Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | April 22, 2012

Sitting Seder

The Last Supper was a Passover Seder

Timing is everything and I am late.   Passover, a few weeks ago, we went to a Passover Seder.  It was a first.  It was a three hour meal, modified for the audience, not the full four hour mean observed by Jews.  This was a meal with a mission – education for Evangelical Christians – from B’nai Avraham Messianic Fellowship here on The Peninsula of Virginia.

Fascinating to learn details of the Last Supper.   Jesus’s last supper was a Passover Seder.   The breaking of bread was part of the ceremony.  Taking the wine as the blood was the third toast.

Dr. Michael Herts led Pesach (Passover) April 6th, 2012.  He spoke the prayers in Hebrew and explained the symbolism that permeates Passover.   He added his interpretation of where Jewish symbols in ritual point to the Messiah – and that Messiah has come in Yeshua (Jesus).  He gave his testimony.  How a conservative Jewish kid from Long Island, New York became a Christian.  It was because he studied the Torah intently – with the help of a Rabbi.   Then, he asked the Lord if Jesus was the messiah.  And, in an instant, he just knew.

I know Messianic Jewish fellowships are offensive to many believing Jews.  No offense is intended.   They have the freedom to believe what they will – at least here in America for now.

It takes great courage to risk losing family for faith.  For the Christian the gain is worth it all.

The Seder showed me how an observant Jew who says the Shema upon rising and resting, oberves 4 Fall festivals, Purim, Hannukah and Pesach, as well as weekly Shabat prayers has a strong identity as a Jew and with the Lord of the Torah.  That is a wonderful revelation of God to man.  It should encourage a love for Scripture – like David sang in the Psalms.

I believe the complete, full revelation is in Lord Jesus Christ.   We can read all about it in the New Testament.

Good meal.  Great education.  Perfect Lord God and absolute truth.



  1. Passover has never passed away. It is for ALL believers in the God of the Hebrews. They are referred to as the Feasts of the Lord, not the Feasts of the Jews, or whosoever. And as you wrote, Jim, these Feasts have profound revelation hidden in every aspect of them to affirm the revelation of the One to come, the Messiah, Yeshua Hamashiach, JESUS, who claimed He did not come to do away with The Law, but to FULFILL it!

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