Day 28: The Cup of Redemption
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. Exodus 6:6c
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 22:20.
This third cup of the Seder follows the meal—not just the ritual meal, but a full dinner with many traditional Jewish foods, varying by region. This is very likely the cup mentioned in Luke 22:20, where Jesus spoke of redemption in terms of the shedding of his own blood. As you can see, while he refers back to his fulfillment of the role of the Passover Lamb, he also looks forward to the new covenant. With this cup he instituted the Lord’s Supper as the new feast of the Kingdom, something to be kept perpetually until he returns.
The Lord brought about the redemption of Israel with an outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgment, and the same can be said of this ultimate redemption. There were many miracles seen during the hours of Jesus crucifixion, and many more that were not seen, but were intimated in passages such as Colossians 1:13-15 and Hebrews 2:14—things in the spiritual realm. Not least of all, the number of those redeemed by the blood of Jesus far surpassed those who God redeemed when he lead them out of Egypt.
It is so fitting that Jesus raises this cup of redemption and says, “This is my blood,” (Matthew 26:28), for he is the true Redeemer. It is humbling and heartening that he adds, “which is poured out for you” for where would we
be apart from that?
• Think about the lengths to which God went to redeem his people Israel, and then the lengths that he went to bring about the ultimate and eternal redemption of all his beloved ones—Jew and Gentile. What does that tell you about the love he has for you personally?
• When you raise the Cup of Redemption at the communion table, how does it help you combat the condemning voice of the enemy which seeks to discourage and derail you?
Lord, I picture you lifting this cup and looking earnestly into the eyes of your dearest friends, knowing you would soon die for them, and trying to help them see the meaning of the moment. It is often only when we look back that we understand. Deepen my understanding of what you have done for me.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries