On March 29, at sunset, Jewish families all over the world celebrated Passover. In the book of Exodus, we see God liberating the Hebrew children from Egyptian bondage. God commanded His people to have an annual feast to commemorate that event.
It is a night to remember how God showed mercy upon His people. The Seder will include many symbolic objects and actions, which teach Jews about God’s interaction with them. There are teachings about their suffering. By cleansing the house of yeast, they are taught about the necessity of holiness.
There are many things to be learned about God through the annual rehearsal by Jewish households around the world. Some households remember the Passover during good times. Other families are suffering during trying times. Religious persecution causes families to celebrate in secret.
No matter what the circumstance, it is a night to remember, which has been repeated for thousands of years. It is a night to remember with the haunting memory of the Holocaust. Every time the world witnesses a Jewish family take time to rehearse the Seder during Passover, they see a resilient people.
There is another group who can profit by watching Passover being observed. It is the Christian who needs to look at all of the objects, symbols, and practices. By examining them in light of the life of Jesus Christ they become a more important teaching tool for the Christian. From His birth in Bethlehem, where the Temple lambs were kept, through the last hours of His ministry, all of His actions are foretold. The Last Supper was His celebration of Passover. His death on the cross delivered us from bondage and death. It is truly a night to remember. Next year in Jerusalem!