On Monday night, I hosted “pre-Passover” because I wanted to make sure I’d sorted out all the details and that it was going to work. Good news for you (and for those I’d gathered around my table): it did!
It is so doable, y’all. And so worth it! There is no substitute for actually celebrating the feasts. The Lord gave them to us as tangible reminders of truths we cannot see. He meant for the crumbs of the unleavened bread to land in our laps, for the horseradish to burn our eyes, for the saltwater to make our mouths water.
Our God knows we aren’t just spirits. We are bodies and souls and minds too, and He invites our senses to find Him in the feast in ways our minds and hearts alone cannot. We are invited to taste and see and smell and touch.
Someone last night said, “Passover so clearly points to Jesus that it’s almost like it’s fake.” But it’s real! And the Lord’s hand in both the origination of the feast and in the way that the traditions have evolved throughout the years is incredible.
The order of service that I’ve put together follows the traditional Passover Seder but also includes elements of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples on the night before He was crucified. The Last Supper was a Passover meal, so where it is recorded, I have included what Jesus did to transform the Passover meal.
I’m going to share a little bit about our experience last night in hopes that it will encourage you to do this yourself. You really can do it! Gather your family, a few friends, whoever is in your home—it doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be huge.
I will send you everything you need: a shopping list, a prep checklist and an order of service for the evening (that’s the booklet that you’ll read through as you celebrate Passover around your table—it tells you exactly what to say and do).
If you’ve signed up to participate in the feasts, you will receive all of that in an email today. If you haven’t already signed up, sign up here and I’ll shoot you an email with all of the Passover information!
Here is a brief look at our Passover celebration [Thank you Lindsee for being the resident photographer (always)!]:
I really do hope you’ll choose to celebrate Passover with your family and/or friends this year. Passover is on April 10 this year. That coincides with the Holy Week leading up to Easter. I think that celebrating it any night that week would be powerful as we turn our attention to the Lord’s saving work on the cross.
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
As we celebrate the Passover (and every time we take communion), we remember His death. We celebrate His resurrection. We anticipate His return!
Look for an email from me today with all that you need to celebrate Passover with your family and friends. (Or let me know that you want one by signing up here.) And please share how you decide to celebrate the feast! I would love to hear about your experiences.
Feel free to share ideas and suggestions with each other (and me!) in the comments.
And in case you or those you are celebrating with want to look back on the history and significance and Passover, here are links to the two posts where I summarized that: