Many folks seem to forget that Christ was a Jew, and that Jesus’ Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover. Today, we celebrate Christian holidays, but few of us understand the Jewish traditions that Jesus adhered to, even in his darkest hours.
But it’s never too late to learn something new, especially about things we take for granted; things that we might say we understand, but really do not — like the Jewish Passover that Jesus celebrated.
At Journey Fellowship on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m., David Randle of Jews for Jesus will re-create a traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called Christ in the Passover.
Randle will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. He will also explain the connection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration of today.
Jews for Jesus has presented Christ in the Passover at over 38,000 churches, where Christians who appreciate learning more about the Jewish backgrounds of their faith have enthusiastically received it.
Moishe Rosen, who founded Jews for Jesus in 1973, has also co-written the book, Christ in the Passover, with his wife, Ceil. This seminal work includes a look at Passover in ancient times and how it’s practiced today. It will be available after the presentation. Also available will be a DVD of the Christ in the Passover presentation with David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, officiating.
Brickner, a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus, succeeded Rosen as Executive Director in 1996. Brickner has kept Jews for Jesus on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in eleven countries, including the United States, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France and South Africa.
“We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,” Brickner said. “There are still a few that haven’t heard of us.”
“We’re very excited to host this event,” said Journey Fellowship Planting Pastor Jerry Funston. “Folks have been celebrating the Passover for millennia and the opportunity to see and experience it, learn about the why’s and how’s of it, offers families and individuals a unique experience.”
Funston said because of the preparations needed for Christ in the Passover seating will be limited to the first 150 who register.
Registration is available on the Journey Fellowship Facebook page < facebook.com/journeyfellowship >, the Journey Fellowship web page < journeyfellowship.co >, or by calling 740-965-2001.
David Randle will answer questions after the presentation. There is no admission charge.
Journey Fellowship is located at 70 North Walnut Street in Galena.