Speedily lead the branches of thy favorite Stem, redeemed, to Zion joyously.” “Next year in Jerusalem!” How many said these words as they finished the Seder feast, celebrating the Passover, this year? How many felt a thrill of expectancy? How many are living day by day hour by hour, as if they truly believed the Messiah might really come to fulfill all the years of looking forward, and that indeed there might be a meeting together in Jerusalem within the year? The gap between “saying” and “meaning” can be great.

This year a very special Seder feast was set out in L’Abri, our study center in the Swiss Alps, by two Jewish Christian girls, better described as two fulfilled Jews. They had devoted many hours to preparing the traditional Passover service, carefully removing anything that would not fit with Scripture perfectly and adding, after the meal had been eaten, at the time of the “third cup,” the communion service. For it was after they had eaten the Passover meal that Jesus took the bread and the cup and said, “This is my body broken for you.… This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you.”

Twenty-four people, four fulfilled Jews and twenty Gentile Christians, gathered to partake of the Passover together. We looked back to the wonders of what God had done in taking his people out of Egypt, when the angel of death passed over Egypt and spared the first-born sons in the houses where the blood of the lambs had been placed on the doorpost. Then in the communion, led by the pastor of our church, we looked back to the Lamb himself, who came two thousand years ago and made it clear that he was the Lamb who would take the sins of those who would come to him believing.

It was a memorable experience to be sitting ...

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