Remembering resurrection power during Easter
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:57:28 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Sharon Tchonev reads a passage from the story of Exodus in her native Hebrew language.
She and her husband have been preparing for Easter by remembering the story of Passover.
They even organized a Passover meal or Seder to explain the Passover to other believers.
"In a way you can equal it to Thanksgiving, in the sense of its tradition. Everybody gathers, good food. We read through what we call the Haggadah which in Hebrew means the storytelling of our departure from Egypt,â?? says Sharon Tchonev.
Rabbi Daniel Sherman of the Tree of Life Congregation.
"When we celebrate Passover one of our goals is to re-experience the story. We tell it in the first person. We say were slaves in Egypt not our ancestors long ago,â?? says Rabbi Sherman.
The Israelites were told to apply the blood of a sacrificial lamb on their doorpost so that when the angel of death came into the city it would Passover their households.
This story has been a foundation for the Jewish people.
Sharon was born in Israel and comes from a Jewish background.
â??When I first came to hear about Jesus Christ the Messiah, that the Jews are waiting for it took me three years to read the bible , over and over Old and New testament,â?? says Sharon Tchonev.
Christians and Messianic Jews believe that when Jesus walked the earth he was God in human form and that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
The Bible talks about Jesus being the Lamb of God which Christians parallel with the Exodus account.
Easter or Resurrection Sunday as Christians call it is a pivotal holiday because this is when Jesus rose from the grave after being crucified on a cross for the sins of the world.
His resurrection gave him power over death and the ability to grant eternal life to anyone who believes in him.
But not all Jews believe that.
"Jesus really plays no important role in Judaism. He was a teacher of Judaism. He taught what he knew, he taught Torah," says Rabbi Sherman.
Some say the messiah still hasn't come into the world.
"Those who consider themselves Messianic Jew or Jews for Jesus or Hebrew Christian, usually that means they accept Jesus as their Savior as their Messiah. Once one has taken that step, one has left Judaism behind,â?? says Rabbi Sherman.
Sharon says she still embraces her Jewish roots.
â??I see it as my duty to hold on to the faith,â?? says Sharon Tchonev.
She says she will use Easter as a time to reflect on the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.