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Last Supper, by Polish artist Bohdan Piasecki. Bohdan painted this scene of the women, men and children celebrating the Passover together, as Jesus ate his last supper. Each of the 22 figures are clothed in traditional Jewishi garb, rather than the Italian Renaissance gear seen in one of the world's most recognisable paintings, Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper.

This week’s celebration of Passover has rich meaning for Christians, Messianic rabbi says

The Jewish festival of Passover begins on Wednesday, but many Christians don’t understand its connection with the last supper of Jesus and his disciples, a Messianic rabbi says.

“The last supper was actually a Passover seder,” Rabbi Jason Sobel, a bestselling author and broadcaster, told “The Washington Times.” “Every major event in the life of Jesus — Hebrew name Yeshua — happened on a biblical holiday. He died as the Passover lamb. He rose from the dead on the biblical holiday of First Fruits on the second day of Passover. And he poured out his spirit on Pentecost, a biblical Jewish holiday that is the same day God gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.”

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Making the connections between the ancient seder and the observance of Jesus before the crucifixion “helps us see what Jesus was doing in high definition, and it just takes on a new level of depth and meaning that usually is just so impactful for people,” he said.

One of those impactful elements is the three pieces of unleavened bread, or matzos, that are contained in a “Matzo Tosh,” or bag, he said. “The middle piece of matzo is taken, broken, buried and brought back at the end,” Sobel said, referring to the piece known as the afikoman, which is hidden for a period during the Seder and usually “found” by a child who participates.

The rabbi noted that matzos are baked with piercings and that the baking process produces stripes on the finished product, which he connects with the messianic prophecy in Isaiah 53:5, “By his stripes, we are healed.”

Sobel will cohost “Jesus in the Passover” on Thursday on the TBN cable and satellite channel with Shawn Bolz, a Christian minister and broadcaster in Los Angeles. The program will take viewers step-by-step through the traditional Passover Seder, a meal still observed by Jews in commemoration of the exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

Sobel said the program will take viewers “through all of the steps, the 15 steps of the Passover seder. We will explain how these elements ultimately point to the Messiah.”

He said Christians observing a Passover ritual is not appropriation of the Jewish faith but rather “it is participation in what Jesus and the disciples did from the beginning.”

The rabbi also said he believes the symbolism of Egypt, where the Hebrews were held captive for hundreds of years, is reflected in the human captivity to sin from which Christ offers liberation.

“Egypt is not just a place; it is a state of mind,” Sobel said. “All of us have areas in our lives where there is restriction, where there is confinement, there are things that we need freedom from, that we struggle with. And Passover is declaring, `God is as powerful today to, to free you and to deliver you and to transform your life.’”

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