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A Simple Family Passover (Seder) Supper

Our Seder Supper- First time ever without our girls!

Our Seder Supper- First time ever without our girls!

We celebrate the Passover (Seder) meal on Thursday or Friday evening before Easter.  We’ve made it simple so that it would never be too hard to do. A traditional Seder meal is long.  In celebrating this feast we are honoring a feast, instituted by God and celebrated by Jesus himself.  “Because Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us; therefore, let us observe the festival [Passover and Unleavened Bread]… with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:7-8).  This is not to be done out of a religious spirit, or any form of “legalism,” but rather in a joyful, reflective, and instructional manner.  Enjoy!

Our Christian Passover Seder

Candles lit on the table: Representing Jesus, who is the light of the World

Food on table; Roasted lamb, unleavened bread, boiled egg, bitter herbs (horseradish), Charoseth (a sweet mixture of apples, cinnamon, grape-juice [or wine], and walnuts), salt water, parsley, and wine or grape juice

Children should know this is a special tradition.  Inform them ahead of time that the focus will be solely on the Passover and on Christ.  After the dinner they can talk about their day’s events and personal interests.

We start by reading Exodus 12:14, “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations.”  This passage is directly discussing the Feast of Passover.

Then explain:

We celebrate this feast to help us remember that God rescued the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.  On the night before He delivered them, God told them to kill a lamb and to cover the top of their doorway with its blood.  Every Israelite family who did what God said was protected from the plague of death in their home.

Many years later, Jesus (God’s son) came to earth in human form and died on the cross- as a fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifice.  He became the ultimate sacrificial lamb.  We no longer have to kill a lamb like they did under the Old Covenant for forgiveness of sin.  Jesus’ blood was shed so that all who receive Him as their savior are saved from sin and eternal death.  This sacrifice was all-sufficient, once for all.

Read Isaiah 53: 3-12…

In short, it says that Jesus was the lamb who was slain for all of our sins.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed!  He poured out His soul unto death for us, so that we may be saved.

When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, His blood covers us- protecting us from eternal death and bondage.  The night before Christ died, He celebrated the Passover dinner with His disciples and said that from now on (until the end of the age) we are to partake of the Lords supper as a reminder of His death and resurrection until He comes again.   It is good for us to tell this story to our children, especially during the week of Passover, since it is a prophetic picture of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross.  Generation after generation will be instructed on the profound importance and meaning of Christ’s sacrifice, since He was/is the fulfillment of the Hebrew law (Matthew 5:17).

Read John 3:16.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving:  For the ultimate sacrifice of Christ’s blood that was shed for us all and His resurrection.  Also, thank Him for the food that is about to be partaken of.

At this time, the head of table passes each food item (one by one) and explains what they represent…

Platter of roasted Lamb:  We eat this in memory of the lamb that the Israelites sacrificed the night before they escaped out of Egypt.  Jesus was our final perfect Lamb who was sacrificed for us all.

Unleavened bread ( I made Gluten Free Matzo): Store bought Matzo can be used.  We eat this to remind us that the Israelites didn’t have time to wait for yeast bread to rise- rather they had to be ready to go when God said “GO.” At the Last Supper Jesus told us that the bread would represent His body that was broken for us.  We eat it in remembrance of His body that was slain for us.

Boiled Egg- (In Jewish tradition it is a roasted egg) the egg stands for renewal.  The Israelites were going to start a new life and we have new life in Christ because of what He did on the cross for us.

Bitter herbs-We serve horseradish as a reminder of the bitterness of the slavery in Egypt.  Jesus suffered greatly for us that we may be saved.  Remind them that on the cross He was given the bitter vinegar on the sponge to drink.

Charoseth- This is a mixture of chopped apples, walnuts, grape-juice (or wine), cinnamon, and brown sugar.  Symbolizes the mortar and bricks the Israelites used in making the bricks for the king of Egypt.

Karpas– We use parsley for this. These plants stay green all year and represent everlasting life because of Christ’s resurrection.

Small bowl of salt water– Tears of the Israelites in bondage. Today can represent our tears for those who haven’t accepted Christ as their personal savior.  Dip the parsley into the salt water bowl and eat it.

Grape juice or wine poured in glasses– At the Last Supper Jesus said that the wine represented His own blood, poured out for us all. Drink in remembrance of Him until He comes again.

Jesus is the Messiah who died on the cross and rose again on the third day!  He is alive today and all who accept Him become joint Heirs with Him.  Our inheritance is great.  We have been given not only life eternal but everlasting peace, authority in Jesus’ name, and the last will and testament that Jesus gave us- an inheritance that is vastly immeasurable (John 17: 20-26)!

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate this feast with your family. Just celebrate, fill your home with the glory of our risen Savior with praise, worship and adoration to Him who is, was and always will be!

Halleluyah!

And at this time, the meal is concluded!

Our family watches Jesus of Nazareth after the dinner.

