It was a beautiful morning, full of the magnificent Presence of the Lord filling the room, and many angels watching over all of us. While preparing to share communion with special friends, Holy Spirit spoke to us through my husband.
“Wine was perfectly used representing Jesus’ blood during communion. In the Old Testament wine was considered the blood of grapes.” Deut. 32:14 “…with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.”
Holy Spirit then caused him to reflect back to when he and I owned our Lone Oak Vineyard, growing grapes and making choice wine. The two of us cherished the time we had in our quiet vineyard. Holy Spirit would whisper to us in the midst of the beauty of the canopy of leaves and the vines bursting with full clusters of grapes.
He continued. “When the grapevine is growing and being shaped, it forms a cross. One leader from the vine goes to the right and one to the left. The best fruit grows closest to the main stem vine. The closer the cluster is to the true vine, the better the wine.” John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Papa God was pouring His heart of love on us as we were hearing from Holy Spirit this morning.
That Passover celebration day, with His disciples gathered around Him, Jesus was hosting the Last Supper. It was a meal with former strangers who had become friends. The mealtime figuratively spoke of belonging to a new kind of family with Jesus as the head of the household. Life together was practiced at the Last Supper with Jesus. In the Jewish custom, the bridegroom made a covenant with his bride through a wine cup. When she accepted this cup she was part of his family forever. Using the wine, Jesus exemplifies our being united with Christ. We are part of the vine plant, the vineyard (the Kingdom of God), and the family of God in heaven and on earth. Ephesians 3:14 “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”
Those of us gathered could sense that Holy Spirit was enjoying uncovering more reminders from Old Testament scriptures, as well as history, which consistently points to Jesus. David saw in the spirit the New Covenant which was coming. He praised God with others hearing him, saying “What shall I return to the Lord for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” Ps 116:12-13
Amos 9:13 reads “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman, and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.”
The harvest will be so lavish that the harvesters will get in the way of planting the next crop! The grapes will hang heavy in the mountain vineyards. So much juice from the vines will cause the mountains to have softened mud oozing down the slopes!
Throughout the entire bible, grapes are symbolic of God’s goodness, abundance, and prosperity. 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
Aren’t we living in awesome, inspiring times? In the ancient Near East, water was scarce and wine became an image of sustenance and life. John 14:6 “Jesus answered. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
God’s greatest desire is a true relationship with His family. He promised restoration from the judgment and unfruitfulness of the law to the grace and righteousness of the fertile bounty of the vine, which is our Jesus. Hebrews 9:15 “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a New Covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
This morning we quietly soaked in the words imparted to us by LOVE HIMSELF. Longing to stay in that place of the overwhelming splendor of Jesus and fellowship with one another, we thanked Papa God for His sacrificial Lamb, and for the New Covenant. We gratefully praised Him that the New Covenant was ratified by the Father and the Son. God the Father and God the Son cannot fail! The New Covenant will never fail!
We rejoiced that we are complete in Christ, presented to our Father as holy, blameless, without reproach and perfect. Colossians 1:22 “But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”
Communion is a rich, glorious, treasured time set aside for us, the Bride of Christ, to remember that Jesus fully paid our debt. Jesus said, “I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.” Luke 22:18.
But Praise be to God, Jesus confirms that we may take the cup with Him. “And I confer on you a kingdom, just as My Father conferred one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones…” Luke 22:28.
His Kingdom is here! Won’t you join us as often and wherever you can, as He invites each of us to take “a piece of bread and a cup of wine, and sit down at the table.” **
1 Corinthians 11:25 “In the same way, after supper, He took the cup saying ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My blood; do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
Glory Hallelujah! Amen.
** words from a powerful song by Elisabeth Cooper. – to be released soon.