This was the third Passover meal Jesus had eaten with His disciples.
Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” ’ ”
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”
He said to him, “You have said it.”
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Passover meal was organized around drinking four cups of wine, each representing the four-part promise of redemption in Exodus.
The first cup remembered the promise “I will bring you out”. God, the Father, brought the Israelites out of Egypt as now, Jesus, His Son, would bring all His children out of sin.
The second cup commemorated “I will rescue you from bondage.” The children of Israel were set free from the bondage of slavery in Egypt; Jesus, the Great Emancipator, has set us free from the bondage of satan.
“I will redeem you” was the promise of the third cup. God redeemed the Israelites to the Promised Land and now, we, the beneficiaries of the death of Jesus, have been redeemed to a new and abundant life!
Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
The fourth cup symbolizes the promise, “I will take you as my people and I will be your God.”
Jesus said that He would save the drinking of this fourth cup for when we all celebrate together in the Kingdom of God. Jesus was communicating to His earthly family that there would be a reunion dinner someday and that they would be there.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be there, too!
Jesus will begin the celebration by welcoming you home at last. You will see Peter and James … the woman with the alabaster box. … and Lazarus! You will be there!
At that grand reunion, there will be no sin or suffering. There will be no cancer, bad backs or migraines. And you will be there!
When everyone has gathered, Jesus will pick up the fourth cup … the one that He didn’t finish that night in Jerusalem. In the presence of the Father, He will hold up that cup and a glorious cheer will fill the air! A resounding shout will echo from the rafters of heaven … hands will be raised … the sound of singing will fill the atmosphere of heaven!
And you … will be there!