Letters from Neil | April 9th, 2020

May 31, 2020  |  Redemption AZ

April 9, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

It’s a beautiful day, I walked to church this morning, it was so refreshing. It reminded me of our beautiful God who created all this beauty. 

In keeping with the Passover Seder theme from yesterday I thought about eating matzoh all week as a kid. As you know, matzoh is the unleavened bread Jews must eat in remembrance of their hasty departure from Egypt when God led them out of slavery with His mighty power. 

There are 3 pieces of matzoh placed on a plate in the center of the table during a Seder (we know they represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The leader takes the center piece representing the Son, breaks it in half. One half is wrapped in a linen napkin and hidden away until the end of the meal. That piece is called the Afikomen. It is to be eaten at the very end of the meal; no food is to follow it. 

When this matzoh was broken at the start of the meal, it symbolized the breaking of the body of the Son of God. Matzoh is unleavened, striped, pierced, broken, wrapped and hidden. It is unleavened just as Jesus lived a perfect sinless life. When it was wrapped in linen it spoke prophetically of the wrapping of the body of Christ in linen after His crucifixion. When the broken and wrapped matzoh was hidden it symbolized Jesus burial in Joseph’s sepulcher (Matt 27:57-60). After the meal is over, the matzoh is recovered by one of the children who brings it to the father symbolizing the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. 

The Passover looks back at the delivery of the Jews from the power of Pharaoh just as communion looks back to our delivery from the power of sin. The Father breaks a piece of the afikomen after it’s recovered and gives to each of his family. At his last supper, Jesus took this piece of matzoh, broke it and gave it to his disciples and said “this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

The Passover, like all the feasts and festivals in the Old Testament clearly point to Jesus, the fulfillment of them all. Let’s give thanks for the deliverance we have received in Jesus from the power of Satan, sin & death.

Love, Neil