During the Passover liturgy of Jesus’ day, participants would drink from four cups of wine at different times. The third cup was called the cup of salvation. While celebrating the Passover with his disciples in the Upper Room, Jesus offered them the cup of salvation and said, “This cup is a new covenant in my blood.” He was saying, in effect, “I love you. I give you my life. Will you give your life to me?”

So, every time we drink from the Communion cup when the minister says, “This cup is a new covenant in my blood,” God is saying to us, “I love you. I invite you to be my spiritual bride.” And every time we drink it, we are in effect saying to him, “I accept your gift, and I give you my life in return.”


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