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Episode: “Passover and the Easter Connection”
Dr. Seif shows the connection of Passover, the Crown Jewel of the Jewish Feasts, to the Christian celebration of Resurrection Sunday when he explains the foods on the Seder plate and in discussions with David and Kirsten Hart.

Caption transcript for “Passover and the Easter Connection”

  • 00:04 ♪♪♪ male announcer: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots," with insightful
  • 00:07 Bible teaching by Dr. Jeffrey Seif.
  • 00:10 This week, the Old Testament meets the New as we connect the
  • 00:13 Jewish Passover to Resurrection Sunday.
  • 00:18 ♪♪♪
  • 00:53 David Hart: We're so glad you've joined us today.
  • 00:55 I am David Hart.
  • 00:56 Kirsten Hart: I am Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:58 Jeffrey Seif: And I am Jeffrey Seif.
  • 01:00 And Jeffrey Seif is thrilled.
  • 01:02 I don't want you to pass over the opportunity to learn about
  • 01:05 Passover and its Easter connection.
  • 01:09 I say that, you might have seen pictures of the Last
  • 01:11 Supper, Jesus.
  • 01:13 There's the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we got that.
  • 01:15 Remember, he broke it, he gave it to the disciples, and said,
  • 01:18 "This is my body."
  • 01:20 The Jewish plate there with lots of food, it all means something.
  • 01:23 We want to connect the dots between the Jewish story and the
  • 01:26 new story, and it's coming to you now here on this exclusive.
  • 01:30 David: Celebration that we've been practicing for a long time,
  • 01:33 over 3,000 years.
  • 01:35 Jeffrey: Jews going back 3,000 years, more than that.
  • 01:37 Christian people--Jews go back and remember Moses in
  • 01:40 the Passover.
  • 01:41 Christian people go back and remember Jesus and the
  • 01:43 Last Supper.
  • 01:45 We connect the dots.
  • 01:46 David: I have heard it said that like Passover is like their
  • 01:48 Independence Day.
  • 01:49 Jeffrey: It really is.
  • 01:51 There's the deliverance from oppression in a literal,
  • 01:53 political sense, in a spiritual sense with the cross.
  • 01:56 Kirsten: So much more about this feast and this meal, but now
  • 01:58 first let's learn about the foods of the Passover.
  • 02:03 ♪♪♪
  • 02:09 Jeffrey: In case you're thinking that's maybe what a
  • 02:11 Jewish chef looks like, and I can assure you that I'm not one,
  • 02:15 this actually is the garment that's worn by dads, fathers,
  • 02:21 husbands during the Passover.
  • 02:24 Our home is our castle, it's our temple, our sanctuary, and the
  • 02:30 man is the priest of the home.
  • 02:32 And so it is that we don priestly garment, the kittel.
  • 02:36 Similarly, the priestly mitre.
  • 02:39 What's interesting is that it's the father's responsibility to
  • 02:42 teach, to inculcate into the young what it means to be
  • 02:46 Jewish, to keep alive the story, to tell of God's redemptive
  • 02:51 acts, and so it is to do so at this special Passover, dad
  • 02:57 dresses for the occasion.
  • 02:59 These foods help dress the occasion as well.
  • 03:01 Let me explain them to you before we walk through them.
  • 03:04 You've heard me to say already that the Passover commemorates
  • 03:06 our freedom from slavery.
  • 03:10 We have food that we eat here that's called charoses.
  • 03:14 It's an admixture of nuts and apples and honey.
  • 03:18 It's to remind individuals of the mortar.
  • 03:21 It used to be that when we were slaves, we were beaten into
  • 03:26 manufacturing bricks to build up somebody else's empire.
  • 03:30 And we eat this at the Passover to remind us of that.
  • 03:34 Similarly, we eat something called maror.
  • 03:39 It comes from the Hebrew word for bitterness.
  • 03:42 In fact, I'm getting a little teary-eyed, and my eyes water
  • 03:45 not because of the sentiment of the moment, but simply because
  • 03:48 this is so harsh.
  • 03:51 The bitter herbs, the horseradish is affecting my tear
  • 03:54 ducts, interestingly.
  • 03:56 And Jewish people eat this at Passover.
  • 04:00 It reminds us of the bitterness of slavery.
  • 04:03 And I got news for you, this is Jewish antihistamine.
  • 04:05 You eat this stuff, it's going Give you a jolt and clear out
  • 04:09 your sinuses quick.
  • 04:11 We have a karpas that we eat as well.
  • 04:15 You might recall that when God said to get a lamb without spot
  • 04:19 or blemish, he said to take the blood and put it in a basin, and
  • 04:22 to dip some grass in there and use it as an effect like a
  • 04:26 paintbrush and then to, you know, use it to spread the blood
  • 04:30 on the house, and this karpas is a reminder of that, of the grass
  • 04:35 that was used.
  • 04:38 The Lord said, "Get a lamb without spot or blemish."
  • 04:41 It's interesting, for my money in both Old and New Testaments
  • 04:44 that salvation comes through the agency of an unblemished lamb.
  • 04:50 Well, since the temple has been destroyed, Jewish people no
  • 04:54 longer have a place for sacrifice, but we remember the
  • 04:56 sacrifice of that lamb every year.
  • 04:59 In every Jewish household, this table is set with these foods,
  • 05:03 and there's the shank bone of a lamb to remind us of that
  • 05:06 spotless lamb's sacrifice.
  • 05:09 We also have salt water that's used to remind how we used to
  • 05:15 cry, there are tears that are shed in bondage.
  • 05:21 It could very well be that some of you are shedding tears over
  • 05:25 one thing or another.
  • 05:27 And slavery causes bitterness, and bitterness causes tears, and
  • 05:31 we remember that when we dip and we taste the salt water.
  • 05:36 There's an egg as well.
  • 05:39 And by the way, if you take Zola Levitt at his word, and you'll
  • 05:44 hear at the end of the program how there's an offer on the
  • 05:47 program for his lengthy treatment of the Passover, two
  • 05:51 programs worth.
  • 05:53 He goes into the egg in more detail, as well as all of
  • 05:55 this stuff.
  • 05:56 We'll be hearing him a little bit later on.
  • 05:58 The egg is a symbol that, interestingly, is part of the
  • 06:00 Jewish Passover today, but it's something that got slipped
  • 06:03 in yesterday.
  • 06:05 If you want more of that, you'll have to hear Zola on that.
  • 06:09 There are other things here, and we'll hear from Zola in a moment
  • 06:12 as well.
  • 06:14 Passover is called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • 06:17 And you can recall, that is New Testament readers can recall how
  • 06:20 at the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread, and he blessed it,
  • 06:24 and he broke it.
  • 06:25 And he said, "Take, eat, this is my body."
  • 06:27 He would have been eating matzo, and a lot of this stuff is
  • 06:31 passed around at the Passover.
  • 06:34 Similarly, Jewish people drink wine at the Passover.
  • 06:38 Actually, there's four cups of wine.
  • 06:40 And in as much as Yeshua, Jesus is on record saying, "Take, eat,
  • 06:44 this is my body," similarly he passes the cup and he says,
  • 06:50 "Drink, this is my blood."
  • 06:53 Again, the usage of body and blood, bread and wine, imagery
  • 06:58 is ubiquitous, it's everywhere.
  • 07:00 It's part of the Jewish Passover.
  • 07:03 We're going to come back in a minute after we hear from Zola,
  • 07:06 and we're going to see exactly where in the Passover dinner,
  • 07:12 which goes on for hours, we are going to alight upon the moment
  • 07:16 when Jesus gave communion.
  • 07:19 And we're going to see how an understanding of these foods and
  • 07:23 this process illuminates the communion story.
  • 07:27 Zola Levitt: This is a long evening, I can tell you.
  • 07:30 And at the end of this, this meal, the last thing eaten is
  • 07:35 that hidden afikoman.
  • 07:37 You remember the piece of bread we broke last week?
  • 07:39 We took the middle piece out of this bag, broke it, wrapped it
  • 07:42 up in a white cloth, hid it away.
  • 07:45 Father now brings it forth again, gets it out of its
  • 07:50 hiding place.
  • 07:54 And this piece of bread and the third cup of wine, the cup of
  • 07:59 redemption, is the Lord's Supper.
  • 08:03 It's not like it, it is it, it's original.
  • 08:05 It's the communion, the Eucharist, whatever you want to
  • 08:11 call it.
  • 08:12 This red--and this particular wine.
  • 08:14 You can see I told you, you can see the whole service, you'll
  • 08:17 appreciate it better.
  • 08:19 So, this is--this is how it comes out of the service.
  • 08:22 And let me say a few words about the bread and the wine.
  • 08:26 We can pick up Jesus doing this in the Gospel of Matthew 26:26.
  • 08:32 It says, "As they were eating, he took bread, blessed it, broke
  • 08:37 it, and gave it to them, said, 'Take, eat, this is my body.'"
  • 08:42 Jeffrey: Zola just gave us a beautiful window into the
  • 08:45 connection between the Last Supper and the Passover.
  • 08:50 I don't know that they got it at the first.
  • 08:53 We have a beautiful plate, a Seder plate that's employed at
  • 08:58 the Passover.
  • 08:59 The foods that I spoke about earlier are set on the plate.
  • 09:03 There's no room for me to be able to do that and hold it
  • 09:05 all up.
  • 09:07 But that night, I believed, and you heard Zola to say as much,
  • 09:10 that Jesus was serving up something special that they
  • 09:13 didn't quite expect.
  • 09:15 Let's open up our Bibles, please.
  • 09:17 I want to begin in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 26, verse 26.
  • 09:23 Therein, we get a moment when communion was given, we're told
  • 09:28 in verse 26, "As they were eating, Jesus took the bread,
  • 09:34 and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples,
  • 09:37 and said, 'Take, eat, this is my body.'"
  • 09:42 What's interesting is that Jesus interrupted the meal.
  • 09:45 It was at the very end of the meal, actually, they're
  • 09:48 finishing up.
  • 09:49 And Jesus takes a piece of bread, and he breaks it, and he
  • 09:53 says, "Take, eat, this is my body."
  • 09:55 Now, at a Jewish Passover, we have a matzo tash, a container
  • 10:00 here for unleavened bread.
  • 10:02 And during the dinner, the father determines that someone
  • 10:06 should go in there and take a piece of bread and break it.
  • 10:10 And he's going to take it then and put it in a special
  • 10:13 compartment.
  • 10:16 This is a card from a Jewish bookstore.
  • 10:19 It says on it afikoman in Hebrew.
  • 10:22 Now, what happens is right after supper, or as it's winding down,
  • 10:27 this is retrieved.
  • 10:30 And then the father or whoever is leading the Passover Seder is
  • 10:34 going to take this piece of bread, and he's going to break
  • 10:38 it and give everybody at the table to eat.
  • 10:43 Standard Jewish practice right at the edge of the meal.
  • 10:47 Similarly, the goblets will be poured again.
  • 10:51 There's actually four cups of wine.
  • 10:53 And the third cup will be poured, and at this juncture
  • 10:55 then at the table, dinner concludes with the eating of the
  • 11:00 afikoman and drinking the third cup.
  • 11:04 And this is striking it seems to me.
  • 11:07 We're told in the Matthew Gospel that while they were eating,
  • 11:11 Jesus took the bread and the cup, so it tells you we're
  • 11:14 working with the third cup of wine and the afikomen.
  • 11:18 And he says that he broke it and he gave it to them, and
  • 11:20 said, "Eat."
  • 11:23 This is striking.
