I pray that you had a great Easter celebration last week. As you know, shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples. What is very interesting about the Passover meal is the tradition of the afikomen. The afikomen is a matzo, which is broken in half, wrapped in a white linen napkin, and then hidden. The children go in search of the afikomen, and when it is found, it is the last thing eaten in the Passover Seder. The afikomen is meant to symbolize the Passover lamb. Moreover, it comes from the Greek (surprisingly, it is not a Hebrew word), which means “He has come” – leading many sources to conclude that the afikomen represents the messiah. OK, so let’s connect the dots: a symbol of the messiah and the Passover lamb, broken, wrapped in a white cloth, hidden for a while, and then eaten (John 6:54 – Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life). You just can’t make this up.
Easter is something that we have to put in our hearts throughout the year. Think of laying your life down for people who don’t often appreciate it. Think of letting your child die when you have the power to rescue him/her. Think of how much you are loved.
Associate Pastor Emeritus, Greg Zehner