I can’t wait to finish the Passover meal Jesus started with His first disciples, but didn’t quite complete in the Upper Room two thousand years ago. In Matthew 26: 27-30 it says, “Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Passover Seder includes four glasses of wine, each representing four promises God made to Israel as they fled slavery in Egypt. The first glass of wine is called the “cup of sanctification” and it remembers God’s promise: “I will bring you out.” The second glass of wine is called the “cup of plagues” – referring to the plagues that came upon Egypt – and it remembers God’s second promise: “I will free you from being slaves.” The third glass is called “the cup of redemption” which remembers God’s promise: “I will redeem you.” This is the glass/cup of wine Jesus held up in front of His disciples and refined it’s whole meaning when He said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Pretty cool huh?
But you might be surprised to find out that Jesus and the disciples didn’t finish the entire Passover Seder that night. Jesus did not drink the fourth an final glass/cup of wine called “the cup of completion” which remembers God’s promise: “I will take you as my own people.” Jesus informed His disciples that He would not drink a drop from the fruit of the vine “from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” He was essentially telling His disciples, “We’re going to finish this Passover meal that I started in this dusty Upper Room, and we will tip back our final glass of wine together when the Father takes us all home to be with Him in His kingdom.” So as Good Friday approaches, and we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, I smile as I think about what it’s going to be like when I – and all who believe – will finally have that glass of wine with Jesus and we will drink down to the last dregs the glorious cup of completion with Him in heaven. Be ready, because I’m pretty sure that glass of wine – that cup of redemption – is going to be an amazing beverage!