For a long time, I did not think that Jewish holidays had anything to do with my Christian faith.
Until…my Sunday school class did a video series on the biblical holidays. It opened my eyes and tugged on my heart to learn more.
After doing some research, I really wanted my family to follow these biblical holidays.
Jesus was Jewish. When I told my children this, they were shocked! And I took note that I had missed out on teaching them a valuable lesson. I wanted to change that.
As a Christian, I do not share in the Jewish heritage, but I am grafted into the vine of his family.
Romans 11:17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root.
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There are three of the four spring holidays celebrated within an eight-day period. So planning is essential!
These three holidays are the Passover (sacrifice), Unleavened Bread (burial), and First Fruits (resurrection), which portray the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This post is all about the details that surround Passover.
There are no set rules for the order. As Christians, we must not get caught up in legalism, but in the meaning and the focus of our heart.
You can choose a simple meal with no specific readings.
You can choose to follow the traditional seder outline.
We have decided to follow a Messianic Haggadah that will go through blessings and readings.
Just do not get caught up in doing everything perfect. Pray and trust. And just give it a try!
Passover is from the Hebrew word Pesach, which means passing over or protection. This comes from the instructions given to Moses in Exodus 6:6-8. This is truly the real beginning of all spiritual life.
Without the Israelites being saved, there would be no basis for the Messiah, no hope for our sins, and no deliverance from evil. This is certainly a momentous occasion to celebrate.
The Passover Seder menu is the most important to plan.. Do not get overwhelmed I will give you a printable shopping and prep list that will save you!
Seder means “order”, and this dinner celebration in which the narrative of the Exodus is related and prayers of thanksgiving are offered up for God’s protection.
How to Set Up A Seder Plate:
We have chosen to have one Seder plate as a representation of this holiday.
Salt Water – Represents the tears of slavery. The parsley is dipped into this water.
Sprigs of Parsley – Symbolizes new life for Jewish people, as well as the hyssop used to sprinkle blood on the door post.
Ground Horseradish Root – Maror – This is the bitter herbs mentioned in Exodus 12 that represents the bitterness of bondage.
Haroset – Mixture of apples and nuts. Represents the mortar the Israelites used to build the Egyptian cities.
Lamb Shank Bone- Symbolizes the lamb eaten before the Israelites fled Egypt.
Roasted Egg – Symbol of life
Romaine Lettuce – The second portion of bitter herbs
For the Meal:
Gluten Free Matzo Ball Soup
Besides the food, there are a few more items you will need for your Seder meal.
You will want to choose a Haggadah.
We use this printable version from A Holy Experience.
There an easy to follow Haggadah in my favorite biblical holiday resource. Find it here.
This is a printed version that I have heard great things about.
Matzah – bread without leaven. This symbolizes the hurry that the Hebrews left Egypt.
I found this gluten free option on Amazon.
Juice of the Vine – Wine or Grape Juice. Four cups of wine or grape juice. The Cup of Sanctification, the Cup of Judgment, the Cup of Redemption, and the Cup of the Kingdom.
Tableware. If you have nice china, this is the time to break it out. Everyone will need a plate for dinner and a glass for wine or grape juice.
This is the Seder plate that we will use for this meal. I will have one Seder plate to represent this portion of the meal.
Pitcher, Bowl, & Towel for hand washing
Matzah Cover – Three pieces of matzah will go in this cover.
2 Candles & Matches
Now, why do you need all of these items?
Great question. I was overwhelmed when I started researching a Seder dinner.
But do not worry. I will guide you through step by step. I will also give you a free printable timeline to keep you on track.
Click NEXT STEP for details and the order of the Passover meal.