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Ceremony commemorates ‘Christ in the Passover’

Ceremony commemorates ‘Christ in the Passover’
Ceremony commemorates ‘Christ in the Passover’
Brad Albin, 10, has a hard time eating a boiled egg dipped in salt water as part of the Passover feast ceremony. Photos by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church welcomed Jeannine Goldstein of Jews for Jesus for a second consecutive year to describe the Passover feast to the group of mainly church members in a presentation called ‘Christ in the Passover.’
‘In Israel, we welcome each other by saying ‘Shalom’,’ Goldstein said Sunday evening. ‘I’m still in Southern Indiana, so is it OK to say Shalom, y’all?’
The Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. The name comes from the Hebrew word ‘Pesah,’ which literally means ‘passing over’ and comes from the instructions that God gave Moses right before the 10th plague began.
Goldstein spoke of the night of the Passover when ‘brothers, husbands and sons all died because of their disobedience.’
She said the children of Israel who placed blood on their doors were spared the ravages of death of the first born.
‘We need to apply the blood of Jesus to the doorposts of our hearts,’ she said.
Goldstein said if one were to ask a Jewish boy or girl who the hero of the Passover is, most would say Moses.
‘But if they know the Messiah, then they’d say Jesus,’ she said.
Goldstein then detailed, step-by-step, the four-to-five-hour Passover feast recognized each year by traditional Jewish families across the world.
‘It’s more than just a meal; it’s a banquet,’ she said. ‘It’s more than just a service; it’s a ceremony.’
The church, located south of Corydon along S.R. 337, plans to host the event again next year.
Church member Bob Bradley said he thought the presentation was interesting and educational.
Attendees were able to experience samples of authentic food used for the Passover ceremony, including tear-jerking horseradish.
Goldstein took time to explain the ministry of Jews for Jesus, which exists to make the messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to Jewish people worldwide. She said many Israelis don’t know Jesus, but that there’s a true interest and hunger for Jesus in the country.
‘The society is very difficult and unstable,’ she said. ‘We need your prayers.’
After the presentation, a meal was served by the church which included elements of the Passover feast including Matzo balls.
Goldstein asked for financial help to continue to spread Jesus’ message throughout the world. Checks can be sent to Jews For Jesus, 60 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
‘We depend on the support of God’s people to do what we do,’ Goldstein said.
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