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The Cup of Redemption

Part 7 Communion and the Last Supper:

The third Seder Meal cup – the cup of redemption:

Jesus crucified

Jesus the Passover Lamb [2]

The cup of redemption speaks of salvation and rescue.
For the Jews it symbolizes the blood of the lamb in Egypt that saved them from slavery.
For Christians it symbolizes the blood of the Lamb of God that saves us from the slavery of sin and a life without God.

The head of the house holds his glass and says another prayer:

“Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created the fruit of the vine”

Then everyone raises their glass and says “to life” and takes a sip.

Jesus took the cup and said:

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” [1]

Remember in the symbolism of the Seder Meal this is the cup of redemption, of salvation and of rescue!
Which is very true for us believers.

The fourth and last Seder Meal cup – the cup of praise.

The head of the house says some verses from the Psalms and then everyone drinks.

He could say something like this:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Why do Christians do Communion?

The answer is given by the Apostle Paul:

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” [3]

We have Communion to remember what Jesus did, He took the punishment that should have been ours.
We proclaim that Jesus, the Son of God, died for us.
We are now His people.
We’ve been called out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Here is the complete series:

References:
[1] Luke 22:20
[2] © Luis2007 | Dreamstime.com photo
[2] 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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