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.
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!
And at this time, the meal is concluded!
Our family watches Jesus of Nazareth after the dinner.
Charoseth–3 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!