Church walk

The weather was kind and we had a very pleasant stroll through Endcliffe Park to Forge Mill Dam cafe to enjoy refreshments and friendly discussion including about the institution of Communion and how it is taken by different denominations.

In our contemporary view of the Lord’s Supper, there is but one cup. However, historically, there were four, each with its own blessing and its own story to tell. They represent the four “I wills” that God declared in Exodus 6:6,7, and today they remind us of our journey as consecrated followers of Christ.

The Cup of Sanctification: “I will bring you out from under the burden of the Egyptians.”

The Cup of Judgment: “I will deliver you from their bondage.”

The Cup of Redemption: “I will . . . redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”

The Cup of Praise: “I will take you for My people, and I will be your God.”

All four of these cups are not only part of the story of Passover but also part of our story with Christ.

Jesus and His disciples had already partaken of the first two cups and enjoyed their Passover meal. However, it was the third cup, the Cup of Redemption, that Jesus took “after the supper” and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20, NIV).

But what about that fourth cup? Interestingly, it’s quite possible that Jesus did not drink from the fourth cup. Instead, after the third cup, He said, “ 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” (Matthew 26:29, NIV).

That cup is His promise to us that He will return for us and that we will drink it together at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  Taken from the Bible Advocate online 29/12/2018.

 

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