Miriam Goldstein was busy in her spacious kitchen preparing the Passover meal. She was thinking it was near time for her husband when she heard him call, “Miriam, I brought a surprise. Come see.”
Hurrying to the front room she wondered what Jacob was up to but stopped short when she saw Matt Percy standing beside him. Her eyes bore into her husband’s and he read the silent questions she was asking. “Welcome to our home,” she managed extending her hand. He clasped it warmly and looked directly into her eyes. She had the feeling he knew exactly how perplexed she was and he was trying to ease her discomfort.
“I apologize for dropping in on you unannounced,” he said, “but Goldstein insisted I join you for Passover.”
Jacob pointed to an easy chair. “Sit here Mr. Percy” I’ll see if there is anything I can do to help Miriam finish up.” He took his wife’s elbow and led her to the kitchen.
Miriam didn’t waste any time. “What are you thinking, Jacob? It is the Passover and you have brought a Gentile to our table!”
“Now Mama, Mr. Percy is not just my boss but he is a good friend. Do you remember when I was in the hospital how he came to see me every day? Every day, Mama! And if you will recall, I continued to draw my full pay while I was off work. He has no one to spend his Easter holiday with so I invited him to celebrate the Passover with us.”
“Jacob, a Gentile cannot celebrate Passover and Jews cannot celebrate Easter. You must ask him to leave!”
“No. I will not ask him to leave. Mr. Percy is not a stranger to our ways. We believe in the same God. He knows the Torah better than I do. It will be okay. You will see.”
“I will not serve our Seder meal to a Gentile, Jacob.”
“Miriam. We will all sit and eat together.” Jacob’s mouth was set. Miriam sighed. She knew it was useless to argue with her husband once his mind was made up but she vowed in her heart not to speak to Mr. Percy. She would not even look at him. She would simply pretend that he was not there and with a sniff she carried their meal to the dining table.
Mr. Percy was surprised to see brisket, vegetables and fresh fruit. He had expected unleavened bread and water. When they finished their meal he asked if he could share his thoughts with them. Jacob and Miriam nodded. She was finding Mr. Percy complementary and respectful, completely disarming her. He was not at all what she had expected.
“I was wondering if you ever considered the significance of Jesus being crucified during Passover?”
“Of course not,” Miriam huffed. “What possible significance could there be?”
“Let me explain. Your Mosaic Law dictates an animal be sacrificed to atone for sin. But, when Jesus died on the cross his sacrifice replaced the animal sacrifice once and for all. Jesus himself said he was the fulfillment of the law.
“Personally I believe he was crucified at Passover as a witness to the Jewish people that he had become the Passover Lamb.” Percy reached in his pocket for his New Testament. “Listen to what it says here, ‘For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins’. And down here it says ‘...we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ’.
“My point is this; Christ became the sacrificial lamb during the time of the Jewish Passover to signify the shedding of his blood is the only acceptable sacrifice.”
Somehow Percy’s words rang true to Jacob. “Never before have I heard it explained this way!” he said. “What do you think, Mama?”
As Mr. Percy drove to work the next morning he marveled at the Goldstein’s conversion and praised God he had been privileged to lead them to the cross. Just then the newscaster broke in on the car radio interrupting the program in progress.
“This just in: A house fire last night claimed the lives of Jacob and Miriam Goldstein. Stay tuned for further details.”
Mr. Percy pulled his car to the side of the road and sobbed.
KJV Hebrews 10:4 & 10
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