When I first met my husband and found out his family has a Messianic ministry, I knew that the Old Testament and Jewish history of Christianity were important but I didn’t realize just how much so until we celebrated our first Passover.
Being raised in a Christian church myself, the pastor preached from both Old and New Testaments, we supported missionaries in Israel, he even used some Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic in his sermons, but we never celebrated any of the Jewish festivals or feasts.
During that first Passover that we celebrated as a married couple, I was reading through the Haggadah with Vinny as I came across an interesting part. After the 2nd cup and after dinner, the haggadah tells us to take the matzah and the cup of wine, to break and eat. Sound familiar? I immediately remembered the part in Matthew 26 where it says “Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'”
All this time I thought that “The Lord’s Supper” was just Jesus taking a random piece of bread and cup of wine and declaring them to be his body and blood. I never realized that it was actually part of Passover! This was the middle matzah that had been broken and hidden away, called the afikomen. The afikomen was hidden away, but then found again. This symbolizes how Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. The third cup in the seder is the Cup of Redemption. Jesus said this is His blood which was shed for us. His blood is the only means of redemption we have.
Can you imagine the disciples’ reactions when Jesus declared that this was Him? I know my mind was blown when God first revealed this to me. There is just so much symbolizm in Passover that you have to attend one to see for yourself. It will certainly help you see how God’s plan of redemption is a thread thoughout every single book of the Bible.