“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)
Afikomag is a haven for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Its name stems from the Greek word afikoman which ushers Christ into Passover and combines it with the word “magnify.” By God’s grace, our mission is to magnify Christ by ushering Him into every area of life, communicating His love, and together inviting Him to transform us into His likeness.
A Gentile word, not a Hebrew one, plays a central role in the the Jewish Passover. During the Passover dinner, or seder, three pieces of unleavened bread (matzah) are placed together in a segmented, ornamented fabric satchel.
The three matzah are distinct, but form a unified whole.
Also, while all three matzah are the same size, texture, and consistency, the central piece undergoes treatment very different from the other two.
It is broken in half.
It is hidden.
It is searched for.
Its discovery is the cause of great rejoicing.
It is the final dessert of the entire Passover. It is given to every person present and its taste is what lingers in your mouth long after the Seder is complete.
What’s the significance of all this? Why such focus on a piece of bread?
Because this central piece of matzah is a picture of Christ.
He is part of the triune Godhead: three Persons, distinct but inexplicably linked. However, His story is different from those of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. It was Jesus who was brutalized and killed by men; His body was broken for our transgressions and it is by His stripes that we are healed.
Do you see this? Do you see how God uses a simple piece of flat bread to represent the most divine mystery?
But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus was murdered, but the grave couldn’t hold Him!
Three days after His death, God brought Him back to life.
His disciples searched for His body but they couldn’t find it, because they were looking in the wrong place! An angel asked them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Jesus was no longer in the tomb: He was walking among His people, comforting those whose hope had died with Him.
Discovering that He was alive ushered in the new hope that Christ offers to each of us: Jew or Gentile, we all can take part in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
He offered His body to be broken for us and He stretches out His arms to offer Himself to us now.
When we receive Him, we receive the sweetness of His mercy, the sweetness of His love, and the sweetness of eternal life.
The taste of life that He gives us in the Passover is only a taste of the life to come.
Praise be to God.