The Fifth Cup

Like everyone else in Jerusalem that night, Jesus and his disciples had four cups of wine during “The Last Supper.” Unlike anyone else in history, Jesus also took … the fifth cup.

Though there is some debate about the symbolism of each cup, it might be best said that the four cups are (in order), the Cup of Sanctification, the Cup of Deliverance, the Cup of Redemption, and the Cup of Praise.

For those who worry about washing all those dishes, we’re actually talking about one cup per person … filled four times.

It’s most likely, by the details we can pick up from the Gospels, that Jesus used the third cup, the “Cup of Redemption,” for the symbolic cup that would represent his blood. This is the drink Christians take when they celebrate the Lord’s Supper. There’s even a hint that Jesus skipped the fourth cup, the Cup of Praise, reserving it for a time in the future when his task was completed.

Here’s the way it is written in Mark 14:24-25.

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” Jesus said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Only a short time later, in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying in great agony, Jesus wrestled with the idea of drinking the “cup” that was before him. Jesus acted as if taking that “fifth cup” would be the most difficult, painful thing he would ever do.

This clip (7:16) is the story of the Fifth Cup.

You want to really celebrate on Resurrection Sunday? Watch this clip now.

Previously: You were looking for a sign? Here it is.