What do the Jewish Passover and Jesus' Last Supper have in common? Tracy Rapp, speaking on behalf of Jews for Jesus, will answer that question in a presentation called "Christ in the Passover" at 6 p.m., Monday, March 10 at Payson Christian Church, 501 E. Rancho Road, Payson. Admission is free. Come back to the Fellowship Hall behind the Worship Center.
Using a visual display of traditional Passover accouterments, the "Christ in the Passover" presentation enhances the Christian's understanding and appreciation of the Jewish background of the Christian communion. Ancient and modern Jewish customs are discussed and described with an emphasis on the aspect of redemption, which Christ accomplished at Calvary.
A table is set with the traditional Jewish Passover items, including representative foods, which are explained, but not eaten. The ceremonial seder plate, the three-compartment pouch in which the matzo (unleavened bread) is kept, as well as the traditional cup of Elijah are presented, and new insights to their Christological significance are provided.
Jews for Jesus has presented this demonstration in more than 5,000 churches. It was originally written in 1956 by Moishe Rosen, the founder and former executive director of Jews for Jesus. "The Christ in the Passover presentation is one way Jews for Jesus can help churches appreciate the Jewish roots of the Christian faith." Rosen said.
This service book enables Christians to experience a traditional Passover celebration (complete with songs) while also expressing their faith in Jesus.
Those attending the special "Christ in the Passover" program will also have an opportunity to examine some of the program literature and materials.
The program is open to the general public and Rapp will be answer questions. For more information, call (928) 474-3138 or go to paysonchristianchurch.org and check out the "Events" page and map on the "contact us" page.