Making sense of it all (part 12)

The 'Last Pesach'

Now returning to the point about Jesus identifying with the matzah at the Seder Meal, we mentioned his sinlessness, on account of his miraculous conception through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus, although 'Son of God' and an equal member of the Trinity, chose to enter this world as a frail human baby. As he grew to maturity he was both human, on account of his mother, Mary, and divine, on account of his father, God. He was truly a unique person, the only man to have lived through his whole life without committing a single sin.

It's an awesome thought, isn't it?Not a single sin? You mean he never lost his temper, pinched a shekel or two or struck another in anger? That's right, though, of course, we have no way of totally proving it, one would have needed to be a 'fly on the wall' for 30 odd years to check on that one.

We have to believe it because the Bible tells us so and the Bible, we must believe, is the word of God.

The second way that the matzah, the afikomen, reminds us of Jesus is something that, tragically, has been lost to the Gentile Christian world as a whole (in that they don't use matzahs when they remember Jesus through the 'communion' service, substituting it with ordinary 'leavened' bread). The matzah, as well as reminding us of the character of Jesus, also points to his death, by crucifixion.

Its very appearance reminds us of passages from Isaiah and Zachariah.

Firstly, it is pierced. "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for his only son ... " (Zechariah 12:10).

Also, it is striped. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5).

It also reminds us of his death and resurrection by the Afikomen ritual itself. Because, when the matzah is broken to create the afikomen, we are reminded of his death. Then when it is wrapped up in a white linen cloth, it reminds us of his burial. Finally when it is recovered at the end of the meal, it reminds us of the resurrection.