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Passover--The Lamb of God

April 1, 2015

This is part three of our series exploring the Passover celebration through the eyes of a young child. Parts I and II can be found here.

The Meal

My stomach rumbles. The plate is empty.

Abba (Father) gives the blessing. The meal begins.

I can now take a drink when I wish.

I eat and eat, until my stomach cannot hold any more.

I must sit at the table and wait for Abba to finish. He talks and eats. It always amazes me how long it takes him to eat his meal. I try not to squirm as I sit.

Seth nudges me and motions for me to look. He always thinks he can make me look somewhere for the Afikomen while he runs and actually finds it.

I am not deceived this time. I shake my head.

Abba finishes eating and wipes his mouth and beard with his napkin.

Search for Afikomen

Abba pushes his chair back, an unspoken sign that we can search for the hidden Afikomen.

Reaching my hand in the cookie jar, I squeal with delight when I think that I’ve found it. But I am disappointed when I grasp only a napkin left to keep the vessel dry.

My brother gives the true linen napkin to Abba. The search is over.

I have lost again.

My brother gloats over me, whispering, “Should have listened.”

I shake my head.

Abba waits until we are settled.

He breaks the motza into small pieces. We all take one.

“In Luke 22:19, Jesus ‘took bread, gave thanks, and broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ Jesus our Messiah would take the middle piece of motza that stood for the priest mediating between God and the people. He broke it, just like His body would be broken."

Just as the motza was wrapped in a linen napkin, Jesus’s body was wrapped in linen for burial.

Just as the motza was hidden, so Jesus was buried.

Just as Seth found the hidden motza, so Jesus’s body was resurrected.

Just as all of us received a piece of the motza, so Jesus gives life to all who believe.

The motza is striped, pierced, as His own body was striped and pierced, and by those wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

We use that middle piece now as believers’ communion bread. Jesus gives it new meaning.

Third Cup of Wine

Once the meal is over and we are settled after finding the hidden motza, Abba raises the third cup of wine to his lips. “When Jesus took the third cup in Luke 22:20 and I Cor 11:25, he said, ‘In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”

This was redemption from slavery to freedom. This is our communion cup.

Fourth Cup of Wine

Hallel means praise. Abba looks around the table.

I try not to wiggle. I have eaten too much and feel sleepy.

He looks at the fourth cup of wine. “Jesus took time to praise and thank the Lord at the end of the Passover Seder, his last supper. We shall, too.”

He offers blessing, praise and thanksgiving.

Elijah’s Cup.

Abba looks at the empty place setting we have set for Elijah.

He nods to my brother Seth.

Seth pushes back his chair and runs to the door to see if Elijah has come. He comes back sad.

Abba’s eyes twinkle. Our family has added this next part. We are Christians now, after all. He nods to me.

I run to the door, where my older brother waits. When I open the door, I shout, “Elijah has come to announce Good News to the people.”

I return with my brother.

He recites, “I am John the Baptist, a voice in the wilderness, prepare for the Lord.”

We know those were the words prophesied to tell of his coming. The wine glass will not be poured out. Elijah has come and our Good News is complete.

I breathe a deep breath. I am tired and very full. We have celebrated Seder, the Passover, for another year.

Abba says a blessing and we are dismissed.

The Lamb of God was sacrificed for me, freeing me from my sin, making me His child. I am full of joy!

www.chosenpeople/the-meaning-of-passover.

www.about.com/what-are-the-symbols-of-the-seder-plate.

My series on the Passover is available in booklet form here.



How do you make Easter special? How do you look to the Lamb with appreciation and gratitude?
 

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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