Jesus, Who Is Jewish – A Perspective Of Passover

Passover 2016 has quickly come to an end. I have probably consumed more matzo this year than I have any previous year. The local grocery store was having a sale on Manischewitz products last week and there seemed to be a never ending amount of matzo, matzo meal, and matzo toffee in my kitchen.

My lunches for this  school  week have had more matzo in it than you can imagine. My friends who have never observed Passover think that it’s appetizing or something, but they have never had to constantly eat it for eight days straight. I have to be honest, I don’t mind it. After my friends ask for a piece of Matzo at lunch, they often times usually go back to eating a cookie or a roll. Last week I would bring extra Matzo because I share with my friends. When I left the house the other morning, my mother asked me why I needed to bring so much matzo to school; it wasn’t even lunch and it was almost gone. To be honest, it is mostly my friends who have consumed it. That is perfectly fine, hey, less for me to eat!

For some reason, Passover is the one holiday Christians are genuinely willing to talk to me about. I love this! I am thrilled when someone asks me questions about my faith and my background. My friends are willing to try Matzo because they think it is “cool” that Yeshua ate matzo. My congregation hosts a community Seder every year. Up to 400 individuals can attend and my mother is the one who is in charge of placing everyone, answering phone calls about reservations, and other things that apply with this volunteer position. Over the years I have answered dozens of phone calls pertaining to the Passover Seder.

The number one comment that I hear every year from those who are going to attend a Seder or simply know that Passover is coming up is something along the lines of, “I feel it is important to at least learn more about this Jewish holiday because Jesus observed this one.” Without a doubt I will hear this. I truly believe that the reason my peers are more open about this festival is because somehow the Christian community has spread a myth that Passover was the ONLY holiday that Yeshua observed or is relevant for the Christian church to observe.

This puzzles me and concerns me. If you learn about Jewish culture, you will learn that God’s appointed times mean much to the Jews. The idea that Jesus only observed Passover is crazy. Christians seem to forget that… Jesus was Jewish! Every holiday was a big deal in Jesus’nculture. To think that Passover was the only one that He observed is puzzling.

I don’t know about you, but anything that Jesus did I want to do! He is the perfect standard to live by. If He ate oatmeal on Tuesday mornings for breakfast, I want to eat oatmeal on Tuesday mornings. Is knowing that Jesus observed every Jewish holiday not enough for you? It is also written in HIS word to observe God’s appointed festival until the end of time.

The fact of the matter is you can’t know much about someone if you don’t take the time to learn about the culture. This is why it is important to educate yourself about Jewish culture while remembering that Jesus is Jewish. I challenge you to find a Jewish synagogue and learn about this culture as you learn more about Yeshua.

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