A COMMON CUP

“And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves’” (Luke 22:17).

Most never consider that in the sharing of the Passover meal, each of the disciples would have had before them their own cup. To drink from a common cup, designated by Jesus, was to heighten the awareness of the communal relationship into which they had entered, and would have left a profound impression upon these disciples. In so doing, they were acknowledging a willingness to share in that person’s destiny, even his suffering and death. Unbeknownst to them they would, and did. The greater issue of the day, however, is, will we?

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