Passover is my favorite holiday.
Passover is the traditional Jewish meal that Jesus was celebrating with his disciples the night he was betrayed. Biblical scholars believe it was during this Passover meal that Jesus instituted our beloved Communion Meal and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” (You can read about it in Matthew 26 and Luke 22.)
We celebrate Passover every year, right before Easter.
Spring’s first flowers decorate the farmhouse table.
Warm, spring air wafts through the windows, bringing hope.
Families and friends gather to celebrate how God has freed us from our slavery to sin.
We celebrate our deliverance from sin and death. To escape the Angel of Death, the Israelites covered their doorposts with the blood of a lamb. We celebrate that we are covered by the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. Death has passed over us and has no sting.
A peek inside our celebration…
The ceremony is abuzz with children and adults alike, remembering the ancient story of the Israelite’s deliverance, while seeing Jesus in every symbol, taste, and smell. Some parts of the ceremony are active while other parts are reflective. Some parts require participation while other parts require personal reflection.
I prepare a festival meal – often lamb kababs and rice – that we enjoy together, right in the midst of the ceremony. We keep it simple, take bathroom breaks, refill water glasses, and help the children cut their meat. Amidst the hubbub and interruptions, we talk about how God has delivered each one of us from sin. Even the children pipe up and tell about His goodness in their lives. I cherish it, year after year.
The ceremony is beautiful. It builds my faith. God is a good teacher to have instituted a sensory meal – full of history, heart, and truth – to remind us, over and over again about His love for us through Jesus.
After the two white Passover candles are extinguished, our guests linger. Then they head out the door.
By the end of the evening, the floor is covered in Matzah crumbs, the table is sprinkled with sparkling grape juice. Half-nibbled parsley rests on the edge of saltwater bowls and crumpled napkins hide the bitter herbs that the children didn’t prefer.
We clean up the dishes, filling the dishwasher to the brim. As it begins its two-hour washing cycle, Ryan and I hug one another right there in the kitchen. We sigh gratefully about the work and wonder of the Passover Meal.
A Free Guidebook to Celebrate a Passover Seder With Children…
May I take you step by step through the preparation and ceremony? I’d love to help make your celebration as simple and meaningful as possible. I wrote a guidebook for a Christian Passover Seder with Children that you can download and print for free. It includes a list of the items you’ll need, a checklist of things to do ahead of time, a recipe, and the ceremony script.
Simply click on the image below for your free guidebook:
Let’s tell one generation after another the mighty acts – and faithful love – of God!
I hope it builds your faith.
Joyous Passover, my friend!