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Summary: A short reflection on the significance of the Cup.

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THE COMMUNION CUP

Matthew 26:27-28

Each of the four cups of the Passover meal was associated with a line of Exodus 6:6-7. The third cup is linked to the words “I will redeem you.”

Jesus took this cup, and invested it with new meaning. Instead of the blood of the original Passover lamb, it comes to represent His own blood.

Jesus inaugurates a new covenant in words similar to the institution of the old (Exodus 24:8).

In an echo of the last verse of the fourth Servant Song, “He bare the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12), Jesus’ blood is “shed for many for the remission of sins.”


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