The Promise Of The Fourth Cup

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During this celebratory time of year, Jews and Christians alike celebrate the Passover.

This holiday is observed during what we know as Holy Week part of Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Resurrection Sunday.

Let’s take a quick tour of Holy Week, the most important week in the history of mankind. 

• Palm Sunday, March 28 — the Biblical day where a great multitude heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. With a cultural honor of fanning palm tree branches they went out to greet Him, voicing their praises in song saying, “Hosanna! ... Blessed and The King of Israel” (John 12:12)

• Passover (also known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread), Monday, March 29, beginning at sundown. This day is designated in Jewish culture as a holiday commemorating God’s deliverance of the Jewish people from intense slavery caused by the Egyptians who oppressed them for so many years. It also acknowledges the 10 plagues that came against their oppressors.

• Passover concludes Tuesday, March 30.

• Friday, April 2, is Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday or Great Friday, is celebrated because Jesus willingly gave Himself as the sacrificial Lamb on Golgotha’s hill for the sins of the whole world. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)

And finally Sunday

• Sunday, April 4 is Easter — better known as Resurrection Sunday.

The stone over the burial tomb of Jesus was rolled away because HE HAS RISEN! HALLEHIJAH! (John 20:1)

More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Himself was not only the center focus for each day representing Holy Week, but He was a servant yielding Himself in subject to the overall goal of Holy Week. His purpose?  A heavenly glorious plan of reconciling a lost world back to a loving Creator God who has never left or forsaken His creation, but instead desired their return to Him.

Did you know in all its wonderful truth and celebrations of each day of Holy Week that it has yet to end? It is true that currently, at this very moment Jesus is sitting on the throne at the right side of the heavenly Father. He has been sitting there since His ascension from earth after appearing to his disciples in various instances. Yet this is not the end, there is a promise of the drinking the fourth cup.

After Jesus rode the donkey and created the actual holiday of Palm Sunday, scripture tells us that right before His crucifixion and resurrection we see Jesus’ disciples preparing to celebrate the Passover meal together. This was also the Last Supper that the disciples would have with Jesus while he was on earth. This Last Supper is the very same format that Christian churches currently use in regards to communion.

This year I had the joy of celebrating a Passover meal, which is also called the Seder meal. The meal itself is made up of various foods with the purpose of reflecting Biblical events demonstrating the goodness of God toward His people.

The purpose of reflection is to praise Him and to always remember and declare the wonderful deeds of God.

There are four parts of the meal and after each part a sip of grape juice (or wine) from a cup is the celebratory agreement to the declarations of God for all those listening.

First Cup represents Sanctification — God’s promise to Abraham and that He would bring his people out from under the cruel oppression of the Egyptians.

Sip of grape juice from the cup.

Second Cup represents Praise — For how God miraculously delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt.

Sip of grape juice from the cup.

Third Cup represents Redemption — Represents God’s promise that He would redeem His people from slavery. He would buy them back. This is the Cup of Blessing — rejoicing, singing and sharing scripture takes place.

Sip of grape juice from the cup.

Fourth Cup Represents Elijah — This speaks of the time when the Lord will gather Israel to Himself. Representative of what will happen at the end of days.

Sip of grape juice from the cup. We drink it all!

As Jesus Himself led his disciples in this farewell Seder meal, He went through each step saying …

“Take and eat this is my body.”

“Drink from this cup for this is My blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

PROMISE OF THE FOURTH CUP

Then Jesus makes this phenomenal statement ...

“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.”

Jesus promises to all that believe in Him that we will not only be with Him for eternity, but we will once again eat the Passover/Seder with Him in heaven.

Self-evaluation

So I want to ask you:

• Will you drink the cup of Jesus receiving Him as Lord and Savior?

• Will you submit to Him as Lord of your life?

• Will you join Him in drinking the fourth cup in the Heavenly Kingdom?

Biblical Chapters: John 12, John 19, John 20, Exodus 7-13.

About the author

Simone Lake is a full-time minister and serves in the areas of Bible teacher, speaker, missionary, mentor, chaplain and author. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake.  Read more about her speaking engagements, Bible studies and upcoming events at: www.simonelake.com or www.simonelake.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com.

Itinerary

Tuesday’s Bible Study — Jesus the Marvelous Light, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Church on Randall Place, Pine, downstairs in the fellowship hall. All are welcome. Call (928) 595-0837 for more information.

Engaging Encounters: Jesus’ one on one encounter with various people in the Bible Monthly Radio Program on KMOG 1420AM or listen online at www.rimcountryradio.com click on KMOG Forum. 

Last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Upcoming dates are April 28 and May 26.

Speaking at Pine Strawberry Health Fair Saturday, June 26.

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