My friend Martha M. invited me to my very first Passover Seder at her home when I was still in high school, maybe in 1973. I am ever thankful. It has added to my faith. But I am not Jewish, I am a Christian. I had a spiritual encounter with Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) in 1984, after having prayed to know the truth about God! HalleluYAH!
The next time I attended a Seder was in 1997 at a Messianic synagogue where I was visiting. I would go to various Seders through the years. But now my grown son Richard, is leading his own Passover Seder! In 2020, because of this awful pandemic, some people cautioned me not to attend this event. But my son replied, “Listen to the Holy Spirit!” So I listened and went and am glad that I did! On the piano, I played and sang “Avinu Malkeinu” and also sang “Daiyenu” to which my granddaughters danced! We had a joyous time!
Why do I attend a Passover Seder? The “Last Supper” was the Passover! The shankbone represents Our Passover Lamb, Yeshua who was the atoning sacrifice for our sins. The unleavened matzoh alludes to the sinless life of our Messiah. So Yeshua “took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’” When Yeshua took the third Cup of Redemption, He proclaimed “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” The Messiah knew that He would die on the cross on that Passover Day, but “for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross.” Yeshua was in the grave on the Feast of Unleavened Bread and He rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits!
All the Feasts of the LORD celebrated by the Israelites were meant to be “a shadow of the good things to come”!!! Hebrews 10:1. Christ fulfilled the the first three feasts while He was here on earth. The fourth feast is Pentecost and that was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit was imparted with flames of fire soon after Christ ascended to heaven. Yet Pentecost was when Adonai imparted the Torah to the Jewish people centuries before! So, Christianity and Judaism have the same anniversaries! Isn’t that so like God?
This is what the Prophet Jeremiah proclaimed: “Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah…” Two thousand years ago, the Jews were the first to receive the Holy Spirit and they led 3000 Jews to belief in their Messiah Yeshua that day. Sadly, Emperor Constantine was successful in separating the Jewish believers from the Gentile believers during his reign and it has continued. Until recently … I believe this is a sign of the Messiah’s soon return! (See the Bereshit prophecy.)
The last of the Feasts of the LORD will be fulfilled when the LORD returns for His Second Coming. Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets is when believers will be resurrected. The second one is the Day of Judgment or Yom Kippur. Then there is the Feast of Tabernacles when we will live forever with our King!