Sharing a meal together has always been a special time for those of us in Third Space. So trying to understand something of the tradition of the Passover Meal that Jesus would have shared with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion was something we attempted to do.
With thanks to Michele Guinness and her book The Heavenly Party we had an abridged/abridged Passover Celebration.
During the meal we shared the four cups traditionally used during the celebration.
- The first cup, the Cup of Sanctification or Holiness (I will bring you out)
- The second cup – the Cup of Promise (I will free you)
- The third cup The Cup of Blessing (I will redeem you)
- The forth cup the Cup of Wrath
After drinking this cup Jesus left and went to the Garden of Gethsemane and on to death taking upon himself the Cup of Wrath in order that we can be forgiven.
“36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”