It seems quite fitting to me that the word seder means order since the seder meal is meticulously structured. The seder is defined as “a Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner for the first night or first two nights of Passover”. Although this meal is a Jewish tradition, I could not help but marvel at the symbolism of Jesus Christ.
The whole dinner moves along set in a system, everyone participating at the same time. It is filled with reflection, stories, joy, and praise. Candles flickering on the tables, friends and family were all around, and the story of the Exodus filled the air. I deeply admire the Jewish tradition of remembering what God had done for their ancestors and continuing that gratitude by instilling it in their children. It was a beautiful thing to engage my sense of taste with the story by eating food that symbolized part of their history, and now my history as I am grafted in through the blood of Jesus.
I couldn’t get my mind off of Jesus as much of the dinner seemed a reminder of Him. For instance, there is one point in the dinner where three sheets of matzah are used. The Jews don’t know exactly why it is three sheets but there are many speculations. However, it was pointed out to me that Christians and Messianic Jews see this pointing to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This makes sense as the man with the matzah continues on to break the middle piece (the Son) and wrap it in a white cloth. It is then hidden until later in the meal. This piece is the afikomen “that which comes later”. Jesus was broken, wrapped in cloth, and hidden away in a tomb. Later in the dinner, we have the Z’roa or the lamb and Jesus was the perfect lamb that was sacrificed for our sins. Even when we were remembering the plagues in Egypt, we were instructed to take a drop of grape juice with our fingers and let it fall to our plate, one for each of the plagues. As I looked over at my friend’s plate I noticed that the drops of juice resembled the blood that Christ spilled to save us from our Pharoah, sin, that held us captive until we accepted Him. So remember why this day, Good Friday, is important. Think on the wonderful example of love Jesus gave by dying for us and look forward to the joy and hope of His resurrection.