Remember. That’s what Passover was all about. The Jews were commanded to remember the day they came out of Egypt. The Sedar plate held symbols of events they were never to forget.
The egg was traditionally eaten during mourning.
Parsley, dipped in salt water, reminded them of tears shed in their suffering.
The bitter herbs reminded them of their bitter life in slavery.
The horoset reminded them of mortar used in building with bricks.
The shank bone of a lamb reminded them of the last meal eaten in Egypt.
The unleavened bread (matza) reminded them of the hasty departure, when there was no time for bread to rise.
When Jesus ate His last Passover with His disciples, He asked them to remember only one thing: “Remember Me.”
Remember My love for you. Remember what I have taught you. Remember what I am about to do for you. Remember My broken body. Remember My shed blood.
Good Friday is a time for Christians to remember these things. Remember what the cross means. Remember the price of hope and forgiveness. Remember the promises yet to be fulfilled.
Just as Passover marks the distance between slavery and freedom, so the cross marks the distance between death and eternal life. We must never forget!