Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
Tonight, I ate the Passover. It is a commemorative meal that remembers the day when God spared the Jews from the plague of the firstborn. The symbolism in this Seder (meaning ‘order’) is beautiful! As a Christian, I can see how wonderfully Jesus fits into the meal and the rituals. The preparations for the Passover meal are extensive! I made only one small part, and it took me over an hour! So when Jesus says to prepare the Passover, it’s a big deal! (and, for the record? Matzah = yummy! Chopped liver balls = yucky!)
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
I am honoured that I was able to celebrate the Passover with a Jewish guide – a member of Chosen People Ministries – who was able to share with us the traditions of the Passover with a Christian flavour. And I find it even more incredible that I shared in the same type of dinner that Jesus did almost 2000 years ago. What an honour: to share in the same meal that my Saviour ate the night before He died!