Messianic Passover Thoughts, 2019

Today we know the true meaning of Passover from the perspective of History.

A group of thirteen men gathered together in a small upper room in Jerusalem. They were celebrating together the Jewish feast of Passover. The dinner conversation was centered on the story of God’s people.

Passover was being redefined. No longer was it simply about redemption from slavery, but redemption from sin.

The Teacher, Yeshua / Jesus, was now the Passover lamb to be Slain.

This group of men made their way from dinner to a garden outside the city, a beautiful garden on a hill overlooking the Temple. Then in the distance the torches could be seen descending from the city and coming towards them. Life as they knew it would never be the same!

God wants us to remember the Celebration of Passover as the night that history was split in two and the events that led to the redemption of God’s people Born Again Jews and Born Again Gentiles (Christians) were put into motion at the Fullness of Time according to the plan of God.

The purpose of the meal was planned in eternity past within the Trinity {One God in 3 separate and distinct persons, of the same kind and essence…The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit }; so that a true SEEKER of God would be able to understand that the Coming Jewish Messiah, the Christ is Hidden in the elements of the Passover Meal.

Just as Jesus is Hidden in the Old Testament and then Revealed in the New Testament as the Jewish Messiah. The Messiah of All Nations, the Son of God, the King of Eternity.


broken for you

HE was BROKEN for You !

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” This SEDER question is the ONLY QUESTION that demands an answer !

Every year during Passover the Jewish people answer this question, which is the first of the 4 questions of Passover. Those 4 questions were chosen by the rabbis but there were many other questions that could have easily been chosen.

WHY does the Matzot Bag have 3 compartments for 3 Matzot?
Because it represents the Trinity, GOD in 3 Persons (God the Father, God the SON, and God the Holy
WHY do we BREAK the Middle Matzot in half?
Because Jesus was broken for your sins on HIS CROSS. HE died to Save You.
WHY do we wrap half the Middle Matzot in a cloth and HIDE it?
Because Jesus body was wrapped in a cloth and put into the Tomb for 3 days then HE was RESURRECTED…
WHY is the word Afikoman the only word in the Jewish Haggadah a Greek word that means HE HAS Come?
Because Jesus fulfilled the Messianic Prophecies about the 1st Coming of the Messiah to die on the
Cross for the Sins of Mankind. HE CAME ALREADY and is coming again soon the 2nd Time. But this time
as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, with Fire in His Eyes, without Hope, Mercy or Grace, in JUDGMENT.
WHY do the children at the end of the Passover Meal search for the BROKEN piece of Matzot that was
wrapped in the cloth and then HIDDEN?
Because to FIND JESUS you need to have the FAITH of a Child. Then you will SEE Jesus in the Old
Testament Messianic Prophecies and BELIEVE.
WHY does the father of the house REDEEM the lost Matzot with money?
Because Jesus the Broken Middle Matzah died on the Cross to REDEEM each of us who BELIEVE in HIM so
we can be in Heaven and not experience our 2nd ETERNAL DEATH in HELL.

The Rabbis have no answers for these questions…but God does. To answer those questions would be to admit that GOD ordained the Passover Meal to remind Jews of their coming Messiah Yeshua…for JESUS IS HIDDEN within the Passover service; just like He is Hidden in the Old Testament, but then REVEALED in the (JEWISH) New Testament.

To see Him clearly in the Old Testament and in the Passover Services you must have a Circumcised Heart, Born Again by the Holy Spirit. Then you will see with the eyes of your heart that has been turned from stone to living flesh.

Passover Thoughts: How Awesome is God…

… that within the Hebrew names of a genealogy in Genesis 5 in the Old Testament, He would hide the New Testament Plan of Redemption. (Salvation, bought for all through the death of Gods Son, Yeshua!).

ADAM… man (is) SETH… appointed ENOSH… mortal
KENAN… sorrow (but)… MAHALALEL The Blessed God
JARED… shall come down ENOCH… teaching
METHUSALEH… His Death Shall Bring LAMECH… the despairing
NOAH…comfort and rest.

