Passover Haggadah: Christ in the Passover Seder

CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER SEDER

Passover Seder Wellspring Israel/Jim & Debbie Laymon

 Introduction:

Candle Lighting:  A woman or older girl lights the candles, then she reads the blessing.  Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat.

Prayer:  Baruch atah Adonai Elohaynu meleeb ha-olom, she-shalach et ben’chay’cheed’cha Yeshua Ha-Mashicah, Li-h’hot or ha-olam v’she ha-pesach shelanu I’ma-on n’chyeh biz’chutto.  Ah-main.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord or God, King of the Universe, who has sent Thy Son, Thine only

Son, Yeshua the Messiah, to be the light of the world and our Passover lamb, that through Him we might live, Amen.

A brief welcome and teaching on the Significance of the month and Nissan- Exodus 12

First Cup of Kiddush Sanctification: According to Luke22:17-18, “After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Washing of Hands and the bitter herbs:

The leader holds up the parsley and says, “This parsley represents life, which God gives us.”  Then he dips the parsley in the salt water.  The salt water represents the tears of the Israelites because of the suffering they endured as slaves in Egypt.  Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.  Take the parsley on your table and dip in salt water and eat it.

Haggadah, The Four Questions:  A child reads this out loud

On all other nights we eat bread or matzah.  On this night, why do we eat matzah?  All other nights, we eat vegetables.  On this night why do we eat bitter herbs?  On all other nights we do not dip the vegetables, but on this night why do we dip the twice?  All other nights we eat sitting.  On this night why do eat reclining?

 Leader says: On Passover we eat only Matzah, flat bread without dough to rise when they left Egypt.  Leaven, or yeast, is a metaphor for the bad influence of sin in our lives.  It is a way to represent physically that we are now a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We get rid of the leaven, which is the old life of sin.

 The Leader holds up the plate with three piece of Matzah, called Afikomen, which means, “that which comes last.”  Later children will look for it and the one who finds it will get a prize.

The Leader says, On the Passover we eat bitter herbs to remember the Israelites terrible life of slavery in Egypt.  Take a piece of Matzah bread and dip it in the horse radish sauce and eat it.

The Leader says, On Passover we dip vegetables twice.  We have already dipped parsley in salt water to remind us of the Israelites’ tears.  But we also dip our vegetables in sweet charoset.  This reminds us that even in slavery, the Israelites had hope in God.  Everyone take a piece of Matzah and scoop charaset onto it and eat it.

 The leader says: On Passover we recline, or sit comfortably, as free people.  In contrast, the Israelites at the first Passover meal standing, ready to leave any minute.

The Passover Story:  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus

 Second Cup, The Cup of Deliverance. 

The Second Cup is the Cup of Deliverance.  In traditional Jewish Seder the second cup is not drank.  Instead of drinking, the finger is dipped ten times into the cup, while the each plague is recited.  The ten plagues: blood, frogs, lice, cattle disease, boils, hail, locust, darkness, and death of the firstborn.

 Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Passover Lamb:  The Leader holds up the roasted lamb shank bone and says:  This bone reminds us of the Passover lamb that was killed.  He briefly summarizes Exodus 11 and 12.  Jewish people can no longer sacrifice a lamb on Passover because the temple was destroyed.  But no one needs to make a sacrifice because Yeshua died as the Passover Lamb to take the punishment for sin.

The Leader holds up the betzah (the boiled egg) and says:  The egg symbolizes mourning and reminds us that the temple was destroyed, a sad event for the Jewish people.

Leader says, When Jesus celebrated the Last Passover before His death, he took the Matzah broke it, and blessed it.

All read: Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Leader says, Then Jesus gave some of the Matzo to his disciples and said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:19

Third Cup, The Cup of Redemption:

 Leader says:  Then Jesus took the third cup, the cup of redemption, and said the blessing.  “Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.”

Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Afikomen:  Children look for the hidden Matzah that was hidden earlier.

The Little Children search for the hidden Afikomen (meaning at the end or party)

Now we eat a meal of Rest, Relaxing and Lounging:  The meal is to be one of joy and gladness.

 Fourth Cup, The Cup of Consumation:  Matthew 27:46, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 Leader: Baruch atah Adonai, Elhaynu melech ha-olom boray p’ree hagufen.

Translation:  Blessed art Thou, O lord our God, King of the universe, Who created the fruit of the vine.

Empty Cup which is at an Empty Chair and Place Setting:   The Cup of Elijah:  The Leader says, Jewish people look for Elijah’s return on Passover, so they set a place for him at the table and open the door to welcome him.  Christians acknowledge that Elijah has come again in the presence of John the Baptist (Mt 11:14), and also that the Messiah has come.  Tonight we open the door of expectation of the second coming of Messiah;  Maranatha! (Revelation 22:20).

The Leader reads the Hallal:  Psalms 118, Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

 Next the Front Door is opened and the children go out to look for Elijah.  The Leader ask, “look up in the sky, do you see Elijah?”  And then everyone shouts out,  “UNTIL NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM.”

 

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