Friday, August 19, 2022

Instructions for Celebrating a 30 minute Christianized Seder Passover Meal

Jews across the ages have celebrated the Seder meal to celebrate the Passover when God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the promised land. 

We Christians have indeed found the ultimate Passover as we are delivered from the wrath of God by the precious blood of Jesus Christ our savior.  

This is a brief 30 minute Messianic Seder Meal Plan. Feel free to modify as the Spirit leads. 

Welcome – Opening Prayer

-Explain the Seder meal - The Seder meal is designed to remind us of the Israelites’ experience of Egyptian slavery, and how God redeemed them from Egypt. The Seder shows us that the Passover holiday is a commemoration of both suffering and joy. The Passover is also about celebrating becoming God's chosen.

As Christians we can celebrate this special ceremony, and let it remind us of how Jesus Christ became our Passover sacrifice, which delivers us from sin and judgment, and into love, acceptance, holiness and purity.

To begin, we light the candles. And we pray: “May all who are enslaved throughout the world come to know freedom. May all who are free, appreciate the blessings of abundance. And may all of us dwell in the house of God and give thanks for our good fortune as we celebrate these rituals of Passover.”

“Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Creator of the universe, who gave us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season of joy.”

The Grape Juice is served. 

Blessing over the Grape Juice:

“Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Creator of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.”

The Story of Passover

This matzah is a symbol of affliction and poverty. The story of Passover tells us about the hardships and suffering that our ancestors endured. It reminds us of those who are in need today, so we say: “whoever is hungry, come share our food-and celebrate Passover. To those who are poor or oppressed; we pray for them and hope that the comin year will bring a better life for all.”

The Questions:

Why is this night different from all the other nights?

In what ways do you find this night different?

In 4 ways do I find this night different

On all other nights we may eat chametz and matzah but on this night, only matzah.

On all other nights we eat many vegetables, but on this night only maror.

On all other nights, we don’t dip even once, but on this night we dip twice.

On all other nights, we eat either sitting up or reclining, but on this night, we all recline.

Serve the flat bread. 

Taste the bread, it reminds us that when the Israelites prepared to leave Egyptian slavery for the promised land they could not make normal bread, but they made flat bread, to carry with them in their bags more easily. And I want you to break the bread before you eat it. It reminds us that Jesus Christ body had to be broken for us, broken to give us new life, broken because of our sins, broken to give us wholeness. Take it and eat.

Serve the Horseradish.

Horseradish (bitter herbs) Taste the bitter herbs that remind us of the bitter affliction of slavery in Egypt. And our past slavery to sin before Christ saved us.

Serve the Parsley with salt water to dip in. 

Taste the parsley dipped in salt water. Taste it remember the bitter tears of God’s people shed when they were enslaved. And it reminds us today of the bitter tears of our slavery to sin and death, before Jesus saved us. It reminds us of the tears Jesus wept in the garden of Gethsemane.  And the tears of our afflictions as we walk the road of Jesus in this life, carrying our crosses daily.

Serve the Haroseth.

Taste the haroseth. The mud the Israelite slaves had to use to make bricks to build the wealth of Egypt for the pharaoh. It also reminds us as Christians of the dust that we came from, the dirt of sin that we once dwelled in, and how Jesus saved us from the mud and filth of sin through which we deserved destruction.

Present the bone.

View the bone, hold it. It represents the Passover lamb, that was slaughtered by the Israelites on the night that the angel of death came throughout Egypt, killing the first born sons of the Egyptians, but passing over the doors of those who had slaughtered the Passover lamb and placed it's blood on their doors. 

In the same way Jesus became our Passover lamb so that the wrath of God would Passover us, because we are washed in the blood of Jesus. Not a single bone of Jesus was broken when he was nailed to the cross. 

Serve the eggs.

Taste the egg, it reminds us of springtime, the springtime of a new day for Israel as God led them out of Egypt and toward the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And as Christians it reminds us of new life, because we have been born again, like a chick is born, born new, of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus our savior. It reminds us of the empty tomb, that Jesus Christ rose again from the grave to give us new life. 

Closing Prayer:
Thank you God, for all the favors you have bestowed upon us! You led us out of Egypt, slavery, and oppression. You brought the plagues against the Egyptians, slew their firstborn, and brought us their wealth.

You split open the red sea, then drowned our oppressors. Thank you for taking care of us in the desert for 40 years. You fed us manna, gave us sabbath, then brought us to mount Sinai to give us the Torah and your commandments. Thank you, oh God, for bringing us to the Land of Israel, making us a great nation.

And thank you God for sending Jesus Christ, born to the virgin Mary. Thank you God for how he healed the sick and the lame. Thank you God that he spoke the truth, and gave us bread from heaven, his own flesh and blood. Thank you that he was crushed for us on the cross, to remove our sins, and give us new life. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who dwells with us now. Thank you that Jesus Christ will return to set up his kingdom on this Earth one day soon.