I had the wonderful privilege last night of leading a group of students in a celebration of the Passover. I repeated the event tonight with my own children. The meal is called a seder. It is an “orderly” dinner. And it is roughly the same meal Jesus celebrated over thirty times in His life. It was the ocassion for Jesus and His disciples meeting together in the “Upper Room” (John 13-17).
I always enjoy pointing out how the various elements of the meal foreshadow the person and/or work of “the lamb looking as if He had been slain” (Rev. 5:6) — Jesus Christ! On the Video Links page (See above), you will find a Jews for Jesus video I watched several times as I prepared for this year’s seder. If you have the time, you will be encouraged as you watch–especially during this passion week.
One of my favorite parts of the celebration is when we proclaim the Dayenu. As you can see from the illustration below, Dayenu literally means “It would have been enough.”
Allow me to share part of the text of the Haggadah (book of the “telling”) that I utilized last night.
If the Lord had only rescued us, but had not judged the Egyptians – Dayenu!
If He had only destroyed their gods, but had not parted the Red Sea – Dayenu!
If He had only drowned the Egyptians, but had not give us manna – Dayenu!
If He had only guided us through the desert, but had not blessed us with the Sabbath – Dayenu!
If He had only give us His Law, but not the land of Israel – Dayenu!
“It would have been enough!”
And–yet–it wasn’t enough.
Think through the list above. God had done A LOT. But none of it was enough to provide for eternal redemption. The Jews think back to what God accomplished for the people of Israel as they lifted the cup of redemption–the third cup of the seder. As I lifted the cup tonight, I thought of Jesus Christ and the redemption He provided for all those who believe. The angel of death passed over the homes sprinkled with blood. Temporary protection. The sting of death will pass over me because I have been sprinkled with the bood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:2)! That’s eternal!
The annual Passover Seder is a beautiful picture–a vivid canvas teaching us in sights, smells, sounds and tastes that Jesus Christ is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
He is ENOUGH!