A couple of weeks ago our church small group was able to participate in a Seder. For all of us gentiles, a Seder is a Jewish ritual feast held on the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Typically, families gather around the table on the night of Passover to read the Haggadah, the story of the Israelite exodus from Egypt. Seder customs include drinking of four cups of wine, eating matza and partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate.
It is an awesome experience that combines eating and learning (does it get any better than that?!?). The person leading the Seder reads from the Haggadah and leads everyone to remember all that God had done for His chosen people.
Being follwers of Christ, we were also able to learn how significant each part of this traditional meal was in showing that Jesus was a direct fullfillment of all the ancient prophesies. There are so many elements of symbolism that point to Jesus being the Messiah.
I really treasure this experience and I’m hoping to attend a formal Jewish Seder next Spring at Shema Yisrael which is a local Messianic Synagogue in Southfield. Andy and I even talked about how cool it would be to share this kind of meal with our family each year and any friends who might be interested.