Passover remarkably foreshadows Jesus the Messiah
Created by Jon Taylor - Tuesday 09 Apr 2019
Jon Taylor
It is an amazing providence that both the Jewish people and the Passover have been preserved. Exodus 12 provides the background when God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt. A male lamb without blemish was killed on the 14th Nissan. Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He was pure and without blemish and was crucified on the 14th Nissan.
Blood was applied on the doorposts and lintel. Jesus is most assuredly ‘The door of the sheep’ (John 10:7). They ate the lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Leaven represents sin so had to be removed. Since Yeshua (Jesus) was sinless, He is the only one who could forgive sin and provide atonement for sins. The bitter herbs were a reminder of the bitter suffering whilst in slavery in Egypt. Then the firstborn of the Egyptians was slain, though the Lord passed over the Israelites.
Why the blood and the need for atonement? God is pure and holy in entirety and we are not. Our sins separate us from God and only He can make us righteous before Him. ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for souls; (Lev. 17:11).’ Similarly ‘Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Heb. 9:22).’
The Seder Plate
Before Passover, every trace of leaven is removed from the home. The Seder table and plate are set. Matzos bread (unleavened bread) is pierced and striped. Again this foreshadows Jesus the Messiah who was sinless, pierced for our transgressions and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; c.f. Psalm 22:16; Zech. 12:10; John 19:31-37; 1 Peter 2-21-25, Rev. 1:7).
The contents of the Seder Plate and what they represent are as follows…
Zeroah (shank bone)Reminder of Passover (Pesach) offering
Beitzah (Egg) Reminder of festival offering brought to temple on Pesach
Maror (Horse Radish) Symbolize bitter suffering when slaves in Egypt
Haroseth (Apple, Walnuts, red wine) Symbolic of bricks and mortar
Karpus (Parsley) which is dipped in salt water. Represents salty tears whilst in slavery
Chazeret (Bitter Herbs) bitter suffering whilst enslaved in Egypt
Aphikomen and Communion
A fascinating tradition takes place at Passover. Three wafers of unleavened bread are used. The middle one is broken (aphikomen) and then put in a white napkin and subsequently hidden. At the end of the meal the children play a game and try to find it with a little help from the adults. It is then eaten when they find it.
The body of Jesus was broken and then wrapped in grave clothes and hidden away. He was crucified between two criminals. The timing of the Lord’s Supper (Communion) was to coincide with Passover. The Passover is mentioned numerous times in each of the synoptic gospels. The disciples were to eat the bread and wine and to do that in remembrance of Him until He comes. The Romans weren’t able to produce the body of Messiah and Jesus rose from the grave.
Next year in Jerusalem
The service ends with a prayer and the hope ‘next year in Jerusalem’. Where will Messiah come? To Jerusalem, and He will stand on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). The first coming of our Messiah including his miraculous birth, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension and fulfilment of prophecy is the certainty of His return. His resurrection is the guarantee of our resurrection. One day we will meet Messiah either as our Saviour and Redeemer or as Judge. Since only Messiah could atone for our sins, no amount of prayer, good deeds or sacrifice can reconcile us to God.
The question is however, are you searching for Him? Are you eagerly waiting His coming? Have your sins been forgiven? When Yeshua the Messiah returns will you be ready? Are you trusting in Him rather than trusting in your ability to perform good deeds or prayers? Will you resurrect to everlasting life with the Saviour or a lost eternity? He is the great Shepherd of our souls and the only way and means of access to the Father. He is the door of the sheep though we are all like sheep who have gone our own way. Have you believed in Jesus the Messiah and repented? Are you following Him?
‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8).’
Tuesday 09 Apr 2019