Here we are getting ready to start the Passover seder:
Here, Sarah reads the four questions that are answered during the seder?
- Why do we eat unleavened bread on this night when all other nights we eat leavened bread?
- Why do we eat only bitter herbs on this night when all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables?
- Why do we dip our vegetables twice on this night when we do not dip our vegetables even once all other nights?
- Why do we eat our meals reclining on this night when on all other nights we eat our meals sitting
This is our seder plate and the cup of wine. The lamb represents Christ, the Lamb of God; the bitter herbs (horseradish here) represent the bitterness of bondage; the "matzah" is unleavened, representing how quickly the Israelites had to leave Egypt; and the "haroset," a mixture of apples, nuts, grape juice and cinnamon, represents the mortar the Israelites used to build the Egyptian cities, and the sweetness of a better world. And there are four cups -- the cups of sanctification, judgement, redemption, the kingdom; Christ drank only the first two, and we drink only the first and third, skipping the second cup because Christ took God's judgement on Himself, and the fourth cup in waiting for joining with Christ in glory one day, we pray:
The "karpas" (celery here) symbolizes the new life for the Jewish people and the hyssop used to sprinkle the blood on the door posts, and is dipped into salt water representing the tears of slavery:
These are all "types" or shadows of the spiritual realities of being set free from the bondage of sin and its rule in one's life (where now one also has the freedom to obey in matter and manner of God's commands), and set free from the penal death for sin and from the law as a covenant of works and from the ceremonial law. And again, these are only made possible by the sacrificial Lamb, the Lord Christ Jesus, who also brings sweetness in obeying Him and to the tears of sorrow for sin in forgiveness with repentance.
Mr. Bunker holds up the matzah, or unleavened bread, as representing Christ, which he eventually breaks and wraps in linen, as Christ was broken and wrapped in linen:
Here, we've dipped our finger in the wine 10 times, representing the 10 plagues brought down on Egypt:
And then it was time to eat the Passover meal:
It was a blessed time of fellowship and remembrance of the Lord Christ Himself and His great works!
We pray the light of His glory in the work of His graces in worthless vessels shine forth from us, for the glory of His name, even if it's just for the heavenly realms to see:
We're grateful to the Lord for His infinite graces and mercies and condescension in providing and becoming the sacrifice for His people. May His name be praised forever!