Tell what the ceremony means
Can you hear the sound of many waters (Revelation 14:2)? At Passover, God is calling for our collective testimony of His redemption in our lives.
When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' then tell them, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'" New International Version
The historic event of the first Passover in Egypt is a Day that points to Jesus Christ who IS the PASSOVER. The Christian haggadah is the grateful voice and testimony of the Body of Christ declaring that "The Lord is Good and His Mercy (Hesed, Lovingkindness) Endures Forever... "
1 Cor 5:7-8
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. New International Version
When we gather on the day of Passover, we are to tell OUR OWN STORIES. This is the Christian Haggadah, it is a collective event that is to be done in Unity.
Haggadah means “Telling”.
A Christian Haggadah (hey-gah-dah) retells the story of God’s redemption of Israel from Egypt and also our redemption through His grace by the death, burial and resurrection of our Messiah, Jesus. This re-telling is not birthed of tradition or of the mind of man; rather, it is the instruction of the Lord Himself to his people.
Ex 12:14 -15
"This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD--a lasting ordinance. For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. New International Version
Ex 12:17 -18
"Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt . Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. New International Version
Passover is one of three yearly gatherings that the Lord has given to His people to celebrate and remember who we are and who God is. We remember what he has done for us, and what He has promised to still complete. These Feasts, also called Sabbaths, are specific places in time that he has prepared for ALL his people. The knowledge and practice of these Feasts has been hidden away from a large portion of the Church for almost 2,000 years. It began with the accusation that Jews were God-haters and that anything associated with their traditions should be completely rejected and abandoned. In the fury of hatred, blame, and religious self-righteousness, the teaching and observation of the Lords intimate seasons were lost
–but only for a season.
In recent times, the Lord, blessed be His Name, has seen fit to re-ignite and re-veal the Truth and power that is hidden in these times. All of the Feasts speak of our Messiah, Jesus. They describe and reveal the operation of the Kingdom of God. As Heb 8:5 says of the Tabernacle, they are “a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.” So while we may not be able to see clearly into the realm of Heaven, we can see the shadow that it casts on the earth through the Feasts. The Feasts are not heaven, but they are quite accurate in their details.
The observance of these times is by no means to be construed as some alternate method of salvation.
Eph 2:7-10 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” New International Version
"'These are the LORD's appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The LORD's Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD's Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. New International Version
THE SEDER (say-dur)
Traditionally, Passover is celebrated with a special service and meal called a Seder (say-dur)
“Seder” in Hebrew means “order”. It is an ordered service. But don't let the word "ordered" scare you. The purpose of the Seder is to celebrate the freedom that the Lord has given us from the bondage and power of Sin. The power and religion of ancent Egypt is a picture of the power and bondage of sin in our lives.
Specific foods are set on the table, and the retelling of the Exodus events begins. Diners take turns reading a scripted account and particular foods are eaten at appropriate times. Bitter herbs are eaten to remind us of the bitterness of slavery to sin. We eat greens dipped in salt water to remind us of the tears we shed in the land of our bondage. We eat bread that is made with no leaven to remind us that there was no time for raising bread when the Lord came to deliver Israel from Egypt. Also, the unleavened bread symbolizes Jesus the Messiah, who is the bread from heaven. He is pure and wholesome with no leaven, no sin; He is the absolutely spotless Lamb of God given for the taking away of our sin nature.
At the end of the meal,there is a” treasure” hunt for children,where they seek the hidden piece of matza called the "Afikomen" complete with a prize! Afikomen means "that wich comes after." There is a picture of our Messiah Jesus, his death, ressurection, burial, and return in all of this. The child who finds the hidden bread exchanges it for a great prize, usually a fancy treat. When we find the "Hidden Manna" from heaven, we find access to the strong bonds of Gods Covenant of Love to us through Jesus Christ, who came to redeem all of us from the curse. What a prize indeed! It is well worth our seeking with all diligence and persistence.
When you seek me with your whole heart, you will find me.
The scriptures tell us to remove the leaven from our houses in preparation for this Feast. We are to eat bread made without leaven for seven days beginning on the 14 th day of Abib, the very day that Israel was delivered from Egypt.
We are told to tell this story to our children
When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' Then tell them, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'"
New International Version
Some may find themselves becoming hungry as they anticipate the “real” part of the Seder meal, sbut that is part of the lesson. We must become hungry for the Lord’s provision – and then – He will fill us.
Passover is the oldest of all Jewish holidays. It marks the beginning of the religious calendar (Exodus 12:1.2). The original account of the first Passover is found in Exodus 12, 13, & 14.
Many "Tellers" - One Story
Again, the word "Haggadah" means "telling" and there are many ways to tell the same story. Imagine the time before written books were common and the history of a people was passed from generation to generation by the telling of stories and events of their past. This, I believe is part of the beauty and strength of the Passover celebration, each storyteller bring his or her own personality and experience into the telling. We are not talking about fabricating lies and exaggeration, but we are talking about the uniqueness of people, their gifting, strengths, sense of humor, and individual experiences concerning deliverance from sin and entering into covenant with God.
This collective sound of millions of people telling our stories of redemption and salvation together on the same day, the 14th of Abib, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is one of the sounds of "many waters". When we come together at the Feasts of the Lord, we come into unity WITH Him. It is then no longer just a collection of individual testimonies of lives redeemed at various times, but the stories are all united into one GREAT FLOOD of testimony that has the power to change the World!
In Exodus, the Lord tells Israel to take the blood and put it on their doorposts. The blood of the spotless lamb "taken" for each house spares them from death. The wages of sin is death. The blood pays for sin.
But the Lord tells them also to TELL THE STORY, each year, on the same day at the same time, and the Blood coupled with the telling of this story OVERCOMES ALL THE POWER of the enemy
And they have overcome (conquered) him [satan, the devil] by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony , for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].
Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]! [Isaiah 44:23; 49:13.] AMPLIFIED Bible
Can you hear it?
Can you hear the rumble and shaking of this Voice of Many Waters?
It is the sound of our testimonies together unified in the very Sabbath of the Lord God who is Lord of the Armies of Heaven. And just as at the first Passover event in history, He has come down with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm to deliver His people OUT OF THE HANDS OF OUR ENEMIES in a single night!
Now our voices can join with His in agreement and in Truth and no power of the gods of Egypt or any other lesser thing can stand against this flood of testimony.
There is liberty to write or tell your Christian Haggadah of Passover in your own style and format, but we must remember WHEN. The Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread are gifts to us. We can enter into the Lord's Appointed Days and join ourselves to His purposes for us in them. The Lord is never late, and He always comes at
Just the right time.
So let's join with Him in the Feast and celebrate our FREEDOM IN CHRIST!