More Passover Facts

The Seder (Passover) Plate

Shank Bone: Lamb’s shank bone representing the Paschal Lamb.  The lamb has not been eaten at Passover since the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD because there are no priests to check for blemishes in the lamb.  (“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World.”)

Baked or Roast Egg: For Believers this represents new life but it also stands for the Jewish people’s sorrow over the destruction of the Temple.  (“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”)

Horseradish: The bitter herbs are also a reminder of the slavery in Egypt.  (“For we know that our old self was crucified with him ... that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”)

Charoset: Bitter-sweet herbs made from chopped apples, cinnamon and nuts representsthe clay used by the slaves in Egypt.  During a Passover meal it is eaten between two pieces of matzot together with horseradish to remind people of the bricks and mortar made with straw.  In Jewish tradition the sop or sandwich would be given to an honoured or loved guest.  (“And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot.”)

Parsley: This represents the hyssop which was used to apply the lamb’s blood to the doorposts.  (“The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleanses us from all sin.”)

Salt Water: This is to represent the tears of suffering as well as the crossing of the Red Sea.  (“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.”)

Jesus took the bread and wine used in the Passover seder and applied it to Himself as He spoke of His body and precious blood given for us in God’s so great salvation.  This is now remembered in the Communion service.

In the matzo cover are three separate compartments each contains a piece of matzo (unleavened bread).  Our messianic brethren tell us that these pieces represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Father who gave us His Son and the Holy Spirit who makes all these things real and meaningful to us.  Jesus, the Son, took the unleavened bread and; “brake it, ... saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you’…” (Luke 22:19).

At Passover the wine cup is topped up four times during the seder.  It is the third cup which Our Lord Jesus took and said: “this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt 26:28).


 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes”

(1 Corinthians 11:26)