Today's verses are Mark 14:25,26: "Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." Jesus gives his final words around the Passover, now the Lord's Supper.  They are that he will not drink with them again of the fruit of the vine until he is with them again in the new kingdom of God.  He is addressing the day when he returns again to earth and reestablishes Eden, paradise.

On that day, God's kingdom will rule on earth.  All sin will be eradicated.  Perfect judgment will occur.  There will be perfect peace on earth.  The lion will lie down with the lamb.  After all this occurs, there will be, what the book of Revelation calls, "the wedding feast of the Lamb."  It will be a grand party!  All Jesus' people will be together for a large feast, and he will be the One serving us!  He will be celebrating with us his final victory over all sin and death.

Not until that day will he drink and feast with all his disciples.  But he is reminding them and us that that day will come.  Though they are about to see him face horrific suffering and rejection, still that wonderful day will occur!  He WILL drink with them again.  Through all that will soon happen, there will be a victorious wedding feast of the Lamb.

Then they concluded the meal with the singing of a hymn.  It was probably one of the Hallel psalms (Psalms 113-118).  Or it could have been the last great Hallel psalm, Psalm 136.  "Hallel" means "praise" in the Hebrew.  It was common for faithful Jews to end the Passover with a psalm/hymn of praise, praising God, thanking God for his faithfulness in delivering them from the Egyptian captivity.

When we celebrate the Lord's Table today, we Christians also sing a hymn at the end of it.  This hymn of praise, for us, is a hymn of praise for the cross and the deliverance we know from the bondage of our sin.  It's also a hymn of praise looking forward to the new kingdom of God that will come when Jesus returns again.

Then they went to the Mount of Olives.  They did not return to Bethany, but to the Mount of Olives where Jesus would spend agonizing moments of prayer with his Father.  He would also meet his betrayer there.

Is there a song of praise in your heart today?  As a Christ follower, there should be.  There is great power in praise.  Not only do we look back at the cross and the forgiveness of our sin, we look forward to Jesus' return and the elimination of all sin, evil, tears, trials and tribulations from earth.  We will be with him forever, joyously celebrating and worshiping the King of kings and Lord of lords.

For he shall reign forever and ever.

Hallelujah (from where "Hallel" comes!), for the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns!   We praise you, Jesus, today and forever!  You are worthy of all praise/hallel!