The Holy Grail

If one were to take apart the outer gold and gem structure of the ‘Holy Grail’ and find within a simple cup of stone, maybe of alabaster, then I could believe that this cup of blessing was exquisitely preserved in this manner for two thousand years.

If Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha of Bethany were the wealthy owner of the estate and Upper Room in Jerusalem (as shown in The Rich Young Ruler), including the cups and plates used during the Last Supper, Lazarus may have encased this particular communion cup no less lavishly than what his sister Mary did in Bethany when she broke and poured out upon Jesus an alabaster box of expensive fragrant oils.

Both symbolic acts of love and devotion–that of Mary, and that of her brother Lazarus– were done with Christ’s sacrificial death in mind–as was also done by Joseph of Arimathaea, who used his wealth in providing a newly-cut sepulcher, and new linens and spices for Jesus’ burial.

These sacrificial expressions of love and devotion were shown to be justified in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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