“Frank,” you may ask, “what are you talking about? We just finished the Easter Holy Week?”
The Holy Week I am talking about is the Jewish Remembrance of the Passover. Families are asked to sit down to a very symbolic meal which includes unleavened bread and bitter herbs and recall the Jewish flight from the Egyptians. They also recall the night when Jewish families were asked to kill a lamb and mark their doors so the angel of death would PASSOVER their homes and not kill their newborn. Then they were finally able to travel to the Holy Land.
Can you see the similarity to the Christian Holy Week? Think a moment. During the Christian celebration of Holy Week, we remembered the Last Supper. There, Christ sat down with the Apostles, took unleavened bread, and said, “This IS my body that is for you, eat, do this in memory of me. He then took the cup and said, “Drink, this IS my blood, the blood of the New Covenant, do this in memory of me.”
Christ offered himself for all humanity. He was the sacrificial lamb. He died for everyone’s sins so they could be saved. Can you not see the similarities and symbolism with the Passover?
We are spiritually united with our Jewish brethren. The Old Testament is the bedrock of the faith, just as it is with our Jewish brothers and sisters. The New Testament is the affirmation of the Old Testament prophecies which foretold the coming of Jesus. Christians believe that he is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
Honor your Jewish brethren; they are believers in the same God as ours. And pray that they may be faithful to their Covenant with God as we are to ours.