Matt.26:26-29 – And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 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. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom”.
I have read this passage hundreds of times during my Christian life. I read this verse again recently and saw it from a whole different perspective. I am talking about this last part of this passage where Jesus was talking about not drinking the fruit of the vine until He drinks it with His disciples in the kingdom. I thought this was proclaiming some kind of a fast on drinking wine. I was missing the whole point. The focus on this verse is the word “new”. Jesus said He would drink the fruit of the vine “new” in the kingdom. What was Jesus saying? The key is found in the meaning of the word Jesus used kainos. Look at the definition from the CWSB DICTIONARY.
“of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of:
to tell or to hear some new thing, meaning something that was not introduced until that time and thus different. New as opposed to old or former and hence also implying better because different as meaning a new testament which is better than the old.”
Jesus is speaking about the new wine of the kingdom of God. This new kingdom is what the Last Supper was all about. This was the end of one era and the beginning of the new. Jesus was about to offer His body as an offering for sin and to be raised up from the dead. He was making all things new. He was announcing the beginning of a new kingdom with a whole new way of life. Old things were passing away, all things were becoming new. Our hearts would be brand new, our worship would be new, our prayers would be new. We would be drinking a whole new type of wine. We would be drinking the new wine of the kingdom with Jesus. The natural man is stuck thinking of ways to justify drinking and living in the old kingdom because they have not seen or tasted the new. Just a taste of this new vintage changes all of that. He is making all things new; you will see it when you drink this new wine with Jesus.