We searched for a way to commemorate the resurrection in a way that reflected its importance. So in the spring of 1989 we started a new family tradition, celebrating Passover on Easter Sunday. It’s full of imagery from the Old Testament, and it fits because Jesus served the Passover to his disciples right before the crucifixion. My fourth child, Daniel, was six weeks old that first year. My husband announced that we needed a cloth bag. He gave me a careful description of what it should look like. Since I had just delivered, I wasn’t out often. So I took apart a pillow case to make what we needed. He also spent hours preparing. The Jewish people read from a Haggadah during Passover. My husband went through making changes to reflect our hope in the risen Christ.
During Passover, everyone drinks four cups of juice after a blessing. The only bread eaten is unleavened, the Matzo. Just like Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, it contains lines and holes. The bag which holds it, the Matzatash, has three compartments. During the Passover, the leader removes the matzo in the middle section. It’s called the Afikomen. This is the only Greek word in the ceremony and it means ‘he came.’ Jewish people who don’t accept Messiah have no explanation for this word. The father wraps the Afikomen in cloth and hides it. After the meal, the children search for it. Once it’s found, the leader purchases or redeems it. When the cup of redemption is drunk, everyone shares the Afikomen amongst themselves. This is the place where Jesus said, “Take eat, this is my, body which is broken for you.” The cup of redemption is the one where Jesus said, “…this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
My husband always comments that we don’t serve lamb for Passover because we don’t need one. God provided the lamb—Jesus. His death paid for our sins. The angel of death passed over us, and we have eternal life because our savior lives. Celebrating Passover blesses us every year with its beautiful symbols. We all love it.
What a wonderful idea to start such a tradition with your family! Cynthia, thank you so much for sharing with us how you and your family celebrate Easter.
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