The traditional Jewish Passover points to Jesus as the Messiah in several distinct ways:
- The Passover bread, or “Matza” bread, is pierced, striped, and leaven/yeast free. The holes in this bread suggest the holes in the Savoir’s hands; the striped burn marks on the bread suggest the stripes He received when he was whipped before being crucified; and the yeast-free nature of the Matza bread suggests His sinlessness (as Yeast represents sin in Biblical scripture).
- Jesus was crucified at the same time as the Jewish Passover took place.
- In the Passover dinner, a piece of Matza bread is broken off and hidden in a linen chamber, called the Afikomen. This linen cloth is then hidden away for children to find at the close of the dinner, who will then receive candy or money as a reward. This hiding away of the bread suggests the way that Jesus’ body was wrapped in linen and hidden away in a cave.
- In the traditional Passover of years gone past, a suitable lamb was found and inspected to make sure it was “spotless” and suitable as the Passover sacrifice. In much the same way, Jesus was “inspected” by the Pharasees and Pontius Pilate before He was sacrificed.