73 – Israel, Jesus and Passover

by Jill McKinley

Today, we discussed the historical and religious significance of Passover. The profound meaning of this Jewish holiday celebrates not only the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt but also the concepts of freedom and salvation. As Christians, we explored how understanding the full story of Passover can deepen our appreciation for the sacrifice of Jesus, our ‘Passover Lamb.’

During our conversation, we talked about the various ways that Passover has been celebrated throughout Jewish history, including the sacrifice of a Passover lamb and the consumption of unleavened bread or matzah. The matzah, which lacks leavening, symbolizes the haste at which the Israelites had to leave Egypt, leaving no time for bread to rise. It also serves as a reminder of sin, as leavening, like sin, can grow within us and transform us intox something different.

We also explored the connection between the elements of a traditional Passover Seder and Christian communion. Jesus himself, during the Last Supper, which was a Passover meal, used bread and wine to signify his body and blood, thus instituting the Christian sacrament of the Eucharist. This profound connection between Passover and Christianity highlights the deep roots of Christian faith in Jewish tradition.

Finally, we discussed how Christians have engaged with Passover throughout history. While some early Christians included Passover in their Easter celebrations, others, like Emperor Constantine, tried to sever ties with Jewish practices. However, understanding Passover can provide powerful insights into our faith and deepen our appreciation for the sacrifice of Jesus. So, our challenge to you is to reflect on the symbolism of your favorite religious holiday and think about the profound meaning it holds for you. Until next time, keep taking those small steps on your journey of faith.

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