For only the second time this century, the Christian remembrance of Good Friday and celebration of Passover for Jews coincides.
While Christians are remembering the crucifixion of Jesus this Friday evening, Jews will be sitting down for the first Sedar of Passover.
While I’m not Jewish, I am a Christian who believes it is very important for us to understand our Jewish roots and the rich symbolism and the prophecies of the Old Testament that are fulfilled by Jesus’ life and death. Jesus literally fulfilled the Jewish celebration of Passover by becoming the Passover Lamb for all who would believe in Him then and now.
The Jewish holiday of Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew, commemorates the Israelites’ escape from Egyptian slavery. This eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated each year in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. (The dates on an American calendar vary from year to year.)
The main ritual of Passover is the Seder Meal, which occurs on the first night (or the first two nights) of the holiday–a festive meal that involves the re-telling of the Exodus through stories, songs and the consumption of ritual foods, including matzah and maror.
It was on what is believed to be Thursday, April 2, of 33 A.D., that Jesus had his last supper. The next day, Jesus was crucified, and on Sunday, April 5, He arose from the grave. It is on the same date in 2015 when we will celebrate Resurrection Sunday!