Jesus gave new meaning to the pure elements of the Jewish Passover Meal. Under Moses, all leaven (yeast!) was removed from everything within their house, before and during this observance (Deuteronomy 16:1-8). Therefore, the “fruit of the vine” which represents His blood was completely without alcoholic content! The “bread” (without yeast!) represents His body. He then declared: “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God'” (Mark 14:22-25 NKJV). The only expression Jesus used for the cup contents He took from the Passover Table to represent His blood was “fruit of the vine.” That’s as fresh from grapes as one may find. His complete sacrifice purchased the church of Christ (Acts 20:28 NKJV). Are you in it?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.