Passover is the season of redemption; it was the time of the exodus from Egypt, and our sages teach that it will also be the time of the future redemption.
At our Passover seders we express our hope in that future redemption and pray for it to come soon. The Haggadah indicates that when the redemption arrives we will sing a “new song”:
Blessed are you, O LORD, our God, King of the universe, who has redeemed us and redeemed our fathers from Egypt and let us arrive at this night, so we may eat matzah and maror. O LORD, our God and God of our fathers, let us also arrive at the appointed times and other pilgrimage festivals that are coming to greet us in peace, rejoicing in the rebuilding of your city and gladdened by your service. There, may we eat from the sacrifices and Passover offerings whose blood will favorably reach the side of your altar, and we will give thanks to you, singing a new song about our redemption and the ransom of our souls. Blessed are you, O LORD, who has redeemed Israel.
Our sages have noted that this “new song” is not described using the feminine form shirah (שירה) but the masculine shir (שיר). Just as a male never experiences the intense pain of childbirth, so will the song of the ultimate redemption never again be followed by suffering.
What could this new song be? No one knows for sure, but prior to the birth of our Master Yeshua, Zechariah, the father of Yochanan the Immerser, was prophetically inspired to break out with a new song of blessing for the redemption. Considering this, as well as Yochanan’s strong association with Passover, we found it fitting to include the song of Zechariah in the Vine of David Haggadah:
Blessed is the LORD, the God of Israel,
for he has taken note of his people,
and sent them redemption,
causing the horn of salvation to flourish
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through his holy prophets
who were from long ago:
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us,
showing devotion to our fathers,
and remembering his holy covenant,
the covenant that he swore
to our father Abraham,
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to allow us to serve him without fear,
with honesty and righteousness before him,
all the days of our lives. (Luke 1:68-75, Vine of David Haggadah)
May we merit to see the complete redemption soon and suffering cease. May the verse be fulfilled for us that says,
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)