Rabbi Schneider — Passover, The Seder
Shalom, beloved ones, and God bless you, Yedidim. My name is Messianic Rabbi Kirt Schneider. Welcome today to this edition of Discovering the Jewish Jesus. This is the third part in our series on Passover.
Beloved, once again, this is the third and final episode in this series on Passover, and we're gonna be looking today at some of the elements of the Seder. Now many of you have heard that when Jewish people celebrate Passover, they have a meal that's called the Seder.
And that simply means, the word Seder simply means the order, because there is a particular order of service that we follow when we're celebrating Passover with the Seder meal. Now this order, or this Seder meal is dictated by what we call a book that we use that tells us what to do.
It's called the Haggadah. And the word Haggadah simply means the telling; because the highlight of Passover is re-telling the story of how our great God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt and brought them to himself and into the Promised Land.
Now the reason, beloved ones, that this is important for all of us today is because Passover not only had application for the ancient Israelites when Father God delivered them out of Egypt, but Passover also has application for everybody that has a relationship with Yeshua HaMashiach, the Lamb of God.
This is why in the Book of Revelation, twenty-nine times Jesus is referred to as the Lamb. The reason he's referred to as the Lamb is because Father is identifying him with the Passover.
In other words, the ancient Passover that we read about in the Book of Exodus is fulfilled in Messiah Jesus. What the Lord did for the children of Israel physically by delivering them from the bondage of the Egyptians thirty-five hundred years ago, he's still doing today spiritually by delivering his people, by delivering his people out of, out of the spiritual darkness, out of the bondage of demons, out of the bondage of the world and the flesh to bring us in to the abundant life that he has for us in his Son.
So let me say it again, what the Lord did for Israel physically by delivering them from Pharaoh and from the bondage that the Egyptians were subjecting them to, he is doing today spiritually by delivering his people out of spiritual bondage. This is why it's so critical to understand Jesus as the Lamb of God and to develop and appreciation for the Passover.
In fact, as I've said on the earlier broadcasts, every time that you and I celebrate communion or the Lord's Supper, we're actually celebrating the Passover, when Jesus, when Yeshua lifted up the wine, when he lifted up the juice, when he lifted up the matzah.
He said to the disciples, as often as you do this, in other words partake of the Lord's Supper in his name, as often as you celebrate communion, Jesus said, I want you to do it remembering the Passover. He was actually saying this to his Jewish followers.
Whenever you celebrate Passover, he said, I want you to do it in remembrance of me. So communion or the Lord's Supper, beloved, is actually the fulfillment of Passover. And so we partake, beloved, of the Lamb of God, of the blood that covered the children of Israel's door posts that protected them from the judgment of sin during the time of the Egyptians, that same blood is fulfilled in Messiah Jesus.
It's over our life protecting us from God's judgment against sin. And even as the Israelites were commanded to eat that Pesach, that Passover lamb thirty-five hundred years ago, so you and I are commanded to eat Jesus's flesh, to drink his blood, to take him into our self, not just to taste him, not just to be religious and go to church once a week, but to truly take Jesus fully into our life, that he will become our life.
In fact, the Lord told the children of Israel when they celebrated that first Passover thirty-five hundred years ago that they were not just to take a little bit of the lamb, but they were to finish it, all of it. And this speaks to us today of how our relationship with Yeshua ought to be.
We need to consume him, all of him, beloved. He needs to become our everything for us to fully enter into the deliverance that the Lord has for us. You see, Passover is really the, the celebration of freedom and deliverance.
And in order for Israel to experience that freedom and deliverance thirty-five hundred years ago, the Lord told them they needed to take all of the lamb and eat all of it. And so you and I today, if we're gonna truly experience the fullness of the freedom and liberty that Messiah Jesus wants to bring us into, we're gonna have to eat all of him.
We're gonna have to eat his flesh, drink his blood, as the Scripture said, fully taking him into our life. Of course, many of you know that I am literally quoting the Scripture here, that Jesus himself said unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in yourself.
We're not talking about literally. We're talking about spiritually. We're receiving Jesus fully and completely into our life.