Saturday, 2 November 2013
Communion wine or communion grape juice?
Matthew 26:29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
There are a number who assert that grape juice was instituted by the Lord Jesus for the Lord's supper. After all, the Lord uses the word 'wine' elsewhere so why not here?
The Pulpit Commentary says of this verse: 'The offspring of the vine is a poetical way of describing wine (cf. Deuteronomy 22:9; Isaiah 32:12, etc.). It is absurd to find in this term an argument for unalcoholic grape juice.' Also, Bengel confirms that these Greek words were used in the Septuagint OT to refer to wine. Indeed, I cannot find a commentator who entertains the notion that grape juice was consumed at the Lord's table and, knowing what it is that Jews would have drunk at such a meal, it very difficult to conclude otherwise.
The burden of proof is on the Christian who wishes to show that these words mean grape juice.