Celebrate and commemorate the faithfulness & grace of God.
Our desire is to celebrate and commemorate the grace & faithfulness
of God in Care Groups all across the city!
What is Passover?
The Jewish festival of Passover is a very special holiday that celebrates the Jewish peoples' freedom from the Pharaoh in Egypt over 3,000 years ago.
The book of Exodus tells of the origin of Passover. God promised to redeem His people from the bondage of Pharaoh (Exodus 6:6). God sent Moses to the Egyptian king with the command that Pharaoh “let my people go” (Exodus 8:1). When Pharaoh refused, God brought ten plagues on the land of Egypt. The tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of all the firstborn in Egypt.
The night of the first Passover was the night of the tenth plague. On that fateful night, God told the Israelites to sacrifice a spotless lamb and mark their doorposts and lintels with its blood (Exodus 12:21–22). Then, when the Lord passed through the nation, He would “pass over” the households that showed the blood (verse 23). In a very real way, the blood of the lamb saved the Israelites from death, as it kept the angel of death from entering their homes. The Israelites were saved from the plague, and their firstborn children stayed alive.
It’s the oldest, continuously celebrated holiday of the
Jewish calendar and runs for seven or eight days, depending
on where you live. This year it begins on the evening of March 27.
The Passover Meal?
Passover starts with a big ritual meal known as the Seder (say “say-der”), which means “order” in Hebrew. Family and friends come together to eat traditional dishes, and participate in prayers & scripture readings.
While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Passover, it is beneficial to study it and could be beneficial to celebrate it if it leads to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection. The Passover is a wonderful picture of Christ’s atonement for His people and His deliverance of us from the bondage of sin. That is something we should celebrate every day of our lives.
Q: Do we have to kill a lamb?
A: No. We are not attempting to follow the Old Testament Jewish traditions to the letter, but rather use this as a way of bringing the sacrifice of Jesus to life.
Q: What kind of food do I serve?
A: You can serve any type of food; however, we do encourage kosher elements like avoiding pork and shellfish, etc.
Q: Do I have to provide all the food?
A: You may provide the meal if you choose. You can also do a potluck style meal, or just have everyone bring their own meal.
Q: Who can I invite?
A: We are encouraging a family atmosphere whether that be your immediate family, extended family, or church family. You can also invite non-church friends & family and use this as a time to be a witness.