are coming to take him to his death. 

Why did He change the tradition?
After closing the Passover dinner, Jesus had to leave the city because the atonement Lamb’s body was always offered up to God outside the city’s walls. (Hebrews 13:11-14)]

The 5th Cup – The Cup of Elijah – The silent cup. A special place at the table is set for Elijah.

Elijah was one of the few people that didn’t die, but was taken by God to heaven.
We similarly await the possibility of rapture.

You literally go and open the door praying for Revival.

I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; (Malachi 4:4-6a)

We recall Jesus saying of John the Baptist: “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:13,14,15)

This places the birth of John the Baptist at the time of the Passover 
Jesus would have been born 6 months later (during the Fall Feasts)

Next Year in Jerusalem! The Seder customary ends by everyone saying the Benediction.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord deal kindly and graciously with you.
May the Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace.

18. The Valley of the Shadow of Death – 3 Days in the Grave

11:00 am

The Feast of Unleavened Bread Continues for Eight Days

The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the day after Passover
(Technically you remove it the day before )
And it is celebrated for one week (but with the extra day it’s really 8 days).

It took about a week to get to the Red Sea where they camped.
You get rid of all leaven in your house – (no regular bread for a week)

Feast of First Fruits

Story of the Rich man and Lazarus – Abraham’s Bosom/Hades
Luke 16:22-23 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

Jesus Preaching to the Captives

1 Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah…

Why is He preaching in Hades?

  • He’s doing Passover telling of the Lamb who was slain for the freedom of the captives.
  • Because all of us enter through one door. Jesus.
    Those who were. Those who are and those who are to come.
    They all get to cast down their crowns at his feet. Moses. Abraham. Everyone.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives…” (Luke 4:18-19)

The ultimate purpose of Passover is to destroy death.

He was slain from the foundation of this world, to that end.

1 Corinthians 15:25-26 “For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.”

Greatest Understatement Ever

Matthew 27:50-54 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Why is it Understated?

  • This is history and well-known history so they don’t really go into great detail
  • Secondly, the guy who wrote it is hiding in his room while it’s going on.
    But with Passover as our context, we can piece it together pretty easy.

The earthquake opens the door for Jesus into the Bosom of Abraham.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”

For the first time light has invaded the darkness of Hades.
Jesus arrives, his skin shredded from the lash, holes in his hands, feet and side.
He’s been beaten and bloodied and hardly looks human except to the prophets who saw him like this.

19. 353 prophecies

11:15 am

Jesus fulfilled 353 prophecies – All those prophets are in the room

He’s on a mission. To fulfill a 4,000-year-old promise. Imagine when Eve saw Him walk into that dark place where she had thought of her failure for millenniums. Everyone recognizes her and Adam. They are the cause of every death.

A synagogue isn’t like a church. It’s not a sermon. It’s a discussion. The room is filled with the prophets who declared 353 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.

  • John the Baptist – Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
  • Adam and Eve – We walked with Him in the garden.
  • Moses. He was the one that made my face shine.
  • Shadrach… This is the one who walked with us in the fire.
  • David would remember his vision: They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
  • Isaiah would say Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; And by His stripes we are healed.
  • Jeremiah would say the Messiah would be born of a virgin, a descendant of David, both God and Man, and would make a new covenant.
  • Jonah would talk of Jesus being dead for three days, then coming back to life to preach repentance.
  • It’s a 3-day long sermon so that millions who have longed to worship Jesus can finally do it.
  • But eventually it has to end because Jesus has a job to do. He’s the real High Priest.

Ephesians 4:7-12 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

It’s the Feast of First Fruits. Every family brings a portion of their harvest to the priests. It was forbidden to eat from the crop until this portion had been offered. The priests have all got up early and went into the fields to offer the wave offering. They hold up sheaves of barley and wave them toward heaven to thank God for His provision that will come this year.

Matthew 27:51-53 The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people (saints) who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

These saints of old are the first harvest, they have been waiting for this moment when they could walk with God in their purpose.

When Jesus stepped out of the grave, the graves stones on the Mount of Olives began to shake, as dead men walked around Jerusalem on their way to heaven with Jesus.

20. In the Field

11:30 am

The verse says that saints were appearing to people. How did they recognize Moses and the rest of them to know they were saints? They have been dead for so long and they just met Jesus. They can’t stop preaching.

Thousands of priests are in the field. They’re waving sheaves of barley.
For the first time millions of dead people are in the field and they’re waving back.

They just told their kids the story of Moses and Joshua and Jericho and suddenly there’s an earthquake and rocks are falling and dead people are walking around them.

And Jesus and Moses are leading them like they just came out of Egypt.

Jesus stays in the cemetery long enough to tell Mary, “Don’t touch me I haven’t gone to the Father yet.” He has to present the firstfruits wave offering, but He waits because they aren’t the only first fruits. Mary and the disciples are firstfruits, and He wants them to know he will be right back.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

See, He’s the real high priest and all the dead people are his wave offering that he is taking into the field to present to His father and then He will bring them into heavens

Picture Exodus 12 as the host of the Lord leave Egypt for the promised land.  
Ex 12:41-42 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
The host is leaving Hades for Heaven.

Whatever your picture of resurrection day is, you are under selling it. Don’t just think Jesus rising. Think of Jesus leading all the saints out of Hades. It’s not one grave opening. It’s a million graves opening. It’s not one stone rolling away. It’s an earthquake. It’s walking dead meets the Exodus. The Egyptians gave these people anything they wanted to get them to leave, imagine how the Jews who crucified Jesus felt.

And everyone is glorified, with one agenda, revealing Jesus.
That’s what Passover is about. It’s a celebration. It’s the birthday of every saint who ever lived.
I was saved the second Friday of August 1979, but my spiritual birthday is the Feast of First Fruits, so is yours, so is every saint. We are risen with Christ.

That’s why Passover is the one meal you shouldn’t neglect. It’s the feast He wants to eat with you so you can brag on Him. This is his body. This is his blood. This is his bitter suffering. This is the cup he chose to drink for all of us. So I will drink it and remember him.

Passover is the one time of year we must forget that we are all unique. Passover is never about what “someone” did back then.  It’s about what happened to “me” in Egypt and in the Garden of Eden, etc. Passover isn’t a history story, it’s a realization that you are in the story and the story is about you. There is one man/woman and they need a Savior. That one person is you. You need a Savior. Nothing else is more relevant.