In Our Own Upper Room

April 2, 2010 | 16 comments

“Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”
— John 13:1

We poured the cups, lit the candles and set a place for Jesus, who dines daily with us for a place is always set in our hearts.

On the night before he took the spikes — canceling the record of charges against us in a red-stained verdict — Jesus told his friends: “I eagerly desire to eat the Passover with you.”

And some-2,000 years later, we eagerly desired to eat it with him.

We lit the candle of HOPE at the Messiah’s table, for the Light of the World is our promised hope. And this Hope is a Person.

We washed one another’s feet, drank from the fruit of the vine and ate the lamb. We remembered the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Photo: Girls and husband, washing my feet.

Photo: Neighbor boy, Alex, cradling the lamb.

My friend Patty pointed out that a Messianic Passover meal is not meant to be purely solemn. It is a time for festive rejoicing.

As our family did, Patty and her family held a Messianic Passover meal in her home last night. She wrote this morning: “We tried to strike a balance between formality and celebration and learning and worshipping.”

We celebrated, too, remembering this God who loves us from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes.

Lydia said this morning: “People celebrated this a long time before Jesus was even on Earth because God led them out of slavery. We can celebrate it also because Jesus died on the cross.”

Yes, Lydia. And did you know — sweet daughter — that He still frees the slaves, with this red-tinted freedom? He loosed the chains that shackled your mama.

Jesus took the nails, holding skin and sin to a rugged tree. Today, we follow Him up that hill where all was washed clean.

by | April 2, 2010 | 16 comments


  1. Chrissy

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. jasonS

    This is so cool- thank you for sharing.

  3. A Simple Country Girl

    Jennifer, thanks so much for participation in our Passover meal last night. It was such a wonderful time. And I know that even though we used a wrinkled sheet for a tablecloth and we didn't have goblets or good looking unleavened bread, He was there!


  4. Kay @ Off the Beaten Path

    Beautiful, Jennifer. Thank you so much for sharing your family's celebration of Passover with us. I am blessed.

  5. Rose

    We had the Seder Meal with a group at church but did not do the foot washing. It was a wonderful event and one I truly enjoyed the meaning of. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your Passover meal.

  6. S. Etole

    I appreciate your sharing this with us. It seems a very meaningful celebration.

  7. L.L. Barkat

    Wonderful pictures… capture both the poignant and the joyful aspects of this season.

  8. Jennifer

    Gorgeous table! (And I'm in love with those socks, too.) You make it look so easy…

  9. Beth E.

    This post is such a blessing. We used to have Passover meals at our church, but stopped several years ago. How wonderful that your family participates in the Passover at home.

    The pictures are beautiful…I wish I had been there, too! 🙂

    Have a blessed Easter, Jennifer…

  10. Kristine

    I love this! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of such a special Passover meal.

  11. Karen

    Precious pictures and sharing…Easter blessings to you!

  12. Stephani

    Beautiful post! Thanks for letting us in on this.

  13. Pfeiffer Photos

    When you mentioned the shackles I just started to cry. JOY to you and yours on this most glorious of holidays, my friend!

  14. Angie Vik

    I enjoyed your Easter posts. I love the way you look at things. We were invited to a Passover Seder supper on Thursday and it was neat. Wish I'd have done it with my kids before now. I hope you have a wonderful Easter, my friend. He is risen!

  15. Anne Lang Bundy

    What a beautiful celebration you've shared with us, Jennifer. I would have loved to be there.

    But we'll one day sit together at the Banquet of all banquets.

    Sending my love! 😀

  16. Missie

    What an awesome idea!


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