The Silver Chalice and the Holy Grail
It's that time of year
During the seasons of Christmas and Easter, Discovery ID, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and other television networks run programs with people debating about all things related to Christ. Those who truly believe in Him walk by faith and do not live their lives searching for proof He existed. Even so, there are others who make it their life's mission to find facts that validate their belief that He was real or to prove that He did not exist. On these programs, they have five or six experts giving their opinions but nothing conclusive ever ends up being determined. Two actual items that are of particular interest in current culture, are supposed to have been utilized the night Jesus had His final meal with His 12 closest disciples. They are the silver chalice and the holy grail. I wrongly thought the grail was something like the golden fleece or the ark that held the 10 commandments. I thought the chalice was the cup He drank from and I was wrong on both counts.
I was watching a program on the Science Channel the night before Thanksgiving. entitled Forbidden History. The subject of this particular one-hour episode was the Holy Grail, which is believed to be the cup Jesus drank from during the last supper. Legend has it that the cup was held inside a silver chalice and this program brought up some things that are not found in the Bible. It was said that Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of Jesus took the cup after the last supper and use it to catch the blood from Christ as he was dying on the cross. It was also stated that some believe that Mary Magdaline used the cup to hold the blood of Christ. None of this can be substantiated by history and scripture does not mention the grail, the chalice or indicate that Joseph was the uncle of Jesus. There is nothing in scripture or in history to suggest that Joseph was related to Christ or had any knowledge of the last supper. By the end of the program, the researchers had traveled to many places and viewed numerous artifacts but none were authenticated and proven to be the real deal.
The Silver Chalice
The Antioch Chalise was located in 1910 in Spain and was displayed during the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. It is believed to have originated in Antioch and was later sold to The Cloisters in New York. This Chalice is one of many that is believed to have held the Holy Grail, the cup that Christ drank from on the night before His crucifixion. In 1952 a movie about this alleged artifact was made which is entitled The Silver Chalice. Many theories are floating around including that the Knights Templar were hiding the Chalice and Grail.
On the Science Channel program, about eight or ten people located throughout the world had relics that they deemed to be the chalice and or the cup that Christ drank from the night before his crucifixion. One was so tiny it was dubbed an egg holder. Others were proven to have been created long after Christ had the meal with His disciples. There is also the issue of Joseph of Arimathea having the cup in his possession. The Bible gives no indication that he attended the last supper, or even knew where it had taken place. If he did get his hands on the cup that Christ drank fro, then he would have had to be there in order to know where Jesus sat during His last meal,
The Holy Grai
An Internet search yielded hundreds of photos that were deemed to be the Holy Grail and truthfully no one knows if such an item truly existed. The bottom line to all of this is that chasing relics is time-consuming and a distraction to what really matters. It's more important for those who love the Lord to obey His commands to love one another, spread the gospel, and be the light and salt in the earth. When we don't stick to facts we can get caught up in repeating myths and legends that are confusing and have no merit. We know from scripture that Christ ate his last meal with His disciples prior to being arrested. We know He drank from a cup but the Bible says nothing more on the subject.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Mark 14:22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
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© 2019 Cheryl E Preston