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October 6 - Morning

" Then he took the cup, gave thanks and
offered 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 of this
fruit of the vine from now on until that day when
I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.' ”
- Matthew 26:27-29

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Jesus Institutes the Cup    

While Jesus was eating the Passover meal with his disciples in 30 AD he took one of the cups of wine used at the meal. There were four cups of wine traditionally used in this meal:

  1. The cup of benediction used at the beginning of the ceremony
  2. The cup beginning the meal after Psalm 113 and 114 were read (the first part of the Hallel, or Praise Psalms) and while a dialogue took place to explain the meaning of the meal.
  3. The cup after the meal and the prayer that was always said at the end of a Jewish meal
  4. The cup at the end of the reading of Psalm 115-118 (the end of the Hallel Psalms)

In Matthew 26:27-29 Jesus has taken one of these single cups and used the explanation portion of the Passover meal to introduce his own symbolism. He may have been using the third cup used at the end of the meal.

In Jesus’ teaching and symbolism the focus is removed from the blood of the Passover lamb and is instead focused on his blood that will be shed on the cross. Concerning the cup, Jesus’ disciples are told, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant.”  Before we become completely Christianized and insensitive to these words spoken by Jesus we must realize how shocking these words must have been to the Jewish disciples.  First, remember the blood of the Passover lamb was merely smeared on the doorposts the night before the Hebrews left Egypt around 1440 BC. The lamb’s blood was not eaten or drank. Eating blood or meat with blood in it was forbidden in the Mosaic Law. And, obviously human sacrifice and cannibalism were also forbidden, and the concept was surely repulsive. With this in mind we must understand that it was a very uncommon, unacceptable thing to say: “Drink this, it is my blood.”

Jesus commissioned an additional teaching into the instructional portion of the Passover meal to be used by his followers between his first coming to earth and his second coming. Jesus blood would authorize the New Covenant spoken of in Jeremiah 31:31-37; 32:37-40; Ezekiel 34:25-31; 36:26-28

This adjusted portion of the meal that the church calls The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is to serve a basic purpose: It is a simple, consistent explanation and reminder of Jesus’ work of salvation.

There have been many distractions, additional teachings and philosophies of men that have tried to gain equal footing alongside Jesus’ work on the cross. Other rituals and practices have desired a superior position as the prized object of faith in place of Jesus over the past 2000 years. But, these words and this cup bring us back to God’s plan of salvation through the work of his Son. Salvation is found only in the person of Jesus. Salvation is not a work Jesus instructs us to achieve. Salvation is not a list of things we must avoid if we want to go to heaven. As Peter preached to the Sanhedrin a few weeks after he had eaten this Last Supper with Jesus:

            “Salvation is found in no one else.” – Acts 4:12

Jesus had told the Jews in Galilee while he was teaching in their synagogue in Capernaum (John 6:59):

“I am the bread of life…I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”  - John 6:35, 53

Peter understood Jesus’ symbolism and replied:

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:68-69

Jesus gives these words and this practice to his followers with the expectation that they will continue this instructional ritual until he returns with his Father’s kingdom on earth as he had promised. Jesus said this would be the last time he drank wine until he had physically returned to earth and the Kingdom of God had been set up:

“I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” – Matthew 26:27

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The Bible is the sheet-anchor of our liberties.”
– U.S. Grant
(A sheet-anchor is the largest, main anchor intended to be used in an emergency




Something to Ponder??
More Bibles were created in the first 20 years (1455-1475) of Guttenberg’s printing press than the previous 1400 years.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Yayin (Hb) - Wine (Eng) - the Hebrew word yayin refers to a variety of wines in the
Old Testament depending on the context. Wine, along with grain and oil, were the
three staples of basic provision that God would bless his faithful people with (Dt.7:13).
indicated blessing, joy and prosperity, but was dangerous when wrongly used and
would turn God's best people into mockers when mishandled. Yayin, and plenty of it, was
promised in the coming age of the Messiah's Kingdom of God on earth (Gen. 49:11, etc.).

  The book of Acts records the great Rabbi Gamaliel referringto Theudas before the Sanhedrin in Acts 5:36. Josephus also refers to Theudas when he writes:
"Now it came to pass, while Fadius was procurator of Judea, that a certain magician, whose name was Theudas, persuaded a great part of the people to take their effects with them, and follow him to the river Jordan; for he told them he was a prophet and that he would, by his own command, divide the river, and afford them an easy passage over it; and many were deluded by his words. Fadius slew many of them and also took Theudas alive, and cut off his head, and carried it to Jerusalem." (Josephus - Antiquities of the Jews - Book 20 Chapter 5:1 )
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I trusting my own works for salvation?
Have I accepted another means of salvation other than Jesus?
I believe that salvation is found in no one else. Only Jesus has the Words of eternal life
for I know and understand that he is the Holy One of God.
  "When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever."
Proverbs 10:25
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The Jerusalem Citadel




Topography of Jerusalem

The topography of Jerusalem.
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Citadel in Jerusalem used by Hasmoneans, Herods, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders and Muslims. (click on image for larger size)  
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