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching, HIS DEATH Shall Bring the despairing comfort and rest.

Remember, History is His Story, the story of Christ. That story is hidden in the Old Testament and Revealed in the New Testament.

Each one of us needs to see Yeshua / Jesus as God’s Passover Lamb who died and shed His blood for us and atoned for us so that we can pass over from death to a new life with the Living God.

For Centuries the Passover Seder ended with a shout of Next Year in Jerusalem. Well, the Jewish people now have Jerusalem and the new cry is Messiah Come Now. They cry out for the coming of their Messiah.

We also wait for Him and look forward to the New Jerusalem, the city of God from heaven where we will enjoy the feast of Salvation with our Messiah someday soon.

Israel is God’s prophetic time clock. The Lord said we would not know the day, but we would know the signs of the times. It is time to be looking upward to heaven……because our redemption……The Lord Yeshua the Messiah……Jesus the Christ…….Yeshua, The Lamb Of God……IS Coming Soon.

Its not the end of the world like we often hear, but a new world and a new beginning for those of us that Love The Lord Yeshua !

Passover Thoughts: Its ALL about JESUS !

Who is this ONE we are called not to forget?

Let me remind you.

We call HIM the Son of God
We call HIM the Messiah of Israel
We call HIM the Christ of HIS Church
We call HIM the Lord God Almighty
We call HIM the Lord of Lords
We call HIM the King of Kings
We call HIM the King of Angels
We call HIM the King of Men

And we call HIM the KING of AGES.

That last title to me is the most awesome title of all …The King of AGES. Why because the King of Ages is the King of Eternity and if you believe in Jesus, then you my friend have become an Eternal Being with a future.

You will live in HIS Presence forever as He lives to please you and make you Happy throughout the Ages to come that He has planned for HIS eternal family to enjoy together.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (New Living Translation)
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

If you “Love HIM” then remember Him, and He will remember you and like the thief on the Cross next to Him you will hear in your heart the Lord say to you…

“Today you will be with me in Paradise”.

You live in time, but you have no time.
Reach up and take His hand…He will never let go of you and you will be able to take comfort the rest of your days here no matter what comes because you now are living the great adventure.

A poem that has touched my heart deeply. Because as a believer you and I have the right to call God, Abba, Daddy.

Their faces I formed so that mine they would seek,
ears to listen for the Word I would speak,
eyes to see, minds to understand,
all they required I made with my Hand,
the Law and the Prophets for centuries foretold
the birth of a baby begotten of old,
in words un encoded, with language so plain,
that even the simplest could call on my name,
fathom mysteries of old, confounding the wise,
come, see the Messiah through a child’s eyes.


Passover Thoughts: A Jewish Messianic Perspective

God established the holiday of Passover, so that the Jewish people would remember His mighty works.

Jesus established Communion during his last supper (a Passover Meal), asking us to remember the most Magnificent Work of all…. HIS Cross.

The Bible is a love story about Gods great love for His children and the ultimate sacrifice of His Son for you, so someday you can go to heaven.

The Bible is ONE book. With ONE HERO….Jesus, with one villain….Satan, with one theme….Salvation and ONE Purpose
….to Glorify Almighty GOD.

“Do not forget me, O my children, says the Lord”…

Don’t forget HIM.

Passover thoughts: What have we Learned?

What have we learned?

1. This observance of Passover is powerful because it speaks to both Jewish and Christian believers.

2. The story of Passover reminds us that God provides for us, and when we get into these seemingly hopeless predicaments,
He is able to rescue us, because God cares about us.

3. What about you, Do you Care about God?
God wants you to remember that HE always remembers you.

There are many themes throughout the Old Testament that remind me of the Tears God sheds over His wayward children.

The theme that touch’s me deep within my heart is In Isaiah,
God said…“Do not forget me, O my children, says the Lord”

Passover thoughts: The 3rd Cup of Redemption

Immediately after the matzah, we drink the third cup of redemption. Jesus, during the Last Supper specifically took the 3rd cup after supper, the cup of redemption through which God said “I will take you for My people and I will be your God”.

