In our culture when a man gets down on one knee and hands a woman a small box containing a diamond ring, we immediately understand that he is asking her to marry him. In Y'shua’s culture the groom proposed to the bride by pouring and offering her a cup of wine. If the proposal was acceptable to the bride, she took the cup and drank the wine. She then gave the cup to the groom who toasted her and drank also, signifying that he was willing to pay a great price for this bride.
We read in Matthew 26:27-29 "Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom.' (NIV)" Y'shua will drink that cup again with us at the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Y'shua’s disciples understood this to be a wedding proposal as much as we would if He got down on
one knee and offered us a ring. When we drink from the cup during communion we are accepting Y'shua’s
proposal to become one with Him and the Father as Y'shua prayed we would be in John 17:20-21 where He said:
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me." (NASB)
This is why the Lord’s supper is called “comm-union”. It is also why Y'shua offered the oneness of flesh in marriage as an example of the relationship we should have with God. In my next post I will explore the groom’s departing words after the acceptance of the wedding proposal,