PASSOVER–BEGINS SUNSET OF WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020 | ENDS NIGHTFALL OF THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020
THE STORY OF PASSOVER IS A STORY OF MIRACLES AND REDEMPTION, A STORY THAT THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD.
…I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments…
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
One of Messiah’s last earthly acts was the celebration of the Passover. Gathering his friends in a small room in Jerusalem, he led them in a seder. “I have really wanted so much to celebrate this Seder with you” (Luke 22:15). He passed the foods among them It was there, in celebration of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage, that Yeshua revealed to them the mystery of God’s plan of redemption. He spoke to them of his body and blood. He explained to them that he would have to die.
It was no coincidence that Messiah chose the Passover for the setting of what is called by some, communion, or the Lord’s supper. For in the story of the Passover lamb, Yeshua could best communicate the course he would be taking over the confusing hours that were to follow. As we participate together in the Passover seder, may we recall once again God’s great redemption.