- What are some ways that you have learned about other religions and faiths?
- How has that experience led to a deeper growth of your faith?
Reading: Exodus 12: 43-50
Passover is one of the major holidays of the Jewish faith. It marks the time when the Lord God "passed over" homes that put blood above their doors. On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus was celebrating the Passover with this disciples.
As part of the Passover celebration, Jews partake in the seder. The seder is a meal they share. It is very ritualistic. I had the opportunity to participate in a seder. One year, as a camper at Mount Luther, our senior high group pretended to be Jewish for the week. We learned about Jewish customs and holidays. It was a good experience to learn about another faith.
To "re-Christianize" us, our counselors, on our last day at camp, had us listen to a song by Christian contemporary artist Ray Boltz. It was called "Watch the Lamb." It described a man and his young sons who went to Jerusalem for the Passover. The man told his boys to "watch the lamb" that was going to be slaughtered as part of the celebration. But in the end, they watched the slaughter or another lamb, the Lamb of God, who died on Calvary.
We should remind ourselves often of what happened on that Passover so long ago. It is the basis of our faith and should be celebrated and remembered just like those of the Jewish faith remember Passover.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video for "Watch the Lamb."