Eat to Remember - Passover Pictures

One page Haggadah for a Messianic Passover | Land of Honey
I hope everyone had a very special celebration of Passover, First Fruits, and Unleavened Bread! Were you able to attend a Seder or did you host one yourself? Here are a few pictures from my congregation's.
Passover tablescape | Land of Honey
We don't have our own building so for Passover we rent a small building in an area park. It's really just a large empty space with a kitchen and bathrooms. Which is perfect for us.
Passover tablescape | Land of Honey
Other than the tables and chairs, everything is brought in for Seder. We do this potluck style with everyone pitching in. One person brings the plates, another silverware, someone else the glasses. Everyone brings serving spoons, tablecloths, and a menorah. It's a fair amount of work for everyone but it's doable.
lighting the menorah | Land of Honey
If you're hosting a Seder or Passover celebration I would definitely recommend getting everyone involved with various tasks throughout the evening, whether that's candle lighting, refilling cups, or washing dishes afterwards. Doing work side by side with someone is a much more significant experience than having a few people cater to everyone else. More fun too!
Seder plate | Land of Honey

Passover tablescape | Land of Honey
Flowers double as decor and favors with each household getting to take some home.
Do This To Remember Me and a Matzah Pinata | Land of Honey
Biggest day of the year for the matzah pinata!
Eat to Remember Passover Seder | Land of Honey
This is my body broken for you.
One page Haggadah for a Messianic Passover | Land of Honey
Here's this year's version of the famous one page Haggadah. Would you anyone be interested in being able to download it?
Eat to Remember Passover Seder | Land of Honey
Passover menu:
Smoked lamb
Roasted root vegetable medley of sweet potatoes, potatoes, and beets
Rice and lentil pilaf
Local greens with roasted chickpeas, green olives, and shallots
Hummus two ways: garlic and jalapeno cilantro
Avocado hard boiled eggs
Grain free tabbouli
Fresh vegetables
Roasted red pepper sauce
Tahini sauce
Apple cider vinaigrette
Baked charoset
Eat to Remember Passover Seder | Land of Honey

Eat to Remember Passover Seder | Land of Honey
"Eat to remember this all your life." -Deuteronomy 16:3
Passover Seder | Land of Honey

Eat to Remember Passover Seder | Land of Honey

Passover Seder | Land of Honey

Kosher for Passover Dessert | Land of Honey
Go to Passover dessert: two kinds of cheesecake without crust, chocolate ganache, berries, and a raspberry meringue.
Messianic Menorah at Passover Seder | Land of Honey
Happy Passover!

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Things the Messiah Said at Passover

Things the Messiah Said at Passover | Land of Honey

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Chag sameach! I hope you are enjoying this special and set apart time of year during the festival of Unleavened Bread, when we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of the Messiah. All of the festivals of YHWH must have been significant to Yahusha, and so many of his words recorded in Scripture were spoken during this time. Having some idea of the setting and context for his words can transform our understanding of them. Much weight and significance is added to his words when we realize he spoke them at the Passover table keeping YHWH's instructions from Leviticus 23. Here are a few things he said during this time.

Things the Messiah Said at Passover:

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." -John 14:6
Many people who have this verse memorized overlook an obvious implication of it. The way is literally seated at the Passover table when he said this. If you want to get to the Messiah and the Father, you might think about heading to Passover.

"Whoever trusts in me does what I do and will even do greater works." -John 14:12
The Messiah clearly expects his followers to have the same lifestyle as he did. The feast days and honoring Shabbat are a great place so start to live like him. This verse also tells us that once we are living like he did we will see even greater things happen in and through us.

"If you love me, keep my commands." -John 14:15
If you love the Messiah his desire is that you would be obedient to his instructions. Picture him seated with matzah and wine, keeping the set apart time that was also celebrated by Abraham and Moses, while he speaks the word of YHWH to those at the table, and it's easier to remember that some of his commands are to celebrate his festivals.

John 14:15 - if you love me, keep my commands | Land of Honey

"I am the vine, you are the branches." -John 15:5
This analogy is probably the parable that the Messiah spent the most time explaining. And it's significant that the chose to talk about pruning - when his Father, the gardener, cuts off part of a healthy tree in order that it can grow more - at Passover. While we are rooted in Yahusha, he expects his people to grow. Growth looks different each season, and for many of us significant growth is pruning off man made holidays and choosing YHWH's instead.

"Watch and pray." -Matthew 26:41
Yahusha wants us to watch and pray at this time of year but if we aren't observing his holy days how can we do that?

"If the world hates you, know that it hated me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for that reason the world hates you." -John 15:18-19
The Messiah shares at Passover that he does not expect his followers to fit in with the world. And he's okay with that. He understood completely what it was like to be hated for the things he said and the lifestyle he chose to live. So if you're keeping Passover instead of the mainstream Easter holiday of course people are going to be upset, but it's really not about you; it's about them rejecting the ways of YHWH.

"In the world you have pressure, but take courage, I have overcome the world." -John 16:33
Passover is a beautiful time to remember that the Messiah overcame all the difficulties and injustices that we face. 

"This is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me." -Luke 22:19
Do what to remember the Messiah? Eat bread at Passover.