Easter is usually the only time of year our family eats lamb. Typically I roast an entire leg of lamb the whole afternoon before the meal. I didn’t post my recipe because most people say to cook it rare. Ours always falls off the bone and is SO tender. This was the first time I’ve ever made lamb chops, next year I’ll go back to the larger piece and roast all afternoon. This was good!

Charoseth3 chopped apples, 1 sliced banana, 2/3 cup plain yogart, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, dash cinnamon, couple tsp’s organic sugar or honey, 1 tsp vanilla-Mix all!

I made Gluten Free Matzo this year! Click here for recipe

The Seder Dinner

I got the plates here for a $1 each, the sterling silver platter for $3 and the brass candle sticks 2 for $1! Yep, thrift stores are amazing! I bought the glass dishes for pennies.

Comments

  1. Stephanie Yu says:

    I have never partook in a Seder meal. This is interesting to me. I think of these type of things as “Jewish” therefor since I’m not Jewish I haven’t even considered doing this. However this is a lovely way to share the work of the cross with my family. New and different. I like that! By the way, your table decorations are always so beautiful.

    • Thank you Stephanie! You’re right it is a wonderful way to share the work of the cross with our family! If you do the meal you may want to have some back up food ready when the meal is over. It took a few years for our children to like lamb. It could be that we raised sheep all their life and they LOVE lambs as pets! I hope you’ll try the meal with your family. It gets easier every year the more you get used to doing it! Hugs!

  2. Just found your blog (via fb). We will consider this meal for next year. Looks very good, and has a solid theological/historical orientation as well. A real meal with a purpose. Very good.

  3. I am so excited to do this with my family this year. I knew I wanted to do some type of Sedar meal with my children, but all my internet searches resulted in a VERY long and complicated procedure in which I felt would be too hard to pull off. However, I am so glad I found your site which simplifies this for me A LOT. Besides, I love the way that you tied it all to Jesus Christ so that it is clear to my children why WE are doing this. I didn’t want there to be any confusion on their part or to feel that we are under law. Thank you for posting this.

  4. Ashley says:

    This is the best Christian Passover Seder I have ever seen posted on the Internet. Thank you! I do a Passover meal every year, but I can never explain it as well as you did. Thank you again! I will be using this “format” for our meal this year. Blessings!

  5. Chenchen Moore says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you so much for your blog. I love your idea. I am planning to have a passover meal this year with my family using your ideas. Thank you for sharing with us. I never roasted lamb before. Could you share your recipe with me? We live in China and I can’t get a leg of lamb. I bought 2 pounds of boness leg of lamb. However I am not sure how to cook it.

    Thank you so much. God bless,
    Chenchen Moore

    • Hi Chechen in China! Visit me if you come to America! Bless YOU!

      1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
      1 tablespoon roughly chopped rosemary
      2 cloves garlic
      Salt and black pepper, to taste
      1 (2-pound) boneless leg of lamb, rolled and tied
      Place oil, rosemary, and 1 clove of the garlic into a blender and puree until almost smooth. Add salt and pepper. Pour garlic mixture over the lamb, rubbing it into the surface of the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      Roast lamb for 45 minutes, covered, and an additional 45 minutes, uncovered, or until lamb is done to your liking. Transfer lamb to a cutting board and let it sit for 20 minutes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We have been doing very similarly to your celebration for years! love it!!
    we like to incorporate different songs each year, any suggestions? thx!

  7. Gwendolyn Lord says:

    I have to say, this is absolutely lovely in intention. I was searching for a simple way to provide a semblance of a Passover meal, which would honor my Jewish ancestors, but would not disregard my Christian ones, and my own faith path which takes a little bit from everyone. I am impressed because this is sensitive to both the Jewish and Christian faith, and can be adapted easily to add in some more diversity.
    Blessings to all for all holy seaons!

  8. Daniel says:

    I’m sorry, I appreciate the sentiment, but to bring in Jesus into a Jewish holiday and ceremony is not only folly… it’s insulting.
    Jesus, according to the Jewish faith, was not the Messiah. Christmas is not about Mohammad. Easter is not about Buddha.
    Passover is NOT about Jesus. Your symbolism for the Karpas is insulting. “Tears of the Israelites who have yet to accept Jesus as their saviour?” REALLY?? Had you known the actual symbolism behind those tears (decades of slavery and abuse of the Jewish people), would you be so audacious as to assume this is about Jesus??
    Jews don’t accept Jesus as a saviour. Please stop assuming that eventually we all will.

    • Daniel, Although I get where you are coming from, I would far rather have a Christian recognize something of Jewish history and tradition, and embrace it, and assimilate it into their culture and ceremony…then be exclusionary and divisive.
      Whether one accepts Jesus as the Messiah is not the point, so much as acknowledgeing Judiasm overall, through it being the root of Christianity….
      NOW if I wanted to take exception, as a Goddess/Feminist pagan–I could hop all over BOTH of your religions for usurping and overlaying mine! Be at peace brother, this woman means no harm to anyone, nor disrespect. We are all ONE in the Eyes of the Divine.

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