The Greater Passover Lamb

I’ve been coming to St John’s for nearly four years. I love St John’s and St Mary’s – the people are very genuine and care about your welfare. Life hasn’t always been easy for me but this community have offered a lot of love and encouragement.

As many of you will know, I have been fostering T for 18 months. T will start secondary school in the autumn. We’ve had lots of ups and downs. T naturally misses his family, although he is happy with me and at church. He feels less alone and has made new friends at Flightpath. He knows he is part of God’s family, God is his Father, even if he can’t be with his own family. T likes helping out and he really enjoyed doing the prayers recently. T loves drama, and he’s a very confident speaker with a big voice which is good for being up at the front in church!

This last week we both attended one of the Passover meal, hosted by the Maclures. We had a great time – good food and lovely company of all ages. As part of the drama of the evening, an extra place is set for the prophet Elijah. At a certain point, the kids go and check the door to see if Elijah has come. Well we were shocked when close to that time the doorbell actually rang! It was a rough sleeper that Dave knew, asking for food. So we had our Elijah – the stranger at the door – and even though he didn’t stay to join us, he had some rice and lamb to take away!

The Passover meal has helped me learn something about Jesus. For Christians, the meal points to how Jesus is an even greater Passover Lamb, which we remember when we celebrate communion, His body and blood given for us. The story of the Exodus is one I particularly love. One of my favourite verses in the Bible comes in that story as God’s people face the obstacle of the Red Sea. They are told: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to remain still.”

Rachel Burnell