Ten of us gathered together on Good Friday evening to participate in a Passover seder.  On the night before He was crucified, Jesus told his disciples,"I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer" Luke 22:15)  We each were able to see, touch, taste, and smell the elements of the Passover.  The Passover is the story of redemption.  As we dipped the karpas (parsley) in the salt water, we were reminded, just like the ancient Israelites, that life sometimes is immersed in tears.  As we at the maror spread on a piece of matzah, we were reminded of how the lives of the Israelites were made "bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and all kind of work" (Exodus 1:14).  All the food that everyone shared was free of leaven, which in the Bible is a symbol of sin and how it spreads throughout.  As we looked at the unleavened matzah bread, we saw that it was striped and pierced:  ". . . by His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5) and "They pierced My hands and My feet" (Psalm 22:16).  The second time we dipped the matzah with the bitter herbs into kharoset (chopped apple, nut, and honey mixture ) to remind ourselves that even the most bitter of circumstances can be sweetened by the hope we have in God (1 Peter 1.1-10).