Friday, April 18, 2008

Jesus Revealed In The Passover Seder

Last night our house church, The Mission, enjoyed our very first Passover Seder dinner together. It was so amazing.

I've posted some pictures over at the Mission blog

We couldn't have done this without the incredible sacrifice and servanthood of our dear sisters in Christ, Betsy and Candy.

What's even more amazing is that Wendy and I only met these two amazing ladies last Sunday--for the very first time.

And yet, they came to our home, set up these tables, donated their finest china, printed up the Seder books for each place setting, came early to set up, carried out the food to serve us, went from person to person with a bowl and towels to wash our hands, washed dishes in the kitchen while we ate, and cleaned everything up afterwards.

This is the amazing love of God. This is what it means to be part of a larger Family of God.

Even though we barely know these women, they loved us all enough to come and to serve us and to bless our socks off, just because we're brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

Betsy and Candy are both part of my friend Marti Clark's home church. They graciously made our amazing Passover Seder possible and we cannot wait to serve them in return someday soon.

The Seder itself was phenomenal. Several times my wife and I had to pause to hold back our tears as we were touched by God's love for us and by His incredible wisdom, revealed within the Seder itself.

To me one of the most profound things was knowing that thousands of years ago, God gave the Jewish people a command to celebrate this dinner on a specific date each year. Thousands of years later he fulfilled His promise to them by sacrificing Himself on the cross - the very same day.

Not only that, but at 3pm that same day, when Christ cried out "It Is Finished", the Jews customarily blow the shofar trumpet and sacrifice the passover lamb.

Incredible stuff.


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