The Seder Meal
As part of our church’s Easter celebration this year, we had a Seder meal celebrating Passover in the way Jesus did at His Last Supper. There were over 350 people in attendance.
Dr. Steven Ger, president of Sojourner Ministries and fourth generation Messianic Jew, was our speaker. Steven began by having us recite a blessing. He then gave a 20-minute introduction on the history of the Seder meal and the elements that speak of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and our salvation.
Seder is a traditional meal that Jews partake in as part of Passover, at which they celebrate the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The word Seder in Hebrew means “order.” The Seder meal follows a specific order of eating the food, reciting prayers, and singing songs.
Each table at our Seder meal had a special Seder plate that contained symbolic foods commemorating the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and their freedom from slavery. Steven spoke briefly of the historical and biblical significance of each element on the Seder plate, both to Jews and Christians.
The climax of the entire evening was when Steven shared about the matzoh and wine and their relevance to the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus instituted a new era in history, ratifying a new covenant. The old covenant of attaining righteousness by trying to keep the law and atoning for sin through animal sacrifice is over.
Notice the proclamation of John, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). The God-Man – Christ Jesus – fully divine and fully human, who lived a perfect life satisfying God’s righteous standard, willingly offered up His life as the ultimate, once-for-all sacrifice to atone for mankind’s sins. Jesus’ shed blood and broken body were fully accepted by God the Father, satisfying His judgment against sin and providing forgiveness of sins for all. A transformed life, from the inside out, is possible through Jesus’ imputed righteousness for all who come to Him by grace, through faith, not of works, but of repentance and belief in their heart that Jesus Christ is Lord.
The Lord’s Supper calls us to remember Him and His great sacrifice with gratitude. This is the story that needs to be shared! Thank you, Steven, for reminding us again!