Over 2,000 years ago Jesus celebrated His “Last Supper” the night before He died. This Passover revealed He was the Lamb of Adonai. The elements of Holy Communion were the elements of the Passover Feast commemorating the Jewish preparation as they awaited Moses leading them to freedom from 400 years slavery in Egypt.
1. The people were in quarantine. They were to stay inside their houses, so the Angel of Death would Pass Over their homes. We are in a time of Quarantine at this Passover.
2. The Seder begins with a woman lighting the candle, just as through a woman, Miriam, Yeshua was born to be the Light of the World. In many homes it is the woman who is bringing Christ’s Light to her family, helping them to be calm and not fear.
3. Four cups of wine or grape juice are set aside representing Sanctification (I will bring you out from bondage of sin), Judgment (I will deliver you), Redemption (I will buy you back through My death), and Praise (you will be My people, and I will be your Adonai). Today we seek deliverance that can only come from Adonai.
4. Washing of hands: Before offering sacrifices, the High Priest had to wash both his hands and feet. Jesus, our Great High Priest, washed the feet of the Disciples, showing our need for continual cleansing. Today we are warned to keep clean, to wash our hands continually.
5. Dipping parsley into salt water. The parsley represents the hyssop dipped in the blood of the Lamb and spread over the doorposts of the houses, so Death would “pass over.” The salty water represents the tears. Today have we not cried many tears as we hear of Death entering the homes? Do we not need to apply the Blood of the Lamb to our own homes and hearts?
6. Matzah is unleavened bread that is striped and pierced before baking. Three pieces of Matzah are placed in a Matzah tash. The middle matzah is broken and wrapped in white linen and hidden. We clean our houses of leaven which represents sins. As we pray for Death to pass over us, do we not need to remove sin from our hearts? Do you not see how Yeshua was pierced? Broken? By His stripes and piercings we are healed? By His death we are saved? Wrapped in white linen and hidden in the tomb?
7. Bitter Herbs: We break off a piece of Matzah and dip it in horseradish to represent our bitter bondage to sin. Then we dip it in sweet Charoset, a combination of apples, wine, nuts and raisins, symbolizing the mortar with which the slaves built in Egypt. This reminds us that in the bitterest moments, we have sweet hope in Yeshua.
8. Afikomen: the middle portion of Matzah is eaten. “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One.” The three Matzot represent Avinu (Our Father), Yeshua HaMeshicheynu (our Messiah), and Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
Let us celebrate Passover which starts Wednesday April 8 as we trust Yeshua to deliver us from Death.
■ Loraine Joy is a small business owner and Arbuckle resident. Contact Loraine at email@example.com