In the book of Corinthians we see Paul present the Lord table.
Let’s have a look from scripture:
1 Corinthians 11; 23- 26
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
As this article is focusing on the “cup” that’s what we will look at.
Here we can see that Paul received this from the Lord.
So what is the cup?
Verse 25 of the above reads “this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me”.
The cup was the price Jesus Christ paid for me and you in His own blood to get us back to God and to give us eternal life.
We can see further confirmation of what the “cup” is in the gospels:
Matthew 26; 39 “ And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”.
Luke 22; 42 “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Why would the Lord pray “let this cup pass me by or remove this cup from me” if it did not refer to the suffering that Jesus would go through for you and me? We can see very clearly here that the cup was the suffering that Jesus Christ went through to bring us back to God.
When we break bread and lift up the cup, we are not just lifting up a physical cup, but the cup in our hands represents the cup that the Lord had to bear for us. His suffering for you and me is represented by the cup.
Revelation 1: 5 “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood”.
So next time we break bread and drink from the cup, we can do it with a better understanding. The cup represents the suffering of the Lord in His own blood for you and me. When we hold up the cup, we remember what Jesus did to redeem mankind. Its because of the cup that we have the new testament " this cup is the new testament in my blood".
Bisi Oladipupo© 25th October 2020
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