The Chalice

The Chalice

02 November 2010

Today’s Reading: Job 25; Mark 13-14


23 Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. 24 He said, This is my blood, God’s new covenant, Poured out for many people. (Mark 14:23-24 MSG)

One of the big issues in the Crusades, nearly a millennium ago, was the quest to find the Holy Grail – the chalice or cup Jesus drank from and shared with his disciples at this Last Supper meal. The third “Indiana Jones” movie was a very exciting adventure story built on a fictional search for the Holy Grail.

In the key scene from the movie, Indiana Jones enters a chamber where the Holy Grail sits on a table with many other chalices – gold, silver, and jewel-encrusted cups worth a king’s ransom. His task is to identify the Holy Grail from among all the beautiful and costly cups and he has one chance to do it. His father’s life depends on it! He finally reaches out his hand and grasps the plainest, simplest pottery cup – and gets it right!

That night when Jesus shared the first Lord’s Supper with his closest friends in a borrowed room, using borrowed dishes and cups, there was not a golden vessel in sight! The Holy Grail is not a jewel-encrusted solid gold chalice, but a simple pottery “carpenter’s cup.”

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. (2 Corinthians 4:7 MSG)

The vessels God uses for the most significant purposes are ordinary vessels like you and me. Not much to look at. Nothing special. But being used by the Master to share with his friends changes a simple, cheap, chipped coffee cup into the Holy Grail.


Father, I’m nothing special and not much to look at, but I’d be pleased to be used by the Master to bless his friends. May I, please?

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