Celebrating Passover

Those of us who believe Jesus is the Messiah find Passover an exciting holiday to celebrate, joining in with our Biblical heritage to observe the feast Jesus held with his disciples just before his death. It’s the night Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his disciples, telling them to remember it as his body and blood. We celebrate our freedom in Christ — we are no longer slaves!

Passover has been observed for millennia, and Seder meals are still very common. The Seder (liturgy) retells the story of Passover with four cups of wine and six elements on a Seder plate. Traditional Seders vary in length — some are quite long! We have put together a simplified version for download here.

Jesus’s disciples had been following the Seder ritual every year of their lives, and would have been well familiar with it. Jesus made it even more memorable for them by placing himself in the elements of the Passover, particularly the third cup – the cup of redemption – after the meal.

As followers of Jesus, we reenact this night every year with a simplified Passover Seder. Rereading the scriptures about Passover gives us a chance to pass the story on to our children, and share how God saves his people even now from the slavery of sin and death.

You don’t need anything extravagant to celebrate Passover with your family. A meal, a Seder plate with the elements and a simple retelling of the Passover story are enough. We made a complete list of Passover essentials if you’re following along with our Seder liturgy. Download it for free here.

The Seder plate includes:

Charoseth, a blend of apples, raisins, and walnuts sweetened with honey and wine
Horseradish or bitter lettuce
Parsley snd salt water
The shank bone of a lamb
A roasted egg

Each of these elements is symbolic of a part of the Passover story, and is explained in the Haggadah, or liturgy (literally, the telling).

You can purchase matzos online; here are the ones I bought this year (click the image to go to Amazon — we are Amazon Associates so we may benefit from your purchase):

And check out our Pinterest for recipes, activities, and decorating ideas!

While Passover is traditionally an eight-day festival, we only observe one night during Holy Week leading up to Easter. It’s tradition for Jews to avoid chametz (leavening, which represents sin) for the duration of the holiday. We try to nod to the significance of this tradition by preparing our Seder dinner free of chametz. I found this blog really helpful if you’re interested in learning more about Passover food rules!

We hope you will celebrate with us this year and learn more about Jesus in the process! Let us know in the comments or on Instagram if you’ll be celebrating Passover this year!