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July 27

Luke 22, 17 - 18

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, 'Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.'
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Yesterday we said that Jesus is now fasting. Today we find Jesus isn’t drinking, either. Jesus takes a cup of wine and says he looks forward to the time when he can once again enjoy a drink together with his friends. And he won’t drink it again until that time comes.

There are four cups of wine that are taken during the Passover meal and each has a special significance. However, Luke has little interest in which cup Jesus is using in this passage.

He’s more interested in what Jesus is saying and doing with it. Theologian Jurgen Moltmann says in his book ‘The Coming of God – In the End is the Beginning’: 'The glory of God is the feast of eternal joy, and the Gospels therefore continually compare it with a wedding feast…'

Indeed, throughout scripture when people write about the destiny God has for our world there is a wonderful sense of a coming future celebration. There is the vision of shalom, and then promise of a land flowing with milk and honey.

There is Isaiah’s final joyous vision, Jesus and his ‘feast’ parables and, of course, the book of Revelation’s glorious vision of the New Jerusalem.

These biblical glimpses of God’s future all carry the same essential message, there’s a party to end all parties coming. Now, get ready.

Something to do

Perhaps you’ll share a glass of wine at your mealtime or with friends tonight. Pour an extra glass as a sign that one day Jesus will share with us again.

Something to pray

Father, as we look to Jesus who has gone before us and waits to come again, fill us with that expectant joy that comes from the hope we possess that we will one day share the cup with him in the Kingdom of God.

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinator for Kent


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