Revealing Yeshua in Pesach, the Feast of the Lord
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Hello my friends! It’s an honor for me write for Desiree again and on this occasion, my writing is about Yeshua (Jesus) through Pesach (Passover). I want to explain first that I prefer use Hebrew names, but I’ll give you the common translations as well. So, here we go!
Pesach is the most important feast in the calendar of God, because it’s a memorial of God’s deliverance and mighty hand.
“This day is to be a memorial for you. You are to keep it as a feast to Adonai. Throughout your generations you are to keep it as an eternal ordinance.” –Exodus 12:14 TLV
This verse give us insight about Pesach, because it is a FEAST. What does that mean? It’s a celebration. What do we celebrate on Pesach? First, we celebrate the deliverance of Israel from the slavery in ancient Egypt and second, our spiritual deliverance from the slavery of sin. In other words, we’re celebrating the glorious power of God manifested by His mighty hand while delivering His people.
The preparation for Pesach has three events called: Bedikat Chametz (The search for leaven), Bitul Chametz (Nullify the leaven), and Biur Chametz (Destroy the leaven). The chametz (leaven) represents the sin, and we’re commanded to remove it (Exo. 12:15) because it affects us, damages us. These three events are the process to repentance:
1) First, we search the leaven (sin).
2) Then we recognize (confess) our fault, and when we recognize it we’re nullifying its power on us.
3) Finally, we destroy the sin by the power of Yeshua’s blood!
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -- 1 John 1.9 TLV
The first thing on the Seder shel Pesach (Order of Passover) is the lighting of the candles. There are two candles because these represent the two Houses of Israel, the two witnesses of Revelation, the two sticks of Ezekiel 37, the light of God that burns before us to light our path, as well as Yeshua and us. Why? Because Yeshua is the Light of the world as we are because of Him (John 8:12; Matt. 5:14).
The second thing on the Seder is the washing of the hands. This represents the washing of the water of the Word, and reminds us the washing Yeshua showed on the last Pesach meal, with His disciples.
The third thing on this Seder, is the first cup of wine or the cup of sanctification, this cup represents the first “I will” from Exodus 6:6, 7. God promises to bring us out from under the burdens of Egypt and sanctify us (v. 6). “Drink of this cup” is a declaration of our choice to be set apart from the world by following God’s ways. Remember that the wine represents the blood of Yeshua that was shed for us (Matt. 26:27, 28).
Then we eat karpas (parsley) that represents the growth of the Israelite people and God’s blessing on them as promised to Abraham, and we dip in salt water and vinegar that is a representative of the tears shed during slavery and the crossing of the red sea. It also reminds us of the tears we shed because of sin.
Following that is the Yachatz (breaking the matzah), this represents the body of the Messiah offered on the Cross. The matzah is broken right down the middle, one piece of it (called afikomen, meaning “that which comes after”) is hidden (like Jesus in the garden tomb). The matzah (unleavened bread) represents the bread made by the Israelites when they left Egypt. The purpose of eating unleavened bread is simply to help us recall our deliverance from our own personal “Egypt” and remind us to remove the sin (leaven) out of our lives.
Now is the moment to the second cup of wine or the cup of deliverance, that represents the second “I will – I will deliver you from slavery” (v. 6). This is a reminder of God’s promise to deliver us from our bondage like He delivered the Israelites from Egypt.
The next step is blessing the matzah, which represents the body of Yeshua, because the matzah is both pierced and has stripes, like the Lamb was pierced in his hands and feet for our transgressions and striped (whipped) for our iniquity (Isa. 53:5).
Now follows the bitter herbs! Marror (horseradish) represents the bitterness of slavery and reminds us of the bitterness of sin. We eat maror and matzah.
The next is charoset (a mixture of apples, nuts, honey and wine). It represents the mortar that the slaves in Egypt used to make bricks and reminds us of the sweetness of God’s grace through His son, the Lamb that was slain. So we eat charoseth with maror on a matzah, representing when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and also the lifestyle of many believers (Rev. 3:16), we ask God to empower us to walk in purity and holiness so our life must represent the pure sweetness of the charoset without any bitter mixture. Finally, we eat charoset with matzah, because it represents the pure truth of God’s Word and the sweetness that comes as a result of the walking in His Ways and being filled with His Spirit.
The final part of the plate is the lamb meat commemorating the Passover lamb whose blood was placed on the doorposts and on the cross that means Yeshua.
The next topic on the Seder is the search of the afikomen (wrapped in linen), representing the fact that we must search for Messiah, and remember that He was “hidden” on the tomb.
After that comes the third cup of wine or the cup of redemption, which is the third “I will - I will redeem you” (v. 6). This is the cup from which Yeshua said,
“Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins.” –Matthew 26:27, 28 TLV
And also the cup from which Paul said: “For as often you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26 According to the Mishnah, this cup represents the blood of the lamb that was shed and placed over the doorposts in Egypt. We know this is the cup that represents the blood of the true Lamb.
The final part of the Seder is the fourth cup or the cup of praise, reminding us of the fourth “I will – I will take you to Myself as a people” (v. 7). Is the cup of praise because we celebrate that now we’re a His people and “acquired by Him as a nation.” This cup also commemorates the promise of Yeshua:
“For I tell you, I will never it eat again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” –Luke 22.16 TLV
This is how Yeshua (Jesus) is revealed in Pesach!