Saturday, First Baptist will be hosting a Passover Seder Encoutner. It should be awesome. I am looking forward to getting a better understanding of the Passover and the Gospel, as a result.
Here is a teaser for the Event from Nathan, the Rabbi who will be leading us.
The scene for God's redemptive plan for our world is set when the Lord parts the Red Sea and Moses leads the Israelites into the promise land. For thousands of years the Jewish people have come together each year to remember God's salvific work in our world and in our lives. During the Passover Seder we enter into the Exodus experience and through taste, song and prayer remember the history of our salvation.
It was during this time, a small Passover Seder in Jerusalem, where Jesus sat with His disciples for His last meal before His impending death. And it was here that He took the third cup, the "Cup of Redemption" symbolizing the redemption of the Jewish people and infused it with new meaning— "This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you." (Luke 22:20) Just as the blood of the slain lamb smeared on the doorposts of the ancient Israelite homes covered them from the death of the firstborn, so too the blood of the slain lamb, Jesus, covers us all from death and brings us into Jesus' resurrection and life.
Passover Encounter is a traditional Passover Seder that is specifically oriented toward the Christian Church. Passover is a celebrated memorial to the book of Exodus and God's faithfulness to the Jewish people. It is an opportunity for Christians to come alongside the Jewish people while entering deeply into the "Lord's Supper" and experience their own personal Exodus.
The night leaves people with a deeper appreciation and understanding for the Jewish people, renewed and encouraged faith as they see the powerful and historical background of our Faith in Jesus, and a deeper appreciation for the Church's own Easter and communion celebrations.
If you haven't already decided to come, I would encourage you to. It's not to late to sign up to come. I know some of you have already signed up, but for those of you who haven’t, you still can (we need a hard count by tomorrow). And as you sign up, remember to invite your friends! Also, remember that children are not only welcome, but will be encouraged to participate. This should be a lot of fun as we gather to share fellowship, and learn more about the Passover and the Gospel.
If you have not signed up yet and are planning to come, please contact Linda Dougherty (lindad27581@ yahoo.com), Debbie Ericson (ddericson@ comcast.net), or myself by Wednesday, so that we can know how much food to make. Also, I would like to encourage you to plan on helping out by making something. Most of these recipes are not hard to make. The food is different from what you might usually make, but the recipes aren’t hard. If you would like to make something, but are unsure about making something unfamiliar, I would encourage you to give it a whirl. Linda or Debbie can email you recipes if you would like to bring food or help out in any other way.
Hope to see you there First Baptist!