Heading to church this morning and maybe, like me, you'll be taking communion? How many of us have taken "communion" and not fully understood the history and context of what the cup - or really, cups - meant? In Christian churches, communion is observing one fraction of the full event. What we now call, "The Lord's Supper" was a Passover Seder at which Yeshua would have had four cups of wine. Each cup was a reminder of an aspect of God's deliverance and our response... The cups of sanctification, deliverance, redemption and finally, praise.
This charm is a special reminder to me of Yeshua's last Passover Seder. Lifting the fourth cup, The Cup of Praise, at the Seder that night with his disciples He said, "I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit if the vine from now until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's Kingdom." Next time you take communion, maybe pause and think of that night when Jesus spoke those words and then left to pray in Gethsemane, then ultimately give His life in fulfillment of prophecy so that all of us might be saved. He was the final and True Passover lamb, the "lamb of God" who took away the sins of the world.
Read Isaiah 53
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, borei p'ri hagafen. Blessed are You, Our God, Ruler of the world, Creator of the fruit of the vine. ברוך אתה ה' אלהינו, מלך העולם...