26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Mat 26:26-28 NIV)
At the Last Supper Jesus Himself highlighted the ‘Scarlet Thread of Redemption’ (the theme that runs from Genesis to Revelation of how God in His great love saves and redeems us through an innocent blood sacrifice). He pointed to the wine they were about to drink as a symbol of His blood which was about to shed as He sacrificed His life on the cross in their place (and our place) to satisfy God’s justice and wrath, providing for them and for us “the forgiveness of sins.” He wanted to give us a tangible way to continually remember our need for what He was about to do – dying on the cross for our sins. We do that, of course, as we regularly participate in what we call “the Lord’s Supper” or “Communion.”
The next time you take communion and are sitting there with your little glass of grape juice, waiting for everyone to be served, focus your thoughts on how what you’re holding in that little cup is actually the ‘Scarlet Thread of Redemption’. That liquid symbol ties you to every incidence of God providing an innocent blood sacrifice from Genesis to Revelation. As we drink that juice we affirm that we are clinging to the ‘Scarlet Thread of Redemption’ – that all our spiritual confidence and hope is tied to God graciously providing the ultimate blood sacrifice of Christ to fully and finally cover our sins and make us clean in His sight!