Luke 22, verse 20 says “In the same way, he (Jesus) took the cup after they had eaten.” Jesus infused the cup with new meaning when he said “This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in MY blood.” This fulfilled Jeremiah Ch. 31 vs. 33 when the prophet spoke for God saying, “I will put my law within them, and on their heart I will write it. I will be their God and they shall be my people.” This speaks of our being Born Again.

The Christian communion, takes two elements from the Passover Service: The unleavened bread and the cup of redemption, the cup after supper. Communion is an abbreviated version of Passover using these two elements of the Passover meal.

The fourth cup is taken at the end of the Passover Service . It is the cup of Praise…Christ did not drink this cup….He will drink it in Heaven with us to celebrate our home coming at the marriage super of the Lamb.

Passover thoughts: Why Search for the Afikoman?

After the meal is finished, all the children begin searching for that special hidden matzah.

Remember that middle matzah called the afikomen that represents the Lord? Its unleavened (sinless), striped, pierced, broken, wrapped in linen and Hidden.

The children searched for it and the one who finds it, brings it out of hiding or “resurrects” it and presents it to the father. The father rewards the child who finds it with a few dollars. To me, this is a vivid illustration of the death of Jesus, his burial, his resurrection and the reward of ETERNAL LIFE that God gives each one of us that finds the hidden Bread Of Life.

Passover Thoughts: The real meaning of the Matzah Bag

The real meaning of the Matzah Bag
Part 1 of 7

There is a container for the Passover Matzah or unleavened bread called a “Matzah-tash” or a matzah bag. The interesting feature about the matzah-bag is that it has 3 compartments for 3 pieces of matzah.

Some rabbis say the 3 matzah’s represent the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Other rabbis say it represents the Priests, the Levites and the rest of the people of Israel; or the depiction of 3 crowns, learning, priesthood, and kingship; or the 3 measures of a fine meal which Sarah prepared for Abraham’s angelic guests in Genesis 18.

In fact there are even more theories and no agreement as to which is right.

None of the Rabbis theories make much sense and here is why.
During the Passover meal, the middle piece of matzah from the middle pocket is taken out and we break it in half.

It is quite obvious to me that this matzah does not represent Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I believe that this middle matzah called the Afikoman, represents the Messiah. It is made from unleavened bread- remember lack of leaven represents lack of sin, just as Jesus was sinless.

And it is striped and pierced. The Prophet Isaiah said of the Messiah in Ch. 53 vs. 5, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed.”

Passover thoughts: Afikoman the middle Matzah

Part 2 of 7

The broken middle matzah is called the Afikoman in the Haggadah represents Jesus. The Haggadah is like a bulletin that you might receive on a Sunday morning with the order of the service and some of the prayers and songs listed for you to follow. It contains the Passover order of service.

One half of the Afikoman is put back in the middle compartment. The other half is wrapped in a special linen cloth and then hidden just as the Lord Jesus was wrapped in linen after his death and was hidden in the tomb.  I believe this special 3 in 1 matzah bag represents the Triune God of Scripture.  God the Father, God the Son who is the middle matzah and God the Holy Spirit. The nature of our Triune God is Hidden in the Old Testament and Revealed in the New. Remember, the early church was Jewish. This Matzah bag tradition exists today; but the Rabbis cannot explain how they got it.

The ancient Jewish Haggadah has words in Hebrew, and Aramaic but there is only one word in Greek! That word has remained the same for thousands of years…the word is Afikoman. It literally means “ the one who HAS arrived”. Note the past tense, HAS ARRIVED.  The Afikoman , (the middle matzah) represents both the lambs that were sacrificed for the sins of the people and also is a reference to the coming Messiah, who through the Suffering Servant depicted in Isaiah 53 , take’s away the sins of the world…..The Messiah,  the one who came already…..not the one too come some time in the future!