Allegheny Valley Church Of God







The Holy Fail








It's April 4, 2014. I know it's been quite some time since I posted anything. I've been hesitant because I have been informed that by the end of this year we're going to have to completely redo our website. "Why?" you ask. Well, it seems that GoDaddy has arbitrarily decided to change it's website builder. You think that they would have made it so we could just transfer our old websites, but, noooooo! We have to start all over again. Over 700 text and photo files down the drain. I think it's because they want to sucker people into purchasing their web design services. I could go on but what's the use. If you're looking for a domain name or a service to host your site I'd recommend you look elsewhere. I thought I was getting a good deal, but I have discovered otherwise.


 In a recent article on Yahoo, this item appeared: "Two historians claim they've identified the holy grail that Jesus drank from at the last supper..." The picture above is just one of the over 200 Jewel encrusted vessels over the world whose owners claim it was the real one to touch the lips of Jesus. Thanks to the imagination of Leonard Da Vinci we all have this picture in our minds of Jesus and his disciples sitting around a lavish table like you might find at a White House dinner or something, gold plates, fine wine, all the trimmings. Thankfully, it was nothing like that.


 Aside from looking like something that you'd win in one of those carnival booths where you knock down the milk bottles, the grail pictured above would not have been in the possession of the Lord or any one of his disciples. Nor would it have been an item in the common person's house.


 The Jews of Jesus' day did not sit at tables as we do but they would have reclined on the floor and a very low table. The vessels would have been common seeing that they were not extremely wealthy. There would have been traditional Jewish implements there as Jesus would have recounted the escape from Egyptian bondage as had been done in Jewish households for centuries and is still done. In the traditional Passover Seder there are four cups that are passed around. The cups used by Jesus and his disciples would have been ordinary implements, perhaps decorated for the occasion but nothing like the golden and bejeweled grails used by Roman Catholic priests at their daily resacrificing of our Lord.


 The real significance of the cup Jesus lifted up and offered to his disciples was not the cup itself but what he said when he did it. When he took the third cup, called the cup of redemption, he said something that had never been said before nor could have ever been said. He said, "This is the cup of the new testament written in my blood for the forgiveness of sins of many." Now that is something worth noting.


 He told his disciples he was inviting them to partake in a new covenant, not the old one of law keeping and offering sacrifices over and over, but a new one where the law would be written on their hearts and they would be accepted by the Father, not according to their works which could never suffice, but according to their faith in him. They didn't fully understand at that time, but they would later.


 We're getting ready to celebrate what we call Easter, but we're really celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Cor. 15) When he gave up the ghost the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom and the way to the holiest place was now open for all who believe.


 Do you believe that Jesus Christ shed his blood so your sin could be forgiven? It's the only hope any of us have. Our righteousness is as filthy rags, but his is perfect. Lose the religion and the superstition. Call upon him and you will not be ashamed.


 Have a great resurrection day, and put your faith in Christ.