JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—A team of Baptist archaeologists just announced they have discovered a bottle of Welch’s grape juice near the site of the Last Supper, where Jesus and His disciples famously celebrated Passover in the Upper Room.
The 2,000-year-old, discarded bottle of 100% grape juice appears to have been used in lieu of wine at the traditional Jewish meal. The find finally lends biblical and historical support for the practice of using grape juice instead of wine at Communion, as many denominations have done for years. While many had assumed the Rabbi and His followers drank regular wine during the festivities, this theory is now all but disproved by this exciting find.
“We’ve long suspected that Jesus and His disciples didn’t use wine at the Last Supper,” an excited Pastor John MacArthur said of the discovery. “Now, we can say with some confidence that they drank the sweet, sugary, and non-alcoholic version of the fruit of the vine rather than anything that had been allowed to ferment in the slightest.”
While a small amount of the grape juice was left in the bottom of the bottle, it was quickly discarded as it had been discovered to have fermented, turning the remainder of the juice into “the devil’s drink.”
At publishing time, scholars had confirmed the discovery of a stack of tiny plastic cups and bits of saltine crackers in the same vicinity, along with golden plates used to pass them out to the disciples by a team of ushers.