23
Jul
16

THE CUP OF REDEMPTION

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.’”  Luke 22:20

 This verse takes place during the Last Supper, where Jesus was celebrating the Passover seder (or meal).  In just a couple of hours, Christ would being his all-night prayer vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest and crucifixion.  The cup was actually filled four times during the course of the seder.  The seder began with the first cup, called the Kiddush, which literally means sanctification.  The cup of plagues is the second cup.  The fourth cup is the cup of hallel, or praise, which the Lord said that He would not drink “from now on until the kingdom of God comes,” a foreshadowing of His return to the new earth.

The third cup is the cup of redemption!

The cup that Jesus offered in this verse is the one that is always poured immediately after the food had been consumed, as evidenced by the Holy Spirit intentionally guiding Luke to write, “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten.”  The Son of God told His disciples that this cup represented His blood which was shed for many, ushering in the new covenant.  This third cup is the cup of redemption.

What a beautiful foreshadowing we find the Passover seder, with the cup of redemption being identified with the Messiah’s blood!  The blood of bulls could not adequately atone for our sins forever, but the Redeemer whom Job said lives came in human flesh, dwelt among us, and sacrificed His own body, because the without the shedding of blood, we can have no forgiveness for sin.

Because He willingly finished the Father’s work on the cross and rose again, we are redeemed!  Hallelujah!

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