The Beautiful Bride - Week 1, Day 5

Take the Cup

IF… “…it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

IF… Jesus took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” 1 Corinthians 11:25b-26 (NLT)

THEN… I will leave my empty way of life behind and pursue the life of purpose that God has planned for me as a follower of Christ. When I take communion I will not just remember what Christ has done for me; I will also reaffirm the covenant I made with Him, when I first accepted the cup, to remain faithful to him until he returns to take me home.

We have spent most of this week digging into the meaning behind the first custom, The Contract, which included the Dowry Price.  Today, we will turn our attention to the second custom, The Cup.  Remember after the groom proposed, the bride showed her acceptance of his proposal by drinking from the cup that her groom placed before her.  This was her decision. By drinking the cup, she accepted his proposal, she accepted his name, she accepted his life, and she submitted herself to his care. When Jesus died on the cross, He offered us a proposal. He gave us a way to reconnect to God through the payment of our sin by His death on the cross.  He offers His name, He offers His life, He offers His care.  BUT, He does not force us to choose Him! When we choose Him, we are entering into a covenant relationship with Him.

Does your life show the fruit of a life committed to Christ?  If so, three things should be apparent in your life. 

  1. Your life should bear the fruit of the Spirit. Each day you must strive to look more and more like your groom Jesus (Galatians 5:22-23).
  2. Your life should show service to others.  The Bible says that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-16). 
  3. Your life should lead others to Jesus.  To be a true follower of Jesus, we must teach others to follow Him as well (Matthew 28:19-20). 

The ceremony of communion is a representation of the Last Supper that Jesus had with His disciples. During this time together, Jesus offered a new promise to the twelve. The promise or covenant that He offered was very much like the marriage proposal that a groom offered a bride.  The cup and the bread represented this promise because it was a picture of the dowry price He would soon pay on the cross.  Next time you take communion, as the Bride of Christ, will you remember and reaffirm your commitment to your groom, Jesus?

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