|The Four Cups|
Today, we look at the fourth and final cup of the Seder. It is believed Jesus didn't drink this one. After the third cup, He said, " But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom" (Matt 26:29).
This is Elijah's cup. The Jews always set a separate place because it had been prophesied that Elijah would return. The children look forward to his visit. During the Passover, anyone is free to come and share. I remember one boss who gladly opened his door to me to share his Seder. Sadly, I couldn't take him up on it.
At the end of the Seder, they sing a hymn. We see this clearly in Matthew 26:30 when the disciples sang a song and left for the Mount of Olives. This hymn would be Psalms 113-118, the Hallel. It is noisy and joyful.
- In the Mishna (the written form of the oral tradition), the Passover wine was prepared with warm water. This is reminiscent of Jesus' blood. When the soldier speared His side, blood and water flowed.
- In Exodus 12 the Passover lamb is always spoken of as singular
- It is hypothesized that on the very spot where Abraham was given a lamb for Isaac, is the very spot that Jesus was crucified.
Until then: Chag Sameach.