The Jewish Passover and Easter
Bring your family and join us to sample what a Passover is like - Sunday 20 March 5-6pm
What was your favourite subject at school? I loved PE. In PE you were part of the action. You were in the story. The lesson was going on all around you, and there was always a story to be told at the end of the lesson. "What a great catch!" "Did you see that goal we scored?"
Maths seemed to happen to me, but PE was something I was part of.
What about Geography? I loved Geography because of the pictures. In English I had to observe certain laws and was chastised for splitting my infinitives. In Geography I could look at a picture to understand the process and then look out of the window and see it in the landscape. The teaching made an immediate connection with the world around me.
It's no wonder that I went on to teach Geography and PE in my first 'proper' job. As a teacher I discovered that the best lessons are those where every sense is engaged. It was quite hard to get taste into Geography, but many lessons included touch, smell, sound and sight.
When God chose to save the Israelites from the judgement to fall on Egypt (because up to that point Pharaoh had refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt) He gave detailed instructions on how the Israelites were to commemorate their rescue from slavery. You can read about it in Exodus chapter 12. There are instructions about the day it is to be observed on, the lamb to be chosen, the length of time it is to spend with the family and how the family are to dress to enjoy the meal.
Verse 14 of Exodus 12 tells us why the detailed instructions were important:
"This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD - a lasting ordinance."
An "ordinance" is a religious ceremony to help people remember and celebrate something important. God was doing something in Egypt that was important to remember through all future generations. As an important lesson, God chose to use all 5 senses to get the message across. If you grew up in a Jewish family, you would be familiar with the pattern of this celebratory supper.
John chapter 13 tells us that Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples before becoming the fulfilment of the Passover feast, on the cross. At the beginning of John's gospel, John the Baptist had identified Jesus as "the lamb of God who takes away [at the cross] the sin of the world".
Passover and Easter are closely linked, but how much do we really know about Passover?
Have you ever used the five senses in understanding this lesson?
Have your children ever experienced a Passover celebration from a Christian perspective?
This year in the run up to Easter weekend, we have the opportunity of experiencing this celebration from both a Christian and Jewish perspective. David Moss was raised in the Jewish tradition and then became a Christian. He will guide us through the Passover celebration explaining its symbols and fulfilment in Jesus' death and resurrection.
This will be on Sunday 20th March at 5-6pm. More details can be found here:
God continues to teach us about salvation by making us part of the action. This Easter, people will come to church and we pray that they are saved around us. We are in the thick of the action.
This Easter, we have the chance to come and use all five senses to help understand why Jesus had to die in our place.
Please will you join us? All ages are welcome.
Slightly adapted from Gareth's blog