Passover is the most sincere and most solemn holy day of the year. For the spiritually devoted, it is the time we recognize, with the utmost humility, the two most momentous events in history: the deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery and captivity, and the deliverance of humankind from the power of sin and death. These two, the greatest acts of power and love ever demonstrated to the human race, happened on this night.
On the night the Hebrews were to be delivered from over 400 years of Egyptian oppression, they were instructed by their God, Yahweh(Jehovah), to sacrifice a pure, unblemished lamb. For each family, a sacrificial lamb would be the center of focus that night, as well as the center of the meal, since the blood of the lamb was to be spread on the doorposts of each dwelling. The lamb’s blood, pure and untouched by sin, would repel the Angel of Death while it ravaged through Egypt killing every firstborn male of man and animal. Hence, we have “passover”; death passed over every dwelling under protection of the blood of the lamb.
Pure blood is the only remedy for sin under the law of Yahweh. Therefore, this brought about a series of sacrifices that needed to be made daily for the people to live under the protection and favor of Yahweh. This went on for 4000 years. Then came Yahshua(Jesus)Christ, the Messiah, teacher, prophet, and heir to the Hebrew throne. By living a devout life, never once transgressing the law, Yahshua fulfilled the whole duties and requirements of the law. No one having ever done this before, he put an end to all sacrifices of animals by ultimately becoming the final sacrifice, himself. Having never sinned, he was betrayed by his own people and murdered by Roman authority.
The night before his death, Yahshua held his Last Supper Passover meal with his disciples giving ordinance that, henceforth, everyone observe this night with a solemn meal. Among other requirements of Passover, we are instructed to eat unleavened bread as a symbol of his body which was beaten and battered for our sins. Then we are to drink wine as a symbol of his blood that was spilled for remission of our sins, for he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We are to do this with our immediate family and with our spiritual family.
In my house, we observe Passover every year following the instructions found in the Bible. Because this is a family affair, my son is very much a part of this as my spouse and I are. In fact, the ceremonial event of this Memorial Supper, is not only to keep ourselves in right spiritual standing, but to teach our children the foundation of moral values and what true love is.
As we have partaken of bread, so has our son, since he was two years old. When we partake of wine that is kosher for Passover, so our son drinks Welch’s grape juice. Throughout the whole meal, whole discussion , and especially prayer, our son is related to on his own level about what is taking place. He knows very much who Christ is and is ever learning what Passover means.
Children are an integral and essential part of Passover. They are undoubtedly the innocence of the world and the renewers of it. They are as pure as the first lamb slain so many years ago in Egypt. They are as pure as the Messiah.
There are other activities, to involve children in, such as picture drawing, bible trivia games, and even singing. My son loves to make an instrument out of anything and sing about Jesus. But by far, the most important craft a child will enjoy and participate in is the ceremony that will be held together as a family on the night of Passover.
To learn more about this special night and how you and your family can participate together, read in the Bible:
Exodus Chapters 11,12,13
Leviticus Chapter 23
Numbers Chapter 28
Mark Chapter 14
Luke Chapter 22
Luke Chapter 19:13-15(r.e: children)