Over the years I’ve facilitated a Passover Seder meal re-enactment with my kids and their friends, looking at the ceremony from a Christian perspective. A chance to reflect on the incredible significance of Jesus leading His disciples through the special meal.
Passover was a celebration of freedom. A celebration of the lamb’s blood on the doorposts leading to death passing over the Israelites. And this particular Passover meal was led by THE LAMB OF GOD who enables eternal death to pass over us and ushers in true freedom. So much significance in the remembrance…
The four cups – sanctification, deliverance, redemption, thanksgiving. Jesus changes the script taking one of the cups and says, “Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
The washing not only of hands, but of feet. “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you,” Jesus says.
The antiphony response of, “it would have been enough,” when Jesus knew none of it was enough; it had to be Him; only He would be enough. He came to die.
The reciting of Psalms to close the ceremony, “The stone that the builder rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes,” they sing Psalm 118 together from memory.
Finishing the hymns, they make their way to the Mount of Olives; to the Garden of Gethsemane. Here Jesus prays, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
It isn’t possible. There is no other way. If there were, God surely would have taken the cup from His Son.
Beth Moore in her Passion 2013 talk about the Last Supper points out that when we go through hard things and ask God to “take this cup from us”, we can have confidence in knowing that the only way he will leave it in our hands if it is absolutely crucial to what we are doing on this planet.
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