On Easter weekend, I attended a Messianic Seder at Congregation Beth Hallel. When we attended there last summer, Rabbi Kevin Solomon told us that we ought to consider making plans to attend. As a firstborn, Passover has a certain significance and poignancy for me, but to attend a seder that ties the story of the Exodus and the Passover to the sacrifice of Christ was especially powerful and meaningful.
(When I was about 10 or 12, we had a seder at Covington Christian, but our family was leaving for Disney World that night, and that was all that was on my mind. Needless to say, the seder didn’t leave that great an impression on me back then.)
One particular element of the seder really spoke to me: at one point, the rabbi read statements about how God blessed us, and the congregation responded with “Dayenu,” which basically means, “It would have been enough.” I looked up a typical Messianic seder service, and that element goes something like this:
LEADER: How great is God’s goodness to us! For each of His acts of mercy and kindness we declare dayenu.
LEADER: If the Lord had merely rescued us, but had not judged the Egyptians.
LEADER: If He had only destroyed their gods, but had not parted the Red Sea.
LEADER: If He had only drowned our enemies, but had not fed us with manna.
LEADER: If He had only led us through the desert, but had not given us the Sabbath.
LEADER: If He had only given us the Torah, but not the land of Israel.
The rabbi concluded this portion by saying that on top of all of this, God gave us Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah!
I couldn’t help but reflect that evening and over the next several days (and obviously weeks) that God is just like that. When we think He’s given us enough, he goes further, giving us more than we deserve and often more than we could ask for. It’s humbling and gratifying to live for a God who is so giving…