What is the cup of the Lord? Luke 22:20, says, “…This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” This cup was the new agreement. It was a new will according to the nature and principles of Christ, which was poured out upon all flesh. It was their responsibility to put on the mind of Christ and to fulfill all righteousness. (See Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17.)
To get a better understanding of the cup of the Lord let us read the words of Christ in Matthew 20:20-22: “Then came to Yasha [Jesus] the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons worshipping Christ and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, “What do you want?” She said, “Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on the left, in your kingdom.”
Those on the right side of Christ knew right from wrong and could make righteous judgment (See Matt. 26:64). Those on the left side of Christ did not have the ability to produce righteousness, but still associated themselves with him. Those on the left were those who functioned under the “gift” realm; those who were not yet in the image of the Father. In pagan reasoning, the left side was the lucky side. You were there by luck, not by rights.
Christ answered and said, “You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall [future tense] drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am [present tense] baptized with?” They said unto him, “We are able.”
What Christ was saying to the sons of Zebedee, was, To be in my kingdom and on my left hand, you must follow me and learn from me. You must be washed in the water of baptism—as in making an agreement with me that gives me permission to cleanse your heart and mind regardless of the fretting of your flesh. To be on my right hand, you must know and love righteousness, thereby, having the power to judge right from wrong.
Christ was asking the sons of Zebedee if they were willing to prepare themselves for such a position. Were they willing to crucify their fleshly nature and be filled with the principles and character of the Father so they could make righteous judgment?
In Mark 10:40, Yasha explained, “But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.” The words “it is prepared” is from one Greek word meaning “to prepare.” If we want to sit with Christ, we must put on the mind of Christ. See Phil. 2:5 and Rom. 13:14.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a physical kingdom, it is a spiritual kingdom. This kingdom is a principle, and this principle is a power, and this power is superior to all others. We are not given this kingdom as a gift—we enter into this kingdom. This is a place of having dominion over the works of the flesh. “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Rom. 14:17. If we do not love righteousness, we cannot function in the Kingdom of Heaven. We cannot sit on the right or the left hand of our Savior.
Colossians 3:1-4 tells us how we can take this position, saying, “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of Yahweh. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.” By the power of the Anointing, we will be manifestations of righteousness—of our Heavenly Father.
This cup represents our Savior’s life, his way of life, his separation, his crucifixion, his goal, his purpose. When we drink of his cup, we are rejecting our fleshly nature and accepting his nature. We are accepting the Spirit of Righteousness.
In Matthew 26:39, when Yasha was on the mountain praying, he said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as your will.” You might be able to identify with Yasha’s struggle while in his flesh by remembering those days when you made yourself get up early on a cold winter day to go to work. Or, if you had to get up in the middle of the night with a sick child—your flesh was not willing, but your spirit was. Your spirit was in control while your flesh was not considered.
Christ’ cup was to fulfill prophecy. Yahweh’s will was to dwell in mankind and Christ was going to make it happen. He said, “… It is expedient for you [to your advantage] that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:7-8).
First Corinthians 10:16-17 says “The cup of blessing [speaking life] which we bless [that which we speak], saying, “Is it not the communion [partnership, participation, joint venture] of the blood [nature, genes, life] of Christ? The bread which we break [share], is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
Just as Jacob (Israel) blessed his sons and grandsons with a blessing that literally changed their lives, we too, have the power to bless. It is our “cup”; our ability in life. You could say that it is our lot in life. Just as sure as the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we have the ability and power to bless those we come in contact with.
As Christ and his disciples were eating the Passover Supper, he said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” He was instructing them to feed from each other; to learn from each other. They were his body (Matt. 26:26 and 28). Christ took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves” (Luke 22:17). “For this is my blood of the new testament [new witness], which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28).
In the past, many people had become drunk with wine and they knew its ability to change their thinking and actions, as well as a healing agent. Christ used the wine for a reason, he was telling them that inasmuch as the natural wine changes one’s way of thinking and acting, the spiritual wine will change a man in his thinking and actions. This was a new way of living; it was the anointing that was poured out upon many to stop sin.
Yasha told the disciples about the New Wine at the Passover Supper. This wine was going to change the way they thought and acted. This is why, when the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost, Peter said, “These are not drunk with wine as you suppose, but they are filled with the Holy Spirit.” These Spirit-filled believers had a new lot in life; they were now lights that would shine in the darkness of ignorance.
After the same manner, also, Christ took the cup after he had finished eating, and said, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show [you proclaim by faith] the Lord’s death till he come [till Yahweh is formed in you]. See Galatians 4:19.
“Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:25-28). In 10:21, Paul explains how one can eat and drink unworthily, saying, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” In verse 28, Paul adds, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”
As we gather-to-gather for Communion, that which replaces the lamb sacrifice, let us fellowship with others, share the Word, be good listeners, live in righteousness, and overcome sin in the flesh.
If we are to examine ourselves, we need the Body of Christ. This body is the bread, the Anointed Christians, from whom we feed. We are to eat of each other and drink of the Anointed Word.
Yahweh loved the world so much, that he gave his born-from-above Son to “live” in flesh. He was the manifestation of righteousness to those in sin. Those who believed in him would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Those who loved evil more than good mocked the Spirit of Righteousness, spit at and destroyed the temple that was in the image of the Father.
Though the Father sent his Son to be a “visible” manifestation of righteousness, he knew the beastly nature in mankind would reject and crucify him. Christ also knew the beastly nature of those whom he came to save. In John 10:17-18, he said, “… I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again….” Here, Christ was laying the foundation for mankind to receive his spirit after they destroyed his flesh. (Read all of John chapter 16 and 2 Cor. 5:16)
Yahweh planned for his born-from-above Son to make his abode in us, to comfort us, to bring us unto him. He does not want us to worship the “flesh-Man,” he wants us to worship the Spirit that was manifested through that Man.
The Savior came to finish the work of his Father. For he said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). The Savior is very capable of completing his work.
What Is the Cup? “When he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34).