Posted Byon Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Spirit began to quote this passage to me. “But I say to you, I will not drink hereafter of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
I asked, “What do you mean Lord?” I have wondered all my life just exactly what this verse meant, and I have never been satisfied with any interpretation that I have ever had.
While I was kneeling there beside my bed, the Lord said, “I will not drink the fruit of the vine.” He let me see that He is the vine and we are the branches. Then He said, “In us, the fruit is produced and then must be crushed to produce the wine.” Together, we are to become this new wine, fully refined, of which He will drink in the Father’s kingdom.
He is not going to take up a cup and drink grape juice, the fruit of a vine. This is a spiritual thing. The vine out here has its roots in the earth. The Father had told Him a long time ago that a Nazarite was never to taste any part of the vine. Even here, at the last supper, Jesus does not drink of the cup.
The Father has promised Jesus another wine, fully refined. He asks us to come with Him, and become broken bread and poured out wine. To accomplish this, He takes us through crushings, millings, and hard places. He puts us in the crucible, together, just exactly like wine is made. The grapes are all put in the same vat together. This is the hardest thing for us, as here we are all pressed together, in order to loose our identity and become “one” with Him.
If we will respond and go through this as He intends, then we can offer to Him our “crushed” life, which is now one in identity with His. We may have said, “I felt like the very life was being crushed out of me.” This is His desire and intention, that our crushed out and poured out life will become an offering to the Lord. Let it be presented to Him, as He desires.