13. Berach



Leader describes the cups of redemption and acceptance and the Cup of Elijah and their place in the Lord’s Supper.

Reader: (Matthew 11.2-15) Elijah the Prophet

When John heard in prison what Jesus was doing, he sent his disciples to ask Him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, He is Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Leader holds up the uncovered Chalice and says:

This cup represents the blood of the Passover Lamb. “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many,” He said to them.


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