This cup is the new covenant between God and his people--an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. —Luke 22:20
As John (1 John 4:19) writes, "We love Him because He first loved us,” God has been on a amazing mission to give His heart to us, in a way that we may see His love, reciprocate, and walk with Him.
To live is Christ, to die is gain. —Philippians 1:21
Life, to coin the words of the great preacher of Ecclesiastes, is meaningless. We work, we toil, and in the end we die.
And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” —Luke 24:32
They, like so many others, walked away disappointed, sad to see the man they believed so much in suddenly leave this earth, dead, crucified on a cross. In their melancholy walk, on the road to Emmaus, they were joined by another person, one who tried to explain to them that the Scriptures had to be fulfilled, that Christ did indeed have to die on the cross in order to allow everything to come to pass. “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”
Matthew 26:27-28 —Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Jesus’ final moments with His disciples are amazingly intimate and profound in the way He paints a perfect picture for the symbolism of His death/resurrection in the days that would follow that final meal.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; a part from me you can do nothing. —John 15:5
God wants us to bear fruit, in the form of love and kindness to others. He gives us Christ to be in us, so that we develop into the holy and fruit-bearing creatures He desires for us. Christ too, has expectations, as the Son serving the Father; He desires each of us to bear fruit, indeed, but wants each of us to do so by intimately connecting with Him, in love, in truth, with a full heart.