About the Passover Trilogy Messianic Haggadah
Haggadah means “the telling,” which means it pretty much speaks for itself! It refers to the traditional booklet used to annually tell the story of our exodus from Egypt, and of God’s faithfulness to deliver His people by a mighty hand and outstretched arm. The style and content of the haggadah has changed over the millennia of its use, reflecting the cultural variations and customs of our people throughout our historical world wanderings. The events of the Passover story have been retold for thousands of years. It speaks of miraculous transformations and transitions in the cycle of life — from slavery to freedom, from despair to hope, from weeping to joy, and from darkness to light. The message of Passover is not limited just to the Jewish people, but to all who would seek Him, and the eternal truth that can set all people free.
Since many of the customs embodied within the text of the modern-day haggadah are stated to have been introduced around the first century C.E., and since Passover is traditionally one of the most messianic of all the moedim (appointed times), it seems very appropriate to look at the details of Messiah’s Seder as an important historical Jewish parallel to our celebration.
The Passover Trilogy Messianic Haggadah was birthed out of a need voiced by many in the worldwide Messianic Jewish community, who were looking for a traditional Jewish haggadah that was effective and easy to use. It needed to have the fit, feel, and finish of the traditional seder experience, which was so well known to our people in the subsequent generations that followed the exodus from Egypt. They also wanted a haggadah that would effectively convey the important Messianic Jewish significance presented in the Messiah Yeshua’s last seder, which he ate with his Jewish talmidim (disciples) nearly 2000 years ago. Following the Jewish tradition of having our haggadah open from right to left is only the first noticeable distinction that sets the Passover Trilogy Messianic Haggadah apart from every other Messianic haggadah on the market today. Simplicity of design, ease of use, and an ability to make everyone at the seder table feel comfortable with the telling, are features everyone will appreciate, as we embark on this annual Passover journey together.
Ever since the publication of the Passover Trilogy Messianic Haggadah three years ago, we have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the large number of great responses and glowing comments we have received concerning what some are calling a revolutionary new approach to the Passover presentation. In its first year of limited distribution, over 15 congregations successfully used our haggadah to rave reviews. That number more than doubled in the next year, with thousands of individuals also purchasing our haggadot (plural of haggadah) for their home seders.
The Passover Trilogy Messianic Haggadah was primarily written for a Jewish audience, but to our amazement, even church leaders and their congregants are purchasing our haggadah to enhance their understanding of this special season. Through this authentic Jewish experience, they are discovering a new and exciting connection to the roots of their faith as they participate in their annual congregational seders.
While most Messianic Leaders have no trouble leading great seders regardless of the tools, the real success of this haggadah is seen in how easily the seder can be comfortably and effectively led by people in their own homes as well. There is no dilution of the original foundation of the Passover story which is to be observed forever and throughout all generations. No more need to skip this or avoid that, or to question where and when all the interesting Messianic parallels come in. Everything is simple, easy to follow, and filled with a deep sense of God’s presence and love. It is guaranteed to make a positive lasting impression upon all who participate.