  • 11:26 And you heard Zola Levitt, the late Zola Levitt to
  • 11:29 reference it.
  • 11:31 And what's the it again?
  • 11:33 This is a point in the Jewish Passover Seder where
  • 11:36 participants are remembering the body of the lamb that was slain,
  • 11:41 as well as the blood of the lamb that was slain.
  • 11:44 Once upon a time in a land far away, Israelites were in a land
  • 11:49 far away, in fact, in Egypt in servitude.
  • 11:52 And they were in trouble, and they couldn't--they couldn't
  • 11:55 break the yoke.
  • 11:57 You know, they were just in a bad way.
  • 11:59 And they cried out to God, and God had them to get a spotless
  • 12:01 lamb and to apply the blood of that lamb.
  • 12:04 And by virtue of their so doing, they were set free.
  • 12:08 In as much as these various Jewish foods here tell the story
  • 12:12 of the Exodus, here we're at the point in the Passover Seder
  • 12:16 where individuals are remembering the foods that
  • 12:19 relate to the body of that lamb and the cup of redemption in the
  • 12:24 Jewish Passover, the blood of that lamb.
  • 12:27 And isn't it fascinating when Jesus is going through the Last
  • 12:32 Supper with his disciples, he says, "Hey guys, that's my body.
  • 12:36 Hey guys, that's my blood."
  • 12:40 What's his point?
  • 12:44 I want you to get the point, and I think it's a good one.
  • 12:48 Back then, there was Pharaoh the ruler of that world, and people
  • 12:53 were enslaved to him.
  • 12:55 Bad politics, lots of misery.
  • 12:58 The tide wasn't going their way, and there's nothing they could
  • 13:01 do to fix it.
  • 13:03 But God loved them.
  • 13:05 God said get a lamb without spot or blemish and slay it, and
  • 13:08 apply the blood of that lamb, and you will be set free from
  • 13:12 Pharaoh, the ruler of that world through the agency of a spotless
  • 13:17 lamb and through the application of its blood.
  • 13:21 Friends, that's Bible 101 in the Old Testament.
  • 13:24 And in the New Testament, salvation 101 is a story about
  • 13:28 Satan, who's the ruler of this world to use the language of
  • 13:32 the text.
  • 13:33 And you know what?
  • 13:35 People are enslaved to him.
  • 13:38 That's the bad news, they're oppressed, afflicted, addicted,
  • 13:44 disconcerted, woeful, mournful, can't fix it.
  • 13:49 Just weeping in silence, weeping in secret.
  • 13:55 But the good news today, as yesterday, is that God has
  • 13:59 provided a lamb.
  • 14:01 The New Testament story is that God so loved the world that he
  • 14:05 sent his Son into the world to be that Passover Lamb.
  • 14:11 I find it interesting in the gospels that it was at Passover
  • 14:14 time when Jesus first articulates an awareness of his
  • 14:17 ministry as a young boy.
  • 14:20 When his mother thinking he got lost in the crowd finds him in
  • 14:22 the temple and he says, "I've got to be about my
  • 14:25 Father's business."
  • 14:27 And what was Dad's business?
  • 14:29 In that house, in that day, it was the slaughter of the lambs.
  • 14:32 And isn't it interesting if you look in Luke chapter 22, verse
  • 14:36 1, we're told the Passover, the Last Supper, is the Feast of
  • 14:40 Unleavened Bread, it's all around that event.
  • 14:43 Jesus begins his ministry in the gospel publicly giving voice to
  • 14:45 it anyway with a reference to the Passover season.
  • 14:49 And similarly, his public ministry comes to an end then
  • 14:52 too right at the Passover time.
  • 14:55 And when all the lambs are getting set for the slaughter
  • 14:58 for Passover, so it is that Jesus, the Lamb of God, the
  • 15:02 Passover Lamb, sits down with his disciples.
  • 15:05 And as he goes through the Passover with them, they're
  • 15:07 oblivious to the fact that that he's the fulfillment of those
  • 15:10 Old Testament things.
