I just love Holy Thursday where Jewish meets Christian- where the celebration of the Passover (Exodus 12) meets the Last Supper (John 13:1)
“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Years ago, a Jewish friend helped me understand the Jewish seder meal and helped me prepare one for my own family. As Christians we find Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy so an important part of our own meal was helping the children make the connection between the prophesy and the fulfillment, between Jesus celebrating the Passover meal and bringing new meaning as He offered His Body and Blood in a new covenant. (Matthew 26:28):
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
It is good to remind the children of the faith of the Old Testament people and the rich symbolism. It is good to re-read the story of Moses and the Exodus and remind people that while Jesus’s mother Mary was undoubtedly the first Christian, Jesus was raised Jewish!
May you have a blessed Holy Thursday, and I hope you will join me in prayer for our Jewish brothers and sisters who share Christians’ ancient history. As Christians we find fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament in the New Testament. We find the Messiah among us and begin now, as we enter into the Holy Triduum, to commemorate Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Today I’m offering many prayers that our bond with our Jewish brothers and sisters will remain strong and that those bonds, as we continually seek understanding of and respect for one another, will enhance friendships and relationships now and in the future.
Many blessings to you and yours-