At the Last Supper, Jesus made a startling declaration.
Matthew 26:26-29 King James Version (KJV)
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
Jesus said that the cup of wine represented His blood that the disciples were to drink. Because life is in the blood, it is the blood that flows freely through our veins and supplies life. Any obstruction that stops that flow brings death. Jesus was trying to explain that without drinking in Christ, the eternal life He offers us cannot take place. The bread He broke and gave to the disciples depicted His broken body as the bread of life.
Acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God is never enough. We must assimilate all of who He is to be like Him. In other words, Jesus is one with His Father; when we look at Jesus, we see the Father. If we know Jesus intimately (internally, not externally), others see Jesus when they see you and me. When we are in Christ and Christ in us, we are complete.
The cup Jesus gave His followers foreshadowed that His life-blood was about to be poured out – poured out as payment for the redemption of humankind. Jesus’ death was required to free us from Adam’s original sin and reconcile us to God. Christ is our kinsman redeemer, a member of our family who paid the price for our freedom. As our kinsman redeemer, He asks us to be His bride. Read the book of Ruth for the complete picture.
Jesus mentions the cup two more times after the Last Supper with His disciples.
To Be Continued