I got to hang out with an old friend & former co-worker of mine Raquel before she went travelling the world and will be moving to FL. Anyone have any Baptist church recommendations in the Tampa area for her?
(left to right by rows) Alex dying an egg | Me with Raquel | My brothers and I | Rob reading from Exodus as I was preparing the Sedar items on the table | My beautiful nieces Meiha & Kyana | Meiha & I (She doesn’t look happy here, but while I held her she was playing with my heart necklace and pointed to her heart, my heart, and then said Jesus was in her heart. SO adorable)
We celebrated and survived our first Messianic Passover (Pesach) Sedar. It was really great. Rob read chapters of scriptures to us. We learned loads of history to connect to Christ (I read a 330 paged book about it written by a Protestant who became a Messianic in 1995 & explained everything so profoundly and detailed in an interesting way). It was really exciting. While most people were pigging out on food, we were getting stuffed just from drinking our grape juice (we don’t drink alcohol out of choice, but even John the Immerser and Samson stayed away from it, so I am sure other Nazirites celebrate Passover without actual wine too).
The hardest part was going a week without bread. I love bread. We figure that if Christ could sacrifice His body for us, we could go a measly week without bread. Making everyone’s lunches was hard to do, but matzah (un-leavened bread) isn’t so bad when you adjust to it (I had my peanut butter & jelly Matzah regularly haha). Preparing the actual Sedar meal was difficult because there is one dish (charoset) that is supposed to have nuts and fruits in them (specifically apples). Rob’s recently become allergic to apples and Micah is allergic to nuts and I am allergic to fruit, so this piece had to be replaced by something else instead to look like mortar used to signify the bricks that the Israelites would make and use for building as slaves of the Egyptians. Supposedly that is the favorite dish of the meal and we had to miss out. I think the boys learned a lot more in our meal and it was just great to ask them questions whether they were paying attention or started spacing out.
My favorite part was explaining the Last Supper to the boys and sharing with them in the Passover mea. Basically they had their “first communion” in our home (we explained & asked questions to see if they really understood what sin and forgiveness of sin meant). Since God tells us to spend a week observing the Passover every year (Exodus 12:14-15), and Yeshua (Jesus) said to do it to also remember Him in extension to Passover as He was doing for the disciples (Luke 22:19), it just totally made sense and made us see how important this observance is compared to any holiday we’ve ever celebrated in the past!
Christians (Jew & Gentile together) celebrated Passovers and the Sabbaths until 341 CE (council of Antioch) & 363 CE (Council of Laodicea) when made illegal for Christians to participate in each and Constantine (& the Council of Nicea) in 325 CE decided he’d cut out every part of the Jewish traditions and that Christians could celebrate the Resurrection only for one day (he’d kill those who he’d find out went against his orders – but Rob could go on a rant for his disgust for “Constantinian life” better than I could). We do believe that the Passover enriches one’s faith even more and helps us grasp the significance of the Exodus in light of the cross. Although we are upset it took us this long to understand its importance, we’re glad that we can raise our children in this way. It was a lot of fun!
We did go to church to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. We did go for dessert at my parents’ home to be with family after they had their Easter celebration (which was hard to do since my mom offered me bread and had desserts that had yeast in them that we had to stay away from). Maybe one day they’ll join with us in a Sedar, but we still have much to learn on it (mainly the liturgy of it).
We are so glad that Yeshua died for us to set us free from the slavery and bondage we have had to our sins! Thank you Yeshua for saving wretches like us countless times and being the sacrificial Passover lamb who shed His blood and body so that death could pass over us from eternal damnation & that we now have true salvation!