Yeshua’s Most Important Statement

Our family celebrated the Passover a week ago Friday night, reading through the story of Israel’s supernatural deliverance from the grip of the Pharaoh, and eating a large quantity of very tasty food. After the main meal, we restarted the Seder, moving toward the end of the celebration. Before the meal we had lifted up the unleavened bread, which so clearly represents Yeshua’s body. It is striped, bruised and pierced, and when Yeshua raised the unleavened bread at the Last Supper, He would have customarily prayed Baruch ata YHVH, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the Earth. He then prophetically said, “This is my Body broken for you – eat this in remembrance of Me”. 

We were soon at the point of drinking the 3rd of the 4 cups of red wine. This 3rd cup is called the Cup of Redemption, and it is commonly accepted that this was the stage of the Last Supper, when Yeshua raised up the cup and according to the Jewish custom would have prayed Baruch ata YHVH, Eloheinu Melech ha Olam, boreh pri ha gefen – Blessed are you O LORD our God, King of the Universe, who created the fruit of the vine. Then Yeshua said, “This is the cup of the New Covenant, in My blood.” New Covenant believers have been celebrating the same cup of wine, and praying those same words ever since.

Communion is the most powerful symbolic act that we can engage in. It is very moving when we partake of the Communion in Church, but I find it even more powerful as we share the cup of Yeshua’s blood in the midst of the Passover celebration. If we pause to consider the dynamics of the 3rd cup of the Passover, the Cup of Redemption, the Good News of the Gospel becomes even more impactive. The Creator of the Universe brought His people Israel out of Egypt by the blood of spotless lambs, and 1500 or so years later, He allowed His Only Begotten Son to be sacrificed as the Lamb of God, to bring the whole world out of this sin and into His eternal Kingdom – if they will believe and receive YHVH’s gift of Salvation.

As Yeshua held up the Cup of Redemption and said, This is the cup of the New Covenant, in My blood”, with those seven words He declared Himself to be the Messiah and the Redeemer. That short statement is extremely important, but I don’t see it as the most important statement ever made. I believe that the politically incorrect words of Yeshua which win the prize for the most important statement ever made are, “I am the way, the truth and the life – no one comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).  In today’s world, even amongst people who consider themselves to be Christians, that is a totally unacceptable concept, that there is only one way to God.

The secular media, most politicians and even a large number of Church leaders loathe that very exclusive theology. They believe and they try to convince us that all religions worship the same God and there are many ways to reach that God. But that is NOT what Yeshua said. I was motivated to write this comment after watching a documentary about God on the Discovery Channel as we rested on Shabbat. The program was narrated by the well-known actor Morgan Freeman, who is probably a very nice man, but like the majority of people, he has no idea who the true God really is. One minute he is in Jerusalem talking about Yeshua, the next minute he is in India talking about reincarnation. The program looked at many other religions and painted them all as being valid ways to God.

I was also watching news reports of the singer Prince who died a few days ago. Apparently Prince had become a devout Jehovah’s Witness, a religion that Evangelical Christians consider to be a cult and not a true Christianity. People who were talking to the media about Prince’s passing away were saying nice things like now he is with his Father in Heaven and similar statements that were not true, according to what we believe. We hear the same kind of things when most famous people die, even though the person concerned was most likely was not in a covenant relationship with the God of Israel, sealed by the blood of His Son, people like to think they are now with the LORD.

There was a hit song in the 1970’s inspired by the deaths of rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin called Rock N’ Roll Heaven. The words of the song were: “If you believe in forever, then life is just a one-night stand – If there’s a Rock N’ Roll Heaven, well you know they’ve got a hell of a band,” which made out that these musicians were now in Heaven, even though most of them very likely died as unsaved sinners, not covered by the Blood of the Lamb. Another line of the song says, “They’ll all be there together when they meet in one big show they’ll all be there together when they meet in one big show.”

As we can see, the majority of people are convinced that all faiths worship the same God who welcomes everyone into eternal life, therefore we who know the truth need to boldly declare the Word of the LORD to a very confused, deceived and lost forever world, who will spend eternity separated from their Creator… if they don’t see the light and repent.

Let us allow Yeshua to have the final word in confirmation of what I have written.

Enter through the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter in there. – Matthew 7:13

This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, April 29, 2016 and reposted with permission.