  • 15:12 Jesus goes through all this with them, and when everyone is just
  • 15:16 looking at the Passover lamb, Jesus says, "Time out, guys."
  • 15:20 He says, "Wake up and smell the coffee, that's me."
  • 15:24 Much as there was Pharaoh, the ruler of that world, people were
  • 15:26 enslaved to him, so too there's Satan, the ruler of this world,
  • 15:30 and people are enslaved to him.
  • 15:33 Much as God said, "Get a lamb without spot or blemish, and
  • 15:37 apply it, and you'll be set free," in the Exodus story, so
  • 15:42 too that in today's story says Jesus that he is the Lamb.
  • 15:47 And he will be sacrificed, and the blood will be applied, with
  • 15:51 the net result that people can be set free.
  • 15:56 And so, what have we here?
  • 15:58 Communion, Eucharist, Lord's Supper, call it what you will.
  • 16:04 This decidedly Christian reenactment is a story that
  • 16:09 evolves out of the Jewish Passover, and it's all about
  • 16:13 freedom for Jews yesterday, for Jesus' disciples yesterday, and
  • 16:20 for me and you today.
  • 16:25 ♪♪♪
  • 16:30 Jeffrey: Some of my earliest childhood memories take me back
  • 16:34 to celebrating the Passover in my Jewish family.
  • 16:39 It was a major celebration.
  • 16:41 I went to a religious Jewish school, Yeshiva so-called, and
  • 16:45 we were gearing up for it there.
  • 16:47 But it was the time at home when my parents were alive and my
  • 16:51 grandmother was there.
  • 16:53 Mom and grandma were smuggled out of Nazi Germany, came over
  • 16:56 here to the New World, and I just remember fondly the time
  • 17:01 when we celebrated a deliverance in the Hebrew Bible.
  • 17:06 But I can tell you this, the way that we celebrated it back then
  • 17:10 had nothing to do with what I talked about in my
  • 17:14 teaching segment.
  • 17:16 Well, I shouldn't say had nothing to do, it was obscured.
  • 17:20 And by that, I mean I find it tragic that my Jewish friends
  • 17:26 don't see how the story that took place under Moses so
  • 17:33 wonderfully portents the story to come in the person of Yeshua,
  • 17:39 of Jesus.
  • 17:41 Similarly, it saddens me that my Christian friends in celebrating
  • 17:45 communion, the Eucharist, and remembering during Holy Week
  • 17:50 Jesus' death, his burial, his resurrection, and his Last
  • 17:55 Supper that kicks all that off, it saddens me that many don't
  • 17:59 see the Jewish connection.
  • 18:02 Now, we're not the only television program that talks
  • 18:08 about the Jewish connection to the Jesus story.
  • 18:11 We're not the only one, but we're the oldest one, and we've
  • 18:15 been at it for a long, long time because transformed people have
  • 18:21 found value in connecting the dots between the testaments.
  • 18:26 And I'll tell you the value of it in short, one
  • 18:30 word: "transformation."
  • 18:34 There's a Greek word, "metamorphosis."
  • 18:37 Well, in English metamorphosis from meta, which means change,
  • 18:41 and morphe, which means form.
  • 18:45 There's an ugly caterpillar, goes into a cocoon.
  • 18:48 It dissolves therein and comes out a new and beautiful kind
  • 18:54 of species.
  • 18:55 Do you know that's a picture of what's made available to us
  • 18:59 through the story that's being told today?
  • 19:04 And by that, I mean I don't care if you've got a lot of ugly
  • 19:08 caterpillar written all over you.
  • 19:11 When you look in the mirror, you might say, "Ugly caterpillar."
  • 19:15 When you think of your circumstance, you might say,
  • 19:18 "Ugly caterpillar."
  • 19:20 But what I have to say is spin a cocoon, go into it, and come out
  • 19:26 a new, beautiful flying creature.
  • 19:30 And that's the story of Easter.
