Most of the people who know me know that Passover is one of my favorite holidays. Unfortunately, I do not get to celebrate very often because I am the only evangelical born-again Christian that I know who actually celebrates. I’m thankful that from time-to-time, I do get to celebrate with some Jewish folks who don’t mind breaking bread with a Gentile. 🙂
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to celebrate this year considering I was going to be on vacation in a city I had never been to, but God is faithful, and without even praying or asking, the day after I arrived in Boise, Idaho, I was blessed with an opportunity to attend a Seder in Meridian, Idaho. 🙂
My friend and sister-in-Christ, Iliana went online and found a Passover Seder for us to attend. I was shocked because I didn’t even ask, but I was hopeful. Still, I didn’t know if we could attend because she found it the day of not even the day before so that we could RSVP properly. It was a potluck Seder, so we RSVP’d and Iliana made some scrumptious Spanish rice, and off we went.
We arrived at a small church in Meridian, Idaho. We received a warm welcome and before we knew it, a couple ladies came over to talk with us.
When it was time to be seated, I walked to the front of the sanctuary and chose the second table facing the altar. I wanted to sit at the very first table the same way I sit in the very first pew at church (to avoid distractions) but I didn’t want to be rude in case someone else was “supposed” to sit at the first table. After all, I was a guest and wanted to mind my place. I also asked Iliana if she would mind sitting in the front, especially since it was her first Passover Seder, I also wanted Iliana to get a good view of what goes on.
Those who know me, know my heart for photography, so before we even sat down at the table, I pulled out my cell phone to take a picture of the table. The setting was so beautiful! I forgot to warn poor Iliana that a “proper” Seder lasts a good 3 hours, sometimes longer. It all depends on how much of a Haggadah the leader wants to go through before you eat dinner.
It’s especially heart-warming for me to attend a Passover Seder that honors and worships Jesus because Jesus is the savior of the world. Mark led us in our Seder celebration this year. Mark is not a rabbi but he is a Jewish man raised in the customs and traditions of his people, but the most important “detail” for me is that Mark and his wife are saved, praise Jesus! I must say, this was the BEST Seder I have celebrated thus far!!! The ladies who shared the table with us were so warm and kind. Mark made sure to go around to each table to greet the attendees and actually spend time talking with them, not just say hello and keep walking. Oh, and did I mention that the food was slamming?!!! 🙂
Anyway, the first photo was taken by one of the ladies who shared the table with Iliana and myself. The last 4 photos were taken by Iliana. As I was leaving, I noticed the artwork above the entryway as you leave the sanctuary, and of course, I had to take a photo.
Now, some may wonder why I celebrate Passover, and I’ll tell you.
I’ve had many people ask me why I celebrate if I’m not Jewish, and the obvious answer is, I don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate Passover, the same way I don’t have to be Jewish to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
Furthermore, the Bible specifically commands us to celebrate Passover. I have read the Bible cover-to-cover several times, and no where have I found an expiration date on God’s command to celebrate Passover. It is not even implied. No where does it say that once Jesus dies on the cross that we no longer “have to” celebrate Passover. Since we’re talking about God’s commands to celebrate, no where and at no time does God command us to celebrate Christmas, yet we do. God never commands us to celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any number of holidays, yet we celebrate them. So, why don’t we as Christians, called to imitate Jesus Christ, celebrate Passover and imitate what Jesus himself did while he walked this earth???
Now, I don’t knock anyone for not celebrating Passover, I’m just excited and blessed that I have the opportunity and privilege to do so. 🙂