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Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

Messianic believers do not celebrate Easter, but do keep the Passover. Yeshua (Jesus) kept the Passover, as did the apostles, for their entire lives. It was during the last Passover together that the Messiah took the middle matza, broke it and gave it the apostles. He told them that this was symbolic of his body which would be broken for them.

Today, at the Passover Seder, we break this middle matza in half and hide the larger half for the children to search for after the meal. It is called the "afikomen" (the coming one). The Messiah then took a cup of wine and gave it to the apostles. It was this third cup of wine, the Cup of Redemption, that Yeshua used as a symbol of his blood which would be spilled for them.

Although Yeshua plainly taught he would not remain in the tomb, it was his death that he instructed the apostles to remember, not his resurrection. He told them that when they broke the matza and consumed the wine at the annual Passover Seder, they were to remember his broken body and spilled blood.

On Friday, April 6, Beth Hallel Messianic Fellowship celebrated Passover in several homes in Lodi and Stockton. We not only remembered Adonai leading the Children of Israel to freedom in the promised land, we also recalled Yeshua's promise of liberty and salvation through his sacrifice.

Cliff Shirk

Elder

Beth Hallel Messianic Fellowship

Lodi

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