  • 19:33 It's not just Jesus who rose from the dead.
  • 19:37 It's by virtue of his death, by virtue of his sacrifice, by
  • 19:42 virtue of who he is and what he did, he affords the opportunity
  • 19:47 for us to rise from our graves, whatever they may be.
  • 19:54 The Bible tells that story from pillar to post, from one end to
  • 20:00 the other.
  • 20:01 And we love to tell it the most as we look at the good news
  • 20:06 through the eyes of the Jews.
  • 20:08 More to come.
  • 20:11 ♪♪♪
  • 20:17 Jeffrey: Our resource this week, the "Miracle of Passover"
  • 20:20 on DVD.
  • 20:22 These two programs presented by Zola Levitt detail how the
  • 20:25 highest of holidays for the Jewish people, the Passover, is
  • 20:29 full of symbolism which points to the Lamb of God, the
  • 20:33 Messiah himself.
  • 20:35 Get a copy for yourself or to share with friends.
  • 20:38 Contact us at our 800 number or our website and ask for the DVD
  • 20:42 "The Miracle of Passover."
  • 20:46 ♪♪♪
  • 20:48 ♪ On the holy mountain in Jerusalem ♪
  • 20:51 ♪ Take my Son, my Son, my only Son ♪
  • 20:56 ♪ Slay him there and show me in Jerusalem of thy faith ♪
  • 21:01 ♪ Thy faith that God is one ♪
  • 21:04 ♪ Oh my God, my only Son, but ask of me and it is done ♪
  • 21:12 ♪ For in my mercy, for in my name ♪
  • 21:16 ♪ I know for me you'll do the same ♪
  • 21:20 ♪♪♪
  • 21:26 ♪ On the holy mountain in Jerusalem ♪
  • 21:30 ♪ Take my Son, my Son, my only Son ♪
  • 21:34 ♪ Slay him there and tell the world, Jerusalem ♪
  • 21:38 ♪ Of thy faith, thy faith that it is done ♪
  • 21:43 ♪ For it is done, we have the Son ♪
  • 21:46 ♪ The blessed one, his only Son ♪
  • 21:50 ♪ Believe on him and it is done ♪
  • 21:54 ♪ And always pray sha'alu shalom ♪
  • 21:59 ♪♪♪
  • 22:05 ♪ Sha'alu shalom, Yerushalayim ♪
  • 22:09 ♪ Sha'alu sha'alu Shalom ♪
  • 22:13 ♪ For the holy city of Jerusalem ♪
  • 22:20 ♪ We will pray for peace ♪
  • 22:23 ♪ Sha'alu shalom ♪
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  • 23:29 Kirsten: Yes, I know you're going to talk about it, it's
  • 23:30 Passover meal.
  • 23:32 We've been talking about the upper room, where we visit a
  • 23:34 site where they believe could have been the upper room where
  • 23:37 Jesus had a Passover meal with his disciples.
  • 23:40 Jeffrey: Yes, and in the gospels, you get
  • 23:42 the anticipation.
  • 23:43 Jesus tells them to go to this upper room and prepare
  • 23:46 the place.
  • 23:47 I mean, it's not just accidental they sit down, "Okay, who
  • 23:50 brought the hamburger?"
  • 23:52 I mean it really is very intentional.
  • 23:54 It's set up in advance 'cause it's really important.
  • 23:56 Kirsten: And the symbolism is just beautiful.
  • 23:59 We in the church miss out if we just take some bread and just
  • 24:02 take some wine.
  • 24:05 We don't get the full effect, and that's what's so beautiful
  • 24:07 and wonderful about having this teaching today.
  • 24:11 Jeffrey: Well, you're kind to say it.
  • 24:13 You know, I look at the gospel, it comes across even if you
  • 24:15 don't know the Jewish connection.
  • 24:17 But I liken it to watching a television program in black
  • 24:20 and white.
