“When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, and said, ‘You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.’” Luke 22:14-16
Last evening I went with my friend, Frank, to a Passover Seder meal at the Baptist church we often attend. A representative from Jews for Jesus presented the program and told us about her ministry and how Jews all over the world celebrate the Passover to commemorate their liberation by God from slavery. I can’t describe the significance of this meal in 250 words and recommend you Google “Passover Seder meal” to review it’s significant to Christians, too.
Many children were in attendance at the meal. I watched a couple of young girls take a bite of maror (horseradish), which symbolized the bitterness of slavery and smiled as they flushed it down with grape juice (instead of wine) designated for four appointed times during the meal.
Many of us are slaves to a poor self image or to a habit that may be destroying our bodies or minds. During the days of Lent, we have an opportunity once again reflect on the passion of Jesus and his walk to the cross that breaks can free us from bondage.
Help us learn more about Jesus through the rich history of the Passover. Amen.