EASTER VS PASSOVER
This seems to be the time of year when people get confused about who celebrates what and why. I grew up in the middle of all that confusion and have dealt with both sides of the question. As a Jew I am constantly asked by Gentile (Non-Jewish) followers of Jesus if I celebrate Easter or Passover, as if it is one or the other. I respond in my head, “Do you even read the Bible?!” But outside of my head I take a deep breath and prepare my speech using all the Christianese I can so that my ignorant questioner might understand that Jesus is Jewish and that there is no contest between the traditions. Quite the contrary—Jesus is in fact the Passover lamb that was given by God to save the Jewish people and the rest of the world. They follow up with the question, “Then why do Jews wear those funny hats?” (My eyes widen slightly, one eyebrow slightly elevates.) I change the subject by asking, “What’s up with Lent? When did that become biblical?”
On the other hand, I meet Jewish people who think Passover is just about eating food and spending time with family. Many people today don’t even mention God during the seder (traditional meal). When I try to explain to them how Jesus is a part of Passover, they don’t even know what the Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures) says about Passover. The ignorance is incredible. I cringe when I hear assumptions from both sides that are absolutely false and have no basis in Scripture.
I always challenge those who earnestly want to learn to come to a Jews for Jesus Passover Banquet. This group seder is great at explaining Scripture and showing clearly the parallel of Jesus as the Passover Lamb.
That is why I am personally inviting you to come to a banquet this year in 2012. Make sure you RSVP and tell a friend who needs to learn.
Jews for Jesus Invites You to Join Us for Passover
Come celebrate God’s redemption, then and now! Passover showcases our God as the Bondage Breaker. He wants us to remember how He delivered the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt and how He is still delivering children of every nation from the bondage of sin today.
God, the Master Teacher, designed the perfect plan to remind us of His redemption: the annual meal to commemorate that first Passover night. This ceremonial dinner continues to reach people generation after generation. In the Passover celebration we can reflect on all that God has done for us through Jesus, the Lamb of God, who celebrated Passover in what is commonly known as “the Last Supper.” We invite you to celebrate Passover with us. Come and feast with us either for a full course dinner (limited locations below) or at a presentation in your area (check to see if we’re in driving distance from your home). We think you’ll remember this as one of the most meaningful and joyous holiday celebrations ever.
These are full course dinners including a presenter and Jewish gospel music and require reservations in advance.