  • 24:21 You can get the program, you can get the picture, but if you have
  • 24:24 the opportunity to get it in Technicolor with Dolby sound,
  • 24:26 why not?
  • 24:28 And the Jewish background to the story adds dimension and depth
  • 24:31 that wouldn't otherwise be there, in my opinion.
  • 24:33 Kirsten: And we love this symbolism of the Passover meal.
  • 24:37 The symbols that the church has for this Easter were off a
  • 24:43 little bit.
  • 24:45 I mean, we have eggs, we have Easter baskets, we have
  • 24:46 chocolate bunnies.
  • 24:48 Where did all of that come from?
  • 24:49 Jeffrey: Well, it emerges out of the root of the word
  • 24:51 "Easter" itself.
  • 24:52 It harks to spring festivals that celebrate fertility.
  • 24:56 You know, the earth comes to life.
  • 24:58 And the reason why the bunny got traction in it is because
  • 25:01 they're known to be very fertile.
  • 25:03 A male bunny looks at female bunny, the next morning there's
  • 25:06 20 little rabbits in the litter.
  • 25:08 Now, granted that's overstated, but at the time, if you go back
  • 25:11 to agrarians, when people lived off the land as farmers, they
  • 25:14 wanted the earth to be productive.
  • 25:17 And the rabbit depicted that.
  • 25:20 And the season, the spring, it all kind of worked together.
  • 25:23 So, Jesus was, you know, attached to the reason for the
  • 25:26 season and the opportunity for new life, and growth, and
  • 25:29 possibilities, and there's some beauty to it.
  • 25:32 You know, I don't want to, you know, take the bunny and shoot
  • 25:34 it in the head and put Easter to bed.
  • 25:36 Kirsten: I'll eat it, I'll eat the chocolate bunny.
  • 25:38 Jeffrey: I don't want to do that.
  • 25:40 I just want to add the Jewish component to the story.
  • 25:41 I'm glad for anybody to remember Jesus.
  • 25:43 And whatever ceremony and symbol helps, I'm good with that.
  • 25:46 But I think something is seriously lost when we neglect
  • 25:50 the Jewish ewes associated with the good news.
  • 25:53 David: I think we need to learn so much more, and you've taught
  • 25:56 it so well in this series.
  • 25:57 Jeffrey: Well, you're kind to say.
  • 25:59 You know, people come and teach, and not everybody remembers.
  • 26:01 But I'm glad that you're excited about all this.
  • 26:04 I know that I am, and our viewers are as well.
  • 26:06 If it resonates with you, by the way, please give us a holler,
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  • 26:10 It ain't cheap to rent this airspace, but I don't want to
  • 26:13 cheapen the moment by making a financial pitch.
  • 26:16 But when we remember Jesus, who died on the cross, he gave his
  • 26:19 blood so that life could be dispensed to others.
  • 26:23 If you can help us to tell this story, to pay the rent so that
  • 26:25 others might similarly develop an appreciation for the good
  • 26:29 news through the eyes of the Jews, we surely would
  • 26:31 appreciate it.
  • 26:32 David: There's a takeaway from this.
  • 26:34 Tell us what that might be.
  • 26:35 Jeffrey: Relevant to the Passover itself?
  • 26:37 Well, it harks back to what you said at the beginning of this
  • 26:39 take, that is miracle.
  • 26:42 God makes a way, whether it's going to Israel or going
  • 26:44 anywhere, I think nothing is impossible if we have
  • 26:47 Jesus Christ.
  • 26:49 That's the reason for the season, that's the message for
  • 26:51 the moment, that all things are yes in him.
  • 26:54 Kirsten: That's good and we remember.
  • 26:56 That's why he said, "Do this, do this, do this, remember all
  • 27:00 the time."
  • 27:02 Jeffrey: Yes.
  • 27:03 David: Amen.
  • 27:04 Jeffrey: We all want to be remembered.
  • 27:06 I hope you'll remember us. Let's do this again next week.
  • 27:09 Until then, sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 27:13 David: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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