Do this in remembrance of me. - Things the Messiah Said at Passover | Land of Honey

"Go and prepare the Passover for us." -Luke 22:8
Here is the Messiah literally commanding his followers to take time to celebrate Passover. This is absolutely still worth doing today.

"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." -Matthew 26:41
This verse describes how many of us as believers genuinely want to follow and serve the Messiah, but our flesh often is our biggest hurdle. The spirit is willing...but the flesh likes chocolate Easter rabbits. The spirit is willing...but the flesh has too many good Christmas memories to let go of. It takes intention and training to get your flesh under control of your spirit. Participating in YHWH's set apart times is an opportunity to strengthen your faith.

"You shall deny me three times." -Mark 14:30
Yahusha obviously knew what it was like to have people intentionally disassociate with him. When Peter denied him later that night, he wasn't just saying that he didn't know Yahusha. He was saying that he hadn't just partook in the Passover meal with him. How many people do you know that claim to love and honor the Messiah but adamantly deny his invitation to the Passover celebration? Let's not deny that as the Passover lamb, the feasts of YHWH are very near to the Messiah's heart.

"You do not know what I am doing now, but you shall know after this." -John 13:7
I love this verse because it tells me that I don't have to have all of the instructions figured out or to be able to fully see how YHWH is working in my life. Eventually all of these things will become clear but in the meantime all we have to do is walk in faith. I love the promise that even if keeping YHWH's feasts, honoring Shabbat, and so on don't make sense right now we will be able to see the Messiah in them someday.

"You should do as I have done." -John 13:15
Don't miss that the Messiah challenged us to live the way he did during one of YHWH's set apart times. Yahusha kept the feasts and we should too.

You should do as I have done. -John 13:15 - Things the Messiah Said at Passover | Land of Honey
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Kosher for Passover Desserts

Kosher for Passover Dessert Recipe Roundup | Land of Honey

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Need a dessert for your Passover Seder? Or something sweet to celebrate during the week of Unleavened Bread? Look no further! I rounded up some delicious options that are all kosher for Passover. Knowing different things are in season depending on where in the world you find yourself, plus that everyone has their own dietary preferences, I tried to make a mix that has something for everyone. Yay for real food desserts, vegan options, and good old fashioned meringue. If you're in need of some clarification of the dietary requirements for the week of Unleavened Bread please see this post.

Pomegranate Swirl Meringues | Land of Honey
Pink Swirl Meringues with Pomegranate Syrup from Drizzle and Dip

Real Food Vegan Chocolate Mousse | Land of Honey
Naturally Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Mousse from Minimalist Baker

Real Food Peanut Butter Chip Cookies | Land of Honey
Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from Love and Lemons

Matcha Macarons - kosher for Passover | Land of Honey
Matcha Macarons with Mango Buttercream from Snixy Kitchen

Raspberry Pavlova - perfect for Passover dessert | Land of Honey
Raspberry Vanilla Whipped Cream Pavlova from A Beautiful Plate

Blood Orange, Almond, Ricotta Cake - perfect for Passover dessert | Land of Honey
Blood Orange, Almond, and Ricotta Cake from Smitten Kitchen

Vegan Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake for Passover | Land of Honey
Vegan Raspberry Lemon Chia Cheesecake from Love and Lemons

Passover Cookie Cake | Land of Honey
Passover Cookie Cake from My Name is Yeh

Heavenly Chocolate Cake Roll - kosher for Passover | Land of Honey
Heavenly Chocolate Cake Roll from Smitten Kitchen

Passover dessert idea: Grain Free Berry Crisp | Land of Honey
Grain Free Berry Crisp from Minimalist Baker

Passover dessert idea: Lemon Cream Pavlova | Land of Honey
Lemon Cream Pavlova from Snixy Kitchen

Kosher for Passover Mini Chocolate Donuts | Land of Honey
Mini Chocolate Doughnuts from Land of Honey

Raspberry Coconut Macaroons - Kosher for Passover | Land of Honey
Raspberry Coconut Macaroons from Smitten Kitchen

Mango Turmeric Sorbet - healthy treat for the Feast of Unleavened Bread | Land of Honey
Mango Turmeric Sorbet from Making Thyme for Health

Lavender Early Grey Blackberry Ice Cream Floats - a great treat for the Feast of Unleavened Bread | Land of Honey
Lavender Earl Grey Blackberry Ice Cream Floats from Snixy Kitchen

Wishing all of you a very special Passover time this year!

Passover Bucket List + Printable

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Here's a great way to make sure you can do all the Passover stuff this year. A bucket list! What's on mine for this Passover season? Attending Seder, reading through Exodus, making homemade matzah, praying for freedom for those enslaved in some way, setting a spiritual goal, and sending cards to name a few.

Make your own bucket list or download mine. Obviously, it doesn't need to be this big but hanging up a large print can serve twofold as a decoration throughout the week of Unleavened Bread and as a reminder of fun things to do to make this time special.

You can download this here, and then print it off on regular paper or have it printed. I had mine printed at Staples for about $1.75. It is free for your personal use and I hope it helps make Matzah Week a little more fun!

What's on your bucket list for this Passover season?